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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 07-01-05, 08:16 PM   #1
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I like the simplisity of one speed bike.

How do you guys break? On many pictures I don't see any brakes.

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Old 07-01-05, 08:22 PM   #2
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brake?

lots of folks run a front brake, lots don't.
if you don't have a handbrake you stop by using your legs to slow the wheels down by resisting the the cranks as they turn.
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Old 07-01-05, 08:34 PM   #3
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Others don't realize the perilous nature of the track bike until it's too late and suffer the consequences. Many a beginner has been saved by the front brake, while many a beginner wish they had one when it's too late.
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Old 07-01-05, 09:25 PM   #5
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aiming for cows. I should try that.
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Old 07-01-05, 09:32 PM   #6
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brakes are good...stopping is better!
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Old 07-01-05, 09:57 PM   #7
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I stop for nothing....
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i dont think i'm going to put a brake on my fixed gear, i havent seen a need for it yet, i'm doing alright, and i'm being careful
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i use drunk red sox fans, and a front brake, a deadly combination
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it's actually really funny trying to explain how to stop on a fixie without "breaks" to people I've found out, they always think that we have a coaster break where we just tap backwards a little bit on the pedal and we suddenly skid. Sorry folks, not that easy.
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I have front brakes and I use them quite a bit to tweak my stops because my gearing's too high.
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The answers you seek can be revealed by the search and by the fixed gear 101 guide here:
http://www.63xc.com/gregg/101_1.htm

Best to ride with a brake and when you don't need it any longer, haven't touched it for a few months, then you can think about removing it.
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I have front brakes and I use them quite a bit to tweak my stops because my gearing's too high.
Seconded. I value speed more than ease of braking at least at this point in my fixie using career. Later when my knees start aching, I'll drop it down a few gear inches and maybe get rid of the brake. On a side note, I finally can track stand. I didn't realize that you're supposed to look ahead and not down while doing it. It's soooo much easier now after a month and a half of doing it improperly.
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I didn't realize that you're supposed to look ahead and not down while doing it. It's soooo much easier now after a month and a half of doing it improperly.
You can look down, you just need to look somewhere other than the bike. A shiny quarter on the street, a rock, whatever it is to get your focus off of the trackstand and the bike...

Wait a min - I don't know that. I never have to trackstand because :

I stop for nothing!!!!


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