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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 06-11-06, 09:30 PM   #1
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Sunday, and the switch has been made

Took my SS coastie and turned it into a fix today then spent the better part of the day riding it around, I hit south Brooklyn, the park, and then into midtown for the Weegee exhibit at ICP (which is well worth checking out), and had a lot of fun. I was slower (especially in traffic) than normal, and used that front brake more than a few times, but how do I do short emergency stops? Does it just take awhile to figure out skipping and skidding?
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Old 06-12-06, 05:09 AM   #2
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Does it just take awhile to figure out skipping and skidding?
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Old 06-12-06, 01:17 PM   #3
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word, just put the cog on the fixed side of my hub this weekend and did my first commute today. Skidding/skipping is much easier with clips or clipless. Tried w/o this weekend and it's difficult. For e-stops, the front brake is essential especially on a down hill. skidding ain't gonna stop you effectively in those life or death situations.
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Clips, plus skipping helps you burn off speed when going real fast.
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