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Any fixed-gear/single-speed fans?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by sygyzy, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    does a bmx count? if so i was in my younger days

    That is why I am buying a fixed gear road bike. Reminds me of my youthful days riding my BMX from sun up to sun down. [​IMG]
     
  2. T4phage

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    .. but you can't do tabletops with the bikes posted idt
    =(
     
  3. CityConnection

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    .. but you can't do tabletops with the bikes posted idt
    =(


    lol. But there are people who do land tricks. [​IMG]
     
  4. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You will all enjoy this.
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  5. turboman808

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    I have a single speed specialized bicycle. Nothing amazing and not nearly as cool as some of the old school stuff.

    When I did restore a vintage bicycle I wanted something a little more usable. I wanted to ride it everywhere. Used a old school steel lug colnago with a single down tube shifter for the rear and only the large ring up front. 6 speed cassette out back with big enough gaps that I can ride it up the steepest of mountains and race down. Used campagnolo nuovo groupset with modolo levers. cables are ran so you don't really see them. Give a really smooth and fast look to the bike. Has a newer brooks saddle that still hurts but it looks cool on the bike.
     
  6. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have a single speed specialized bicycle. Nothing amazing and not nearly as cool as some of the old school stuff.

    When I did restore a vintage bicycle I wanted something a little more usable. I wanted to ride it everywhere. Used a old school steel lug colnago with a single down tube shifter for the rear and only the large ring up front. 6 speed cassette out back with big enough gaps that I can ride it up the steepest of mountains and race down. Used campagnolo nuovo groupset with modolo levers. cables are ran so you don't really see them. Give a really smooth and fast look to the bike. Has a newer brooks saddle that still hurts but it looks cool on the bike.


    I like this plan. Sounds like a great bike. Pics, please?
     
  7. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    cables are ran so you don't really see them.

    How are the cables run?
     
  8. Ludeykrus

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    Yeah, while I do not currently have a fixie (and right now the hipster connotations and my curent overgrowth of bikes are keeping me from getting another until I move), there is something beautiful about the raw transfer of power that a fixed gear provides.

    If you build up a bike with solid parts everywhere (no wiggle in the headset, wheels, bottom bracket) and rig it with a fixed gear, you end up with a bike that has no play in any part including the pedals...just pure man powered machine.

    They arwe also good for training you not to coast so much


    I've got a multi-gear bike and while I have nothing against them, I don't get the hype for fixed gears. Having gears makes life much more convenient, and I haven't really experienced any consequences to riding one...
     
  9. turboman808

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    How are the cables run?

    Only a single down tube shifter for the rear cassette. So yeah there is a cable but with no sleeve. The brake cables are run thru the bottom of the lever and then ran under the brooks leather bar tape. So yeah I have cables but not showing that much. 6 inches at the bar tape and 6 inches at the rear cassette.

    At first glance people think it's a single speed sometimes. Then they see the rear derailer. I guess I should take pictures of it.

    Oh also have pantographed seat post, cranks and stem. The brakes are shimano delta.
     
  10. CityConnection

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    Only a single down tube shifter for the rear cassette. So yeah there is a cable but with no sleeve. The brake cables are run thru the bottom of the lever and then ran under the brooks leather bar tape. So yeah I have cables but not showing that much. 6 inches at the bar tape and 6 inches at the rear cassette.

    At first glance people think it's a single speed sometimes. Then they see the rear derailer. I guess I should take pictures of it.

    Oh also have pantographed seat post, cranks and stem. The brakes are shimano delta.


    Cool!
     
  11. otc

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    I've got a multi-gear bike and while I have nothing against them, I don't get the hype for fixed gears. Having gears makes life much more convenient, and I haven't really experienced any consequences to riding one...

    As I said, I don't currently have a fixed gear and there aren't really any consequences to riding a bike with gears. Fixies just give you an absolute purity to the experiance and are great for training things like a smooth pedal stroke.

    The bike I ride the most (errands/to class before graduation) is a vintage internal hub 3-speed that I restored. It doesn't have the solid feel of a good fixie but it has the easy maintenance advantage and I don't have to worry about pant legs.
     
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    I have a 93-94 Bianchi Asprey frame in fair shape (good enough to get looks, but nothing bike thieves will lust) that I might build into a SS commuter/beater, but I'm also checking garage sales for a potential fixed gear conversion. I'd also like a Soma Rush for fixed purposes. The Soma Juice also has appeal with the bent top tube. Actually, I need a job and a bigger shed.
     
  13. Seanallen

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    I rode a Detel Marathon 2000, the company was based out of Green Bay and only made bikes for about 7 months. It's nothing great, its just a basic steel frame roadbike, but I love the story behind it. I was planning to turn it into a fixed gear but I instead gave it to my dad.
    This is what I want now;
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Flambeur

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    I have a specialized langster, and I absolutely love it. It's quick, light, nimble, and just plain fun to ride. I don't miss clunking gears at all.

    However, it does have a flipflop hub that's always been set to freewheel, so I do get to coast. I am nowhere near hardcore enough to ride fixed all the time. And if there were any significant hills around, I'd probably want some gears.
     
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    I've tried both. I wasn't a fan of fixed. Of course I only rode one once, but it just seemed like it would be hard on my knees after awhile, especially when "braking." I have an old Schwinn and I've thought about making it a single speed --for all practical purposes it IS a single speed because I never need to shift gears...Chicago is very flat. However, the 2 pounds(?) in weight I'd save from doing the conversion would really mean little as I'm not looking to race.
     
  16. turboman808

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    I have a specialized langster, and I absolutely love it. It's quick, light, nimble, and just plain fun to ride. I don't miss clunking gears at all.

    However, it does have a flipflop hub that's always been set to freewheel, so I do get to coast. I am nowhere near hardcore enough to ride fixed all the time. And if there were any significant hills around, I'd probably want some gears.



    Yes that's the fixed gear I have. I couldn't remember the name. Changed the handle bars to a more traditional bar you might see at a velodrome. I used to like near Kissena BLvd and raced a few times. Those guys are crazy and I stopped before I broke my leg. I give credit though. Those guys have major balls.

    I have a cyclocross brake instead of the stock one. It's 5 minutes to take on and off.


    Getting back to the langster. The frame is so hard it give the roughest ride I have ever felt. You don't realize that frames have a flex to them until oyu ride something that has none.
     
  17. Douglas

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    I am a big fan of watching guys on fixies get hit by taxis.
     
  18. graphite

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    here's mine. no brand name. [​IMG]
     
  19. CityConnection

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    here's mine. no brand name.

    Great way to deter thieves. [​IMG]
     
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    ctrlaltelite Senior member

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    i modified this, it has bar tape and some minor cosmetic changes now, this was from a year ago: [​IMG] other frame is a miyata 110 i'm building into a touring-inspired rain bike with fenders and mustache bars. i may get a sturmey archer or some sort of internal hub but i'm not really sure yet. [​IMG]
     

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