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    [QUOTE=dalameda;16893210]58 years old here, and...

    [QUOTE=dalameda;16893210]58 years old here, and just bought a fixie (kilo tt) last month. QUOTE]

    Same age I started riding a fixie. Been loving it for 9 years since. I switched almost immediately...
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    The screw-type master link is a specialty track...

    The screw-type master link is a specialty track item. It is designed for easy removal and re-installation of the chain. It is more likely to come apart than a standard master link unless you check it...
  3. I rode fixed for a couple of years with just a...

    I rode fixed for a couple of years with just a front brake, but was always a bit anxious about a cable braking. Just before my first century, I got a rear brake. I poached a paceline and we were...
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    Cycling is great for my arthritis. The more I...

    Cycling is great for my arthritis. The more I ride, the better my knees feel. Is fixed gear good for arthritis? Pro: Your legs are constantly moving, circulating blood and flexing stiff joints. Con:...
  5. Couldn't resist? No wonder you have 26 frames +...

    Couldn't resist? No wonder you have 26 frames + 69 wheels. Let me look around my basement and garage and get back...
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    It's SS/FG only because it's The Age 40+...

    It's SS/FG only because it's The Age 40+ Singlespeed & Fixed Gear Thread. Also, I've surprised myself at the hills one can climb with one gear.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_records#Histo...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_records#History_of_motor-paced_records

    With the right support, you should be able to manage 100 mph easily. As a practical matter, sustained speeds of 60 mph...
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    Help with vacation plans.

    I plan to rent a house somewhere within 4 hours of Hartford, CT for a week or two this summer. I am looking for a cycling destination which will offer an abundance of great rides plus peace and...
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    Your bike, your buddies, your choice. If I go out...

    Your bike, your buddies, your choice. If I go out with roadies I can keep up with on the FG, I ride the FG. With a stronger group, I take a road bike. I don't want to hold anyone up because I choose...
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    At The Flattest Century in the East.

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  11. If you buy from Bikes Direct, be sure you know...

    If you buy from Bikes Direct, be sure you know what size you need and any other specs that are important to you. BD is in the business of selling bikes, not giving advice about them. Also, as with...
  12. I ride an aluminum frame with carbon forks pretty...

    I ride an aluminum frame with carbon forks pretty long distances in comfort. 25 cc tires may help. But I think my cushy Terry fly gel saddle makes the most difference.
  13. From all the range of answers, it's clear that...

    From all the range of answers, it's clear that gearing is entirely a personal choice. My two cents: I run 48/18 with 170 cranks. Sure I'd climb better with 36/18, but then ya' gotta' go downhill.
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    You're starting young.

    I started riding fixed at 58, nine years ago. I thought it would be fun for flat rides. Each year since, I have added climbs I didn't think I'd be able to do. Did two century rides this year...
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    Expect some initial frustration with the straps....

    Expect some initial frustration with the straps. The pedals are going around while you are trying to get your feet in. Consider two-sided clipless - secure and easier to get your foot in and out.
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    I'm a long-time rider. Bought my first "10 speed"...

    I'm a long-time rider. Bought my first "10 speed" (a Bianchi) fifty-two years ago. I rode with a fellow named Boots Ward who was the go-two mechanic for the small cadre of serious cyclists in the DC...
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    Check the tire for small cuts or heavy wear,...

    Check the tire for small cuts or heavy wear, anyplace grit can work its way through to the tube.
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    A cheap bike is a cheap bike.

    Right out of the box, my Windsor cost me around $35 to have my local bike shop true the wheels. Within 500 miles, the bottom bracket and headset were creaking and couldn't be adjusted. Wheels and...
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    Maybe you can get the crack welded, but what else...

    Maybe you can get the crack welded, but what else is wrong with the bike? Got carbon forks? (I own a newer Capo which came with carbon forks.) You can't necessarily see damage to the forks. The frame...
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    Bought cycling glasses with a small reading lens...

    Bought cycling glasses with a small reading lens at the bottom. If you struggle to see close without readers (ie: you're over 55): dualeyewear.com. Perfect for a century ride where you want to be...
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    Use them for gripping stuck lids, fishing rod...

    Use them for gripping stuck lids, fishing rod sections, etc. Cut lengths as needed. Then slit lengthwise.
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    Love my Mavic Elippse wheels and Miche Primato...

    Love my Mavic Elippse wheels and Miche Primato cranks. Also like my bullhorn bars, but wish I had drops in a headwind.
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    Go for it!

    Just make sure you have a comfortable saddle. Based on your times, you are a stronger (and considerably younger) rider than I am, and I have ridden two centuries on my FG.
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    I ride Speedplay Zeros on two FGs and my road...

    I ride Speedplay Zeros on two FGs and my road bike. That way, I don't worry about switching up shoes and I always have an extra set (on another bike) if I need one. A negative: Zeros are...
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    The time-consuming part of an fg tire change is...

    The time-consuming part of an fg tire change is tensioning the chain and adjusting rear wheel alignment. You may find this difficult if you make the switch. I carry a small, light cone wrench for...
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