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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 09-24-05, 05:37 PM   #1
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2nd time total, the first time was a couple years ago and i rode my friends fuji track bike about 3 feet before being totally freaked out and jumping off the thing and thinking "no, this is not for me", and i had recently ordered an IRO mark V with the intention of making it singlespeed, and i'm selling my old BMX that i rode maybe 10 times so my friend on his fixie showed me a route to bike to work today (i work in downtown crossing in boston and live right off the bike path in cambridge) and about halfway there he asks if i'd like to give the fixie a try, which being curious i do (being scared completely of them) start off going slow and practice stopping a few times (he also has a front brake incase i needed it, i ended up not needing it at all) and i take it for a spin through the common and downtown crossing and stop in to see my wife at work (also works in downtown crossing) elated that i conquered my fear, but also i just found it even EASIER to control than a bike with conventional brakes, completely the opposite of what i was expecting, and i was sold. he let me ride it all the way back and i decided to keep my mark v fixed. and am now even more psyched for it to get here.

it helped a lot reading a lot of the advice on here and one of the webpages that was posted in one of the threads which basically explained how to do everything and what to look out for and such.

so thanks, i am converted.

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Old 09-24-05, 06:26 PM   #2
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ha ha one thing i've been noticing since getting home is my muscles keep like twitching from applying the back pressure to the brakes, reminds me of how after i go swimming it sometimes feels like i'm still swimming. i still feel like i'm trying to apply back pressure.
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on my first ride home i was laying in bed feeling my legs n feet pulsating. its kinda cool
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2nd time total, the first time was a couple years ago and i rode my friends fuji track bike about 3 feet before being totally freaked out and jumping off the thing and thinking "no, this is not for me", and i had recently ordered an IRO mark V with the intention of making it singlespeed, and i'm selling my old BMX that i rode maybe 10 times so my friend on his fixie showed me a route to bike to work today (i work in downtown crossing in boston and live right off the bike path in cambridge) and about halfway there he asks if i'd like to give the fixie a try, which being curious i do (being scared completely of them) start off going slow and practice stopping a few times (he also has a front brake incase i needed it, i ended up not needing it at all) and i take it for a spin through the common and downtown crossing and stop in to see my wife at work (also works in downtown crossing) elated that i conquered my fear, but also i just found it even EASIER to control than a bike with conventional brakes, completely the opposite of what i was expecting, and i was sold.
That's one long run-on sentence! Now I have to go lay down.
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No; you have to go lie down.

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. . .it helped a lot reading a lot of the advice on here and one of the webpages that was posted in one of the threads which basically explained how to do everything and what to look out for and such.

so thanks, i am converted.
Which thread was that? does anybody know?
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Which thread was that? does anybody know?
it was this thread:
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yo aeser, nice to see you here
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yo aeser, nice to see you here

thanks man, been pretty psyched on the bike community since seeing how cool so many of the people are
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yeah really nice people here, very informative. not as much drama as watmm though.
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yeah really nice people here, very informative. not as much drama as watmm though.

ha ha oh hey, didn't realize it was you till now. yea, drama isn't so bad on watmm but still i see your point, less of it here.
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Oh, I simply left out a few words. I meant to write, "Now I have to go lay my grammar book down."
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