Orbea road bike

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  • hi! i´new here , i´m converting an old road bike in a singlespeed , its an orbea , to move around the town .

    the first changes have been the wheels , i bought a 50 mm second hand ones for 50€ , and i started to dissasembly all the parts , the fork also i have bought because as show in the picture its blended :

    i have bought this vitus straight fork , it weights 530gr, the old was 870gr :

  • some spare parts are coming :

  • tryvativ handlebar, 170 gr uncut , and for 5€

  • looks cool; you going to paint it too?

  • That frame looks crashed.
    Have you got a side on photo from about the same height as the bike?

  • ^ I was thinking the same

  • i´ll sand it a little and repaint in the same color .

  • i checked it and it seems ok, I'll take a photo when I pick it up from the store, and i´ll ask for it to the shop guy .

  • after 3 weeks in the shop the guy say me that the fork hasn´t enough thread and he hasnt the tool to make it . I´m searching a shop in madrid where they do this work .
    We inspect the inside of the frame and its in good condition .
    At least i get remove the conection rod pin , i had to use blowtorch

  • and all dissasembly , ready for paint

    also i received the rest of the brakes :

  • painted!! sorry for the photo quality

  • i have received all the stuff left :

    • 1" seat post
    • 1" threat-ahead adaptader
    • singlespeed chain with fast conector
    • bearing kit for the bottom bracket
    • new headseat
    • 2 new 9mm rod pin

  • yesterday i started to make the brake adapter , this little piece cost 22€:

    im filing this aluminion block :

  • Why do you need a brake adapter?

  • because the modern brakes are shorter than the old ones, only 1cm more or less .

    in this photo it can be seen better,this is a foldable bike but is the same :

  • Not to be a dick, but why haven't you used a long reach caliper instead? Much cheaper method while looking cleaner as well if you ask me.

  • The whole project seems a little, er, misguided tbh.

  • Yes tbh I think it's a bit of a waste to spend money on this old low end frame

  • Not that low end, it has forged dropouts, proper brake bridge etc. It's just old as hell I reckon, probably late 70s. It can be a lovely commuter, the only aspect I don't get is the brake...

  • because at the begining i didnt know this, and after, in Spain the people have scrap but they think they have a jewel, and they are selling the old caliper for 20 € or more , i bought this for only 8€, its stronger, more efficient and lighter .

  • i had the frame , that its the more expensive, the rest of the bike cost me 140€ more or less, 45€ wheels, 45 € fork, 30€ the last order , the seat 8€ , and the full brakes 15€ , for this price i didnt find anything with almost 50mm wheels .
    All are classic bikes with normal rims and 15 kg .

  • Okay:) that's not too bad!

  • fork painted :

  • If it's anything like my experience in Austria, there are a lot of old bikes around but when it comes to getting parts for those old bikes people suddenly think that Aunt Irina's 1980s shopper was ridden by Napoleon in the battle of Agincourt. Spain seemed a lot more bike friendly when I visited, so I can only suggest to keep an eye out for a bike kitchen. Maybe the critical mass can help, look out for punky dudes wearing old black t-shirts

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Orbea road bike

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