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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 06-16-07, 12:02 AM   #1
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My frame failed today...

Well, I knew my Volkscycle conversion's days were numbered due to a poorly brazed headtube lug, but I finally killed it today. I rode a good 15 miles running errands and ****, enjoying the warm weather and generally having a good time. Then I went to the wonderful local bike coop and installed a new bottom bracket next to a sweaty, nasty crackhead, finally fixing my ****ed up chainline (it only took 9 months). As I was riding home enjoying my buttery smooth new BB and chainline, I hit a smallish pothole and I hear "ting Ting TING TING, and the front starts to flex more than normal. I hop off the bike, fearing the worst.

Alas, it was true, the lug had peeled away from the downtube some more, and pushing down on the handlebars produced a creaking sound. I rode the remaining 1/4 mile at walking pace.

It was so sad. To most people, it was just a janky conversion, but it was my first fixed gear, first real bike, first bike I built from the frame up. I rode it nearly every single day, rain or shine, for a year. I guess it's a good excuse to buy a nice new frame (Angus, Steamroller or Rush, maybe another lugged road frame if I come across a nice one), but I just want to ride my old bike. Now I have to ride my roomate's gary fisher hardtail. Not nearly as fun/efficient/pretty.

It really bummed me out that the final voyage for my trusty steed was such a mundane one instead of some epic ride, and that my frame failed literally 40 minutes after fixing the chainline issues. It was so nice to sprint or backpedal without an ugly grinding noise coming from my drivetrain, and I could feel the improvement in efficiency. Looking at it leaning against the wall after having served me so well and knowing I won't be able to ride it again is making me sad

R.I.P.
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Old 06-16-07, 12:09 AM   #2
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God I hope that doesn't happen to my peugeot after I get my foreward drivetrain parts set up completely.

It doesn't have lugs to peel off though...

Sentiments though, that's a beautiful bike, don't let the parts go to waste.
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Old 06-16-07, 12:09 AM   #3
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im torn between this

at least she died doing what she loved





and this




anyway i suppose there wasnt enough carnage to warrant a corpse shot
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Old 06-16-07, 12:13 AM   #4
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no she died peacefully (sort of).
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Old 06-16-07, 01:45 AM   #5
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Always sad when a bike dies. Put her on the wall as art and remember the rides.
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Old 06-16-07, 03:05 AM   #6
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er, why not fix it? it's not a very serious problem as far as frame damage goes.
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Old 06-16-07, 04:29 AM   #7
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should have used frame saver!!!
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Look for a local framebuilder and at least get an estimate.
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I rode the remaining 1/4 mile at walking pace.
Wouldn't it have been safer/easier to walk the remaining 1/4 mile at walking pace?
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Sometimes I skip the remaining 1/4 mile at cantering pace. Or when with a fine lady, I might summersault at electric slide pace.

Whatever you do, do not lunge at cartwheeling pace. That is uncalled for.
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