Since this comes up all the time, here's a pointer for those who just got their first fixed bike: tighten your cog and lockring well, and verify that they're tight before and after your first few rides.
Were you backpedaling / skidding when you felt a sudden slip in your drivetrain? Did it then slip back in the other direction when you pedaled forward? Stop. Do not pass go. Your cog and lockring aren't tight enough, and you'll strip something if you don't fix it pronto.
Wish I had seen this yesterday before my first real ride :/ totally lost a chain and had to walk from the exact furthest distance I could be on the planned route. About 15 mi to be exact
I just got my Windsor timeline and had a question. The bike came as a singlespeed with a 16T freewheel. Does that need to be tightened adjusted in any way before I ride it? I've already got everything else in order and am hesitant because I know things can be stripped with a fixed cog and lockring.
If you were really paranoid you could remove the freewheel, grease the threads, and then spin it back on. But you probably don't have the tools to do that. And it's not really necessary. Any tightening that needs to happen will occur the first time you climb a hill.
Noob here. I want to buy a FG and really dig my friends Langster. It's a 2009, aluminum model. Seems like Steel is the favored frame material, though. I'm not entirely opposed to steel, I just really enjoy the feel of aluminum. Any reason I should consider one material over the other? I was going to pull the trigger on a Dawes SST AL, but didn't want to make any hasty decisions. I'd like to spend no more than $400 since it will be an errand runner, campus cruiser, and downtown rider when I don't feel like taking out my Trek. The IRO Mark V looks sweet, as does the Pista. Are drop style brakes expensive? I know the Langster comes with Tektro brakes with drop levers. I'd definitely like to put those on whatever bike I get since I really enjoy riding on the hoods.
Just got a fixed gear and have a couple of questions.
-Where is the nearest Urban Outfitters, and do they have skinny jeans on sale?
-Do I have to grow a ridiculous mustache, or will a beard suffice?
-Keys on a caribiner. Do I wear them on front or in back?
-PBR or High Life?
-How do I bar spins?
(the preceding questions are all me being a complete smart ass, but feel free to answer them. i have recently acquired an inexpensive fg in hopes to lose some weight and keep my ticker in shape. i'm and old punk rocker and skater and the only real question i have after riding my first 15 miles is, "is my abc (ass-ball connection) supposed to hurt this bad?". thnks)
Regal already responded, might drop by after work and check it out. My ass cant handle my asshatchet anymore. Gotta buy a bib or something. Any recommendations on a place to get cheap cycling underoos?