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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 06-16-05, 04:55 PM   #1
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My four newest fixies (seven total, so far)

Schwinn Le Tour 42/16

Free Spirit 52/18

Miayata OneTen 52/19

Lotus Elan 52/20

This is the most recent and Rev. Chuck built the rear wheel: Alex Tubular 1 laced to an Iro hub.
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i dont get it.... i think you should sell them all and get one nice one
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How do you chose which one to ride?
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i dont get it.... i think you should sell them all and get one nice one
I'm with this guy, applecart those badboys (except for maybe the lotus) and get something even nicer.

I like the Lotus. The others have too many things on them for me....
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Six of the seven are geared differently. I grab to best one for the particular route.
All seven have been riden this year. They all seem to be happy, and will look forward
to meeting the next one.

(That makes twelve bikes total...it's easier since I'm single.)
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The ones with the "stuff" are for commuting on.
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As for having different gearings, the Lotus and the Schwinn are nearly identicle. However, I also choose my bike based on what kind of riding I'm doing too, 45x14 Walker for the track, 49x18 KHS Aero for commute or riding around the city like a madman (neither have any stuff on them, but that's just me).


(I like the Lotus a lot)
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I guess it's as much fun building them as it is riding them.
I'm aware that some of the gearing is similar, but the bikes all feel different.

I still have an extra Zipp tri-spoke track wheel that needs a frame.
Maybe an Iro frame would look good with it.
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Six of the seven are geared differently. I grab to best one for the particular route.
Hmmm.......wouldn't it be more practical to have one bike with say........multi-gears???
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(That makes twelve bikes total...it's easier since I'm single.)
sometimes being single isnt a good thing.... case in point.. i think what judah and I are saying is.. if you bought one really nice ride instead of another 44 dollar in parts fixie..these would all be gathering dust.. maybe not.. but i have a feeling that one of these days youre going to build a bike that gets all the atttention.. maybe an iro with a trispoke wheel.. who knows.. but 12 bikes? cmon dude.. get it together here.. youre slippin

p.s. the use of "applecart" as a verb is hilarious
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But being single is a lot less complicated. My dog would get jealous if I got a life.
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sometimes being single isnt a good thing.... case in point.. i think what judah and I are saying is.. if you bought one really nice ride instead of another 44 dollar in parts fixie..these would all be gathering dust.. maybe not.. but i have a feeling that one of these days youre going to build a bike that gets all the atttention.. maybe an iro with a trispoke wheel.. who knows.. but 12 bikes? cmon dude.. get it together here.. youre slippin
With the exception of my new Specialized Epic XC mountain bike, it's my geared bikes that are gathering dust. I have a big house and there's room for at least another dozen fixies.
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well have your fun now.. one day youre gonna take a look at all the bikes and think "man.. what was i thinking..."
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I'm 48 years old and I'm entering my second childhood.
I got tired of being a responsible adult all the time.
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It's really hard to find fault with Mr. Shadow's ownership of twelve bikes. Clearly each one makes him happy in some special way, and that's all that matters.
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I still have an extra Zipp tri-spoke track wheel that needs a frame.
Maybe an Iro frame would look good with it.
I have a frame that needs a Zipp tri-spoke track whell
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what is this an intervention?

we should open a therapy forum
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what is this an intervention?

we should open a therapy forum
Nah, I just need to pose in my undies on all seven fixies one day and get on your web site.
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what is this an intervention?

we should open a therapy forum
wouldn't work, we're all a bunch of enablers
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Rehab is for quiters!!!!!!
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Or people who blow their knees out riding brakeless...
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I really like the "look" of the Schwinn LeTour. Grant Peterson recently made some comments in the "Rivendell Reader" about why some bikes just look "right". And, the LeTour, with its long wheelbase, long chainstays, and the top of the seat about level with the top of the stem, has the "balanced" look of the classic road bikes.

And, for some reason, to my eyes, a 42 x 16 looks "right", much like the classic single speed track bikes of 1900 or so. A 52 x 20 provides about the same 71 gear inches, but seems "out of balance" when looking at the bike in profile.

What sort of hub and cog are you using on the LeTour? The best LeTour's (the Super LeTours) had nice frames and so would make sturdy, reasonably light single-speed bikes at a reasonable price. Some of the "thrift" shops in my neighborhood have had "like new" LeTours for under $50 with nice wheels with alloy rims. I suppose a good rear hub might cost more than the LeTour.
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I'm 48 years old and I'm entering my second childhood.
I got tired of being a responsible adult all the time.
I'm fifty, complicated life, and too many bikes. Therefore, I'm scaling back in all aspects of my life, including my bikes, to lead a simpler life....
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Hey, Shadow - I'll be happy to take one of those bikes off your hands...

Is Chuck the only guy in the area you've had build wheels for you?

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Hmmm.......wouldn't it be more practical to have one bike with say........multi-gears???
Wow, what'll they think of next?
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