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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 05-11-07, 10:22 AM   #1
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175's on a Mark V; Will I die?

Will delete_radio's worst fear be meet when his 175mm cranks collide with pavement on a left turn? Stay tuned...

(please let me know if this is a dumb idea to ride with 175 mm cranks fixed. k thx bai.)
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Old 05-11-07, 10:28 AM   #2
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Go for it if you are used to crankarms that long. Just be cautious in the turns
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Old 05-11-07, 10:30 AM   #3
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imagine you are a train

or an oil tanker
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Old 05-11-07, 10:36 AM   #4
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You might just take a few runs around a grass field to get a feel for how much you can lean without striking a pedal.
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Old 05-11-07, 10:39 AM   #5
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word. i'll let you know how this turns out.
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Old 05-11-07, 11:26 AM   #6
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But how will you let us know if you die?
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you'll be fine
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Ran my 56cm Mark V on 175s for about a month w/ no strikes, and not especially noticable overlap.
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165mm vs. 175mm: a whopping .4 inches
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165mm vs. 175mm: a whopping .4 inches
you will probably die.
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Old 05-11-07, 04:26 PM   #11
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I believe that people should choose the crankarm size that fits them. If pedal strike (or fear thereof) is an issue, get clipless pedals. Speedplays probably do a lot more to prevent pedal strike than shorter cranks.
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I run old bmx 180's on an old schwinn sprint. I'll get a strike maybe once every two months and I have some WIDE pedals. I'm sure you'll be ok, unless you take super fast turns and you know nobody can ride SUPER.
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With that pedal length, are you able to achieve a full rotation with your front wheel? My roommate's pista, and to a lesser extent his cannondale crit, get pedal strike on the front wheel whenever he turns more than 30 degrees. (he is using 170mm sugino 75's on 53cm frames)
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he has *pedal* overlap? that I want to see
toe overlap sure, that's easy to deal with. When do you ever turn your front wheel more than 10 degrees anyway?
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word. i'll let you know how this turns out.
So, how did it go? Are you still alive?
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Pedal type matters more than 5mm in crank length... With clipless, you should be ok.
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I run old bmx 180's on an old schwinn sprint. I'll get a strike maybe once every two months and I have some WIDE pedals. I'm sure you'll be ok, unless you take super fast turns and you know nobody can ride SUPER.
i thought you didnt even have a fixed gear bike yet
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Old 05-14-07, 12:07 PM   #18
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the iro's have a very high bb, you'll be fine.
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We're all going to die, get over it
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