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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 05-05-06, 07:25 AM   #1
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Friend and I just finished building a bike...somethings wrong

So my friend just built up a single speed fixed gear from scratch. Its a sweet bike, but something seems a little weird. I have ridden a racing bike and it seems that on those you are able to rest your legs. I mean that if you arent pedaling the pedals can rest. On his bike those things are always going, with no way to rest and just coast.

Also, on the one I rode when you backpedal is actually slows the bike. On his new one it wont brake, it is literally like pushing backwards on something with alot of momemtum, and its kind of hard, and doesnt seem safe at all.

I hope someone understands me, I dont know bikes real well but this just seems to not be right.

THanks!
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Old 05-05-06, 07:27 AM   #2
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Old 05-05-06, 07:28 AM   #3
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...I dont really know what that means, Im not meaning to troll anything...just need some help. thanks though...i guess.
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Old 05-05-06, 07:33 AM   #4
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SSFG?
Probably left the DR on for tension.
Resistance is the result when the flywheel rubs the FW or FH.

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Old 05-05-06, 07:48 AM   #5
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yeah, check the LRs on your BB and RH. Its probably not a HS problem so focus on your DT. Maybe there aren't enough SPs in your MB?
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Old 05-05-06, 08:03 AM   #6
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Your question is SO.... I don't know what to say.... is it a joke? Yikes. If you built up a fixed gear without knowing that you would not be able to 'stop pedaling' then you really have no idea what a FIXED GEAR bike is. No offense, but you may need to read up on fixed gear bike basics. Your bike sounds like it actually works the way it is supposed to work.. like it or not.
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Old 05-05-06, 08:10 AM   #7
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Old 05-05-06, 08:14 AM   #8
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It simply looks like he didn't realize the bike would be a fixed gear. Believe it or not most people (forum members here excluded for obvious reasons) believe riding a fixed gear bike is crazy and dangerous.
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Old 05-05-06, 08:16 AM   #9
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Lame.
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I think your spokes need to be retensioned. Bring it in to your LBS and let them know you want a full tune up.
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How can you go through the trouble of building a fixed gear bike without understanding what it is.

I'm curious to know what you did...did you thread a track cog on the rear hub? Weld the freewheel..what? How did you rig it so the pedals can't stop moving?
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Old 05-05-06, 08:19 AM   #12
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just wear a helmet. ALL THE TIME

edit: no wait.... don't
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Maybe the bike has reversible rear hub and they didn't realize it.
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Maybe the bike has reversible rear hub and they didn't realize it.
Pathdoc, we realize you got jerked around a little bit. We're sorry.

Some folks are just too dumb to live though.
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Old 05-05-06, 08:32 AM   #15
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Its all cool. I love bicycles and I'm not about to let a few people ruin something I really love.
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If Darwin could have his way the ass of society would be blemish free.

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edit***
f this place

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Old 05-05-06, 08:45 AM   #18
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just wear a helmet. ALL THE TIME

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I'm also shocked you got it right and the thing works without knowing what the end result should be. So many people have had all kinds of problems getting chain line right and so on, and you guys throw it together, metaphorically blindfolded. Cheers, man. What's the expression.... get enough monkeys together in front of typewriters all typing away for an infinite amount of time and eventually one will bang out War And Peace......
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gfrance: I'm willing to bet my life that that bike* does have serious problems with chainline, bearing adjustment, untightened screws, loose cog/lockring (if applicable...) etc. It just hasn't fallen apart yet.

*if we accept that it exists, which I don't
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you're feeding them!
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Its a viscous cycle and someone has got the job to feed it.

Evanyc, I am sorry for everything
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bimmernate took a dump on the forum and everyone grabbed a spoon.

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... with no way to rest and just coast.
ok, in the event this is not a joke...
if you were trying to build a fixed gear bike, then nothing is wrong. If you did not realise this was the case here is some reading to get you going and help avoid getting stomped for asking newbie questions.

http://www.63xc.com/gregg/101_1.htm

http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html
(also when in doubt check sheldon's site, he has the answers to most mechanical questions you will have)

edit: oh yeah, puma put out a small book, er ad, too

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