Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-19-06, 05:22 PM   #1
Neist
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Neist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 219
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New Fixie Convert

Just paid for my first fixie bike today. Got me a Jamis Sputnik. Havent done any serious riding in a while, but I figure some training for a year or so on a fixie cant do anything but help.

Geez, and this cult following is kinda scary. I live in a college town and I've never seen anyone actually riding fixed gear bikes. Thank god I dont live in one of those bigger cities. Is really as bad as it seems? It sounds annoying as fashion subculture genres (no offense intended to anyone).

Anywho, anyone have any non obvious tips about riding them? I'm no idiot, because I used to ride about 3 hours every day a good 5 years ago, but thats been a while.. I wanted something to beef up my technique a bit, and Sputnik was too sexy to not get one.

Thanks.
Neist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 06:13 PM   #2
helvetica
Wake Up America!
 
helvetica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: San Leandro, CA
Bikes: Bridgestone MB-1, Expert Dave Scott, Balance MTB
Posts: 417
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
one of the downsides is women throw themselves at you open legs and all, it prevents me from getting any riding done.
helvetica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 06:14 PM   #3
hyperRevue
King Among Runaways
 
hyperRevue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MKE
Bikes: 2004 Bianchi Pista, Cannondale Track, Soma Pake, Schwinn Breeze
Posts: 4,215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do you have a handbrake on it?
If not, get one.
__________________
"I owe everyone an apology" - hyperrevue
hyperRevue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 06:19 PM   #4
Neist
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Neist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 219
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
helvetica: Too bad I'm married.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hyperRevue
Do you have a handbrake on it?
If not, get one.
Yup. One of the specific reason I picked the Sputnik. It has mounts for both. They wont be nice brakes, but hey, I got 3 sources of braking.. good enough.
Neist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 06:22 PM   #5
hyperRevue
King Among Runaways
 
hyperRevue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MKE
Bikes: 2004 Bianchi Pista, Cannondale Track, Soma Pake, Schwinn Breeze
Posts: 4,215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Definitely good enough.
And the Sputnik is definitely one of the nicer, if not nicest, pre-builts available.
__________________
"I owe everyone an apology" - hyperrevue
hyperRevue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 07:32 PM   #6
Serendipper 
(((Fully Awake)))
 
Serendipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: ~Serenading with sensous soliloquies whilst singing supple sentences that are simultaneously suppling my sonnets with serenity serendipitously.~ -Serendipper
Bikes: Guerciotti Pista-Giant Carbon-Bridgestone300- Batavus Type Champion Road Bike, Specialized Hardrock Commuter, On-One The Gimp (SS Rigid MTB/hit by a truck)- Raleigh Sports 3-speed,Gatsby Scorcher, comming soon...The Penny Farthing Highwheel!
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neist
Geez, and this cult following is kinda scary.
Thanks.
No kidding...



This is what happened to the last kid that wanted out...try and keep that in mind.
Serendipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-06, 09:46 PM   #7
fix
yeahh, becky
 
fix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: DC
Bikes: 1990 Kotter Albuch, 2005 Empella Spaar Select Cross, 2007 Ridley Aedon
Posts: 1,395
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by helvetica
one of the downsides is women throw themselves at you open legs and all, it prevents me from getting any riding done.

Oh I get my RIDING done, if you know what i mean.
fix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-06, 10:36 AM   #8
turbominnow
Senior Member
 
turbominnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: Schwinn
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
got any pics?
__________________
Merlin TR3/2.5
The only Grey Matter, Ride Ti, everything else is...just a toy
turbominnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-06, 01:14 PM   #9
queerpunk
aka mattio
 
queerpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,960
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
i drool a bit at a sputnik that's in a nearby bike shop. my size too. not like i'll but it or anything, but it sure is a pretty bike.
queerpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-06, 12:09 AM   #10
zapb42
Master Shake
 
zapb42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Bikes: IRO Mark V Pro, No-name brand full-suspension mtb (heavy as a tank, but takes a thrashing)
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by helvetica
one of the downsides is women throw themselves at you open legs and all, it prevents me from getting any riding done.
Awesome, I guess that'll start happening...soon...or something

I wish anyways.
zapb42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:30 PM.