FatCogs Community Discussion Forums

Go Back   FatCogs Community Discussion Forums > Fat Chance Bicycles > Reader's Rides Gallery

Reader's Rides Gallery Show us your Fat. Keep your clothes on, though.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old September 16th, 2011, 9:15 PM   #1
tonic
New Member
 
Join Date: September 16th, 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 3
Default Oddball Ti Fixie late 80s - hoping to learn more

First: please ignore the build. When I picked up the frame I just threw on the components I had laying around and got to riding.

Now I'd finally like to build this frame up properly, but I'm curious to find out if anyone here knows anything more about it. I stumbled on this forum trying to do a little internet research on Fat Chance and those early days of titanium frames.

Here's what I know:
- It came out of the Somerville MA basement of Phil Chin in the summer of 2008 (that's when I bought it)
- My understanding is that Phil Chin worked for Fat Chance during the late 80s and/or early 90s and theoretically this frame was made there in that timeframe
- It's titanium but I believe the tubing is from before the days of bike-specific Ti tubing. It's unusually small in diameter but the frame is not actually that light given the size.
- The dimensions are roughly:
Top tube 50cm
Seat tube 51cm
Down tube 60cm
- It has track dropouts with a derailleur hanger, but no lugs anywhere for cable routing and the rear is not drilled for a brake
- The welds are totally stunning
- no decals, serial number, or anything else anywhere on the bike

Even though I'm about 5'8" and the frame is definitely too small for me, I've ridden this thing a ton of miles - it's my commuter and I also pretty frequently ride Paradise loop, Marin Headlands, and other Bay Area awesomeness. I've even done the full 70 mile tour of Lake Tahoe. I love it, and so I'd love to hear if anyone knows more about its origin or history. Was it intended to be a track bike? Polo bike? Was it just welding practice using scrap stock or something?

I'd also love any input on how to build it up right this time around.

And without further ado, pictures:









Earlier iteration with Pista drops:



Full gallery is here:
http://tonic.smugmug.com/Sports/Custom-Ti-Fixie


Thanks!!
tonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 16th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #2
IF52
Senior Member
 
IF52's Avatar
 
Join Date: October 1st, 2006
Location: Ohio USA
Posts: 414
Default

Not sure what it is, but back in the 80s, at least in my neck of the woods, bike polo was done on mtn bikes on grass fields, not track bikes.

The der hanger has me puzzled too. No signs of cable stops having been ground off and the tubes re-scotch brited? Or a way to fix a rear brake on under the chain stays as you see on a few TT bikes today?
__________________
M.O.M.

Keep your mudflaps down
IF52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 17th, 2011, 2:06 PM   #3
mainlyfats
Senior Member
 
mainlyfats's Avatar
 
Join Date: August 13th, 2004
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 712
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IF52 View Post
The der hanger has me puzzled too.
Manual dinglespeed with a Melvin?
mainlyfats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 17th, 2011, 2:39 PM   #4
theredchili
Senior Member
 
theredchili's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 18th, 2011
Location: FoD UK
Posts: 215
Default

No idea about the bike , all I do know is I like it very much !


great looking bike
__________________
www.fodmtbguides.com:
Current Rides
: 1991 Yo Eddy, Team Fat Chance :1991 Yo Eddy,Team Fat Chance SS :1989 Fat Chance:1991 Monster Fat Chance :1988 Wicked Fat Chance
theredchili is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 17th, 2011, 3:51 PM   #5
tvcreative
Senior Member
 
tvcreative's Avatar
 
Join Date: March 15th, 2010
Location: Naperville IL
Posts: 716
Default

litespeed tachion, just kidding, sure is unusual.

Last edited by tvcreative; September 17th, 2011 at 6:31 PM.
tvcreative is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 27th, 2011, 3:12 PM   #6
tonic
New Member
 
Join Date: September 16th, 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks All!

Quote:
Originally Posted by IF52 View Post
No signs of cable stops having been ground off and the tubes re-scotch brited? Or a way to fix a rear brake on under the chain stays as you see on a few TT bikes today?
There's definitely no consideration for a rear brake under chainstay. As to cable stops, the frame was perfect without a single scratch when I got it - definitely no visible signs of changes or modifications. Also, it had been built up only for a couple of months after digging the frame out of Phil's garage: I think it was preserved as originally fabricated.

It's that orphan derailleur hanger more than anything that has me thinking it was some kind of an exercise made from extras/scraps.

I'm thinking now about throwing bmx splined cranks and stem and risers on there. Blasphemy?

Something like this:



tonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 27th, 2011, 3:31 PM   #7
tvcreative
Senior Member
 
tvcreative's Avatar
 
Join Date: March 15th, 2010
Location: Naperville IL
Posts: 716
Default

NO NO...leave it, it's great the way it is...

but i redo all of my bikes all of the time - just to do it

good luck
tvcreative is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 27th, 2011, 8:53 PM   #8
yo' djblu
Senior Member
 
yo' djblu's Avatar
 
Join Date: July 25th, 2004
Location: new jersey
Posts: 170
Default

dont know what it is dont really care all i know is i cant stop lookin at it. BEAUTIFUL.
yo' djblu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 27th, 2011, 9:11 PM   #9
mainlyfats
Senior Member
 
mainlyfats's Avatar
 
Join Date: August 13th, 2004
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 712
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tonic View Post
Thanks All!

I'm thinking now about throwing bmx splined cranks and stem and risers on there. Blasphemy?
Do it - those spacers are keeping me up nights. Get Geekhouse to build you a steel fork for it too.
mainlyfats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 27th, 2011, 9:24 PM   #10
tonic
New Member
 
Join Date: September 16th, 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 3
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
Do it - those spacers are keeping me up nights. Get Geekhouse to build you a steel fork for it too.
Exactly. Those spacers make my heart hurt every single time I ride it.
tonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 16th, 2017, 1:19 PM   #11
Stingercut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 2nd, 2013
Location: London
Posts: 505
Default

Shame there are no more hosted pics of this rare beauty. Can anybody can rehost some please ?
Stingercut is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.