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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal
    To "convert" go here first. www.sheldonbrown.com
    +1

    1) Be carefull not to ask this forum anything that is covered on that website. That site is very thorough.
    2) "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."* Like the Search tool. It's amazing what that thing turns up...when it's working.
    3) Good luck with your decision and project!




    * by Arthur C. Clarke

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by marqueemoon
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    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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