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Old 04-07-2004, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default track/fixed gear bike?

anybody have any experience riding/building one? how much should it cost to get a new rear wheel built up? what gear ratios are you running, i was thinking 46/16. the chainrings on the road bike (old sekai) are 52 and 40 tooth, which i think will be too big.
i'm trying to build it as cheap as possible $150 or so, and upgrade the handlebar/stem and front wheel later.

tips/suggestions?
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:50 PM   #2
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I bet Google knows...
Or better yet a cycling forum.

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Old 04-07-2004, 01:55 PM   #3
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done that, just trying to get some real world testimonials. and plus i'm bored.
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:58 PM   #4
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A 52 tooth roadie would KILL your knees and you'd never be able to stop the bike. I'd say your best bet is to get out on someones road bike and play with gears until you can find one you can stay in that's comfortable starting and up to top speed. I'd say that would be 40-16/17. 46-16 is a pretty tall gear bro.
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:05 PM   #5
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LookHERE!

Start off with the Sheldon Brown site for reference.

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Old 04-07-2004, 02:08 PM   #6
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http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=178

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Old 04-07-2004, 02:10 PM   #7
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Yes! Another crazy person!

I rode a fixed gear for 4 years, commuting to work, working as a bike messenger downtown and going to classes. And piss on those who tell you you need brakes, you don't really need brakes at all if your hardcore. It is very useful to be able to do a 3 point U-turn on a bike. Backing up is the hard part to learn.

Couple of things to know when building a fixed gear. First, any road frame will do as long as it has horizontal rear dropouts. Most new frames have vertical dropouts and you will spin the rear hub completely out of the frame the first time you slow down with a fixed gear if you use the vertical dropouts. Second, rear wheels need to be built using a 3-cross spoke pattern on both sides, as you are loading the wheel equally in both directions it needs to be strong. Use a dedicated fixed gear chain (1/8") and rings, as the chain will be subjected to much more stress as well. I can snap and new 9-speed shimano road chain like yarn. A solid BMX hub with locking rings and the right axel width makes a good solid cheap hub for a rear wheel buildup, but I suggest just springing for a Dura-Ace track hub as it's lighter and works better for not too much more money.

Now, it depends on what you are using the bike for. If this is a everyday bike then your 46/16 should be allright, but it will depend on how strong your legs are, how quickly you want to accelerate/stop as well as top speed you intend on traveling (remember your legs will always be spinning). A good bet is to go with a good rear hub w/ larger front ring and get a selection of rear rings 12-23 tooth and you can change them out depending on what you are using the bike for.

Check out http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html

Have fun and remember, "coasting is for wimps"
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:36 PM   #8
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thanks for the help, i think i'll start out w/ 44/18 3/32" chainring and cog, i think i saw a basic suzue rear for 39 on harris.

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