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    Single speed != Fixed gear

    Anyone else get really annoyed that as soon as you mention "single speed" people automatically think you mean "fixed gear"? I noticed this when doing some Google searches.

    I ride a single speed road bike and I hate it to be confused as a fixie.

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    I get the impression that calling a fixed gear a fixie isn't exactly kosher, either.

    And why ask this in General instead of the Single Speed and Fixed Gear forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    I get the impression that calling a fixed gear a fixie isn't exactly kosher, either.

    And why ask this in General instead of the Single Speed and Fixed Gear forum?
    I'm new, got used to just posting here.

    See what I mean, even here fixed gear and single speed are put in the same category.

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    i usually just post in the Road Forum and keep quiet about the fact i'm missing 10 cogs, 1,2 chainrings and a front and rear derailleur. not to mention my flatbars and eggbeaters. otherwise, it's pretty much the same.

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    *shrug*

    I have a SSCX bike that I race with a freewheel and commute with a fixed cog. The former allows coasting; the latter does not. Why does it bother you so much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    i usually just post in the Road Forum and keep quiet about the fact i'm missing 10 cogs, 1,2 chainrings and a front and rear derailleur. not to mention my flatbars and eggbeaters. otherwise, it's pretty much the same.
    Well, to be fair, it's the road forum, not the road bike forum. You ride your bike on the road, so that works for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by carnivroar View Post
    I'm new, got used to just posting here.

    See what I mean, even here fixed gear and single speed are put in the same category.
    Isn't it true to say that fixed gear bikes are a subset of single speed bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    Isn't it true to say that fixed gear bikes are a subset of single speed bikes?
    not necessarily

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnivroar View Post
    I'm new, got used to just posting here..
    If by new, you mean that you have been a bike forums member for a little more than 2 years, then you are correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
    Fair enough, I just learned something new
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    The similarity is single speed chainline... i.e. no derailleurs, so I can see why they are clumped together, along with potential discussions about gear ratio choices, even if the line gets blurred. Of course, the line gets even more blurred when some bikes/wheels have a flip-flop hub to switch between ss and fixed.

    And while it i true that an obscure 3 speed fixed gear hub does show a distinction, it should be noted that it is extremely rare for someone to ride a multi-speed fixed gear... of course, I guess a derailleur equipped fixed gear is possible too, but the derailleur system would have to be different than the typical derailleurs, even more so than the short lived front freewheel system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    Isn't it true to say that fixed gear bikes are a subset of single speed bikes?
    oh god! i'm not going to have to re-learn set theory again, am i?

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    <Big Shrug>

    any freewheel hub would make a cheap freewheel single speed

    fixies are hipsters using tracki hubs , the LH threaded lock-ring is required .



    though there are 6 bolt cogs now and a spline hub cog interface to take your paycheck away.

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    Fixed gear, Fixie, Single Speed...Who cares? If it's regular ordinary conversation, just let it go...


    OTOH, if you're talking to other cyclists who might be concerned about what you're riding, you might want to be more specific by differentiating between fixed gear and single speed.


    Fixie vs Fixed gear makes no difference to me. That's like the difference between asking, "Is that your girlfriend?" or " Is that your honey?"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    Isn't it true to say that fixed gear bikes are a subset of single speed bikes?
    I kind of thought that single speed bikes were a development of fixed gear bikes.
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    Besides, if we know and like you, no matter what you say or do we're going to find some reason to yell at you anyway. If suddenly everybody starts treating you real nice, it probably means that you've done something wrong.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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