Pulled this single speed together buying parts across the mighty interweb and the shed. All up about $450. Aluminium frame which took a while getting used to the stiffness compared to my previous steel framed steed. I roughly replicated the cockpit from my hardtail racing mountain bike so I didnt have that weird sensation going from narrow bars to steering a lounge chair on the mountain bike in races. I originally had 2 red spoked wheels on it but numerous broken spokes I cut my losses and went with the wanker aluminium 5 spoke “tuff” wheel from my childhood. Feels like a big fly wheel when you get it up to speed.
Recent developments (ie yesterday) of a cracked frame on this bike has permanently put it out of action, the parts have been harvested and frankensteined onto an old steel frame I had. I’ve ordered a new State bicycles Contender (after reading your review) from Glen at Canrdly Treadlies and I should pick it up this week (takes a bit to get to Perth as we are in 1998 over here and the delivery truck needs to be a Delorian).
Great blog and will be good to see other peoples bikes be it full originals like the Contender or unique builds.