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    Goose Island Beer Bicycle

    I won this cool looking bike in a drawing from a local watering hole, and know absolutely nothing about single speed bikes. It looks like it has a flip-flop hub, which I will have to research to figure out how all that works, too. I haven't seen anything like it, but it looks like it would be fun to ride, although I am not fond of a front brake only bike. The handlebars are crazy short at 18 inches as well, which means they will have to get changed out as that is way too short. Either way, once I go through it all it should make a fun grocery getter or something...



















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    You need a rear brake for when you are using the freewheel as it is set up in your pics, and you should have foot retention when you reverse (flip) the rear wheel when you are using the fixed cog. You also need to make sure the fixed cog and lockring are properly tightened before riding it.
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    I bet it is one of these:

    Solé Bicycles ? Fixed Gear & Single Speed Bicycles

    A couple guys on an evening "urban ride" that I attend occasionally have them. I will refrain from commenting about it, as one should never look a gift horse in the mouth, other than to say...enjoy your new bike

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    You don't really "need" a rear brake. It's not a bad idea. But it's not imperative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    You need a rear brake for when you are using the freewheel as it is set up in your pics, and you should have foot retention when you reverse (flip) the rear wheel when you are using the fixed cog. You also need to make sure the fixed cog and lockring are properly tightened before riding it.
    I was planning on adding the rear brake, and I also plan on going through the whole bike before trying to ride it as I want to be sure it is safe to ride. Thanks for the info!

    Quote Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
    I bet it is one of these:

    Solé Bicycles ? Fixed Gear & Single Speed Bicycles

    A couple guys on an evening "urban ride" that I attend occasionally have them. I will refrain from commenting about it, as one should never look a gift horse in the mouth, other than to say...enjoy your new bike
    Yeah, I have reservations as well, the welds aren't that pretty, but free is free! Your comments on the bike are welcome, as the more I know the better off I am. If I am better off turning this into a wall decoration, let me know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by T13 View Post
    You don't really "need" a rear brake. It's not a bad idea. But it's not imperative.
    Legally, in most jurisdictions you have to be able to bring your bike to a skidding stop. How can you do that on a single speed with just a front brake? Ted shred the rear tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    Legally, in most jurisdictions you have to be able to bring your bike to a skidding stop. How can you do that on a single speed with just a front brake? Ted shred the rear tire?

    Yeah I guess I didn't think of that. But, I mean, i don't stop at stop signs, or stoplights, unless i have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T13 View Post
    Yeah I guess I didn't think of that. But, I mean, i don't stop at stop signs, or stoplights, unless i have to.
    Safe and smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
    Safe and smart.

    Wow. Nice man, real nice.

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    I sometimes ride my bike in the car lane even when there is a bike lane. I'm a scofflaw.

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    Sounds like a watering hole should provide a lifetime supply following the litigation. I mean lawyers thrive on SS's with single brake systems.

    It'll be a fun bike, congrats.....just listen to the wisdom provided by these other folks.

    AND you d*mned kids start obeying traffic laws... don't make me bring this up at dinner tonight!

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    I mean, tires are nice to have, but they're not really necessary.
    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    I rode my beater SS with just a rear break for awhile...living life on the edge!
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post

    AND you d*mned kids start obeying traffic laws... don't make me bring this up at dinner tonight!
    My bike is not required to have brakes, nor am I required to stop at stop signs or red lights.



    Bicycle-related
    IDAHO CODE
    Title 49, Chapter 7
    49-714. TRAFFIC LAWS APPLY TO PERSONS ON BICYCLES AND OTHER HUMAN-POWERED VEHICLES —
    DUE CARE
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    49-720. STOPPING — TURN AND STOP SIGNALS.
    (1) A person operating a bicycle or human-pow
    ered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall
    slow down and, if required for safety,
    stop before entering the
    intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, th
    e person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the in
    tersection or approaching on
    another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard
    during the time the person is moving across or within the inter
    section or junction of
    highways, except that a person after slowing to a reasonable sp
    eed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously ma
    ke a turn or proceed through
    the intersection without stopping.
    (2) A person operating a bicycle or human-pow
    ered vehicle approaching a steady red traffic-control signal shall stop before ent
    ering the intersection,
    except that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yi
    elding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a right
    -hand turn without stopping or
    may cautiously make a left-hand turn onto a one-way highway without stopping.

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    That is a nice bike. Would not dump a lot of money into it, but slap on a rear brake if you wish and ride the heck out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet View Post
    That is a nice bike. Would not dump a lot of money into it, but slap on a rear brake if you wish and ride the heck out of it.
    That is the only thing I plan on purchasing for the bike is a rear brake, but then I might as well go for a double growler holder, too!

    Thanks for the comments guys, and the rules of the road
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