I regularly ride from Norwich down to the Suffolk coast and need of a bike that is a bit more suitable for sandy potholed coastal roads. There are also a multitude of bridleways and forest routes to explore in the area.
This Raleigh Yukon has been in my shed unused for years:
It is currently set up as a fixed gear snow/ice bike. It has two front wheels with a bolt on cog on the disc mount and studded tyres. Seeing as it rarely snows I will be converting it to a dropbar light touring bike.
The frame cost £3 on ebay. £10 for the forks which I think are Orange.
I will be keeping the rest of the build low budget with 1 x 7 gearing, Selcof Sterrato bars and bar end shifter.
Nice dude! I’m from Norwich too, what beaches do you normally head to?
Shingle street / Rendlesham Forest area.
A fixed gear snow/ice bike in England is so ridiculously niche it's fantastic.
Based on the costs so far you must be hoping to spend roughly another £3.67 or so to finish it off?
Great colours, following your build!
Selle Italia Expedia.
Bit of build inspo from @TvH ‘s old Raleigh. (RIP in pieces)
Love the frame!
It's currently undergoing a spectacular resurrection, though not in my hands.
This is FANTASTIC
Cheap wheels and brakes from Bankrupt bike parts fitted.
Shimano Altus hubs to Mach 1 rims with a 12 - 28 cassette. They needed a lot of truing.
Tyres are Conti Double Fighters.
The V brakes are Tektro 823A . There is plenty of room for adjustment and would work with 650B x 38 wheels.
A test ride confirms that I really don't like straight handlebars. Selcof Sterrato bars and a Holdsworth stem have been ordered.
I will also need a bigger chainring. 44 teeth will probably be the best option, giving gear inches of 94.4, 80.9, 70.8, 62.9, 56.7, 47.2, 40.5.
Selcof Sterrato bars, Holdsworth stem, Tektro RL520 levers and Shimano bar end shifters.
The shifter didn't fit in the bars. So first I tried using a grinding point to remove some material from inside diameter:
Unsuccessful! Next I tried brace and flatbit, which worked:
Bars and stem fitted with temporary spacers:
The forks are 1.1/8in A head and cut a little shorter than I would like. I found a low stack (22mm) headset in Wilkinsons. I presume I will be ok with the steerer tube inserted 3/4 of the way into the stem?
The original forks would have been 1.1/8 threaded.
This is going in a good direction. I like the Selcof Sterrato bars, got a set myself. Interesting that you found a headset in Wilkos - if that's what you mean by Wilkinsons?!
Steerer tube into stem - I think as long as the top of the steerer tube is level with the uppermost stem bolt, you should be ok...wouldn't be entirely happy relying on only one bolt pinching the steerer.
Sorry, I meant Wilco, not Wilkinsons or Wilkos. They are sometimes good for cheap basic bike parts. I thought they were a national chain, but it seems they only have stores in East Anglia and Yorkshire. It was bought 8 years ago for the previous build of this bike. I think it's one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ETC-Threadless-Headset-Steel-Black/dp/B0063HN4OS/
Deckas 44t narrow wide chainring:
Am i going to experience any problems running an Ultegra 8 speed bar end shifter with XTR derailleur and 7 speed cassette?
And is it better to run the gear cable on just on the bottom part of the drops, or all the way underneath the bartape to exit near stem? will it be too tightly bended?
Finished and taken for a test ride.
The gears are working perfectly and the chainring engages with the chain smoothly and silently. Tyres roll nicely too, it doesn't really feel any slower than my road bike.
This is excellent. Looks like a lot of fun.
Some pictures from a longer ride, around 125 miles at the weekend:
I took a mainly on road route, until reaching the bridleway around Staverton Thicks and then getting lost in Rendlesham Forest.
The return route to Norwich was a bit more off road via any bridleways I could spot on my map; I left the road at Iken, followed the path from Snape Maltings to Aldburgh, then along the coast path from Thorpeness to Dunwich . The last part of the beach from Minsmere to Dunwich is unridable, so more walking pushing the bike through shingle.
Don't worry about formatting, just type in the text and we'll take care of making sense of it. We will auto-convert links, and if you put asterisks around words we will make them bold.
For a full reference visit the Markdown syntax.
© LFGSS, powered by microcosm.
Report a problem
London Fixed Gear and Single-Speed is a community of predominantly fixed gear and single-speed cyclists in and around London, UK.
This site is supported almost exclusively by donations. Please consider donating a small amount regularly.