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Old 01-28-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Any fixed gear bike riders out there? (not necessarily track, btw)

Thinking about turning my old Cannondale into a fixie and just wondered if any of my fellow Subie freaks were into 1x1. If so, what are you riding?
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:40 PM   #2
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One time the clucth cable snapped on my dirt bike and I was stuck in 1st gear.....does that count?
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:41 PM   #3
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One time the clucth cable snapped on my dirt bike and I was stuck in 1st gear.....does that count?

Only if you were pedaling, wise ass.


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Old 01-28-2004, 04:42 PM   #4
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i saw a guy with a single speed mtn bike riding solo at our local 24 hr race

captin insano... if you asked me
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:43 PM   #5
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i saw a guy with a single speed mtn bike riding solo at our local 24 hr race

captin insano... if you asked me
OMFG! He must have titanium quads.
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:44 PM   #6
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i saw a guy with a single speed mtn bike riding solo at our local 24 hr race

captin insano... if you asked me

A buddy of mine has a single speed MTB. Pretty core. I thought about doing that with my oldest mountain bike, but figure a fixed gear roadie bike would be more fun where I live.
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:44 PM   #7
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I'm in the process of building a old mountain bike frame into a single speed cross bike.

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Old 01-28-2004, 04:47 PM   #8
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Single speed mountain bikes aren't usually fixed. You'd die.

Fixies & track bikes make my knees cry. They're cool, though. I rode a friend's fixed once- it scared me

I have an old road bike that I've turned into a regular single speed for my neighborhood cruiser.

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Old 01-28-2004, 04:48 PM   #9
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yeah think 24 hrs of lemans .. cept with hills and a bike

each lap was 14 miles .. i think he did 16 laps

the guy that won solo did 21 .. i think the results have been taken down
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:55 PM   #10
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Single speed mountain bikes aren't usually fixed. You'd die.

Fixies & track bikes make my knees cry. They're cool, though. I rode a friend's fixed once- it scared me

I have an old road bike that I've turned into a regular single speed for my neighborhood cruiser.

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I was operating on the assumption (and we know what happens when one assumes anything) that everyone knew what they were talking about and were just mentioning the next best thing, since I put 1x1 in the original post. I'll take SS stories; fixie folks are hard to find.
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:57 PM   #11
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I was operating on the assumption (and we know what happens when one assumes anything) that everyone knew what they were talking about and were just mentioning the next best thing, since I put 1x1 in the original post. I'll take SS stories; fixie folks are hard to find.
What's the point of 1x1 or SS? More reliable? lighter?
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Old 01-28-2004, 05:11 PM   #12
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What's the point of 1x1 or SS? More reliable? lighter?
Well, fixed gear offers some advantages in terms of your spin, and I'd say that's the main thing I'm looking for out of one. Kind of like what indoor rollers do for your pedalstroke; it helps to smooth your pedalstroke out and make you more efficient. But, the bikes are inherently more simple and as a result, lighter and less prone to malfunction. If you read enough on sheldonbrown.com you'll find a lot of folks that talk about a more direct connection the road, etc. I'll let you know if that's the case if I can get this thing put together in the next month or so.

Edit: don't get the SS thing just yet, personally, except that it's different and offers a different challenge.
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Old 01-28-2004, 05:36 PM   #13
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I was going to build my Ted Wojcik into a singlespeed. Fixed gear is to hard to ride of difficult terrain. and seems a little dangerous, especially on the road.
Come spring I might build a singlespeed if I buy a full suspension
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Old 01-28-2004, 05:37 PM   #14
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Fixed gear riders have a screw loose
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not to rain on your parade: you might not be able to put a fixed or single on a dale. vertical dropouts won't allow it, no adjustment. you might be able to get a tentioner (sp). don't forget about the BB spindle width and the inside of the drive crank, re-centering the rear wheel. the list of mods necessary goes on and on.

buy a cheap steel frame and have fun.

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Best thing about a single speed is the simplicity. In the days of 27 speeds, a ton of derailleur cables, and complicated levers, riding a single speed is like taking you back to your biking days as a kid.

On the trail, they're a damn challenge to ride, but you don't have to deal with all that shifting & whatnot. Fun! But hard to do. On the road, I think they're great for cruising, but if I'm on a ride that involves lots of miles or hills, I'll take my regular road bike.

You can make almost any old road frame into a single speed. Surly sells their "Singulator" or whatever the hell it is- designed to accomodate chain tension in non-horizontal dropouts. BB shell width is rarely, if ever, an issue. You also don't need to worry so much about re-centering the wheel, as you can get all the appropriate spacers, etc.

I'd consider buying a new single-speed mountain bike- like the Redline Monocog, or something like that. But for a road bike, half the fun is building one up from some old frame, using all the assorted bits in your bike parts box. Mine is made from an old Tange-steel Lotus 10 speed from the mid 80.'s

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Old 01-28-2004, 06:01 PM   #17
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Fixed gear riders have a screw loose

Wimp. (Besides, not like it'll be the only roadie bike. Just the winter bike.)

And White Industries started making a hub last year that addresses the issue of chain tension with vertical dropouts. You're not raining on my parade at all, pepper. Besides, there's no more room for bikes in our place, so another frame would be out of the question.

KD, with the exception of the rear hub, most, if not all, of my fixie conversion will be with parts from the ol' bike box. YOu're right, that's the fun part.

Ducman, I agree that fixie is pretty tough off road; I'm a little intimidated by parts of it on the road, but I think I'll adjust after a week or two.
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not to rain on your parade: you might not be able to put a fixed or single on a dale. vertical dropouts won't allow it, no adjustment. you might be able to get a tentioner (sp). don't forget about the BB spindle width and the inside of the drive crank, re-centering the rear wheel. the list of mods necessary goes on and on.

buy a cheap steel frame and have fun.

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It's pretty simple to do up a beater SS on an old MTB. Keep the middle ring only on the crank, get a bmx SS cog (16 or 18 tooth), make spacers out of PVC to fit the freewheel (or get one of the $9.99 kits off ebay that includes the spacers and cog). Keep your rear der. and lock it into position w/ a shifter cable inserted reverse-ways. You can fine-adjust the der. w/ the barrel adjuster.
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Ducman, I agree that fixie is pretty tough off road;
I really don't think anyone actually rides a fixed-gear off road, do they?

Fixed-gear=no freewheel=no coasting=track bike

Single Speed=one gear=normal freewheeling.

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I really don't think anyone actually rides a fixed-gear off road, do they?

Fixed-gear=no freewheel=no coasting=track bike

Single Speed=one gear=normal freewheeling.

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Yes, yes they do. Scary huh? Maybe those are the people that wagonmonster said have a screw loose. I don't doubt him if that's the case.
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There is a person on the Saturday ride I do that rides a fixed gear in the winter. It is a 35 mile ride on the rollies on PCH with a pack of 150. He gets dropped on the uphills but catches back of the downhills. He has got thighs the size of Earl Campbell.

I miss the Dominguez Hills Olympic track.

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