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    alleycat ride selection

    so... i know i'm far from the only geek on this forum with more than one bike-- most of us have a fixed and then a road/mtb/somethingorother.

    i wanted to ask how folks determine what they ride on races. i mean, i've talked to people that believe that if you don't work on it, you shouldn't race it. i've also talked with folks who are like "screw it, i could never place on a fixed bike, so i ride my roadie."

    i've ridden both, and have now placed on both a road bike and my fixed. it's definetely more work to do it fixed, but i love my fix, that's why i ride it.

    what do most of y'all ride for alleycats?

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    riding in my first one on saturday, and i'm riding fixed.
    i thought about throwing a freewheel on for the race, but was convinced that would be kinda wimpy

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    I rode fixed in LOTC last weekend. Most people were riding fixed. There were a few people riding geared, but the first and second place guys were riding fixed. The winner (Jonny Cycle, congrats man!) was riding the first frame he ever made. That's OG.

    The races I've been in/seen here in SF have been won mostly by guys riding geared bikes. It's just faster that way.

    I say ride whatever bike is most fun for you. It's about having fun.

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    Yup. I rode my fixed in LOTC, but it was mostly because i didn't want to transport my road bike in the trunk of an Impala across 6 states. It worked fine for me, but let me just say, super thanks to the guys who finally talked me into putting a brake on my bike. Sure, it went unused for its first week, but when I used it for the first time on Sat, I was SO (!) glad I had it.

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    Never mind, good job pulling in first female!
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    Chimblysweep, looks like you made a wise choice for Madison. Congrats ! Not everyone can travel all night and still do well in a race like that. It was nice meeting you at the Freewheel party, although I didn't know that you were from the forums at the time.Judah..............it was cool hanging out with you and your bro and Dad as well. Lemme know when you visit again!
    OH...and I mostly worry about what size cog to use and what tire/rim combo is best suited for fast flat repair.And does my hair look OKay?

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    Your hair always looks fabulous, no worries!

    I actually rode a pitiful 49x20 on Sat-- I've been meaning to switch out to 19 since I spin like hell, but I love the accelleration and control in traffic I get out of the low gear ratio. I used to be 42x15 before I put my new sugino cranks on, and that was fine, but the slow acceleration was a problem when it came to battling cars out of intersections.

    Yeah, I have this policy of never admitting to my message board habit. It's sort of, well, um, yeah. It's like online dating. You just have to say "we met at a party." Maybe it's just a personal hangup.

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    i ride what i always ride, fixed brakeless. i don't have the luxury of an "arsenal".

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    The first race I rode a pursuit-styled frame fixed...gearing was a little high, my knees and back hurt after hauling it through the city.

    This past weekend I took out the 48x17 fuji and it felt much more comfortable riding in the "normal" position. Was able to get up and go longer. I felt a little jealous looking at the fine fine geared bikes some guys showed up with though...Lamborghini bicycle?! Damn, that thing looked like a dream machine.
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    right outside anthology right? i saw that one too! there were alot of beautiful bikes out on saturday. i love the red puma team cannondales
    we couldn't go on any faster

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    i road my guerciotti brakeless fixed in the Clown Dog Crit last sunday pushing 53x18 and didn't finish so well. i did much better on the IRO 44x16 the previous race (would've won if it wasn't for those two g-damn flats )

    on a side note if anyone has a nice italian road frame around 58-59cm and wants to trade up to a 61cm, i've got this gorgeous red and yellow guerciotti that stretches me just a liiiitle too much. hit me up.
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    here's the bike in question:
    we couldn't go on any faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimblysweep
    Yup. I rode my fixed in LOTC, but it was mostly because i didn't want to transport my road bike in the trunk of an Impala across 6 states. It worked fine for me, but let me just say, super thanks to the guys who finally talked me into putting a brake on my bike. Sure, it went unused for its first week, but when I used it for the first time on Sat, I was SO (!) glad I had it.
    Front brake and a car?! Keep that on the DL... Well done on placing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by logicproblems
    here's the bike in question:
    Hey! Lucas!
    Was he filming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by logicproblems
    here's the bike in question:
    That's Lucas Brunelle, no?

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    yeah, he was there with his rig, along with someone else. maybe we'll get to see some footage soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stronzo
    i road my guerciotti brakeless fixed in the Clown Dog Crit last wednesday pushing 53x18 and didn't finish so well. i did much better on the IRO 44x16 the previous race (would've won if it wasn't for those two g-damn flats )

    on a side note if anyone has a nice italian road frame around 58-59cm and wants to trade up to a 61cm, i've got this gorgeous red and yellow guerciotti that stretches me just a liiiitle too much. hit me up.
    Ahh nice to put names to faces. That was a fun race. I was on the blue Scapin. Whered you end up finishing? I know you me and that guy dustin were kinda in the same pack for the better part of the race.

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    ya, you guys left me in the dust a couple of laps before the end. i finished 9th. the other dustin (on the fuji fixed) forced me into the crowd on the last sprint. had to slow down fast or i would've hurt someone....i actually used to have a really nice scapin quill stem, but i gave it to my friend stuart a few months ago. i don't think he's even put it on a bike yet....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stronzo
    ya, you guys left me in the dust a couple of laps before the end. i finished 9th. the other dustin (on the fuji fixed) forced me into the crowd on the last sprint. had to slow down fast or i would've hurt someone....i actually used to have a really nice scapin quill stem, but i gave it to my friend stuart a few months ago. i don't think he's even put it on a bike yet....
    ahh that sucks. I ended up finishing 6th like 2 seconds behind 5th. Tell your friend i'll buy that scapin stem off of him or trade it.

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