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Old 04-07-07, 10:05 PM   #1
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My wife got me "Fixed" today!

I still can't beleive it!

We went to the bike shop to find a cargo bag for our jogging stroller and I walked out with a 06 Langster! I've been wanting a Fixed/SS for quite sometime and was planning on stripping down the Campione into one this summer.

I was lustfully looking at this bike when my wife walk up and said "Do you want it?" Not clueing in on her intentions, I muttered "Uh-huh" then, to my suprise, she said, "Well, we aren't living on rice, so if you want it, buy it" Startled, I managed "Huh? ... Umm.. Wha? are you serious? I already have 4 bikes, I don't "need" another bike. (Then I realized, hey, wait a minute, why am I trying to convince her that I don't "need" another bike? Just shut up and go with the flow ) She said, "Why not? if you want it, get it."

The LBS was clearing out thier 06 bikes and it was on sale so .... behold!



She's got 48 x 16 gearing on both sides of the hub (SS & Fixed) ... maybe a little tough for Calgary terrain considering I live in a suburb called Panorama Hills and commute through areas called Beddington Heights, Huntington Hills, Mayland Hieghts, Pineridge and work in an area called The Foothills Industrial Park. Meh, you get the picture... I wanted a training bike so maybe 48 x 16 will be OK.

I can't wait till the snow melts so I can get out! I'm dialing in the geometry tonight!!!

Thanks for letting me vent my joy!
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Your gonna love that bike, Joe !

You might want to go to a 46x17 or soemthing that will get you around
70 inches, though.....Regardless, you are going to love going simple !!
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What were you thinking? You only got a new bike because she's going to use it as leverage when she asks you for a new kitchen, appliances, rugs, dining room, bedroom and/or deck. I've seen this senario play out hundreds of times. I mean you are so screwed that not only will you have to pay for it all, but also have to build, paint, move, repaint, remove, cut, saw, sand, repaint, move it back to where it was, and repaint it too. You won't have time to ride the Langster. Jeeze man, haven't you ever heard that there is no such thing as a free bike.

Look, it's Easter morning... I'll give my best prayers on your behalf. If it will work, this is just the time to do it. But even with divine intervention... you are going to have to spend countless hours giving your opinions on paint chips. Nothing can be done about that.

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I'm running 48x17 right now on my langster comp. It came with 48x16, which gave me 3 skid patches when skipping to slow down (which I do a lot in the city), whereas 17 gives me 17 patches. 48x15 would give me 5 but I don't really need to maintain 28-30mph for too long here so the 17 works out better.
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She's got 48 x 16 gearing on both sides of the hub (SS & Fixed) ... maybe a little tough for Calgary terrain considering I live in a suburb called Panorama Hills and commute through areas called Beddington Heights, Huntington Hills, Mayland Hieghts, Pineridge and work in an area called The Foothills Industrial Park. Meh, you get the picture... I wanted a training bike so maybe 48 x 16 will be OK.
Lol @ me thinking she actually bought it.

Anyway...in the United States anywhere with Heights in it is the ghetto.

I live in Capitol Heights for example...thus named...because their next to the nation's capitol lol...anyway...this whole area is filled with Heights of different sorts...and their all ghetto...even in the other areas...all the Heights are ghetto.
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Great bike. The only unaswered question is, what does your wife want to buy.

Or am I being too cynical?
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Judging from the few responses thus far, 48x17 seems to be the shiz. The 48x16 (80 gear inches) is big especially when I have to do a big climb up to my suburb. It could put some hair on my chest or make me cry like a wee girl... well see next week I suppose.

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Consider putting 16 on one side and 17 on the other.
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unkchuck & CB HJ,

You guys really know women and should set up a web site called "www.Advice for the easily manipulated men.com" I just caught her in the office looking at the new Chariott jogging strollers. Those things retail for over $700 for the base unit and $200+ for the front wheel or bike adaptor!!

This is way more than what I paid for the Langster! I knew it was too good to be true but am happy with my new Fixie.

T.J.

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Consider putting 16 on one side and 17 on the other.
16 fixed & 17 freewheel or the other way around?
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Wow, the 07 and 06 langsters look a lot different.

I may be screaming ss/fixed newbdom here, but as I perused the specialized website I noticed the highest-level langster retails for...3800 dollars! What is one paying for on a ss/fixed that is worth so much? Surely not components?

Of course, maybe it isn't that odd when I'm comparing it to 5000 dollar geared road bikes. I guess it works out... never mind...




I'm building up my first ss but it's going to be mountain bike-ish. My reasoning is mainly cost, and I'll be moving to Missoula MT soon. The city is quite flat, though it is surrounded by mountains.
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16 fixed & 17 freewheel or the other way around?
Whichever one works best for you. It is an individual thing.
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Lol @ me thinking she actually bought it.

Anyway...in the United States anywhere with Heights in it is the ghetto.

I live in Capitol Heights for example...thus named...because their next to the nation's capitol lol...anyway...this whole area is filled with Heights of different sorts...and their all ghetto...even in the other areas...all the Heights are ghetto.
EDIT: Since we are marrried, its "our" money. Its was just nice to buy a bike without the "you already have 4 bikes, why do you need another?" B.S.

Pineridge & Forestlawn is considered the "hood" in Calgary. Since the Oil business is booming, Calgary real-estate value has doubled over the last 3 years. You can't buy a single family home in Pineridge for less than $250 000 CDN. Average home values in Calgary is now $375 000

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unkchuck & CB HJ,

You guys really know women and should set up a web site called "www.Advice for the easily manipulated men.com" I just caught her in the office looking at the new Chariott jogging strollers. Those things retail for over $700 for the base unit and $200+ for the fron wheel or bike adaptor!!

This is way more than what I paid for the Langster! I knew it was too good to be true but am happy with my new Fixie.

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I would still take that deal for getting a new bike without any " What do you need another bike for?"
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True dat!
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I just caught her in the office looking at the new Chariott jogging strollers. Those things retail for over $700 for the base unit and $200+ for the front wheel or bike adaptor!!

This is way more than what I paid for the Langster! I knew it was too good to be true but am happy with my new Fixie.

T.J.
Look at it this way: she's wanting to buy something that'll help her to stay in shape. Do you want her IN shape, or do you want her OUT of shape? At least she's not wanting to blow some cash on something that has NO benefits for you, right? If she really doesn't need the new jogging stroller you could always tell her that it makes her butt look big.

Congrats on a nice bike!
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Look at it this way: she's wanting to buy something that'll help her to stay in shape. Do you want her IN shape, or do you want her OUT of shape? At least she's not wanting to blow some cash on something that has NO benefits for you, right? If she really doesn't need the new jogging stroller you could always tell her that it makes her butt look big.

Congrats on a nice bike!
I was just going to point this out! Not only do you get a bike that you've admittedly lusted after, BUT your wife isn't seeking to buy a couple of pairs of shoes, she's going for something that will keep her in shape, and get the baby out in the fresh air. It sounds like a good situation all around to me.

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Awesome TJ! It looks Wicked!

Better to have the wife get you "Fixed" like that rather than *snip, snip*

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Sweet Ride TJ. I had to swap the gearing on my Redline 9.2.5 down to compensate for my advancing years I think I have it at around 68" fixed and 74" freewheel...can't remember what it worked out to, but it made the bike much more enjoyable for me.

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I would put the 17t fixed and 16t free. Cause freewheel's when you need a little more top end going down hills.
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I'd go with a 17 free, it's more of a too tired to pedal, bonked, get me home thing.
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Look at it this way: she's wanting to buy something that'll help her to stay in shape. Do you want her IN shape, or do you want her OUT of shape? At least she's not wanting to blow some cash on something that has NO benefits for you, right? If she really doesn't need the new jogging stroller you could always tell her that it makes her butt look big.

Congrats on a nice bike!
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I was just going to point this out! Not only do you get a bike that you've admittedly lusted after, BUT your wife isn't seeking to buy a couple of pairs of shoes, she's going for something that will keep her in shape, and get the baby out in the fresh air. It sounds like a good situation all around to me.

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Ummm.... I failed to mention that we already have 5 strollers. According to her....

Umbrella stroller - quick & easy to travel with.
Evenflow Travel System - Car seat & stroller combo
Graco stroller - my sister's old stroller that was given to us. (never used)
Chico baby buggy - you know the ones with spring suspension?
Dreamer Design Manhattan - jogging stroller that was bought 1 month ago

She say's that she wants the Chariott stroller for the hand brake and suspension. Also, she wants to buy the bike attachment so we can all go out for rides. This was the thing that made it OK for me. Also, since we had the baby, she has been a bit "fluffy" in parts..... I suppose if I can have 5 bikes she can have 6 strollers.

Cheers!

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EDIT: Still totally in love with my wife despite the the fact that she MADE me buy myself a Fixie.

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Awesome TJ! It looks Wicked!

Better to have the wife get you "Fixed" like that rather than *snip, snip*

Enjoy
Thanks ViperZ.... when are you geting yours? Umm.... I mean the bike.... not the other thing

It'd be really cool to follow another on of your build threads and this time, of a fantastic track bike.... you know you want one.....
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I'd go with a 17 free, it's more of a too tired to pedal, bonked, get me home thing.
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