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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 12-07-05, 03:58 PM   #1
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Thoughts on the Steamroller?

Anyone ride a Surly Steamroller? Thoughts?
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Old 12-07-05, 04:06 PM   #2
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nice if you want a burly ass fixed commuter that can take big ****ing tires - 35C. i am toying with the idea of buying one for my winter bike. it definitely doesn't have track geometry or anything of the like, if you are looking for that style of a ride. they aren't sexy, they are actually kind of ugly. but they definitely have their use.

if you like the idea of something for insane commuting, but also want braze-ons and mounts and such, check out the kogswell, too.
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Old 12-07-05, 04:09 PM   #3
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I ride one, it's a newer bike for me. I have a great Omega track bike also. Much different feel. The Surly is the bike I ride when I'm not paying attention, or going to drink a ton of beer. Super solid, but not as responsive. Also a it's not that light.
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Old 12-07-05, 04:13 PM   #4
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I love my steamroller. it's not very light, but i think it's a good looking bike over all. I recomend it. Bombproof
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Old 12-07-05, 04:26 PM   #5
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Me, I have one thanks to tehz selling his. I've been commuting about 100 miles/week on it for the last 6 months or so. How does that saying go? Big girls need love too?
Definitely heavy, but very smooth. I went from commuting on a couple different mountain bikes to this bike. This eats up the potholes and bumps about as well, even with the 23's that I've currently got on it. I definitely agree with putting big fat tires and fenders on it, then riding through just about any crappy weather or terrain you may run into.
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Old 12-07-05, 04:39 PM   #6
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Cool. Thanks. This is exactly what I'm looking for... a bombproof commuter upon which to brave the craptastic winter conditions we have around here.
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get the nashbar studded snow tires and slay the hardpack.
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Concurring with what has been said already (even though it sounds as if you've been convinced), a steamroller is a great fit for commuting/bar/foul weather/bombing around; with a riser bar set up it feels like a BMX, but only with 700c wheels. The gaping stays are a huge plus. I would suggest dropping in some frame saver, for the winters to come.
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definitly put some risers on it. Feels awesome. To my suprise the thing climbs really well with risers and a 51x18 ratio
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Old 12-07-05, 05:24 PM   #10
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If you want to spend a bit more money, get the Il Pompino. Basically the same geometry and a similar tubeset (maybe a little better?), but allows cantis or v's.
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I really like mine, with coaster brake out back. Sturdy, comfortable, basically what has already been said.

When you are deciding what size to get, remember that they tend to fit a bit 'long' compared to other manufacturers' frames of the same size.
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Old 12-07-05, 08:45 PM   #12
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Bollocks, I say! My Steamroller looks good, handles sweetly, and if it is too heavy then you, my friend, are too weak. Get some gears and a carbon frame, ya pansies.
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Bollocks, I say! My Steamroller looks good, handles sweetly, and if it is too heavy then you, my friend, are too weak. Get some gears and a carbon frame, ya pansies.
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