Tonight, when I had just given up hope, a tall dark stranger appeared at my door....
It was the UPS guy with the wheels I ordered from Bike Island. http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1278
The fact that I was waiting all day for these wheels and here it was nearly 12 hours since the UPS tracker said it left to be delivered. I immediately inspected them, de-stressed and retensioned them and put them on my SE Draft.
However, there was a choice to be made with the rear wheel. That rear Formula hub is a flip flop hub and both sides have cogs on them. Do I do the freewheel side like any sane 50 year old would? NO! I installed the wheel with the fixed cog on the drive side. Used the chain to tighten down the cog and tightened down the lock ring.
Then I was off for my first fixie ride. Except it's dark out now. Instead I content myself to riding around the parking lot. Hilarity insues as I attempt to stuff my right foot into the toe clips of the pedals that can't be stopped. After several unsuccessful attempts I finally get the hang of it and take my foot out and stick it back in a few times while the pedals are still turning.
This is weird! It feels weird. I feel resistance in my hips as I fight the pedals to control the speed. First speeding up then slowly bleeding off speed and cranking the pedals s-l-o-w-l-y. Balancing the bike while barely moving at all. This is FUN
I'll give it another longer ride tomorrow. I .....think I like The Darkside.