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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 08-10-05, 05:51 PM   #1
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LBS shoots, and scores!

Getting a flip flop wheel from my lbs. Mavic ma3, 36 spoke with a surly hub. I have been slobbering all over wheels on the net for a while, so they are lucky that they are getting me. I was just plain old not going to get the wheel, and keep riding single speed on the 6 spd cassette like I have been. The net is just way cheaper! but sometimes some service is involved, and today some sales work. I work hard for my money, you gotta pry it out of my hands or pull the wool over my eyes!
I am calling them lucky, it was kind of impulsive on my part, even though I have wanted a fixed gear for about 6 months. I wanted to build the wheel myself. but then you get into all these truing stands and dishing tools. for the price of all the crap, you can just get a nicer wheel or set than the budget would allow to build one if someone else makes it, who hopefully knows what they're doing.
Then my fixed gear bike will be just that. I am excited about it! getting a freewheel for the other side though. there's some major downhills around here, plus some potential long commutes. And sometimes I have tired legs. I am going to go with 42-18 for the fixed. once I have it done I will post some pic and let it be slobbered on.
I am going to end up doing this triathlon on fixed gear/singlespeed in a couple weeks. did the 20 mile course today.
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Old 08-10-05, 07:02 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new wheel, ya spazz!

Remember, you don't need a lot of gear to build your own wheels. Don't let the bastards get to ya.
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Old 08-10-05, 08:26 PM   #3
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I am going to end up doing this triathlon on fixed gear/singlespeed in a couple weeks. did the 20 mile course today.
I was supposed to do one in July on my fix, but I managed to wipe out while running errands and trash my elbow, knee, and front wheel. Good luck at your multisporting! Nothing feels wierder than running right after biking, and I'd imagine after biking on a fix it's even worse.
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I was supposed to do one in July on my fix, but I managed to wipe out while running errands and trash my elbow, knee, and front wheel. Good luck at your multisporting! Nothing feels wierder than running right after biking, and I'd imagine after biking on a fix it's even worse.
Unfortunately, my Dr. has told me it would be foolish to run the run leg of the triathlon. So I have come to the decision that I will walk the run part.
But, being a competitive a$$hole that I am, I will do the run leg in costume, hopefully one that maintains my anonymity. So, I will bust out in the first two legs, get my splits for those, and then get into a gorilla suit or something like it, and then walk the run part.
That also spares me from the ******bags who would see me walking and give me the old "come on, don't quit!" Knowing that I could smoke them. If I just let it be known that the run part is not to be taken seriously, I protect myself from that.
another idea is to try and drink 6 beers in the run leg of the race. that also puts it out in the open I am not in it to win it.
maybe I should do both.
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three words: mexican wrestling mask.
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Yup, I always say it:

Get a fix/fix hub because you can still run a freewheel on fixed threads, but not the other way around....

Of course if they already have the parts and are building it now, that might not be an option anymore...
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Ouch! If your knees are too bad to run (I assume that's the reason), then take the fixie thing easy! Use your brakes, not your legs to slow down and don't spin out on downhills.
Congrats on the new wheelset, though.
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Keep in mind, changing into a gorilla suit will hurt your transition time.

Going the beer route will DEF be frowned upon, tri-geeks tend to lack a sense of humor about these things, unlike runners and alleycats. But, if you've got the sack to do it, go for it.
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three words: mexican wrestling mask.
eh hem...the proper term is luchador. Hehehe.
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three words: mexican wrestling mask.
That definitely gets the LOL!
With the speedo on the wedgie setting I think I can enjoy that. flying elbow if anyone "encourages" me to try and run.
I don't care about the transition time, once I get thru the bike and swim parts I just want to see my splits. From then on out it will be straight mockery.
Reminds me of the time a few years ago that I was Smokey the Bear in the 4th of july parade. The district ranger was not amused, I tried to turn smokey into a sex symbol/teen idol. wonder if I could pull some strings and borrow that outfit.....
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