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four fifty (Jamis beater)

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Jamis Quest, whatever that was; best thing is the cantilever setup.

'50s American cruiser bars mated to junk mountain-bike stem.

700c Alex 32 hole, from eBay wheelset; was originally the rear, but swapped hubs; Schwalbe Marathon.

700c Alex 36 hole; was originally the front, but swapped hubs; Schwalbe Marathon.

Garbage triple crank converted to single; freebie Shimano RSX BB; salvaged Raleigh chain guard.

Serfas Cosmos

SR P-466 snagged from a Nishiki Olympic that got SPDs

Rebuilt Sachs New Success saved from the bike kitchen; Shimano thumbie shifter from '80s Schwinn Sierra.

No-model Shimano brakes; levers are Shimano BL-TY20 fished out of a water-filled bin at a garage sale. They work great and are fantastic for upright bars.

1x7 conversion

"Four fifty" is what the bike originally cost me, the price of a new shift cable. Other than that, the entire thing is composed of junk. The frame came from the trash, the wheels from a friend who'd upgraded hers, and the rest of the parts from wherever I could scrounge them. This is my city bike and goes about ten miles a day, to work and back, plus some errands here and there. The goal was to create as cheap a ride as possible, so that I wouldn't worry about people scratching it or having to lock it up in a dicey area. So far so good!

There was a lot of work putting this together, of course. My favorite trick was extending the handlebar ends 2" with wood dowels so I could fit hand brakes -- the bars were originally on a coaster-brake-equipped cruiser, I can only guess, and so were too short in their stock form to take levers. Other fun along the way -- check out the made-by-me adapter plates in back that hold the fender stays and rack in place -- but it all worked. This bike's real name is "The Gentleman," humorous given his humble roots.

Late 2009 addition: So I can go really fast on the bike path by my house, I added an interrupter lever in the middle of the bars -- makes that pseudo-TT riding position slightly safer than before.

Early 2013 update: After several reworks, the Gentleman is near his penultimate form. Now sporting a new-ish rear rederailleur (a beautiful Sachs New Success), much better levers, a built-from-junk set of 700c wheels, new tires, and black fenders (again splinted together). I think this is it -- if I replaced anything else it'd have to be the frame.

People who friended this bike Sigback, All Filler, robotbox, fastfixie, minimalist, mastronaut, floggingdavy, pedicel, sibkis, srkredliner, Bearfighter101, wonderkid, the fumingator, saywhat

Fender and rack?

Did you have to do any extra work to get the two to fit? I'm thinking about doing the same but am not sure what to do if i run out of points to mount them to.


Problem was that the rack (being junk) was probably made for a 26" wheel. I had to make the adapters to push the bottom mounting point back and up, and the result isn't bad. I was lucky, though, because I had two attachment points on the dropouts (rack and fenders). If you don't, you can:

1. Attach the rack to the frame, then the fenders to the rack. Drill a hole in the rack strut as close as you can to its bottom, bolt on the fender struts, and it'll be fine.
2. Come up with a mounting plate (like I did), but do it the other way: one attachment point on the frame, two on the rack. That'll keep it solid, and you can attach the fenders where you will.

Best of luck! If you want to make something work, you can.

I like it...

Just something cool about a cobbled together bike like yours.
Nice touch adding the chain guard, and then rack/fender mounts you mention are just so simple and cool.
You’re giving me inspiration, THANKS!

My pleasure

I've decided that one of my new missions in life is to bring abandoned bikes back to life. Beyond this one, I've gotten four more going for friends and am going to keep it up. Every bike and bicyclist counts!

I know people mean well...

by making lawn ornaments out of the oldies, but they are much better served as riders. Ride on!

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