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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 03-17-17, 11:00 AM   #1
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Make my FG more commuter friendly or NBD?

I have a bianchi pista, its great, i love it, but at times I really wish I had a bike I could just hop on and go. ( my other bike is a full carbon road race bike )

I'm kinda thinking about setting it back up to be more comfortable and commuter friendly, 23's to 28's, toss on a single speed hub, change out to flats, but there are still times that I like riding an aggressive clipped in FG. I could also just wire up some bars and brakes so that if I wanna put it in SS mode, I could just flip the wheel and then bold on the bars and brakes and be good to go.

But i'm also thinking of picking up the nashbar SSCX, as its $300 today, room for wide tires, and would make a great beater that I wouldn't have to worry about locking up. I also have quite a few bit laying around to fix it up, some good brake levers, bars, a half-decent SS/FG wheelset, WI freewheel, ghetto tubeless, even a cheap crank if the stock one sucks. Nice fat tires would be good for curb hopping, cheap enough that I wouldn't mind locking it up anywhere, and throw some flats on it to make it a get-on-and-go bike. Figure if it sucks, I could re-sell without much loss.

TL;DR: not sure if i should buy another bike for grocery getting and rainy weather playing around, or bother with taking the time to convert my pista frame back and forth for when I wanna do SS riding.
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the pista will never be what you're looking for in a commuter. go new.
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Get another bike is obvious answer.
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N+1 ... +1 ... +1 ...

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Idk. I think setting up some brakes on some sort of swept back bars with a flip flop hub would be my move in addition to a pair of Gyro Rumbles.
Switch configurations with an allen key as needed.

Ah, ****, who am I kidding. Get another bike.
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I think that Nashbar SSCX bike would make an ideal commuter. You could even put a rack on it. And nothing stops you from putting a track cog on it and still riding fixed.

Another idea is a On-One Pompino. My son rides my old Pomp to school every day. It's perfect for it.
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If the question is ever should I get another bike, the answer is always YES! You should always add a bike rather than subtracting unless you are doing a one on one trade for a nicer bike or getting rid of something redundant but still you should then add two bikes to handle the loss.

N+1*∞
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Order of operations essentially makes your equation: N+∞
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I have a bianchi pista, its great, i love it, but at times I really wish I had a bike I could just hop on and go. ( my other bike is a full carbon road race bike )

I'm kinda thinking about setting it back up to be more comfortable and commuter friendly, 23's to 28's, toss on a single speed hub, change out to flats, but there are still times that I like riding an aggressive clipped in FG. I could also just wire up some bars and brakes so that if I wanna put it in SS mode, I could just flip the wheel and then bold on the bars and brakes and be good to go.

But i'm also thinking of picking up the nashbar SSCX, as its $300 today, room for wide tires, and would make a great beater that I wouldn't have to worry about locking up. I also have quite a few bit laying around to fix it up, some good brake levers, bars, a half-decent SS/FG wheelset, WI freewheel, ghetto tubeless, even a cheap crank if the stock one sucks. Nice fat tires would be good for curb hopping, cheap enough that I wouldn't mind locking it up anywhere, and throw some flats on it to make it a get-on-and-go bike. Figure if it sucks, I could re-sell without much loss.

TL;DR: not sure if i should buy another bike for grocery getting and rainy weather playing around, or bother with taking the time to convert my pista frame back and forth for when I wanna do SS riding.
+ 1 for n+1 and nashbar lol.

That looks like a pretty decent bike. Keep the Bianchi as a fixed gear, and the nashbar as singlespeed. At times I wish I had a separate bike for fixed gear and singlespeed, though the wife would kill me lol. Anybody know if cyclecross bikes normally have a straight fork? I notice there's no rake on it.

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Anybody know if cyclecross bikes normally have a straight fork? I notice there's no rake on it.
Steering rake (fork offset is a better term) is a product of the fork blades' shape--straight or curved, the angle at which the blades leave the crown, the crown's design, and the dropouts' design. You can have just as much offset with straight blades as with curved ones.

I don't know what a typical offset measurement is for a CX bike.

Remember also that fork offset works together with head tube angle to determine steering trail, the dimension that's really important.

Lots of steering trail = stable tracking but sluggish handling.
Little trail = agile but twitchy.

Touring bikes have lots of trail... by a combination of little offset and shallow head tube angle.
Track bikes have little trail... by using lots of offset and/or steep head tube.
Road bikes (and probably CX bikes) are somewhere in between these.

Of course, there are lots of subtle handling and ride qualities that are also affected by these factors, beyond the generalizations I gave above. This is why it wasn't settled long ago that a certain set of measurements is ideal for a particular type of bike, and why frame designers are always looking for the magic combination of angles, dimensions, materials, etc. that will work best and sell big.

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