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Old 05-25-2011, 05:07 AM   #20401
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nice trek frame!

I think you posted that before, but I'm too lazy to dig it up... which trek frame is that? my son's roadie is a 77 trek lx300 in very good condition.
you know i sold it around 3 months ago and forget, but I did the research on the serial# and it was a custom ID, around 78/79 I believe.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:22 AM   #20402
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hey, I singlespeeded a mtn bike that still had a triple ring and cluster but no derailleurs (yet) by just short-chained it. the bike had vertical dropouts, so I found a gear in the mid range that had the right chain length.
Single speed is a totally different animal than fixed gear. With fixed gear you need the drivetrain to be very reliable because it is part of your braking system. If the chain skipps or pops off of a chainring, you are probaly going to crash. At the very least have a "Oh, Fuck" moment.
You cannot just screw a fixed cog on a freewheel wheel. The cog will unscrew under braking. You need a true fixed gear hub that has a reverse lockring.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:36 AM   #20403
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Single speed is a totally different animal than fixed gear. With fixed gear you need the drivetrain to be very reliable because it is part of your braking system. If the chain skipps or pops off of a chainring, you are probaly going to crash. At the very least have a "Oh, Fuck" moment.
You cannot just screw a fixed cog on a freewheel wheel. The cog will unscrew under braking. You need a true fixed gear hub that has a reverse lockring.
You're right, sorry, I assumed right away he wanted a SS due to it being a MTN bike. There is a way to do it though (read Harris cycle info), but I always had a dedicated fixed hub.

I have made fixies without messing with the wheel (dish), chain, or crank though. That's pretty easy to get around.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:55 AM   #20404
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There is a ton of good riding in San Diego. If you want, PM me an email, and I will send you a gps file with a bunch of my tracks. I have tracks for the North County area, basically, north of the 56 if you are interested.
PM sent. Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:10 AM   #20405
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Good ride planned this weekend. 48.5 mi. of dirt roads up in the mountains. 5800 ft. of elevation gain with some grades in the 20% zone. I'm just gonna channel my inner Askel and keep reminding myself that I'm having fun.. Then it's off to San Diego all of June for work. Hey Gummee, I'm taking the bike; where's the good riding at down there?
Make sure you hit the track for Tues night racing. They prolly won't let you race, but watching's fun too. Take the track class. Its a hoot to go round and round without worrying about cars, kids, dogs, gravel, etc.

Riding: depends on where you are and how fast you wanna go. Thurs Night Worlds is on Fiesta Island at ??6PM??

There's a few group rides: Wed at the stadium-ish (check with Adams Ave and/or High Tech)
Sat AM in the Golden Triangle with SDBC. You and 100s of your closest friends can ride up thru Rancho Santa Fe then sprint into Solana Beach
Swamis Sat AM in Encinitas. Faster than SDBC. Hillier too.

Then there's riding up and down the coast: start at the park-n-ride in Carmel Valley and ride north as far as you have time for. Return the same way. (there's a decent climb to get to Del Mar, but otherwise is fairly flat) Up the coast is where you'll have an opportunity to break your neck looking at the scenery walking by.

Then there's loops: Del Dios Hwy, The Boulevard RR course, East Co., etc. That all depends on where you are and how much time you have. I was usually N. County Coastal so lots of my rides are based up there.

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Old 05-25-2011, 07:14 AM   #20406
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You cannot just screw a fixed cog on a freewheel wheel. The cog will unscrew under braking. You need a true fixed gear hub that has a reverse lockring.
Not completely true. I've commuted bunches on a non-lockringed cog. Yeah, its not as safe, but its not a death wish either.

IIRC lockrings from BBs are the same size/thread pitch as the threads on a FW hub. Double check me cause its been a while since I've ridden one.

I useta make fixed hubs out of FW Am Classic hubs all the time and never worried about lockrings.

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Old 05-25-2011, 07:17 AM   #20407
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time for a new goal

The scales said that I'm now under 200 lbs for the first time since 1991. I guess that's not too bad at my height, 6'2" / 1.88m

That's a total loss of ~ 45 lbs over the last few years. Cycling gets the credit for the final push.

New goal: 195 lbs.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:50 PM   #20408
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Make sure you hit the track for Tues night racing. They prolly won't let you race, but watching's fun too. Take the track class. Its a hoot to go round and round without worrying about cars, kids, dogs, gravel, etc.

Riding: depends on where you are and how fast you wanna go. Thurs Night Worlds is on Fiesta Island at ??6PM??

There's a few group rides: Wed at the stadium-ish (check with Adams Ave and/or High Tech)
Sat AM in the Golden Triangle with SDBC. You and 100s of your closest friends can ride up thru Rancho Santa Fe then sprint into Solana Beach
Swamis Sat AM in Encinitas. Faster than SDBC. Hillier too.

Then there's riding up and down the coast: start at the park-n-ride in Carmel Valley and ride north as far as you have time for. Return the same way. (there's a decent climb to get to Del Mar, but otherwise is fairly flat) Up the coast is where you'll have an opportunity to break your neck looking at the scenery walking by.

Then there's loops: Del Dios Hwy, The Boulevard RR course, East Co., etc. That all depends on where you are and how much time you have. I was usually N. County Coastal so lots of my rides are based up there.

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Cool, man. I'm staying right by the SDSU campus and will be starting all my rides from the hotel. I'm taking the CX wheelset too and am on the lookout for decent dirt trails as well.
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:17 PM   #20409
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The scales said that I'm now under 200 lbs for the first time since 1991. I guess that's not too bad at my height, 6'2" / 1.88m

That's a total loss of ~ 45 lbs over the last few years. Cycling gets the credit for the final push.

New goal: 195 lbs.
Nice going! That's a lot of weight. Good luck with new goal. I'm working towards the same goal, you are a bit ahead of me I've dropped 35 lbs,I'm at 230 now. I'm a touch taller at 6'3"
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:54 PM   #20410
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Nice going! That's a lot of weight. Good luck with new goal. I'm working towards the same goal, you are a bit ahead of me I've dropped 35 lbs,I'm at 230 now. I'm a touch taller at 6'3"
Thank you. It been a long journey. I did the Adkins diet to drop from the 245 range to 225. That was around 2005.

From 2007 until 2010, I did the gym/rat thing. At least twice a week and usually 3 times a week.

In late 2009, I purchased the Fargo and when I lost my father in Feb/10, I lost all enthusiasm for just about everything. I still went to the gym though -only as a necessity though.

Once Jan/11 rolled around, I felt a huge urge to pick up the cycling again. The Fargo is a great bike but my neck was starting to bother me as I extended the miles. In Feb, I got the recumbent - love at first ride.

Slowly, my speed is increasing as I develop 'recumbent muscles'. My normal route is shrinking as my speed increases - the hills are smaller too. Know what I mean?

I've added a new set of wheels - dynohub/LED lights, 700x32 tires and my first ride on the new setup was a personal best over the same route. I've ordered a new aluminum frame & carbon forks - and a new seat....all for the recumbent.

I'm in love again with cycling - the weight loss is icing on the cake. I hope I can complete the full brevet series starting in Nov - it'll be interesting to say the least.

Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:42 AM   #20411
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Thank you. It been a long journey. I did the Adkins diet to drop from the 245 range to 225. That was around 2005.

From 2007 until 2010, I did the gym/rat thing. At least twice a week and usually 3 times a week.

In late 2009, I purchased the Fargo and when I lost my father in Feb/10, I lost all enthusiasm for just about everything. I still went to the gym though -only as a necessity though.

Once Jan/11 rolled around, I felt a huge urge to pick up the cycling again. The Fargo is a great bike but my neck was starting to bother me as I extended the miles. In Feb, I got the recumbent - love at first ride.

Slowly, my speed is increasing as I develop 'recumbent muscles'. My normal route is shrinking as my speed increases - the hills are smaller too. Know what I mean?

I've added a new set of wheels - dynohub/LED lights, 700x32 tires and my first ride on the new setup was a personal best over the same route. I've ordered a new aluminum frame & carbon forks - and a new seat....all for the recumbent.

I'm in love again with cycling - the weight loss is icing on the cake. I hope I can complete the full brevet series starting in Nov - it'll be interesting to say the least.

Thanks!
Sorry for your loss, I can feel your pain,I lost my mon in 12-03 and my dad in 1-06. It's still hard at times.

The biking for me is getting so much easier minus the weight. the hills get shorter. I've noticed the routes I ride just seem quicker ,They take a little less time.It's the fact the fitiness is comming around and effort to ride is so much less.

You gonna ride this summer in the heat you've got there (Az ?)
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:56 AM   #20412
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Hey Ridge, Which power meter did you go with, and why? Which head Garmin,or other?
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:00 AM   #20413
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Not completely true. I've commuted bunches on a non-lockringed cog. Yeah, its not as safe, but its not a death wish either.

IIRC lockrings from BBs are the same size/thread pitch as the threads on a FW hub. Double check me cause its been a while since I've ridden one.

I useta make fixed hubs out of FW Am Classic hubs all the time and never worried about lockrings.

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You are right in that a bb lockring is the same diameter and thread pitch. We have some very steep hills here in pittsburgh and running a fixed cog on a freewheel hub is a death wish. It would be like running a brake cable that is cut half way through, would you do it? It would be fine for most stops and braking use but the one time that you need to stop hard it might let go.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:27 AM   #20414
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Hey Ridge, Which power meter did you go with, and why? Which head Garmin,or other?
I'm currently using the ibike Aero, but I believe it will be gone as soon as I find a deal on a Quarq Cinqo. The ibike is acceptable as far as meters go, but it is very difficult to dial in and you cannot see instant power. Rather, you have to calculate it based on a bar meter and the number displayed. It works off of opposing resistance forces rather than direct stress meter measurements so it is not as effective in pacelines, or drafting of any kind. The only upside to the iaero is that I can use it as a head unit for the quarq when I find one. It's really just a super-technical overly complicated bike computer. All the high end functions of the most expensive bike computer you can find, but with a wind port to measure opposing forces.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:03 AM   #20415
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Way to go Gerry! Trying to do the same thing. Great Job.

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The scales said that I'm now under 200 lbs for the first time since 1991. I guess that's not too bad at my height, 6'2" / 1.88m

That's a total loss of ~ 45 lbs over the last few years. Cycling gets the credit for the final push.

New goal: 195 lbs.
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