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Author Topic: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle  (Read 4245 times)

Offline DrJ

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #15 on: Nov 21, 2012, 08:29:13 »
What's with the mismatched wheels?

Offline S Majure

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #16 on: Nov 21, 2012, 10:11:42 »
In my opinion what started as cost effectiveness because of the terribly high cost of the aero wheels has turned into a fashion statement with these fixies.
there is also the reduction in wind drag when using one on the front. The rear wheel is more likely to get "taco-ed" due to tricks, jumping, or slide stopping. So the less expensive wheel will usually be on the back. Which would be the inverse of Dale's model.
Your thoughts Dale?

Offline DrJ

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #17 on: Nov 21, 2012, 11:09:30 »
I read that it started with messengers. They used aero front wheels so it's quicker and easier to slap a U-lock through it. Since hipsters regard messengers as the coolest of the cool when it comes to bicycles, they adopted the look.

Offline Dale

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #18 on: Nov 21, 2012, 12:05:32 »
You been watching Premium Rush DrJ? :-)

Yeah, I'm falling victim to the superficial here I think guys. I love the assymetry, and S Majure, you make some valid points regarding the hammering the rear wheel is going to take, as its essentially your braking wheel.

I found out today that you get aluminum knockoffs at a fraction of the cost +-$350.00, so then it purely becomes a style excercise. I showed my friend who gave me the bike the concepts today, and he says, its like putting one shoe on with laces and the other shoe has velcro. So I'm looking objectively at this again....

Offline S Majure

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #19 on: Nov 21, 2012, 12:45:23 »
I still like it
Or as Justin would say "I'd Sleep with it"

Offline flaco

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #20 on: Nov 21, 2012, 20:55:03 »
this one i found it in a pail of garbage here where i am ,its americana may by Ross probably 70-80

Offline Dale

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #21 on: Nov 22, 2012, 06:50:22 »
Nice find flaco!

OK! So managed to source a set of decals. :-)



Also found the handlebar I'm after on a UK based online site.

In keeping with with Italian heritage of the machine, here's a mockup with a set of new Campagnolas.


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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #22 on: Nov 22, 2012, 06:52:37 »
I wanted a set of the smaller spoke count wheels when I built mine. but MAN were they expensive!!

Offline flaco

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #23 on: Nov 22, 2012, 06:57:07 »
thanks Dale i didn't know what to do with it but looking at your built now i know . keep them coming

Offline Dale

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #24 on: Nov 29, 2012, 13:06:51 »
Bit of progress. Stripped and cleaned everything.

Some of the parts I've ordered have started trickling in...


The original fork was broken. This is an aluminum fork that I sanded down and then started polishing.

New Campagnolo wheels and the front tire.




Rear Campagnolo with different spoke configuration.




The only single speed kits that I could get hold of locally fitted Shimano Hubs only. The guys at Campagnolo fitted a Shimano Hub for me as a special request, and here it is with the single speed conversion...




White chain.




Steering head components all cleaned up. Will be doing some white paint to bring back to original. Had to get some heat in there which bubbled the paint. Seat post.




Crank.




And managed to find a 25.6mm bar.



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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #25 on: Nov 29, 2012, 13:15:05 »
Love that bar

Offline flaco

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #26 on: Nov 29, 2012, 18:42:49 »
nice work

Offline Dale

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #27 on: Dec 05, 2012, 14:54:48 »
Decals arrived today.



So did Blue tire.



Sent the frame on for sandblasting.

Offline rundown

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #28 on: Dec 16, 2012, 19:36:07 »
When I was involved in triathlons, probably before most in this thread were born.  We used fixed gear bikes to force us develop turn over, as I recall, this really was a surprisingly long time ago.  What is the purpose of a fixed gear other than as a training aid for geared bikes.

I don't want to hijack this thread, the pictures are great, so I'll start a thread on clip on height as related to bicycle bars.

Offline Dale

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Re: Benotto Fixed Gear Bicycle
« Reply #29 on: Dec 17, 2012, 15:45:19 »
What is the purpose of a fixed gear other than as a training aid for geared bikes.

As good a reason as any I can think of.

Polished up the stem and painted in the Benotto Logo.