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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 05-07-06, 06:34 PM   #1
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72t chainring in riverside park!

was skatin' down riverside park this mornin' and this dude was pedalin' along with his kid and i did a freakin' doubletake when i saw his chainring. dude was rockin' a ****in' huge gear. i caught up with him and aksed him about it. dude was about 55 or 60 and rockin' a 72t chainring! sh!Tfire!!! frame was a powdercoated gunmetal bianchi pista. i aksed how he climbed and he said it was mostly for ridin' in central park.

all dap to this old dude (especially since his kid looked about 7)
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Old 05-07-06, 06:38 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-06, 06:55 PM   #3
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what size cog?

and yes, that's a huge gearing no matter what, i suppose. "oh, i'm just running the good ol' 72x17 gearing...y'know..."
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he was half man, half amazing
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afro-centric asian?
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I didn't know many bikes had clearance for that kind of acreage.
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his rap should be locked in a cell
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Did he look fit? It almost sounds like more ignorance than anything else, as that huge a gear means you're spinning really slow, ergo it might just be for him to relax with his kid. I just can't see any reason for that other than chillin or a speed record.
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Old 05-07-06, 08:35 PM   #13
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i think I saw the same guy in CP a few weeks ago. Dark haired skinny guy, with a somewhat unhappy look to his face. Looks like he's seem some **** in his time? At least that's what the guy I saw made me think.
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does anybody need to run 150 gear inches?

edit: 1500 gear inches...
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I just can't see any reason for that other than chillin or a speed record.
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what a wimp... i run a 74t chainring
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"Did he look fit? It almost sounds like more ignorance than anything else, as that huge a gear means you're spinning really slow, ergo it might just be for him to relax with his kid. I just can't see any reason for that other than chillin or a speed record."

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i think I saw the same guy in CP a few weeks ago. Dark haired skinny guy, with a somewhat unhappy look to his face. Looks like he's seem some **** in his time? At least that's what the guy I saw made me think.
yeah dude was fit. definitely fit.

and yeah red, sounds like the guy.

huge ring..
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Old 05-08-06, 07:41 AM   #21
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You can order a 73T for your compact crank for $190.

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Old 05-08-06, 08:33 AM   #22
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i'm gonna pansy out and start with the 60t ring.
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Old 05-08-06, 10:23 AM   #23
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22t cogs are readily available from EAI and Surly, and I'm sure someone out there makes bigger ones. 72/22 would be about 86 gear inches with a 700c road tire, which isn't that extreme. On the other hand, 72/13 is about 145 gear inches. yikes.

Wasn't a speed record set on a stripped-down track bike with an 80 or so tooth ring one time back in the day? I remember seeing a picture of it sitting in a museum somewhere in this forum.
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I was bidding on a 69t just for ****s and giggles a few weeks ago. I lost
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