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JC Penney Single Speed Conversion

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Japanese Made lugged steel frame- JC Penney. Bought at Goodwill for .50





Sugino cranks and pedals

Vetta from Univega mtn Bike

48t Shimano SG Chainring

48-17 (freewheel is generic BMX 17 tooth)

A work in progress and an excellent learning experience. 1/8 Chain is a little sloppy in chainring so I'm researching my best remedy/replacement for this. This has been a really fun learning experience for me.

People who friended this bike fastfixie, CONDENADO

Another JC!

Glad to see another JCPenney bike out there... I have this exact frame that I've turned into a very nice fixie. The frame itself is actually of very high build quality - I've been trying to figure out exactly who manufactured these for JCPenny, but they were certainly not typical cheapo dept store level frames. I believe these particular models may be Miyata or Panasonic built, but the serial numbers are hard to pin down. What is the serial number on yours? Mine is J9N5130, stamped on the seat tube just above the BB shell. If that is indeed a Miyata frame, it's a 1981 model (based on the J)... Also, where your frame says "JC Penney" at the bottom, mine says "Japan" in a celtic-looking font.

1/8 chain

your best options are to find a 3/32 singlespeed chain or get a 1/8 chain ring


My freewheel is 1/8 so I think my best option would be a larger chainring. Now it's just a case of finding a cheap/used chainring!

thanks for leaving both

thanks for leaving both brakes on... seriously . looks like smooth ride. nice work!

You should name it 50 cent.

You should name it 50 cent.

Nice conversion, like you, I found bikes in the trash and junkyards and thrift stores and looked at the internet to learn what to do. helped immensely

Agreed, start with the

Agreed, start with the Junkers and have fun experimenting!

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