Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Davis CA
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
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Translation: The mission is in San Francisco. They have hills there. 53-15 is a rather brutal gear for anything not flat. For me, it's a brutal gear for anything not down hill or down wind. I believe that he still has the double attached to the bike (too cheap to invest $6.99 in BMX chainring bolts, perhaps)
I'm not too sure where the whole hipster bar thing comes into play and what that has to do with using the 42t ring. Leaving the double or (gasp) triple rings on a fixed gear bike looks pretty hokey no matter which ring you actually use, though the small ring might look a little worse. And it looks hokey no matter how cool the person looking at the bike is or isn't. I spent an hour and a half today wearing spandex and riding road bike and I find fixed gear bikes with extra chainrings still on them to be rather half-assed and lame.
My advice would be to go to a bike shop and get some BMX chainring bolts and a chainring tool. All should cost less than $15.00. Ditch the 53 tooth ring.