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Old 04-07-2007, 01:05 PM   #3541
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Itís good enough to ride the mile into town for groceries and if itís gone when I come out for it itís no big deal. Being a cheap bastard it also brings me joy riding something that was free.

get some tape on those bars, geezus.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:30 AM   #3542
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While on a walk recently I saw this bike sticking out of the top of a dumpster. I wheeled it home with the intention of turning it into a fixed gear. Mostly it was an excuse to turn a few wrenches while enjoying a beer.

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Itís good enough to ride the mile into town for groceries and if itís gone when I come out for it itís no big deal. Being a cheap bastard it also brings me joy riding something that was free.


Nice job, sometimes I wish my Fixie was a "sleeper/junker" so I could lock it up outside a store, etc.

Besides tape, don't you find it hard to ride a fixie without at least toe clips?
One wrong move and that pedal will come round and slam your foot right off.
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:14 AM   #3543
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Nice job, sometimes I wish my Fixie was a "sleeper/junker" so I could lock it up outside a store, etc.

Besides tape, don't you find it hard to ride a fixie without at least toe clips?
One wrong move and that pedal will come round and slam your foot right off.
While it is a single speed, I bet its a freewheel.
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:32 AM   #3544
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While it is a single speed, I bet its a freewheel.
Your probably right, but he did say Fixed gear so I assumed not a freewheel/singlespeed.

Looking at the picture it looks like a freewheel.
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:31 AM   #3545
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Why do you all think it's hard to ride a fixed gear without clips? While I do agree that soft platforms like that don't offer much grip, a good set of Mtn/BMX platforms are more that enough if you're not racing. Even then, I race cyclocross on my fixed with platforms...
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:08 PM   #3546
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Why do you all think it's hard to ride a fixed gear without clips? While I do agree that soft platforms like that don't offer much grip, a good set of Mtn/BMX platforms are more that enough if you're not racing. Even then, I race cyclocross on my fixed with platforms...
Maybe that works with cyclocross, but I can't imagine it being that safe. If it's fixed, alot of your braking comes from the rear wheel being stopped by backpedal pressure. When I do this on an abrupt stop the bike tends to jump a bit. That's when I'm glad I'm locked in. If my foor were to slip, the crank would come around and bang the back of my leg or heel, etc. On a high geared road fixie I wouldn't want to be loose on a pedal.

Also on downhills, when you reach that point where your cadence is faster than your forward pressure, spooky without being locked in if you ask me.

Even Sheldon's website says it's not a good idea, and to always at least use toe clips with two straps while fixed.

If you're talking freewheel then I think it's fine.
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:25 PM   #3547
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Wknd ride update / check in.

Rode just 20 yesterday with a new rear cog 19 (48 crank) from a 17 tooth one and I really noticed little difference. Little hectic in the downhills but smooth uphill.

Something real nice about passing a few guys on utlra carbons, checking out their derailleurs and seeing they're dying up the hill in the low gears, and here I am on the steel fixed. It should be fun when I get back on a roadie.....

Gummee's so right, it's not about your equipment.

I'm heading out again in an hour, it's snowing flurries off and on here, windy and cold.

Good day for a ride
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:31 PM   #3548
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Guess no one's riding today, Easter and all.

Was able to squeeze in 26 miles today, kicked my freakin ass too, I'm beat.

Fixies are not good in the wind, not good..
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:52 PM   #3549
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Guess no one's riding today, Easter and all.

Was able to squeeze in 26 miles today, kicked my freakin ass too, I'm beat.

Fixies are not good in the wind, not good..
I did 30 miles at race pace off-road today (just under 3 hours). I'm worn out. I have my race bike as dialed in as it's ever been...and going into next weekend on a course I've killed in the past. I can't wait
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:35 PM   #3550
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I did 30 miles at race pace off-road today (just under 3 hours). I'm worn out. I have my race bike as dialed in as it's ever been...and going into next weekend on a course I've killed in the past. I can't wait
nice man, I envy you racer guys
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:48 PM   #3551
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If you're talking freewheel then I think it's fine.
Oh, but I'm not. I ride a 52/18 with some heavy duty mountain platforms. Never once have me feet come off the pedals involuntarily, apart from a curb bunnyhop gone wrong. I can lock up and skid at a pretty decent candence, but when I'm flying I perfer to use the front brake. I guess the idea is always to keep pressure on the pedals, and when going downhill turn that forward pressure into resistance, works for me.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:03 PM   #3552
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Guess no one's riding today, Easter and all.

Was able to squeeze in 26 miles today, kicked my freakin ass too, I'm beat.

Fixies are not good in the wind, not good..
No riding for me today. My legs were killin' me after yesterday's dive and squat and slide during paintball with G-pup.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:35 PM   #3553
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Oh, but I'm not. I ride a 52/18 with some heavy duty mountain platforms. Never once have me feet come off the pedals involuntarily, apart from a curb bunnyhop gone wrong. I can lock up and skid at a pretty decent candence, but when I'm flying I perfer to use the front brake. I guess the idea is always to keep pressure on the pedals, and when going downhill turn that forward pressure into resistance, works for me.
you da man

Seems like alot of work not to use a set of clips or step in's. Back pressure's exactly why I like to be locked in....
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:19 PM   #3554
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Guess no one's riding today, Easter and all.

Was able to squeeze in 26 miles today, kicked my freakin ass too, I'm beat.

Fixies are not good in the wind, not good..
I did just over 20mi with my wife and her dad. She's coming along nicely and he and I got a few miles in at a 20+mph average catching up with her. Easter rides are great. Everyone else is at church and the paths were nice and clear. Except for a couple families that don't understand keep to the right...

It felt good to be back on the bike. I jacked my hip up snowboarding two months ago and sprained my ankle two weeks ago, so I've been off the bike for a bit. Now I have to make up for lost time.
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Old 04-08-2007, 09:46 PM   #3555
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I enjoyed the 15 mph tail wind. I got the fat off road tires on the mountain bike up to a sustained 24 mph. The return trip wasn't quite as fast. *cough* *sputter*
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