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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 03-04-06, 03:16 AM   #1
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pdx conversion hero.

nice pink fixie. as i stopped to congratulate him on a nice conversion, i noticed that it was a well constructed fixie, with a big ****ing gear.

53x12. i think 48x17 is good enough, but 53x12? he said he lives "way up in the hills" with a 53x12 gearing. he is the ****ing kink of portland, oregon fixed gearers.
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Old 03-04-06, 03:21 AM   #2
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53x12? that guy must hate himself.
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Old 03-04-06, 03:25 AM   #3
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Damn. Put him on a 50/14 match bike and he would be spinning.
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People who ride 53x12 have no ****ing idea what they are doing. 'cept the ones called Jan Ullrich

He reaches 100rpm (well, he would, but never does, obviously) at 77km/h (48mph). What's the point of riding fixed if you never even get up to 80rpm??? Where's the smooth spin, or the agility, the control of your speed through your legs? [/rant]
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Old 03-04-06, 10:46 AM   #5
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53-12 is stupid...
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yea but he can probably bomb those hills on his way in...it just has to suck on the way back
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Old 03-04-06, 03:25 PM   #7
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yeah, that's what he was saying...that the hills suck. i didn't ask him why he didn't gear down. i've thought about riding a ridiculous gear like that before...just to build leg strength.
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more like destroy your knees.

Lift weights/ do hill intervals with a sensible gear for leg strength.
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yeah, i'll stick with 48x17, but i think i'll tackle the hill up to mississippi every now and then. the hill of interstate. take the interstate route to north portland bikeworks. for some reason i like that hill, both up and down.

and yeah, destroy your knees sounds right. why i didn't try to talk that guy out of that gear, i don't know.
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Crazy or no. He is still my hero.

I'll volunteer to donate cartilege to him in 3 years.
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No way - thats just dumb... It defeats the purpose of riding fixed and will build very little useable strength... his knees will give out and he will lose his form long before he benefits from pushing that gear.
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If you want a good hill try terwilliger up to Barbur. It's not that steep but it has a fairly good length and you can go pretty fast. If you want pain: council crest, pittock mansion.
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Yeah, i live right up here...**** sucks when you've had a long day, or done leg day at the gym and all you want to do is get home
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hmm, i should do some hills. the only hill on my daily route is the one off of interstate going up to mississippi. usually i avoid it by taking williams, but if i want a good hill to fight, there it is. still, i should hit up some others.
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