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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 08-23-05, 09:25 PM   #1
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a couple basic questions

just bought an (old) used fuji that needs some work done on it and watnted to know:
1) should i get: traditional toe clips (pedal + normal shoe) or clip ins (special pedal and shoe) or is it personal preference?
2) how do i tell how straight the chainline is? do i just look from the rear up straight down to the cog on the crank and line them up?

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Old 08-23-05, 10:06 PM   #2
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I'll answer before people tell you to search the forums (which you should probably do anyways! )

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just bought an (old) used fuji that needs some work done on it and watnted to know:
1) should i get: traditional toe clips (pedal + normal shoe) or clip ins (special pedal and shoe) or is it personal preference?
2) how do i tell how straight the chainline is? do i just look from the rear up straight down to the cog on the crank and line them up?
1) Use what you are most comfortable with. Personally, I use toe clips and straps so that I can wear ordinary civilian shoes. Clipless ( = "clip ins") are more efficient as you can more easily apply force around the whole circle.

2) That is how I checked mine. Dig around on www.sheldonbrown.com. I am pretty sure that he has a more precise method for measuring it.

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