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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    i ride single-speed now and i'm in much better shape than i was riding a 3x9 setup.

    a few more months and i'll change it to fixed gear.
    Is it all down to bike? Or has your commute changed? I find singlespeed is harder on my knees when the gear is too high, or too slow when I'm riding with wind at my back. Had to put down a conscious effort and training to train myself against mashing in too high a gear, pushing too hard - so not plainig on going back to SS for longer rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
    Is it all down to bike? Or has your commute changed? I find singlespeed is harder on my knees when the gear is too high, or too slow when I'm riding with wind at my back. Had to put down a conscious effort and training to train myself against mashing in too high a gear, pushing too hard - so not plainig on going back to SS for longer rides.
    my whole life has changed (country, job, living arrangements, commute, bike, food/drink diet, language at work).

    it could be anything but i like all of the changes so far including the bike

    it's much more intellectual riding SS, i really have to plan for what's upcoming ... FG must be bliss.
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    I have to respectfully disagree with the OP.
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    You don't need anything done *to* your bike, you just need another bike. Get with the program.

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    Each person and situation is different. My Scott Addict that I use for training rides is quite minimal with only a Garmin 705 and very small tool/tire pouch under my seat added. My Workcycles city/commuting bike is fully loaded and there's not a single item I'd do without.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    it's much more intellectual riding SS, i really have to plan for what's upcoming ... FG must be bliss.
    More intellectual? Sure whatever you say, Herr Professor.

    For masochists, pain IS gain; even the anticipation of pain is bliss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Herr Professor.
    Herre. He's in Copenhagen.

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    OP, would you like this Super Minimal City Bike? (Guess it's just a design model?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    Herre. He's in Copenhagen.
    But his bicycles are in Deutschland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    my whole life has changed (country, job, living arrangements, commute, bike, food/drink diet, language at work).

    it could be anything but i like all of the changes so far including the bike

    it's much more intellectual riding SS, i really have to plan for what's upcoming ... FG must be bliss.
    Look at this kerb:



    When filtering I like to be able to keep one pedal up at times - like not catching a kerb like that with pedals. Also, when cornering I like to keep the "inside" pedal high. These are my main reasons against a FG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tariqa View Post
    Also since we are on the subject of additions, what do you think about fixed gear bikes? They to me are the most simple a bike can get. The only reason I ride a commuter bike over a fixie is the fact that they seem dangerous and unfit for long distance rides in various terrains. But I have been considering switching from the geared to the "gearless".
    "The only reason I ride a commuter bike over a fixie is the fact that they seem dangerous". I agree with you a brakeless fixie is dangerous. They are pieces of urban fad junk.

    A fixed gear bike, on the other hand, is a wonderful machine that is only as dangerous as you ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
    Herre. He's in Copenhagen.
    I hold posts in both the UK and DK.

    However, all my bikes are in Germany except for the great SSFG I just bought.

    As I tell everyone I know, first name only please no titles or last names ... acidfast is fine for you guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    I have to have fenders on my commuter bikes. They do in fact keep your feet/lower legs drier,and help to keep the drivetrain(and everything else) cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    I hold posts in both the UK and DK.

    However, all my bikes are in Germany except for the great SSFG I just bought.

    As I tell everyone I know, first name only please no titles or last names ... acidfast is fine for you guys.
    So is 7 your last name or your title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
    So is 7 your last name or your title?
    last name is Siebenbürgen and my family is from Transylvania

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcbob View Post
    I just can't stop chuckling that, after diss'ing all of Fred's favorites in principle, the OP lists a bike chain (a whole one?) and "lotion" as two of the top four bring-along items.

    Why not lotion up during the "very decent meal" routine and really go lite?

    That's what I was thinking!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
    "The only reason I ride a commuter bike over a fixie is the fact that they seem dangerous". I agree with you a brakeless fixie is dangerous. They are pieces of urban fad junk.

    A fixed gear bike, on the other hand, is a wonderful machine that is only as dangerous as you ride it.
    I would suggest that a fixed gear bike with brakes may not be junk or as dangerous as a brakeless model, however its use as a commuter or transportation bike is also a product of an urban fad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    I would suggest that a fixed gear bike with brakes may not be junk or as dangerous as a brakeless model, however its use as a commuter or transportation bike is also a product of an urban fad.
    I agree and think that as long as I live in a Euro metro area it makes a lot of sense (like in CPH).

    Even in the UK, where I live it's more rural and still it makes sense for my commute:

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    i will switch to FG after the winter because I'd like to continue to train my turnover as it seems to be getting better
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    it's much more intellectual riding SS, i really have to plan for what's upcoming ... FG must be bliss.
    I may underappreciate the amount of concentration necessary to not shift, at least to (not) do it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcbob View Post
    I may underappreciate the amount of concentration necessary to not shift, at least to (not) do it well.
    You really have to think about what you're doing. I like it a lot.

    For example, your turning radius on a SS is quite large compared to a multispeed bike where you can shift into a low gear to maintain a tight turning radius. In congested areas, this can get tricky. Also, elevation changes have to be planned for.

    For example, if I want to use this bridge to cross the river ... I have to deal with a narrow 180 turn and an incline that requires a lot of speed to ride up ... so it's more challenging with SS.

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    I used to ride fixed or single speed for commuting. Easier to keep running with my philosophy of maintenance, which is, "don't." Right now I'm riding a multi-speed mountain bike that needs a new right shifter, might as well have a single speed.

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    annual Birthdays adding up are an undesirable hinderance, but what are you going to do about them?

    I dont think much about fixed gear , any more .. IGH have the variety of a wider range of gears than one.

    still one cog and one chainring.
    my 2K$ bike , new was SRP listed at 3600 euros .. has a 1500$ IG hub , if bought new .

    yea I change stuff , bars seat post, Saddle pedals dynohub & Lights.



    7 of 9 is my favorite Borg. Jeri Ryan .

    [an 'Army Brat' , born in Germany . as Jeri Lynn Zimmerman ] ..

    Yes, I acknowledge I'm old enough to have been the age of her father ..

    wait how did she come into this conversation?
    the 7 .. siete.

    could have gone with 'the Magnificent 7' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054047/
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    I think 7 is every Trekkie/Trekker's favorite Borg

    wait how did she come into this conversation?
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    not into ST at all.

    like less than 0.

    not sure why as I like nearly everything, but not ST in the slightest
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    I have seen every episode of every series and all 12 movies.
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