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My fixie submission has an interesting story behind it. I raced and trained on a wonderful Bianchi Reparto Corse SBX track some years ago, graduate school poverty forced me to sell it, and I have kicked myself ever since. I kept my Superbe pro racing and training wheelsets, hoping to return to the fixie fold someday. I could not justify spending money on a new frame, as my primary sport these days is long-track ice speedskating, and all my pennies go for that, but nosing around the web one day, I came across this page.
I had a nice Klein frame in the basement that I often used to race. I found that with a 49-link chain, I could have a spinny training gear of 48-17 and my old racing gears of 50-15 and 50-14. Using my old wheelsets and limiting myself to parts in my basement, Voila! I was back in fixie land for free!
The Klein built up wonderfully, and like all Kleins, if you run over an ant, you can tell if it’s a red or black ant. It's not a groovy steel ride at all; it's dragster fast & wicked light, one of the best out-of-the-saddle sprinting bikes I have ever ridden, 16 lbs as pictured.
With a track drop bar, no brake, track length cranks, and my old race tubular wheels, the dang thing is 13.5 lbs! Riding a fully geared bike feels sluggish now. I call the bike the Lizard King, after the head tube decal I put on after an endless road ride through the canyonlands near Moab. I still miss my Reparto Corse Bianchi track and would own one again in a second, but for now, the Lizard makes me smile every time I ride.
Klein Lizard King Specs
Frame: Klein Quantum Pro Aluminum 55cm, vintage ’93
Fork: SR Sakae Litage
BB: Klein press fit
Headset: Mystery Shimano
Stem/Handlebars: Cinelli XA & Scott Drop-ins,
Brake/lever: Shimano Dura-Ace and misc suntour atb lever
Wheels: 32h Superbe pro hubs, Sun mistral rims, Dt spokes back, Hoshi bladed front
Crankset: Clark Kent 175mm road, 48t Shimano ring w/17 tooth suntour cog, SRP Bolts
Pedals: Time titan magnesium
Chain: Ancient Shimano uniglide
Saddle/post: Selle Italia Flite & American Classic