Can tell a lot of time, thought, and $ went into this build, as the finished product looks absolutely great. Shame the frame is so uninspiring.
Custom Schwinn Madison Fixed Gear Bicycle – Medium (54.5) – $1275 (NW Portland)
Schwinn Madison track bike: A beautiful classic fixed gear bike you can ride all year.
This bike was purchased new in 2008 as a winter training/fun bike. At the time, it was one of the only track bikes available with fender mounts and ample clearance to run proper fenders.
I personally enjoy building bikes and upgrading parts with a goal of creating an elegant look and impeccable function. This bike is no exception. From the attached pictures, you will see that I have taken meticulous care of this bike. Every part has been replaced and upgraded. Many of the aluminum parts have been painstakingly stripped and hand polished, bringing out the true beauty of the metal. Frame Saver has been applied internally to the frame to prevent inner rusting and a drain hole was installed in the bottom bracket shell. A new old stock original Schwinn head tube badge was added as a finishing touch. The result is a sweet ride that can be used year round. This bike has accompanied me on town rides, training rides, velodrome and circuit road races, and work commutes.
Wheels: Hand built using new old stock 28h Mavic Open 4 ceramic rims, DT Swiss revolution spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples, and Phil Wood SLR high flange polished track hubs.
-These rims are the predecessor to the Open pro rim, so they are very similar. The ceramic brake track will not wear out nor leave your bike with black aluminum residue after a wet ride.
-Regarding the hubs, I chose the SLR lightening option (windows cut in the flanges of the hub), which was an up-charge at the time but looks better than the solid flanges.
-The rear hub is a flip flop double fixed hub.
I will include 2 Phil Wood stainless lock rings. There is a 16t Dura Ace track cog currently installed. Wheels come with 23mm Continental 4 season tires, which are the perfect do everything tires.
Crankset: IRD Defiant 144bcd track crankset.
-This is an exact copy of the Campagnolo Record Strada track crank. I chose the IRD crank because the Campy cranks have a tendency to crack. The IRD crank is cold forged and then CNC machined, so they are much stronger.
-I also upgraded the stock metal and plastic crank bolts with Campagnolo all metal bolts.
46t chainring will be included
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN 55 JIS square taper bottom bracket.
-Spins like butter
-I upgraded the non drive stock plastic cup to a Wheels Manufacturing aluminum version.
Chain: Sram PC 7X 1/8″.
Headset: Chris King no thread set.
-Has been stripped and hand polished to a mirror shine including the stem cap.
Stem: Velo Orange tall stack stem, 110mm,.
-Hand stripped and polished. A beautiful stem made to look like a vintage quill stem with it’s 17 degree angle.
Handlebars: Deda Zero 100 31.8 bars
-Stripped and polished to match all the other parts. Light, with a short reach, shallow drop, and an oversized top section.
-Fizik bar tape
-Classic Chinelli metal bar end plugs
Brake Levers: Tektro R200 brake levers.
-These brake levers are a copy of a Campagnolo brake lever.
-This model is currently discontinued and is hard to find. It’s also a more comfortable shape than the newer model.
Fenders: Velo Orange polished aluminum fenders with Honjo fork crown and seat stay bridge mounts.
-Using these mounts along with leather fender washers makes for a clean look and solid, rattle-free fenders.
Brake: Velo Orange Grand Cru long reach brake.
-Hand polished. Not anodized. No logos.
-One of the best long reach brakes around. Stout, classy fluted design, and uses ball bearings at the main pivot point.
-Upgraded with titanium pivot bolts.
Seatpost: Shimano Ultegra 6600 in 27.0
-Stripped and hand polished.
-This is a one piece forged seatpost which is lighter then their earlier post designs and more done urable then the two piece Dura Ace post of the same era.
-Upgraded the seat binder bolt to a Campagnolo model.
Saddle and pedals are not included.
Terry Liberator Race Saddle available for $50:
-Black leather cover, Ti rails.