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Old 02-10-14, 09:20 AM   #26
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Is SS mainly for riding around for fun and short distance? Can it be pretty challenging on long rides?

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At least in my case, it is more fun for less work. Less to clean, less to fix, less to break, and it's not like I get to work all that much faster on my SS vs. my other bikes.
The time differential in the very flat SF Bay Area was about 5 minutes over a 12mi ride. Now that I have moved somewhere with hills and a shorter commute, the time difference is inconsequential.

I have broken 30mi on my SS only once so far. But that was rail-trail. I have done rides of up to 20mi out in the country, and it's always stand up for the hills and then spin down.
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What's a long distance to you? I do 25 miles round trip. I think hills are your worst enemy.
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What's a long distance to you? I do 25 miles round trip. I think hills are your worst enemy.
Hills are a necessary evil to get stronger! To me, anything longer than 80 miles is long.
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I considered doing a metric on my SS last year, as I was having some ergonomic issues with my usual CX bike. In the end, I fixed it and rode it anyway, but the thought is still there.
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Is SS mainly for riding around for fun and short distance? Can it be pretty challenging on long rides?

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I started off riding fixed gear in the winter back in the 70's for race training. I've been riding it in the winter ever since, and now I just ride everything on fixed. I have done so much cycling over the past 40+ years that it's not really a challenge to ride anything with gears; I already KNOW I can do the ride on a geared bike. I just figure that with the fixie, it's just me against the terrain and conditions. Much more satisfying, and it gives me a link to the early 20th-century hard men who rode fixies on even worse roads and longer distances. On a 44x17, which is what I mostly use, I'll usually have to get off and walk up 20% grades, or extended 15% grades, but then my walking speed is the same as my riding speed by that point.

A fixie is also a lot safer than a geared bike over ice. Like this morning. I can feel when the rear wheel has stopped rotating and is sliding over ice when I'm braking. And sometimes, when the snow is really wet and sticky, it will clog a freewheel cluster so the chain just skips over the gears. This never happens on a fixed gear.

However, I would disagree that it saves wear on the chain. On the contrary, a fixie goes thru more chains in a year. This is because you're putting WAY more stress on it on steep climbs. On a geared bike, you'd just gear down and spin. On a fixie, you are torquing that gear all the way up, and putting way more load on the chain. Combine that with all the road grit that the chain picks up during the winter, and I'm lucky to get 2,000 km out of a chain in the Pacific NW rain.

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jowilson, what are your ideas, and what do you have in the parts bin?

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Mr. Funny Characters, how do you pronounce your name?
I've got a SR Super Custom Crankset (originally 28/42/50) and switched it to 28/42. A UN-55 bottom bracket, a drop bar and levers, the original brakes, and the wheelset is from another rockhopper that was in my co-op. It'd be a an easy build, but my tough choice right now is color. I just thought it'd be easier to get 2 birds with one stone here; start a new 'Post your bike" thread and get myself some ideas.
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Old 02-13-14, 01:16 AM   #34
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This is the current backup to my Volpe. It's a '70s(?) Raleigh Sports with a single-speed coaster brake wheel on it, and several modernized parts (front wheel and brake caliper, pedals, seatpost, Selle An-Atomica modified Brooks Flyer, Topeak Explorer rack):


This one is a work-in-progress project. The plan is for this to be the wet-weather bike. It was given to me pretty much stock, by a friend who hadn't had much luck selling it on Craigslist and figured I'd give it a good home. It'll be getting a new front wheel with a Sturmey-Archer 90mm drum brake hub, fenders, a rear rack, and a couple other little things like cross levers. The idea is for it to ride similarly to my Volpe (or at least, moreso than the Raleigh does), but serve as the lower-cost beater.
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interesting ride!
It was my first high end MTB. Trek's first foray into carbon fiber. I road the components right off of it and let it sit as a bare frame for almost 10 years. It always fit well and road so nice that I couldn't bring myself to give it up. A couple years ago I resurrected it as a SS. It is the favored steed in my stable.
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It was my first high end MTB. Trek's first foray into carbon fiber. I road the components right off of it and let it sit as a bare frame for almost 10 years. It always fit well and road so nice that I couldn't bring myself to give it up. A couple years ago I resurrected it as a SS. It is the favored steed in my stable.
definitely cool! i like the ride a lot.
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definitely cool! i like the ride a lot.
it's nice when things work out! and day-glo orange (with BLACK no less), is back in style. how good it THAT?

i wish i were so lucky. after 30 years, i'm STILL trying to unload a couple of polyester Nehru jackets, that are, honest to God, in perfect condition .
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how do you like riding with bullhorn? I tried them on my marlin and felt like was on the rack.
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how do you like riding with bullhorn? I tried them on my marlin and felt like was on the rack.
I really prefer the bullhorns to a traditional straight bar, especially with the TT levers on the ends. The hand position is more natural to me, but I have to admit, the stem is a little long and I find myself back down on the shoulders of the bar more than I would like.

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I've made a ton of progress on my project over the last few days. New crankset, chain, and BB; cross levers, cabled the rear brake and wrapped that side of the bars, new tires (Schwalbe Marathons), headlight mount, and of course the all-important coffee cup holder. Currently waiting on my Sturmey Archer XL-FD drum brake hub to arrive, so that I can build the new front wheel, and finish the other side of the bars. After that, it really just needs the rack and fenders!






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This is my rock-solid commuter saved from the dumpster. Heavy as a tank, and about as durable as one too! I've put on fenders and a rear rack since the picture.
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Current form, considering moving the build to my Super Course frameset.
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How big are those tires? I am contemplating something fatter for mine (currently on 32s).
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37's and I love them. They don't seem to ever flat and they grip well in the wet, I do have a coaster brake rear hub though for that advantage.
@agmetal where'd you get the bar cup holder?
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I have two different ones...the ones on my Raleigh and Bianchi are made by Origin-8, and the one on the Panasonic is the PDW Bar-Ista. I've gotten them at a few different LBSs around Boston.
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I finished my project bike last week, and never posted pictures! I've mostly been riding it using the fixed side of the hub, and the drum brake has been awesome so far, I really like the feel of it. The saddle's gotta go, though. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Berthoud I usually ride, but this Giant saddle hurts after a while.

Sadly (and incredibly frustratingly), I had an inexplicable crash 3 days after finishing the bike, which threw me over the bars, destroyed the fork and front fender, and bent my coffee cup holder. By "inexplicable", I mean that I can't figure out what could have caused it, especially with so much damage. It was on a section of bike path that I take twice a day, every day, there was no ice to slip on, no obstacles other than maybe a pile of snow on the side of the path next to the bench (and it was a relatively warm morning, so the snow would have been somewhat soft). It took until last night to get the bike back to rideable condition...I got a used Raleigh fork from a local shop's parts pile, and a replacement front fender that doesn't quite match the rear. The coffee cup holder still isn't back to being properly round, but I'm leaving it on for the time being. I might eventually replace the fork and fender with something that matches better, though.










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I finished my project bike last week, and never posted pictures! I've mostly been riding it using the fixed side of the hub, and the drum brake has been awesome so far, I really like the feel of it. The saddle's gotta go, though. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Berthoud I usually ride, but this Giant saddle hurts after a while.

Sadly (and incredibly frustratingly), I had an inexplicable crash 3 days after finishing the bike, which threw me over the bars, destroyed the fork and front fender, and bent my coffee cup holder. By "inexplicable", I mean that I can't figure out what could have caused it, especially with so much damage. It was on a section of bike path that I take twice a day, every day, there was no ice to slip on, no obstacles other than maybe a pile of snow on the side of the path next to the bench (and it was a relatively warm morning, so the snow would have been somewhat soft). It took until last night to get the bike back to rideable condition...I got a used Raleigh fork from a local shop's parts pile, and a replacement front fender that doesn't quite match the rear. The coffee cup holder still isn't back to being properly round, but I'm leaving it on for the time being. I might eventually replace the fork and fender with something that matches better, though.









interesting!

is that a dynamo-powered front wheel?

not sure what caused the fork to break like that

or is that drum brake?
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