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    One Gear One Brain Cell VaughnA's Avatar
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    I think I get it...

    It has taken a while but I think I get the fixie thing.

    I built up a singlespeed Centurion in March and instantly fell in love. I wanted to try fixed eventually but decided I would save for a 'true' fixed gear and ride it for a while. I rode it through the summer, probably putting more miles on it than my Lemond Tete De Course. I did a few metrics and my first singlespeed century in August. I've even talked a few of our local riders into going singlespeed and there are now about 5-6 guys riding singlespeed where I was alone earlier in the year.

    I finally got my true fixie, a Lemond Fillmore in late Sept. I did a rather hilly century as a singlepeed the weekend after I got it and loved it. I tried it fixed but I just never got why everyone liked it so much. I live in a place where everything is a steep roller and it was hard getting used to the downhills (I'll definitely stick with brakes). I had almost decided that I was going to stay as singlespeed all the time.

    Then last weekend I was in downtown Lynchburg and decided to try fixed again. Something clicked and I was really enjoying it. I'm sure the more moderate hills helped. It was setup as 44/16 which I thought was a little big around here so I ordered an 18 cog at the LBS.

    I decided to try to do my normal training loop fixed earlier this week and see how it went. I really enjoyed the ride. I found a rhythm and really liked the feeling on the few rare flats and the climbs. I made the decision to leave the 16 on the rear and try a group ride yesterday morning. I really enjoyed the ride and was starting to really like this fixie stuff.

    Today was our LBS's local fall metric century. I decided to take the plunge and go for it fixed and and since the shop was closed and I didn't have a lockring wrench I was stuck with the 16. I took off with the pack and was dropped after about 5 miles but I gradually reeled a few of them back in. I hit a few climbs that made me consider switching to the 18 freewheel side but I didnt' bail. I finished 5th out of about 20 riders doing the metric in about 3.5 hours. I REALLY enjoyed it, the feeling of being connected to the drivetrain and the smoothness of it all is just awesome. I think I'll stay with the fixed setup.

    I may not be able to walk tomorrow since the muscles used are a bit different than ss, but I'm happy. Thanks for all of the encouragement of you fixed gear riders. I'm heading for the sofa and a beer

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    I'm heading for the sofa and a beer

    thats what its all about
    wrangeling dudes

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    I'm heading for the sofa and a beer

    thats what its all about
    wrangeling dudes

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    Quote Originally Posted by g4dhatch2
    I'm heading for the sofa and a beer

    thats what its all about
    +1

    Or bacon cheeseburgers in my case.
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    lynchburg VA!?!?!? thats where i grew up!

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    Jack & Coke & MMA fighting for me.
    Holy Mother of Christ I'm drunk! Lets have a wheelie contest!

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    Yep, That's the place... I'm actually in Forest... Nothing flat around here as you know...

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    Centurions rule. Keep that thing around.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    Too late.. I sold it a couple of weeks ago. The guy that bought it is a friend and now I have another SS convert to ride with. But I do regret selling it a little, riding a hillbilly singlespeed was fun, especially as you passed the guy on the high dollar carbon 10 speed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnA
    Too late.. I sold it a couple of weeks ago. The guy that bought it is a friend and now I have another SS convert to ride with. But I do regret selling it a little, riding a hillbilly singlespeed was fun, especially as you passed the guy on the high dollar carbon 10 speed...
    Anyone who bought a carbon fiber ten-speed
    got seriously ripped off.

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    Yep I thought about that after I posted, 20 or 30 speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling
    Anyone who bought a carbon fiber ten-speed
    got seriously ripped off.
    Component evolution has reached the point where a "10"-speed is now TOL again. The ten are on the back.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
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    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnA
    Yep, That's the place... I'm actually in Forest... Nothing flat around here as you know...

    Holy crap! i grew up in forest, theres a 95% chance i know you.

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    如果你能讀了這個你講中文 genericbikedude's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    Centurions rule. Keep that thing around.
    oh hell yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    Component evolution has reached the point where a "10"-speed is now TOL again. The ten are on the back.
    I was in an REI a few months back and one of the guys working there asked if I needed anything. I said I was looking for a chain for my ten-speed bicycle. He gave me one of the super skinny 10 speed chains, and I said it probably wouldn't work that well. What I needed was a chain for a five speed, with two in the front. The guy gave me a weird look and said he'd need to talk to the mechanic. The mechanic said, "Five speed? I haven't even heard of that."

    And that's the day I decided the REI mechanics were never going to touch any of my bikes ever.

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