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Old 10-18-06, 12:35 PM   #1
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i'm an experienced roadie and just bought a new road bike, so i'm interested in converting my 1986 steelie Trek to a fixie or single speed. I'm new to this kind of cycling, so can anyone refer me to some tips about this? Also...anyone know anyone in Austin who does this kind of conversion? Thanks...I look forward to trying it out!
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i'm an experienced roadie and just bought a new road bike, so i'm interested in converting my 1986 steelie Trek to a fixie or single speed. I'm new to this kind of cycling, so can anyone refer me to some tips about this? Also...anyone know anyone in Austin who does this kind of conversion? Thanks...I look forward to trying it out!

Sheldon Brown... I repeat Sheldon Brown.... http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html


Beyond that there is a abuntance of info in this forum. Dig in and prepare to become hooked and spend a lot of cash(not that it can't be done on the cheap but everyone loves UPGRADES!)...
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Also...anyone know anyone in Austin who does this kind of conversion? Thanks...I look forward to trying it out!
P.S. I don't know of any shops in Austin off the top of my head but I'm sure there are some... I'll be there for the 2007 Houston to Austin MS 150, I love that ride...
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i've never dealt with them directly, but i'm sure somebody at yellow bike can help you with your conversion.
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Old 10-18-06, 01:58 PM   #5
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i've never dealt with them directly, but i'm sure somebody at yellow bike can help you with your conversion.

I've never seen that group....looks interesting. I'll check them out. Thanks
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I think he is calling you a hipster...
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i just want to keep using my old frame that gave me lots of good miles.....and another way to improve my road-bike riding.
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lolzers u r stupid
don't worry, most of his posts are equally intelligent...
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haha, no need to justify. there are so many sarcastic *******s (myself included, on my good days) around here that you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

apparently among this clique the term "hipster" has become the go-to insult. this is a shame, because i know lots of fixed gear riders, and there are so many sweet applicable insults that are going unused.
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ps- follow the link in the first reply to sheldonbrown.com

you can find almost any answer that you might have on that site. its a great resource. good luck with your conversion and have fun riding.
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haha, no need to justify. there are so many sarcastic *******s (myself included, on my good days) around here that you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

apparently among this clique the term "hipster" has become the go-to insult. this is a shame, because i know lots of fixed gear riders, and there are so many sweet applicable insults that are going unused.
i dont even think hipsters are real anymore. everybody has a different explanation of what a hipster is, and nobody ever likes them. does anybody ever claim to be a hipster?

edit: and i agree, there must be way more insults, especially ones better than hipster!
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i dont even think hipsters are real anymore.
Hahahahaha! Good one.
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shut up with your namby pamby miami heat colours you dumb idiot!
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oh yeah, i meant miami vice, not miami heat. ha, i'll go back to shutting up now.
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