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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 10-20-06, 03:08 PM   #1
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im begining to think the mark v is haunted

...or cursed, chose one.
after extatic joy from finally getting my bike after crashing my conversion 2, nearly three months ago, so far i have crashed twice in four days.
first crash: the day after getting it, i was going around pedestrians on campus and go off the side walk and getting a pinchflat while riding back onto the sidewalk and thus falling by loosing traction. this led to 6 hours of frustration of fixing the flat. a futile attempt at fixing the pinch, three replacement tubes with holes, and a failed patch, that i only realized the next morning when i had to get to work at 7am (my neighbor lent me his bike for the time being).
second: riding behind a car down a slow street, as i start to pass on the left, the guy driving started turing to park in a diagonal space on the opposite side of the street while turning the signal on after begining the turn. i crash into his rear drivers side tail light, braking it. he was cool and didnt want to go legal with it, cause i would have been s.o.l..
i never crashed riding around town before, im guessing it might just be me and being unorthodox because im back on a road bike from a really slack mtn bike, or that not having that nifty gadget that is a brake that im used to.
on the bright side i have had plenty of compliments on the thing, though its the basic stock version (affordability and quality is the reason for buying it) and its nothing fancy.

just felt like sharing.
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Old 10-20-06, 03:16 PM   #2
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or that not having that nifty gadget that is a brake that im used to
so put one on?
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Old 10-20-06, 03:18 PM   #3
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or that not having that nifty gadget that is a brake that im used to.
So maybe you shouldn't blame the bike for being cursed since it's your fault for wanting to be fashionable and doing something (e.g. riding brakeless) that it doesn't seem you can handle.

Besides, all the really cool kids are riding with brakes now, anyway.
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Old 10-20-06, 03:19 PM   #4
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so put one on?
im working on it.
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Old 10-20-06, 03:48 PM   #5
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Old 10-20-06, 03:58 PM   #6
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Put a brake on. If not for yourself, for the rest of us.

All we need is one more lemming out there.
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Old 10-20-06, 05:18 PM   #7
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Give hipsters a brake.

Edit: Is your time really worth taking six hours and three tubes to fix a flat? Have a friend show you or take it to the shop next time! DIY or die? I'll take death.
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Old 10-20-06, 07:03 PM   #8
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it def sounds like some vodoo shti to me. luckly for u, i live next to some hatiaitons and dominican's. send the bike my way and i'll have them devodooise it. it's a snap.
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Old 10-20-06, 08:08 PM   #9
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I think your just a bad rider.
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Old 10-20-06, 09:40 PM   #10
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I want a brake, but dia compe stopped making brakes low enough for my wheels and I can't find drop bolts

I's gonna die
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Old 10-20-06, 09:45 PM   #11
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i think i have the pieces around here of one of those dia compe short reach brakes.. if you want it..you might need a bolt too hold em all together
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I do, I do. I could make a homemade drop bolt, kinda like sheldon brown did. I love that guy
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Old 10-20-06, 10:36 PM   #13
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find an old dia-compe center pull brake. they aren't very hard to come by, and they'll reach 700c wheels on a built-for-27" frame no problem.
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Tektro makes a side pull with something like a 67mm reach. If that doesn't get there, nothing will
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Old 10-21-06, 04:34 AM   #15
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Looks like you need to work on those ninja skills a bit more... Hopping a curb on a fix is not exactly easy esp. if you don't have a brake to give a bit of extra lift. Keep the tyre pressure up and don't attempt curbs you can't clear.
Now, 6 hours wasted with a flat? Hmmmm.
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The tektro R556, once it's available, will be the way to go for conversions. I'm riding a 1970s Dawes, made for 27" wheels, with 700c's and Mafac Racers because they were the only "brakes" I could find that would reach. I can't wait for the Tektros to hit the market. Dual-pivot, up to 73mm reach, etc.

http://www.tektro.com/02products/08521ag.php
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Old 10-21-06, 08:33 AM   #17
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I don't think your bike is haunted, it just has it's own unique personality. Sounds like a jerk.
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The tektro R556, once it's available, will be the way to go for conversions. I'm riding a 1970s Dawes, made for 27" wheels, with 700c's and Mafac Racers because they were the only "brakes" I could find that would reach. I can't wait for the Tektros to hit the market. Dual-pivot, up to 73mm reach, etc.

http://www.tektro.com/02products/08521ag.php
Any idea when those are coming out?

Are these any good? Found them on ebay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=42331

They are like 8 bucks in some online stores.
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I haven't heard when the R556's will be out. I ran across a mention of them on the internets & tracked them down. QBP is a distributor, so hopefully any LBS will be able to get them. If they won't, maybe some of the online shops will.

I haven't seen any other double-pivot calipers with a 70+mm reach, but I'm sure somebody will correct me.

Those eBay brakes can't be any worse than the Mafacs I'm using, and they're cheap enough that if/when something better comes out you can swap them out.
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