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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 01-27-07, 02:49 PM   #1
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New Pearson Touche

hi guys, new here.
Just got my new 48X16/18 fixed/fixed 56cm gunmetal touche yesterday.

Its my first foray into fixed, and I've been considering it for 6 months or so.
Finally took the plunge and, I'm very pleased.

Its a good bike.

did a short 15 mile run last night and after a few setup alterations and a few short but sharp reminders that i was indeed now riding fixed, i quite enjoyed the experience.

The only thing i dislike on the bike is the saddle, which to be fair, is actually OK, i just prefer the specialized toupe's installed on my Pinarello Prince and Merckx MXM's.

Did 50 miles on the Pearson this morning. Felt good considering I'm new to the fixed game.
I do have front and rear brakes and will use them as my location is quite undulating.

riding the flip/flop hub on 48X18 right now, or 72".
72" feels different fixed than 72" on my other bikes ??? why ???

I'll post some pics when i get them, but basically, right now the bike is running 25mm gatorskins on deep alloy rimmed wheels, carbon stem, carbon seat pin on the very nice alloy frame.

I know you blokes are all steel mad, but at 14 st, I'm NOT the lightest guy out there so any advantage to weight and stiffness is welcome.

That said, 10 months ago i weighed 20st 12lb

4000 miles cycling later and an empty wallet means I can't afford to get fat again even if wanted too

Hope you guys can help me out over the coming months as i endeavour to improve my FIXED riding skills.

thanks....
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Old 01-27-07, 02:53 PM   #2
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I liked the part where you took the plunge.
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Old 01-27-07, 02:56 PM   #3
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Welcome. One word of advice: we here like pictures so lets have 'em!

One thing that you'll notice about fixed is how much your spinning technique will improve. Focus on continuous circles with equal pull and push.
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This thread is useless without pics, specially of British built bikes. Do it.
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Old 01-27-07, 03:10 PM   #5
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pics tomorrow guys, I promise. Its dark out right now, so tomorrow.
Thanks for the welcome btw.

The bike is assembled in the UK, not sure as the frame is British though ?
It certainly is a nice frame, very stiff and nicely finished with a good paint job.

pics tomorrow, with close ups of the frame, wheels etc.
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Haha, I was also surprised the first time I tried to coast...pedals just kicked forward as if to say 'keep working you lazy bastard'
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Cycling Plus mag did a review of the Pearson (along with an On One, a Dolan, and a 4th that I can't remember) and gave the Pearson glowing remarks. That looked like a sweet bike with a decent parts spec. Anyway, congrats and welcome to fixed.
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As promised............



side view



front view



narrow diameter bars 44cm wide



Tektro affairs, they work well enough



FSA isis crank 48 tooth ring



close up



Nice little sticker on the seat tube denoting gear inches chart



front hub

more in next post..............
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rear hub fixed/fixed 18/16 sprockets of unknown origin



good hardwearing tyres 25mm, wheels are pretty stiff



Nice saddle i suppose, too soft for me



carbon wrapped pazzaz affair. feels ok

Just getting ready to go out again. Bike is a little dirty and there is a light smear of winter protective grease and silicon on the bike which has collected some dust, so apologies for that.

Just over 500 inc delivery for this machine. Yes, ok some unbranded parts, but hey, its a working bike mainly for the winter.
Will i build a high end summer machine ?

That remains to be seen, but the bug is biting already.

Pricing up hubs, frames, etc is quite good fun....
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