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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 12-28-06, 12:16 AM   #1
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No nasty comments please... just point me to the thread.

Hi.
Could someone point me to a thread that explains why single and/or fixed are prefered to multigeared and/or freewheel. Pal trying to convert me. My commute has 1800' climbing each workday.
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Old 12-28-06, 12:18 AM   #2
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If your pal can't convince you I doubt any thread on here can. Good luck.
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Old 12-28-06, 12:27 AM   #3
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Cynikal - you took the words right out of my mouth.

Fixed might be nice for working on your spin (and SS just for the fun of it), but with that amount of climbing each day, use your gears. Be kind to your knees - they will thank you for it one day.
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Old 12-28-06, 12:36 AM   #4
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Anyone who thinks that ss/fixed is 100% better all the time is wrong.
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Old 12-28-06, 10:45 AM   #5
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FG might not be well suited to your commute, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. If you have the means, give it a try but keep your geary for the commute.
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Here is the thread you want: Fixed gear, why?

Just a side note, if you expect nasty comments you must think its a bit of a silly question... What do you want to hear?
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Hi.
Could someone point me to a thread that explains why single and/or fixed are prefered to multigeared and/or freewheel. Pal trying to convert me. My commute has 1800' climbing each workday.
There is no right answer. The Freewheel / Fixed debate is no different than:

Honda / VW
DEM / GOP
Benz / Beamer
ICP / Eminem
PC / MAC

There seems to be a lot more subjectivity than objectivity in these types of debates. It's basically up to you. And reading words probably won't make up your mind. Your butt will tell you after 50 yards of riding. That's all it takes (for me anyway).

Here is some light reading:
http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-testimonial.html
http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html
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Old 12-28-06, 03:45 PM   #8
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vw. period.

hahaha....
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If you don't shift at all during your climb, I might suggest considering it. But if you change gears at all I'd nix the idea.
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I ride both fixed and road....if you're climbing (and descending for that matter) don't do that to your knees. It'll come back to haunt you
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