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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-19-05, 06:46 PM   #1
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Fixed-gear number seven is complete.

I rebuilt the Lotus Elan totally. I reversed and cut down the handlebar to make short bullhorns. I attatched a suitable brake lever and wrapped the bar. I glued the new Alex tubular, Iro hubbed rear wheel. Up front is a Mavic Gel 280 rim laced to a Dura Ace hub. It has a new seatpost and a Brontrager saddle from the sales box. It's really hot!!! Gearing is 52/20t (70 gear inches.) I'll take pictures soon. :x

Thanks Rev. Chuck. I'll bring it by the shop and show you the final look soon.
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Old 05-19-05, 06:49 PM   #2
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How bout some pics?
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Old 05-19-05, 06:53 PM   #3
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How bout some pics?
Soon. I don't have a digital camera so I'll need to take pictures the old fashion way and have them
put on a cd. Then I'll post them on Dennis Larson's site and give you the link. I'm really surprized at
how nice it finished up.

Now...to find room in the house for number eight. It never ever ends.
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Old 05-19-05, 08:20 PM   #4
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How about a link to the previous 6?
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Old 05-19-05, 08:48 PM   #5
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How about a link to the previous 6?
#885, #906, & #912 on Dennis's site which have all been redone a bit:

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/c/kresge.htm

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/c/kresge20.htm

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/c/kresge30.htm

http://groups.msn.com/BicyclingForum...o&PhotoID=9663

http://groups.msn.com/BicyclingForum...o&PhotoID=9659

(another view of the Mirage.) http://groups.msn.com/BicyclingForum...o&PhotoID=9665

Two others have no pics yet and they all need updates.
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Old 05-19-05, 08:56 PM   #6
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Love the curved tubes on the 1st one.
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Old 05-19-05, 10:53 PM   #7
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k.. now sell all of em and build one nice one
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That Van Dessel is very nice. I would have a lot of fun bopping around town on that.
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Old 05-20-05, 04:12 AM   #9
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k.. now sell all of em and build one nice one
Most of the cost goes into the rear wheel which is usually custom built for me on tubular rims.
Pictures don't show you the ride quality.
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thats cool i guess; but I lean towards Mr. Sloppy....2 is 2 many 4 me
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thats cool i guess; but I lean towards Mr. Sloppy....2 is 2 many 4 me
Disagree: While I think the original poster doesn't have enough diversity in his stable, it is great having more than one bike. I have a minimalist fixed gear and one with fenders (a rain bike). I have enough extra parts and wheels that I'm never without a bike.

A rain bike is indispensible.

I wouldn't mind having a bike with panniers... or a SS mtn bike either.

Of course I still have a few geared bikes as well... and my wife has 3 bikes...
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"Disagree:"

I don't understand how you can disagree with how many bikes is right for me...but for the sake of discussion, here goes...

I have one bike. I ride it on sunny days. I ride it on rainy days. I ride it fast. I ride it slow. I ride it on streets. I ride it on trails. I ride it naked (referring to the bike, not myself). I ride it loaded (referring to the bike, as well as myself).

To be honest, I do (tehcnically) have a second bike; carbon fibre multigeared from my racing days. 'Lent' it to my dad 8 years ago because 2 bikes around the house was too many for me. Dont miss it.

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"Disagree:"

I don't understand how you can disagree with how many bikes is right for me...but for the sake of discussion, here goes...

I have one bike. I ride it on sunny days. I ride it on rainy days. I ride it fast. I ride it slow. I ride it on streets. I ride it on trails. I ride it naked (referring to the bike, not myself). I ride it loaded (referring to the bike, as well as myself).

To be honest, I do (tehcnically) have a second bike; carbon fibre multigeared from my racing days. 'Lent' it to my dad 8 years ago because 2 bikes around the house was too many for me. Dont miss it.
It's nice to have a backup when you have issues with your primary transport that you can't quickly repair. However, 7 bikes of the same style is silly. I really doubt the OP gives them all equal time. Differing geometry, saddles, gearing, bars, etc... all these little things make every bike have distinct characteristics. Perhaps Mr. Shadow also has 500 pairs of shoes in his closet?
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Disagree: While I think the original poster doesn't have enough diversity in his stable, it is great having more than one bike. I have a minimalist fixed gear and one with fenders (a rain bike). I have enough extra parts and wheels that I'm never without a bike.

A rain bike is indispensible.

I wouldn't mind having a bike with panniers... or a SS mtn bike either.

Of course I still have a few geared bikes as well... and my wife has 3 bikes...
I have more bikes than these...only seven are fixed-gears. I also have three roadies,
two mountain bikes, and a hybrid.
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I told my wife that if she can have 50 pairs of shoes then I can have 50 bikes.

Yeah, she kinda shut me down on that one
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I have more bikes than these...only seven are fixed-gears. I also have three roadies,
two mountain bikes, and a hybrid.
That's 13 total. Unlucky.
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That's why I need another bike....
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