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    Fixed gear means the wheel can't freewheel, like in coasting, the pedals must continue to turn. Single speed is like old fashioned bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Does it say what model of Specialized bike it is anywhere on the bike?
    It's a 2001 S-Works M4 Road Bike in Festina colors.

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    Got it thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post
    Hmmm, I thought a single speed was a fixed gear... what might the distinction be?
    A fixed gear is technically a single speed but has no freewheel to allow it to coast... if the wheels are turning the pedals will be turning as well since the cog is directly attached to the hub with no ratcheting mechanism as you have with a single speed that does coast.

    In practice the two systems are rather different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Fixed gear means the wheel can't freewheel, like in coasting, the pedals must continue to turn. Single speed is like old fashioned bikes.
    Fixed gear bikes pre-date single speeds and to this day they are often paired together as racers of old used to do... one would ride fixed on the flats and to the top of a climb and then flip the wheel so that one might coast more quickly down to the bottom and save energy.

    Descents on a fixed wheel are not coasting affairs as one has to apply power and / or back pedal to create resistance and control one's speed

    A peanut butter wrench was often used to release the wheel nuts, named thusly as the flat end was used to spread peanut butter early racers carried as provisions.

    Some models came with wing nuts which meant a wrench did not have to be carried to remove a wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sh00k View Post
    oops - i meant single speed - not fixed gear. is this also an expensive conversion? can i just remove the 9 or 10 speed cassette and replace it with a single cog?

    i appreciate the help. it'll be the future fad. instead of turning 70s/80s road bikes into fixies and single speeds, ppl are going to start doing it with hybrids! =P
    Just converted my Trek 820 to a single speed. Feel free to ask questions.

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    a lot of talk and no pics. Let's fix that. This is from last Friday just after riding across town to the college where my son is going to school. (They're trying to start a parents association and had a meeting, so I rode there directly from work.)

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    Nice bike! It's always nice to see bikes tall enuf to ride.

    But, why the fenders? It never rains in Texas...... LOL

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    What serves braking on a fixed gear bike? Isn't that where clutches and coaster brakes came about? Sorry for such basic questions...
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    Some ride without brakes. The smart ones ride with caliper brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post
    What serves braking on a fixed gear bike? Isn't that where clutches and coaster brakes came about? Sorry for such basic questions...
    Topic best left for discussion in the SSFG forum. Anyways, you can slow a fixed gear down by resisting the pedals. Still no substitute for a good front brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Nice bike! It's always nice to see bikes tall enuf to ride.
    I've been very fortunate to have come across four different bikes, either cheap or free, that fit my 6'-2" frame pretty well.

    But, why the fenders? It never rains in Texas...... LOL
    I know, I just like the way they look. It gives the bike style. (And yeah, I have been riding in the rain lately.)
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I was told photos of my bike would be welcome. Here's Roark, with his owner, during some of their 5000 miles of traveling:

    Inside Sheeder-Hall covered bridge, Chester County, PA, February 2009:



    In Pine Creek Gorge, near Wellsboro, PA, August 2009.



    Milepost Zero, C & O Canal Towpath, Washington, DC, August 2008:



    Third trip from Pittsburgh to DC, June 2009:





    Tour through Delmarva, June 2009:




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    Nice photos! That looks to be a great area to tour by bike. And it's cool to see you are using a pretty much stock Trek 7.5 FX. Has this bike caused you any problems? And would you recommend a FX-series bicycle for touring on to others?

    Photos are always welcome additions, by the way. Thanks for sharing yours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    Nice photos! That looks to be a great area to tour by bike. And it's cool to see you are using a pretty much stock Trek 7.5 FX. Has this bike caused you any problems? And would you recommend a FX-series bicycle for touring on to others?

    Photos are always welcome additions, by the way. Thanks for sharing yours!
    In fact, the bike has a lot of alterations. 36 spoke custom built rear wheel for my, ahem, Clydesdale status, extenders on the crankarms for my crooked legs, Brooks B-17 saddle, Ergon grips, big, big bell, Nashbar Landcruiser pedals for my big feet.... and the special skewer for the trailer. I've made these changes on an as-needed basis, which explains why the bike looks a little different in each photo.

    I suggest a 7.2 or 7.3 for touring - the wheels seem to have more spokes and the steel fork is more durable. Plus you can attach front panniers to it, which I can't do with my carbon fork.

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    On an overnight tour, November last year:






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    I see what you mean. I tossed the wheels on my 2007 7.5 FX. Built up a set of 32-spoke Mavic A719 rims and Shimano Ultegra hubs 3X - laced. But that was just for starters...


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    Historian, inspiring rides. Thanks for posting.

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    for sure that
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    This is a 2006 Trek 7200 with hydraulic disk brakes.
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    Nice bike, Al - what rack do you have on the back?

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    Looks like a ToPeak. I was wanting a trunk bag like it, but the ToPeak seems to have attachment gizmos for only their rear rack... I had a perfectly good Blackburn rack, so I didn't want to "buy" what I already had. Searched far and wide... found something!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

    28 bucks, free shipping, it's quite well designed. Only one quibble, there's not enough velcro material to attach the length of those side straps so an inch and a half kinda flaps. So far, despite that, it appears to be quite secure... but I will sew on some more material. It fits the rack perfectly, had side stiffners, can hold a bunch of stuff AND has a zippered gusset that adds another 2 vertical inches.
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    Nice bag. I took the Jandd rear rack off the Marin and put it on the Cannondale.

    Is this frame too small for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Nice bike, Al - what rack do you have on the back?
    It is a topeak. I have been using it for about 4-5 years and have had no problems with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by al-wagner View Post
    It is a topeak. I have been using it for about 4-5 years and have had no problems with it.
    I use Topeak too. The rack has rails on it that the Topeak bags slide on to and lock into place. You can use several different size Topeak bags on the same rack. Al's bag is bigger than mine. I really love the bag and rack. Excellent design and quality.

    Here are a couple images of mine:



    Here you can see how the built in panniers open up. It also expands upwards.


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    historian - love the pictures! i wish i could put 5k miles on my bike! lol.
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