Runaway 1st Place Winner - #11 Pieter Loftus' Peugeot - $147.80
2nd - #3 James Miller's Koga Miyata - $144.38
3rd - Tie
#8 Kevan Smith's GT - $135.60
#5 Michael Neff's Motobecane - $143.00

Down below were the original instructions for the contest. Now it's your job as viewer to select whose creation is going to come out on top. Remember "creativity and gumption count as much as skill and actual craftsmanship". So, take a look and make your pick.

Please put in the email subject box the words CONTEST followed by the entrant's number that you pick.


Send your vote to

You have until July 30th to vote.

Convert an ugly duck into a swan!

This is just a very simple contest. Convert a complete, geared bicycle that you bought from a yard sale, thrift-store, swap-meet, or flea-market into an elegant fixed-gear riding machine. We want to see the artist/mechanic in each of you.

There's no theme, so build the bike the way you think it should be built . . . simple, huh? There's no categories either. If you call it a track, or touring bike, then that's what it is. Winner takes all.

Build-Off Rules:
You must start with a complete geared bike - road, mountain, cruiser, etc. This means it must have been at least a 3-speed to begin with, and the finished bike has to have all the parts that a bicycle needs to be ridden. If you dont know what those parts are, then this is your chance to learn.
The bike must be [or have been] purchased used. Please don't use the old: "My Dad gave me an old Hetchins Magnum Opus Mk 3 from the garage." That ain't acceptable.You must use as many original parts as possible.
You cannot spend more than $147.83* US on the ENTIRE build. This includes the purchase price of the bicycle[s]. So shop hard!

Q: Can I buy 2 or 3 complete bikes at a Yard-Sale and combine the parts?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: Can I use any parts from my parts bin?
A: You can use 1 (one) part from your bin (but not the frame or rear wheel)
Q: Can I trade stuff from my parts bin for stuff that I need for this build.
A: No. But you can sell a part and use the money.
Q: What about road-side finds, can I use a complete bike that I find at the curb on trash day?
A: Always somebody to complicate this whole thing, but well, we suppose so, but for us to believe you - you'll need to have some documentation, ya know?

The owner must be the builder, and do all of the work themselves, i.e., paint, wheel-dishing, chainbreaking, gear-fixing, teeth clinching, etc. No teams, no bike shop drop-offs. And since the judges are going to be folks just like you, the best hot-shot mechanic isn't going to have much advantage - creativity and gumption count as much as skill and actual craftsmanship.
You must document the build process. We want to hear your success stories, and how many times you whacked your knuckles on the chainstays. Keep your receipts, in case of ties in voting we may need to verify all this crap.

Q: Can I borrow or use a tool from a bike shop?
A: Yes, as long as you pay for the use of the tool and include that charge into your total cost. None of that "My buddy's Dad owns a Nascar garage, so we used his press, spray booth, and tig welder..." Nope, can't do that, yer busted pal.
Q: There's a lot of bikes locked to the racks at a local college. Can I steal one of those to build up for this contest?
A: Nope, busted again.

You must include before/after pictures. Pics of the process are a bonus.
All parts [brand/model] should be listed in the documentation.
Total cost and parts list should be included. This means everything.
Yes, the bike must end up as a fixed-gear.
Submissions must be received by Tuesday, July 15, 2006. This gives you roughly a 3 1/2 month build time. It must say Contest Sumission in the subject line of the eMail, and all of your info must be in the eamil along with photos.
Contest will be judged by you, the fixedgeargallery viewers.
If you submit a bike that is already in the gallery, your submission will flushed down the proper channel.
Announcement of the winner will be on August 1, 2006.

So, include:
Before/During/After pictures
Where/When you bought it.
How much you paid [total].
What work you did.
What did you have to buy?
What parts did you salvage?
What parts did you make from scratch?

What to win?
Self-respect, a killer bike, and the joy of knowing you can do it.
The chance to become a better mechanic, and artist - A bike-geek!
Winner gets their choice of the following:
a) Free ticket to the 2006 Symposium (or re-imbursement)
b) Free round-trip shipping of the winning bike to the Symposium (Max $50)
c) Swag-Grab-Bag (might be anything, Charlie is pickin' the swag)

Photos of the winner and the winning bike (or the actual bike) will be dispayed at the Symposium in the Shrine To Simplicity.

* There is absolutely no significance to the amount of $147.83.

Submit your entry to:

1. Blaine's BCA - $22.29

click on any image to see entrant's story about converting the bike and photos about the process.

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2. Eugene Weaver's Ross - $103.60

3. James Miller's Koga Miyata - $144.38

4. Robert Schutter's Ross - $145.75

5. Michael Neff's Motobecane - $143.00

6. Ed Singletary's CCM - $79.00

7. Lyle Hild's Centurion - $133.73

8. Kevan Smith's GT - $135.60

11. Pieter Loftus' Peugeot - $147.80

12. Michael Thomas' Bad Boy - $147.05

13. David Grant's Miyata - $60.78

14. Alejandro Garcia's Raleigh - $147.68 (oops corrected - $148.01)