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Old 09-13-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U Single Speed/Fixed Gear Dweebies...

Is this a decent bike?

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-TRACK-ROAD-R...QQcmdZViewItem



I need something to ride to work and the store, plus something that will get me in shape.

I already have a SyCip Pave, but it's too valuable to lock up outside.
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:27 PM   #2
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But it doesn't match your purse!
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:29 PM   #3
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that looks fine to me..
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:30 PM   #4
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Mopeds rock!

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Motobecane is one of the top names in the bike business - 80 years old, winner of the Tour d' France, winner of several world championships, inventor of the moped and of dual suspension bicycles.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:26 AM   #5
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Bump for the day crew
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:29 AM   #6
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decent enough to get stolen.

find an old rat bike and equip with some decent old school stuff to use for errands etc. Or just spray bomb that frame to look like it's a pos.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:30 AM   #7
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Your best bet would be to buy a cheaper used road bike and change it into a single speed.

Get this tensioner
http://www.misfitpsycles.com/catalog...products_id/38
and use an matched ratio front sprocket and you are set.

something like this setup
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:31 AM   #8
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Not bad, but not that great either.

If you're gonna use it for commuting put on a freewheel and a front brake. I see that it already has cablestops for a rear brake, which could be a good idea depending on where you live.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:40 AM   #9
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Why single speed?

I can practically pick up a decent 10-speed off the curb on bulk-trash pick-up day.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:42 AM   #10
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Not bad, but not that great either.

If you're gonna use it for commuting put on a freewheel and a front brake. I see that it already has cablestops for a rear brake, which could be a good idea depending on where you live.
Yeah. Man, I couldn't imagine riding a fixed with no brakes in traffic. These things are mnade for time trials, not grocery getting. There's no crosswalk in a velodrome.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:42 AM   #11
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there's something about single-speeds that bike guys like.. something about strength building or something..
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:44 AM   #12
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Will, what size frame do you ride?

-I'm working on an old Fuji project bike in the garage right now-
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:45 AM   #13
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there's something about single-speeds that bike guys like.. something about strength building or something..
True, but single speed and fixed are two different things. And then there's the issue of brakes...
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:45 AM   #14
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there's something about single-speeds that bike guys like.. something about strength building or something..
OK. But wouldn't one have the same strength building using a specific gear most of the time? And if you really need, there would be other gears to choose from?
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:47 AM   #15
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The biggest attraction about single speeds is the super-clean lines and total lack of drivetrain noise, weight, & upkeep.

But for actually riding, gears are better.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:50 AM   #16
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well i think a single speed works to strength train because if you're going up a steep hill, there is no option to "Granny Gear" it..
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:51 AM   #17
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and i was not aware that single speeds had no brakes
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:52 AM   #18
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Will, are you thinking about running fixed or SS? Tensioners aren't a great idea for fixie stuff, but if you're looking to freewheel you can take the suggestion to pick up a cheap-o ride and use a tensioner to heart.

And if anyone has to ask why SS/fixie, they'll never get it. And gears aren't necessarily better. It's not a matter of better or best. It's a matter of having fun riding a bike.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:54 AM   #19
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and i was not aware that single speeds had no brakes
SS an fixed gear are two different things completely. Single speed = coast when you don't pedal. Fixie = you can ride it backwards because everything's, well, fixed in place. You don't have to have a brake with a fixie, but I question the sanity of those that go brakeless and ride in traffic. I'm not strong enough to brake as quickly just by pedalling backwards.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:55 AM   #20
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Fixie = you can ride it backwards because everything's, well, fixed in place.
AWESOME
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:58 AM   #21
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AWESOME
Fun to ride, hard as hell if you gear it higher. Fixed gears are particularly good for hard training because of the whole no coasting thing. Combine that with just using your legs to slow you down going down a steep/long hill and the insane speed your legs spin and you've got a good little training tool.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:59 AM   #22
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Looks like a good deal to me. I would put breaks on it though. Taking an old bike and making it fixed would be close to the cost of buying this new.

I might pick one up myself.

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Old 09-14-2005, 12:02 PM   #23
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Your best bet would be to buy a cheaper used road bike and change it into a single speed.

Get this tensioner
http://www.misfitpsycles.com/catalog...products_id/38
and use an matched ratio front sprocket and you are set.

something like this setup
My suggestion.

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Old 09-14-2005, 12:05 PM   #24
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Will's not answering my question re: fixie or ss? So, Will, if you go SS don't buy a tensioner, use an old derailleur if you've got one sitting around. You can do a SS conversion on a bike for next to nothing if you've got a few spare parts or a shop that'll let you have some of theirs.
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Old 09-14-2005, 12:07 PM   #25
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I'm gonna agree w/ the beater philosophy here. My SS mtb was put together for a total cost of $60 and a bunch of spares I had. Hell, with a complete bike as a starter, I could pretty much make a SS for less than $10.

Will, what does your parts bin look like?
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