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    Fool O' crap sscyco's Avatar
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    A freak meets the freak (long)

    I have been called a freak many times in my life - when I was younger it was the way I dressed - when riding off road it was the stunts I'd (try to) pull off - but most recently its the type of bike I ride. I do most of my road riding on a single speed. I've had noses stuck up high as I passed, looks of awe, looks of disgust, and of course the usual "your a freak!".
    A while back, during a double century, I met a guy who told me of a friend of his who also does distance riding on a single speed, a Shwinn cruiser! I was suprised but thought no way and let it go. At the end of the ride we swapped numbers, and the guy I had been riding with asked "do you mind if I give your number to my single speeding friend?"
    "Not at all", my reply.
    Weeks go by, then one day I get a call from the single speeding Shwinn cruiser guy. We bs'd for a while and agreed to go on a ride. Yesterday morn he pulls up to my house in a early sixties Ford Ranchero - complete with primer paint job. And in the back of this old beast is a 1959 Shwinn cruiser with custom fork, ultra light wheels, rear disc brake with internal cable routing, XTR cranks attached to a Dura Ace bottom bracket, dual water bottle bosses, custom seatpost, etc. All I can say is that it was beautiful.
    Next, we began our ride. Roughly 100 miles of very hilly terrain. He was incredibly strong. Most rides I lead in the hills, this was no exception. I pulled a good distance from him at the base of each climb, but he wouldn't let me out of his sight. At one point we hit a 8 mile climb, we matched speed for about 4 miles - then I cracked, hard. I ended up getting to the top 5 minutes behind him - I had been schooled by a guy on a Shwinn cruiser - and I loved every minute of it.
    On the ride back we were riding through a residential area and passed a yard sale. Something caught my eye so we stopped. It was an early 70's Shwinn "Racer" - single speed with only a coaster brake. It was in original perfect condition. After some very light negotiation I purchased it for 15 bucks. Major score! What are the chances - two single speeders find a yard sale selling an awsome single speed. With about 40 miles of riding left, the bike stayed at the yard sale and I picked it up later that evening.
    The rest of the ride was great - good conversation at a brisk pace. We arrived back at my house, said our good-byes and agreed to ride again in the not too distant future. After meeting and riding with this guy I realized that, in the world of freaks, this guy is way ahead of me.

    Here's his bike:

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    Fool O' crap sscyco's Avatar
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    Here's mine:

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    Fool O' crap sscyco's Avatar
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    Here's the bike I scored at the yard sale:

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    I'm very intrigued by the Van Dessel SS, how do you like it?

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    I can only say positive things about the bike and company. The bike has been better than expected no problems at all. Some of the components (BB, cranks, post, seat) are crap, but have held up (I use a different seat and post). The rest of the parts (tires, stem, bar, headset) are name brand (Richey). The fork, frame, Wheels are all Van Dessel, and are a bit heavy but work without issue. Also, when I got the bike the company sent me the wrong size - when I told them, they had a new frame sent out that day. The frame is very stiff, but plush - all thoses curvy tubes and the carbon fork are good for somthing.

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    Ha ha!!! singlespeeds are supercool! Me and my sister bought a Kona SS for 200 bucks at a bike shop in Columbia SC a couple weeks ago. It's in tip-top shape and a blast to ride. I rode about 22 miles on it on Friday(09-13) other day. I had to go to school to let my english proff proof read my paper, and she leaves her office at 12:00, and I left my house(about 12 miles away) at 11:15. I had no idea how fast I could go on the SS, so I just peddled like mad!!! I was bouncing around in the seat doing an incredibly high cadence and made it in about 30 minutes. My legs were so sore the next day!!! But the crazy thing is I rode my regular road bike the day my legs were sore, and I could tell I was spinning a high cadence better. I had been turning into a big gear pusher and wasn't liking it, but the SS rescued me.
    I've got a Trek road bike frame that I'm going to try and make a SS out of soon. So on my next big ride, fubar5 stylin' on a SS!!

    If you've got an extra set of wheels you feel like selling me that would be cool.
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    Booyah!!

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    Sorry guys, with my knees and the amount of cycling I do in traffic and on hills, I am a hard-core gear-freak. (That beautiful 1959 Schwinn cruiser would not be bad with a Nexus hub ... )
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Dang, I missed out. Why couldn't you guys wait for me! Hey, I'll be up there for the clinic on the 22nd - even if you don't go I'd love to do a ride.
    Jeff

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    Originally posted by Rotifer
    Dang, I missed out. Why couldn't you guys wait for me! Hey, I'll be up there for the clinic on the 22nd - even if you don't go I'd love to do a ride.
    I'll be there - maybe after the clinic we can go for a road spin for an hour or two (on thge cross bikes). Anyone else interested - we're talking about a cyclocross clinic in Spokane on Sunday the 22nd - if you can make it, PM me for details.

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    Ah, jealousy! I can't wait to build my next bike, which will be a single (or maybe fixed), which will happen as soon as I spot the bike or frame at a garage sale. I am inspired by this thread. And as soon as my friend gets himself a better bike, I'm going to start turning his old Sekai into an ss 'cross bike, so that we may all suffer together!
    Last edited by es_seattle; 09-16-02 at 03:38 PM.

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    sscyco - Thanks for sharing the tale. Good story and an excellent find at the yard sale!
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