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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 05-22-14, 07:26 AM   #1151
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thanks man, yep fatty fat franks. Not the lightest tire for sure but I'm not racing anywhere.
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Old 06-15-14, 06:06 PM   #1152
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Old 06-19-14, 08:31 PM   #1153
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Old 06-20-14, 01:55 PM   #1154
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No racks or fenders, but it has a leather saddle and an upright riding position.




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Old 06-20-14, 08:11 PM   #1155
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No racks or fenders, but it has a leather saddle and an upright riding position.
I like it, very clean! Love the Kojaks too.
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Old 06-21-14, 10:13 AM   #1156
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Thanks. Specially designed to be slow and simple.
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Old 06-21-14, 12:45 PM   #1157
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Old 06-23-14, 08:15 PM   #1158
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^Cottered cranks, nice touch.
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Old 06-24-14, 03:58 PM   #1159
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Beauty. I like the hammered fenders. What kind of rack is that?
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Old 08-21-14, 01:21 PM   #1161
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Beauty. I like the hammered fenders. What kind of rack is that?
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Old 08-21-14, 02:35 PM   #1162
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Well done my friend. This is super awesome.
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Old 08-24-14, 05:31 PM   #1163
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got a new stem. 130mm 3ttt record.
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Old 08-24-14, 07:40 PM   #1164
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No racks or fenders, but it has a leather saddle and an upright riding
LOVE this bike!
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Old 08-25-14, 08:37 AM   #1165
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LOVE this bike!
When I was reading your rant on State bicycle about your wife's bike I was thinking, "Just dump the darn fenders man." I know, I know, she wants that Dutchie look. Gotta keep her happy.

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Old 08-25-14, 08:38 AM   #1166
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When I was reading your rant on State bicycle about your wife's bike I was thinking, "Just dump the darn fenders man." I know, I know, she wants that Dutchie look. Gotta keep her happy.

Actually... We dumped the fenders. And all is well with the world. I'd still not buy another State, but I'll be damned if seeing her bike sans-fenders and seeing that awesome green machine of yours doesn't make me want a more relaxed cruiser...
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Old 08-25-14, 08:47 AM   #1167
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Actually... We dumped the fenders. And all is well with the world. I'd still not buy another State, but I'll be damned if seeing her bike sans-fenders and seeing that awesome green machine of yours doesn't make me want a more relaxed cruiser...
Chartreuse.

I enjoy fooling around on bikes, so drop bars don't work for me and Bullhorns put my hands too far forward of the steering axis for my taste. Plus I get a better workout with upright bars because I create more drag in that position. He he he.
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Old 08-25-14, 08:51 AM   #1168
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Chartreuse.

I enjoy fooling around on bikes, so drop bars don't work for me and Bullhorns put my hands too far forward of the steering axis for my taste. Plus I get a better workout with upright bars because I create more drag in that position. He he he.
Ahem... Chartreuse. My apologies, sir.

What frame is that, by the way? I love these "Townies" and think I may have to build one sometime.
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Old 08-25-14, 09:09 AM   #1169
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Ahem... Chartreuse. My apologies, sir.

What frame is that, by the way? I love these "Townies" and think I may have to build one sometime.
It's an unidentified garage sale special. After looking at a jillion frames on line and IRL and comparing measurements, I'm reasonably certain it is a State. It was rattle can matte grey when I faound it. After stripping it and examining it I didn't think the quality looked too bad. I wanted to build another bike with a more subdued theme, and State's prices on frame/fork sets was dirt cheap at the time, so I ordered one. Three frames later, each one more crooked and f'd up than the one before, I gave up.

I'm still on the hunt, though I've changed what I am looking for. I want a lugged frame and a curved blade fork for a more traditional look. And I'd like a couple inches more wheel base at the rear, with room for 35mm tires. The Chartreuse bike has 32s and it's a TIGHT squeeze at the rear and I had too file the fork about 4mms just below the brake hole (not the blades) too accept the tire vertically. I like comfy tires.
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Old 09-15-14, 08:59 AM   #1170
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Old 09-15-14, 09:02 AM   #1171
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LOVE these!!!! Well done!
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Old 09-18-14, 05:21 PM   #1172
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My townie bike is a Trek Earl that I found on craigslist. I've made quite a few changes, mostly with parts I had on hand:
  • Origin8 Citi Classic bars
  • Vintage Shimano cranks
  • Vintage Shimano XT pedals
  • Vintage Takagi 40T chainring
  • Shimano 18T freewheel
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  • Kalloy aluminum seatpost
Some new parts were added too:
  • Charge Spoon saddle
  • Vittoria Randonneur 700x32 tires
  • Kool Stop salmon pads
  • Wald 137 basket
I find this setup much improved over stock. Just swapping the bars, seatpost, and crankset took a noticeable amount of weight off the bike (stock bars/post were steel, and stock crankset was surprisingly heavy), plus they're just better components. The replacement pedals, tires, and brake pads were also a significant step up in quality. The bike rides much better all around now. More info here.

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Old 09-18-14, 06:28 PM   #1173
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That trek is a beaut!!!!
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Old 09-23-14, 08:53 PM   #1174
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Old 09-23-14, 09:07 PM   #1175
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8/10. Would ride if it were my size. Nice work!

IMO, it would look better with the stem lowered and the bars flipped upright or switched for bars with zero rise (but not mustache) and the bell mounted on the side of the stem. Oh, and alloy fenders!
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