Hello Dennis: here is my fixie. I've not been naming my bikes, but I am thinking to call this one 'Mr. B'. It's a conversion of a Browning geared road bike -- the first Browning in the gallery, I believe. I bought it at a live auction for 90 bucks -- I think the price was high, but then I got into a bit of a bidding war.
Here is some info on Browning Bicycles, the same company of long-standing firearms fame. If anybody is interested, I have done more research on Browning's bike era and can provide greater detail on their history -- please just email me. Brownings are an odd short saga in bike-building.
<quote> In the early 1970's, Bruce and his sons formed a family research company to invent, research, prototype and sell ideas. Among these ideas was the concept of an automatic/electric bicycle transmission. For a short time in the early 1970's, Browning Arms marketed a bicycle as part of their sporting goods business. Under an agreement with Browning Arms, Bruce and his sons worked on an automatic bicycle transmission as part of this project. In 1977, Browning Arms closed their bicycle business, so Bruce and his sons continued to develop the transmission on their own. Since then it has undergone continuous change and improvement at the Browning Research. The company buildings are nestled in the woods, a half-hour ferry boat ride from Seattle, but about a century away in their idyllic surroundings. <endquote>
I don't know who 'Bruce' is. Google still finds hits on Browning automatic bicycle transmissions.
The bike is now fitted out as follows:
Original equipment: frame ("made in Belgium", standard steel so far as I can determine), brakes ("Racer" - Mafac, I believe), brake levers. New cables and pads.
New purchases: Kalloy seat post, Sun Rims, Formula Hubs, Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase 32 tires, and an American Classic bottom bracket.
Recycled/scrounged/donated: Terry seat, Sugino crankset, Kalloy stem, SPD pedals.
I'm running a 52t in front and a 19t (fixed) and 22t (free) on the flip-flop at the rear, following Sheldon Brown's suggestion to make the freewheel a bit bigger on a flip-flop, BUT the fixed ride is so NICE that I am wishing I had done a fixed-fixed hub! And I've been thinking about fenders... Maybe an update later...
I show it both in stripped and road-laden mode. The red Cannondale handlebar bag is era-respecting and dates to my first road bike, back in about 1975. The Zefal pump is new. The Topeak seat bag I share w/ my geared road bike.
I'd like to extend gratitude to Champaign Cycle Co., to Carrie and her sister for the crankset and stem, to Mr M. for repairs on the left crank, and a particular BIG THANKS to Scot, Prime Minister of Thistleland, for his hands-on education and assistance in this build.
A donation to FGG is coming by snail mail. Dennis, thank you VERY MUCH for this wonderful website.
Fred Davidson (Urbana, IL; firstname.lastname@example.org; 'mrfred' on the FGG Forum)