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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 06-08-05, 07:38 PM   #1
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Convince me to go Fixie

So I have this Motobecane Nomade... And as I use it for commuting I typically use only one gear and don't see a problem in ridding the bike of the rest of them. And so I pose to you, why should I?

After reviewing the posts in the motobecane conversion thread, it doesn't seem like an easy process and surely one I don't want to do without having a really good reason.
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riding fixed will be the most fun you've had on a bike since you learned to ride.
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If you don't see a compelling reason to do it, don't. I'm not here to convince anyone of anything.
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Old 06-08-05, 07:45 PM   #4
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Maybe so, but what's my motivation in removing excess gears rather than just never changing them...

Obviously on a 25 year old Moto, a little weight shed is negligible.
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Maybe so, but what's my motivation in removing excess gears rather than just never changing them...

Obviously on a 25 year old Moto, a little weight shed is negligible.
Well, there you have it. Don't bother changing anything.
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The nice thing I've found with shedding the deraileur and all of the shifting cables is that there is a lot less to go wrong, and a lot more to replace. Right now I have a "hobo" single-speed because I'm too poor at the moment to get a fixie. But the thing I've found the nicest is that I only worry about 1 break (front), I don't have to worry about having to adjust the deraileurs, or about cables. I just find that it's easier all around if you only use one gear to just make it a ss.
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riding fixed is

1) a better workout
2) more fun

these are facts, everything else is subjective
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Old 06-08-05, 08:08 PM   #8
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why should I?
if nothing else, for pie's sake.
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Old 06-08-05, 08:10 PM   #9
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The nice thing I've found with shedding the deraileur and all of the shifting cables is that there is a lot less to go wrong, and a lot more to replace. [...] I don't have to worry about having to adjust the deraileurs, or about cables. I just find that it's easier all around if you only use one gear to just make it a ss.
I will say that the deraileurs are already becoming a pain. I'd say that they're state of repair (or lack there of) is half the reason I stay in the gear I'm in. And the entire idea of doing a conversion sounds a little adventurous. In a good way.
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riding fixed will be the most fun you've had on a bike since you learned to ride.
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I will say that the deraileurs are already becoming a pain. I'd say that they're state of repair (or lack there of) is half the reason I stay in the gear I'm in. And the entire idea of doing a conversion sounds a little adventurous. In a good way.
The only fun I had was ripping out the cables, pulling the deraileur off, and using my chain tool. It was easy and the most fun thing ever. And it's really amazing at how easily I go in 52x14. I've been in that gearing for a month or so now, and now that I've moved to the city I find that I don't ever need to use any other gears (i just go around the REALLY steep hills). I've ridden Mountain, road, 'cross, recumbant, tandem, single-speed, and fixie. And I've had the most fun with 'cross, single-speed, and fixie. Just may be my personal preferance. [thought] maybe they could make a fixie cyclocross bike ??? [/thought]
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[thought] maybe they could make a fixie cyclocross bike ??? [/thought]
i know someone who does that, and he loves it. i'm going to try racing geared this winter, and if i feel core enough i'll try fixed.
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I have to admit though, I'd probably ride a front bread if I went fixie 'cross, I mean, I'm crazy, but not THAT crazy (plus going over fallen logs and stuff technical style/black-diamond style you really need a front break for some of the stuff you do).

That's another I forgot, though it fits with 'cross and mountain, black-diamond riding. Not quite sure if that's its actual name but that's what I know it as, it's all the technical off road riding (jumping from rock to rock, going UP stairs, etc.). Though I stopped that one when I put a nice gouge in my leg (you could see 1" by 2" of the bone in my shin), though amazingly the scar went away after 4/5 years
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I have to admit though, I'd probably ride a front bread if I went fixie 'cross, I mean, I'm crazy, but not THAT crazy (plus going over fallen logs and stuff technical style/black-diamond style you really need a front break for some of the stuff you do).

That's another I forgot, though it fits with 'cross and mountain, black-diamond riding. Not quite sure if that's its actual name but that's what I know it as, it's all the technical off road riding (jumping from rock to rock, going UP stairs, etc.). Though I stopped that one when I put a nice gouge in my leg (you could see 1" by 2" of the bone in my shin), though amazingly the scar went away after 4/5 years
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am i mistaken, or is this guy's username a cell phone company's slogan?

i say **** off, and have an opinion of your own. hopefully i don't have to convince you that thats a good idea.
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am i mistaken, or is this guy's username a cell phone company's slogan?

i say **** off, and have an opinion of your own. hopefully i don't have to convince you that thats a good idea.
hey now, to quote terror_in_pink; don't hate.

the more peeps we can bring over to our side (or even get on a bike) the happier i am.
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am i mistaken, or is this guy's username a cell phone company's slogan?

i say **** off, and have an opinion of your own. hopefully i don't have to convince you that thats a good idea.
Ummmmm, I need a little convincing that it's a good idea to listen to someone who just told someone to **** off.

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why ride fixed? cause it looks way cooler locked up outside the bar/coffee shop, of course.
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Good exercise, better control. Downside - can't coast ever again.
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One does not need convicing to try going fixed.
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Dolface said it. Most fun you'll have since you learned to ride a bike. Its great. I rode single speed for a few months before going fixed. Fixed is more fun, and more challenging.
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i wholeheartedly agree w/ dolface. THE MOST fun since your mom/dad let go of the seat and you learned to ride a two wheeler. not even really an opinion, it's the truth.
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Do It, U Won't Regret It. I Promise. I Guarantee It! Or Ur Money Back
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Can't believe no-one's said it yet -

Riding Fixed Makes You A Better Lover!
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so you can spend every free moment here...on this forum...with the rest of us. And see how much choice we really have. Once you come here you will never leave. Do you think 'they' let us leave? When we go back to our geared bikes 'they' make us forget how to ride them. Then we are forced to get better parts for them and they even arrange for overseas mariages (ebay and eframe bank)

You come here and soon somewhere in your home, you will notice a nursery of pedals, chainrings, cogs, tires, chains and countless other "beginings" of them.

almost forgot to mention an odd fascination with pastrys, though some would argue its not really a pastry. The momement it ends up on your head it will have already been to late.

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