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Jeff’s Rando Fixie

December 19th, 2012

The Rando explosion continues, this time in fixed-gear flavor. Truly a return to tradition, seeing that well into the 1930′s most bikes were fixies. 650B wheels, Henry James lugs, Pacenti PBP crown, SON generator hub, Paul and Phil components… this is a nicely trimmed light tourer. New for us was the SON SL hub from Peter White – no pesky connectors at the hub, a special dropout conducts the juice to the lights. More on that in a sec, first some pictures. I left the rear fender struts long to handle chain stretch, gear ratio changes, and the fact that Jeff will also occasionally be running the 42c Hetre tires from Compass (show here are 38c Lierres). It can be a bear getting a good fender line with horizontal dropouts.

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Other things to note: Supernova E3 lights, Campy Cross brakes, and a painted-to-match Lezyne pump. So about those dropouts: one is specially machined to accommodate in insulating washer and a contact that runs up a wire thru the fork blade. Similarly, the drive side of the generator axle is isolated and provides juice for the lights. Here it is going together:

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Now, this means that this wheel will only work as a generator in this fork. But come on, if you have that many 650B bikes around you have bigger problems than that… the advantage is quick and easy removal and installation of the wheel, which is especially great if it gets packed or put on a roof rack a lot. And it just looks smoove.

I also installed a frame break to adapt this Soma for belt drive use:

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And finally, I’ve been doing a dropout replacement on Bobby’s Wojcik. He’s going to use it as a single speed, with Black Cat Rocker dropouts. They’re pretty cool:

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Next: Bobby’s finished, Tim’s Bottecchia repaint, and it’s 29er o’clock!

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4 Responses to “Jeff’s Rando Fixie”

  1. Emily O'Brien says:

    December 30th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Yay for rando fixies! :D
    And that one is really gorgeous!

  2. Paul says:

    January 3rd, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Jeff’s Rando Fixie is fantastik! A well thought out, straight forward, all around machine and it’s gorgeous too!

  3. John says:

    March 1st, 2013 at 4:17 am

    So cool! Nice to see those SON hubs used! What kind of track dropouts are those? They have a built in chain tensioner?

  4. admin says:

    March 1st, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Those are from Paul Component Engineering. Yes, they come with those tensioners, very handy, I added the stainless steel faces.

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