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Old 01-13-2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default Single gear/fixed gear cyclist!

I've had a hankering to do some road/street biking.. So I bought a khs framed single speed off of ebay for cheap. I'm gonna strip the paint off and either leave it bare metal or probably paint it gun metal gray.

Actually, I'm pretty excited about it.

Anyone else ride fixed or ss?

oh btw, hey everyone.. long time no OT
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:27 PM   #2
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I have a SS Gary Fisher and Surly Instigator, and I love riding them both! I'm trying to find a fixie to add to my stable of 4 bikes
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:42 PM   #3
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Got an old lugged Wisconsin-built trek 520 touring frame built as a fixed gear. 36 spoke Sun CR18 rims, Surly rear hub, old hi-flange Schwinn front hub. Plenty of room for 28c tires even under fenders. No rear brake. Shimano 105 front brake. Regular roadbike style drop bars with brake hoods, one lever just doesn't do anything. Pimp Christophe chrome toe clips w/ leather straps. It's lots of fun.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:11 PM   #4
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^ no rear brake?!?!?!
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:11 PM   #5
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Pimp it Yo!111one!

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Old 01-13-2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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^^^ That bike is friggin awesome. I've seena guy riding it around the beach.

I used to ride a fixed gear Raleigh Mtn bike to work, school, and the ocasional off road trip. Fixed gear is always fun, steep downhills are a pita though.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:57 PM   #7
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yeah, I might build up a fixed gear, but at the moment I'd rather just be on a single speed. Fixed, lately seems more of a scene thing more than anything else.. just my 3 cents.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:15 PM   #8
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^ no rear brake?!?!?!
Yeah, there's no point on a fixed gear.
1. Most of the stopping power comes from the front wheel. This is true on any vehicle.
2. Just resist the pedals to brake the rear wheel.

It might be a scene, but fixed gears are FUN! My Surly hub is threaded on each side and can take standard freewheel instead of a cog on either side. That way you can run SS on one side, or flip the wheel around for a fixed gear.
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Old 01-13-2006, 11:25 PM   #9
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An old roommate of mine tried riding his fixed gear home drunk and ate serious face thanks to a pothole. It was at that point I *knew* fixed gear bikes were silly and not ther next big thing.
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Old 01-13-2006, 11:27 PM   #10
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What's the excitement with fixed gear? I've always wondered. I've never really ridden one..
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Old 01-13-2006, 11:34 PM   #11
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What's the excitement with fixed gear? I've always wondered. I've never really ridden one..
On the one I've ridden, not being able to stop.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:04 AM   #12
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I recently built up a fixed gear. I absolutely love it. Talk about riding in its purest form. I built up an old Peugot, sandblasted and clearcoated, spare and ebay parts and of course, no brakes.

I rode it for several months like that and it was really wild. Ended up getting into bad accident (being stupid) and long story short, the bike now has a front brake.

Either way, i've enjoyed the whole experience, and look forward to building up my Lemond as a fixed gear now that i've picked up a second Independent.


I highly suggest checking out www.fixedgeargallery.com for your daily dose of fixed gear bike porn.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:05 AM   #13
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Im still on my bike running brakeless for about 3 years.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:25 AM   #14
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fixed = spin for the win
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:49 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by watcher in the sky
I've had a hankering to do some road/street biking.. So I bought a khs framed single speed off of ebay for cheap. I'm gonna strip the paint off and either leave it bare metal or probably paint it gun metal gray.

Actually, I'm pretty excited about it.

Anyone else ride fixed or ss?

oh btw, hey everyone.. long time no OT
Yeah I used to ride fixed... I did have a front caliper though to help with downhill stoplights and such.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:55 AM   #16
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ooooooooo those the types of bikes I used to ride as a kid... lol just "slam" on the pedals to brake...
I remember one time they had dug up the asphalt to redo the road and I tried to slide on the dirt/gravel, I guess like drifting but I didn't know what that was back then. well since a bike only has two wheels, I just fell onto my stomach and got all dirty...
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:58 AM   #17
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What's the excitement with fixed gear? I've always wondered. I've never really ridden one..
Biking at its most basic form. If you want to go forward...pedal. If youwant to stop...stop. It's that easy.

It's a great work out. Perfect for building the perfect pedal stroe.


Sittin on chrome I've got one of these

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Old 01-14-2006, 03:46 AM   #18
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umm my bike pretty much pwn3s joo all. i have a nice lemond that im currently building up. my next thing is to make it a track bike which should be done in the next week or so
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:33 AM   #19
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i want to build a chopper bicycle welding is fun.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:03 AM   #20
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ooooooooo those the types of bikes I used to ride as a kid... lol just "slam" on the pedals to brake...
I remember one time they had dug up the asphalt to redo the road and I tried to slide on the dirt/gravel, I guess like drifting but I didn't know what that was back then. well since a bike only has two wheels, I just fell onto my stomach and got all dirty...
You're thinking of a coaster brake hub. Pedal backwards slightly and the hub freewheels and applies the brake.

Fixed gear is a direct link between crank and hub. No freewheeling, ever.
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:10 AM   #21
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I've got an old Battaglin that I converted to a fixie for winter training. I love it, but I did install a front brake to make life a little easier. Not that bunny hopping potholes on a fixie is easy
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:43 AM   #22
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If you're ever in Los Angeles, stop by the Encino Velodrome. They have an open track night every Wednesday.

Encino Velodrome


Track stands are cool

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Old 01-14-2006, 12:03 PM   #23
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This was on the back of my STI when a got rear ended by an 18 wheeler.....



again nhurl sorry for your loss
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:51 PM   #24
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This was on the back of my STI when a got rear ended by an 18 wheeler.....



again nhurl sorry for your loss
Are you the guy who tried to make people believe that you were riding that bike when it got hit?
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=43771
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...nally+happened
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:52 PM   #25
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I have a '96 Specialized Hardrock mountain converted to fixed. It's my urban warrior. I painted it flat black with Tremclad and a paintbrush last year for the stealth look. Removed the rear brake and replaced the one-piece shifter/breaklevers with a big old Magura brake lever with a set of Shimano cantis up front. In the summer I'll be riding with 26"X1.5" slicks but for the winter I'm pimpin 26X2.1" Panaracer Fire XCs with red sidewalls. Oh yeah, currently running 42X14 gearing, which is a bit high but the bike weighs almost nothing so it's not too bad.
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