I’m pretty new to this fixed geared stuff. I had a Mercier for about 2 months, and sold it just last week. I recently got a 3Rensho frame for myself as a birthday present on craigslist.
BUT, my car got broken into, and my phone and laptop got stolen. So I’m left with a 3Rensho frame and little money for parts… and I really dont want to sell the frame.
I’m using this bike to ride around town only. I was planning on getting NJS parts and what not, but, now I’m broke.
So someone make me feel better…Anyone ride Keirin frames with some lower end parts? Formula Hubs… Sugino Messenger cranks…
Seriously, if you have a nice frame, there’s nothing wrong with putting cheaper parts on it (unless they’re so cheap that they’re likely to fail). You can always upgrade later.
And despite what other people might tell you, you don’t need NJS. Really, why do you think you need NJS?
no really though, if the only frame you have right now is that but crappy parts, i guess you should ride it. really though, a 3rensho? that bitch deserves diamonds, save up.
no one NEEDS NJS. they just WANT NJS. you have a nice frame, so put parts on it that fit properly and will last.
sell your car, buy better bike parts. Then you can spend all the money you save on gas on bike stuff too!
I see nothing wrong with that as long as people are honest about what they’re buying and why. I can’t talk - my bike cost a small fortune.
I ride a bareknuckle with average parts for the most part. When I first built it up it was road drops, a cheap stem, canecreek headset, budget wheelset and RD’s with a messenger ring. Granted, the wheels have gotten better, but I love this bike just as it is.
I kinda of did the opposite. I put some pretty good parts on a lower-end frame. If you are happy with it it doesn’t really matter. Switch out the parts if you want to when you have the cash if not, whatever.
My third fixed is the one I’m putting the most time and money into. I waited a long time before I went into a high-end build.
Zelah is right though, that frame deserves diamonds.
Building up an “NJS parts” bike is fucking stupid. Just put some shit on the goddamn bike and ride it. It’s a bike, not a doll - you don’t play dress-up with it.
Put your cheap parts on now. It isn’t like you can’t enjoy it and continually upgrade. I mean bike parts have this cool thing about them is you can change them out with new parts just by un-doing these little metal screws and stuff. Its crazy.
but its like deflowering it if its not NJS!!!
Honestly, I like NJS bike candy as much as the next guy, but if you need a whip to ride and dont have the cash for all the NJS shit now toss some bits on it and ride it. As much as I like fresh and clean NJS frames, It hurts me a little bit when I see gorgeous frames that arent being ridden and appreciated. Beausage is gorgeous in my eyes.
There are literally thousands of 3Renshos out there… they’re really not nearly as rare or special as everyone makes them out to be - that’s all internet hype. Hell, MTV in Indy has a whole fleet of them they use alongside Fuji Tracks and Flite 100s as rental bikes. They deserve to be ridden, nothing more. Whatever gets you there without jeopardizing your safety and the safety of the frame is fine.
Screw your own safety, thats half the fun.
Sorry for if that is being a “troll.” Just wondering what you guys thought about this.
Of course I can upgrade in future, but not soon. I guess the reason why I asked this question is mainly the part about the Formula Hubs with Open Pros. I was going to go with Dura-Ace/Mavic Open… but I was told Formulas are “stronger,” and that they’d hold up better for commuting around town.
I could just have seen this thread taking a turn towards hilarity. Ask whatever the fuck you want.
Both will be fine for you.
Formulas to OPs will serve your purpose fine, though DA’s to OPs can be had for about 75 more dollars if you are clever about it.
[quote=“smellmypeebody”]Sorry for if that is being a “troll.” Just wondering what you guys thought about this.
Of course I can upgrade in future, but not soon. I guess the reason why I asked this question is mainly the part about the Formula Hubs with Open Pros. I was going to go with Dura-Ace/Mavic Open… but I was told Formulas are “stronger,” and that they’d hold up better for commuting around town.[/quote]
Both are great hubs, but Formulas are a much better option for street riding that Dura Ace - almost immeasurably so. Cartridge bearings (Formula) last tens of thousands of miles without needing even the slightest maintenance, while loose-ball (Dura Ace) require frequent overhauls in order to keep spinning without damaging the hub beyond repair. There are nominal performance differences, but nothing that anyone who isn’t an elite racer will notice.
The Formula/Open Pro combo is a great one, the Open Pro is a solid rim that’ll last a lifetime. In case you haven’t seen it, these are the best deal going on the pair.
haha those are dura ace hubs in the picture