No, I don't mean the orange one you get from watching pr0n while eating Cheetos.
The Brown Santa dropped off a big box from Ben's Bikes this morning. Opened it up and there was this very cool orange and black very light bicycle.
Unpacked it... oops. NO BRAKES. The handlebars were all wrapped, no brake levers or brakes to be found in the package. Called BB, they said they'll priority mail the brakes and some new cork wrap right away.
When I got done assembling it, it looks like this:
Since I wasn't at home, I had no choice but to ride it with no brakes. Those of you who are used to these things may not think that's a big deal, but when you have never ever ridden a fixie before and your first ride is on one with no brakes, it's *interesting*.
Actually, I just went pretty slow and rode on back streets from my work to the train station, constantly experimenting with back pressure on the pedals. I can stop it OK, but need lots of distance to do so. Pretty sure I will run a front brake when they show up from Ben's.
First impression... what a kick in the ass fun bicycle this is! Very light, simple, and I feel very connected to it (although as you may note from the pics, my initial ride was just on MKS Sylvan Track pedals sans clips & straps... I have a set of Frogs I intend to put on it).
The spokes in the wheels (not the standard ones, I went for the upgraded Velocity Fusion / Formula / Wheelsmith all black 32 spoke ones) aren't up to the high tensions I prefer, so I will do that this afternoon. The chain has a tight spot so I will go adjust that right after doing this post. Then I'll go ride it some more, even though it started raining on my way home from the train station.