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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, 10:39 PM   #1
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should i...GO FIXIE/SINGLE SPEED?

im a (typically) a designated roadie (i like gears) but i live in the northwest. and it rains. ALOT. i've heeeeaard...that fixies/single speeds are good in wet or icy weather, and they just handle better than bikes w/gears. also, what is the difference between fixed gears and single speeds? i've seriously been thinking about getting a fixed gear, or making a road bike into a fixed gear. what would i have to do to accomplish this? im pretty darned tachy with bikes, it sounds easy enough to 'convert'.
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Old 06-11-06, 10:42 PM   #2
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A SS will handle the same as your geared bike but a fix gives you far more control over the wheels without using the brakes. Think of it as the difference between a stick and an auto tranny.

To "convert" go here first. www.sheldonbrown.com
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Old 06-12-06, 12:29 AM   #3
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It's cross posted in the road forum.

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Old 06-12-06, 12:47 AM   #4
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To "convert" go here first. www.sheldonbrown.com
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Old 06-12-06, 02:42 AM   #5
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i think reading sheldonbrown.com should be a prerequisite for posting anywhere on bf.

multi gears, single speed/fixed gear, general maintenance, sturmey-archer, travel log, bcd, coaster brakes, vintage info...that site has ****ing everything.
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Old 06-12-06, 04:54 AM   #6
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no get out ----->
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if you're going to buy a new hub, buy a flip-flop one (formula & white industries make them, to name a couple)... that means fixed on one side, and SS on the other. try both sides out for a couple of months (especially if you've never ridden a fixed gear before, which take a bit to get used to), and decide which one you like more then. dig?
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Old 06-12-06, 11:07 AM   #8
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thanks for the link, that was a really funny read.
most of those dudes have [of course] no idea what they're talking about when it comes to fixed, but it sure is amusing to watch them discuss it's merits, or complete lack thereof.
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+1 on the flip flop hub
+1 on Sheldon't site. I read every word before I put my first conversion together.
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No. One day you will wake up broke, unemployed, and womanless, and have only a poorly built bike to show for it.
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No. One day you will wake up broke, unemployed, and womanless, and have only a poorly built bike to show for it.
if one day = today
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Go fixie and put fenders on it and a front brake. Easy maintenance in the winter and better traction control, i.e.; your legs.
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