figured I'd submit my Peugeot fixie for the Current
Classics gallery. I suppose it would also work for the SSG.
(ed note - SSG it is, Joe - I saw the photos
before reading your text and put it in with the Single Speed bunch...
) I must admit inspiration derived from P.
Lynn Miller's PE-8, especially with the great fat tires on shiny
wheels with high flange hubs. I didn't spring for Phils though.
wheels are excellent Milwaukee hubs with Sun rims and double butted
Wheelsmith spokes. I managed to score a flashy red anodized Stronglight
crankset from Craig's List. The seatpost and stem are both local
bike shop finds, as are the pedals and toe clips. The brake levers
are Tektro ergo levers, strapped to Belleri Randonneur bars, pulling
on Mafac racer brakes with Kool Stop pads. The Textro levers have
the built in quick release to clear the bulging 35mm Pasela TG's.
The saddle is a Brooks Special Copper, which is my favorite seat
at the moment.
big challenge of building this bike was dealing with the French
frame. The bottom bracket is a new Edco french threaded model, so
the cranks had to be European taper. Luckily, someone had already
tapped these for standard pedal threads, so I didn't have to search
for Lyotard or something for that. The stem was a lucky find, as
it not only fit the French 22.0 steerer tube, but jacks the bars
up enough to be comfy for me. The seatpost was another lucky find,
at 25.8mm, it's not the most common size around anymore.
bike rides like a Citroen DS, stable and cushy! I've managed to
put in a couple long days on it so far, and plan on many more.