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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 12-18-05, 07:20 PM   #1
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strange memory: the suicycle.

i remember living in portland and coming to boise for a little while. when i returned to portland, i didn't have a bike, but had a friend with several. one night, a bunch of us headed for a show. everyone else grabbed a bike before me...i was out getting beer for the show or something. the only one left was the suicycle, as we called it. it was a freewheeled singlespeed with no brakes and handlebars six inches wide. i carried the beer to the show, stopping the rear wheel with the sole of my right shoe, cursing my dickhead friend the whole way for making that monstrosity.

random memory. and it has to do with a (poorly conceived) singlespeed!
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Old 12-18-05, 07:27 PM   #2
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I hope you don't still associate yourself with that "friend"
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well...i haven't seen the guy who built that bike in a long time. he's done some other frankenbike projects that seem to have more thought behind them. the guy who had it (not the same dude who built it)...i'm not sure if he still has it in his stable, or if maybe he's put a fixed wheel in back or something. i'd have to ask him when i go back.
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I think I have a bike that resembles that description, down to the brakeless ss drivetrain.
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ha ha, 6-inch wide handlebars? ugly yellow frame?
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sounds like a ted shred machine.
yikes!
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ha ha, 6-inch wide handlebars? ugly yellow frame?
Not quite that close. Ugly cheap red nishiki road frame, converted to run 26" MTB wheels by bashing in the chainstays and inside of the fork with a pipe and a sledge hammer.

And big wide handlebars. I think I have only ridden it about 200 feet total, on the sidewalk in front of my house.
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I had a bmx that was pretty dangerous. The brake cable snapped right above the rear brake so it was kind of deceiving to any of my friends who quickly jumped on it to ride around. Seemed fine until you squeeze the lever and nothing happens. The look on their face was pretty funny when they realized they couldn't stop, only in empty parking lots of course. I had to ride it like that for a week until I could get to the store for a new cable.
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sounds like a ted shred machine.
yikes!
yeah, i dont't know what was going through his mind. i really didn't want to ride the thing, but it was the only bike left. i should have just walked. it was only a mile or two. on the way back, i tried to get someone else to ride it. no one was drunk enough to bite.
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