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Old 11-09-13, 10:21 AM   #26
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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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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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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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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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Herre. He's in Copenhagen.
But his bicycles are in Deutschland.
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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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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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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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Old 11-10-13, 08:50 AM   #38
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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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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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So is 7 your last name or your title?
last name is Siebenbürgen and my family is from Transylvania

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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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"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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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:



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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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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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 ..

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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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Old 11-10-13, 07:29 PM   #48
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I think 7 is every Trekkie/Trekker's favorite Borg

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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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