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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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    Karmaboy...
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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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    SSFG?
    Probably left the DR on for tension.
    Resistance is the result when the flywheel rubs the FW or FH.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    just wear a helmet. ALL THE TIME

    edit: no wait.... don't
    Sucks to your ass-mar!

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    Maybe the bike has reversible rear hub and they didn't realize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathdoc
    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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    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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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.

    Enjoy

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    edit***
    f this place
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moximitre
    just wear a helmet. ALL THE TIME

    edit: no wait.... don't
    for the win
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    Do you deny that you are clueless or do you just think that "moron" didn't need to be tacked on there?
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by [165]
    edit***
    f this place
    Boooo, I liked the story about Gally-leigh-oh.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
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    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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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
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    Do you deny that you are clueless or do you just think that "moron" didn't need to be tacked on there?
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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.

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmernate
    ... 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
    Last edited by simple312; 05-05-06 at 02:07 PM.

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