I’ve got a bike from 2009 and I rode it 40km in silence yesterday.
Cut inner tube stopping the pannier rattling.
Mudguards adjusted correctly. Araldite preventing any rattling on the metal/plastic junction.
Chain is some massively thick BMX one.
48 x 17 fixed.
Tektro basic brakes with some £2 pads, as I rarely used the brakes when riding fixed.
Square taper BB has never been changed.
Headset has never been changed and makes zero crunching sound and turns perfectly.
Not sure how old my ExocetII is, but I paid £400 for it and have recabled it and put a new headset and BB in. It’s silent and works perfectly.
Clean your bike, get on eBay and buy a new chainset (I bet you can get an FSA Omega 53/39 for like £15) then buy some lifeline cables and bar tape from wiggle.
Go to bearings direct and get a new headset.
Replace the bottom bracket.
Make sure it’s all clean.
Put some new tyres on.
True the wheels, or replace them with some RS11 (again, never more than £65 from eBay, as they come as stock on everything and people just want rid)
It’s about three hours work, max.
It’s all external cables, isn’t it?
Threaded BB Too?
So more like two hours.
Looking at £150 max and it’ll be as good as new.
To be fair, when it’s stripped down, you may as well take it to a local car garage and just ask them to spray it when then they next do a car - you will get a nice colour surprise
I had one of those. I absolutely loved it. For a couple of winters I went old school and did all of my long, hilly rides on my fixie - strong legs required for the ups and supple legs for the fast descents. I was very sad when the frame broke after about 10 years of hard riding.
When I replaced it I went for the steel framed Pearson Now You See Me and it’s just not the same. It doesn’t help that chainsets seem to have a life expectancy of about 12 months before I snap a crank
Gutted when my fixie died. I just couldn’t find one cheap enough and good enough to hack about on to replace it. I want steel as well , but geo and price went against me. Whatever happened to cheap Fuji Track Classics for instance , I found one on ebay for double what I paid new. I got mine for £275 in an Evans sale, bought a new chainring and cog and changed the bars to bullhorn type. Lasted a good 8 years with little more than a new chain/cog/ring once and tyres!
I thought I’d struck lucky with an LBS at the end of my street. Went in there with a question about a ten speed dérailleur…it was the first he’d heard of anything more than nine. I don’t know how I didn’t laugh.