Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Stooge thebankman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Bay Area
    My Bikes
    one of each
    Posts
    846
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Newb's first fixed ride on Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th was a great day.

    My newly built, first fixed gear bike was completed yesterday and had my first crash. Having built up an Araya road frame with good components researched through some of the rants and raves here on BF, I took it out and started slow. To those of you who are interested in moving from freewheeled bikes to fixed, make no mistake it's like night and day. Climbing a rolling hill which I ride up every day, I got excited about the sheer speed and direct feel of the beast and like a cowboy riding a bull, the ***** bucked me right off when I tried to rest and coast for a second, not remembering I had to keep moving. And just like a bull rider, the bull is in fine shape while the rider gets knocked around some. Not a scratch on the bike, but I've got welts and cuts all over the place.

    Afterwards I headed back to the LBS and ordered more parts for it.

    Make no mistake, this is a sick addiction.

    Here is the bike, Araya road frame, original parts with Miche crank, Deep V w/ Phil fixed/fixed hubs, Surly gears. So far a blast to ride...like learning how to ride with training wheels all over again.

    Later in the day, I headed to the local coffee shop. A grey-beard with a road bike struck up a conversation with me, claiming he used to ride fixed many years ago ("I was a pioneer") and he confessed he couldn't swtich between fixed and freewheel bikes. Too much thinking involved, he said. "It's too much work to concentrate like that." He was a pretty cool old dude with a gorgeous chrome single speed road frame. His wife thought we were both nuts.

    Cheers, Alan
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    park ranger
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    mars
    My Bikes
    recumbents
    Posts
    1,794
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you're making it out to be harder than it is.
    congrats on your first ride though...you'll soon grow to love it so much.
    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu Police Chief
    I don't like your jerk-off name. I don't like your jerk-off face. I don't like your jerk-off behavior, and I don't like you, jerk-off.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Denver
    My Bikes
    05 Bianchi Pista, 07 Niner Air 9
    Posts
    226
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You better take that reflector off.

  4. #4
    Senior Member DeafLamb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Portland, ME
    My Bikes
    Surly Steamroller, IRO Groupbuy, Trek 520, plus a bunch of homebrews
    Posts
    333
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by orbThorn
    You better take that reflector off.
    That gives the bike even more bling....


    Those are some nice components to build your first fixed up with. Too bad you like it Those parts would get snatched up pretty quick on ebay

    -ray
    Blue Skies and Happy Trails.

  5. #5
    la rapet drewcifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    FL
    My Bikes
    80s specialized expedition, soma rush
    Posts
    295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i dont think itll be long before you find yourself scrounging around the internet constantly in search of that perfect used track frame :-D
    they're just natural feelings like, walking off, to ride my bike

  6. #6
    Senior Member pirate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    978
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    nice lugs

  7. #7
    Senior Member mugatu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    DFW
    Posts
    1,005
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by drewcifer
    i dont think itll be long before you find yourself scrounging around the internet constantly in search of that perfect used track frame :-D
    my relentless search has surely had a negative impact on schoolwork
    I can't even afford the new pedals but I still spend hours looking for frames

  8. #8
    Banned Son of ronex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Melbourne , Australia
    Posts
    267
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    great story ( honestly)

  9. #9
    Senior Member br995's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    New York
    My Bikes
    Makino (have the parts; not yet built), EAI Barekuckle, Unknown Japanese fixed conversion, Centurion Dave Scott Ironman road bike (frame), Secret project bike, 2007 Trek Madone 5.2, Cannondale Caad3 mountain bike
    Posts
    1,891
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's a mighty fine wheelset. Must have cost a lot more than the frame, eh?
    -----------------------------------------------
    Ride bikes, not other people's dreams.
    -Serendipper

  10. #10
    Stooge thebankman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Bay Area
    My Bikes
    one of each
    Posts
    846
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Indeed, the frame was cheaper than the components (thrift store bike on a kick stand next to Huffys, a Schwinn Varsity and a Panasonic road bike). The next changes are Nitto 018 bullhorns, soma pursuit levers and any kind of brake that will line up properly. And the Cateyes will stay.

  11. #11
    . blickblocks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    3,862
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by thebankman
    thrift store bike on a kick stand next to Huffys, a Schwinn Varsity and a Panasonic road bike
    Please tell me you took the Panasonic too...

  12. #12
    Stooge thebankman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Bay Area
    My Bikes
    one of each
    Posts
    846
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Once I saw the lugs on this frame, I told myself just one

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •