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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 07-10-07, 10:56 PM   #1
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What else do I need to finish up my Short Reach Caliper setup.. (Warning: NEWBIE)

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I've been riding bikes for a long while... loved them. moved to baltimore city.. found out about this "fixed gear" phenomenon 2 years back. My dad found a bike in the garbage... late 80's/early 90's Duracycle (nova-27) fit what i needed (solid frame-vertical dropouts, blah blah)

a few weeks ago, I consulted a few friends of mines that ride fixed gear bikes and I finally decided to put my credit card to use and threw a bunch of random sheez on it to build this thing.. finished it a few days ago. I'm 100% hooked on it.. i love it. I ride for no damn reason now.

It's actually a solid frame and i cleaned it up and looks damn good at night under city lights (haha). I HATE MY HANDLEBAR/Brake setup... It's the normal/generic Road Bike from the late 80's setup with the (for lack of better works) C formation. For sake of saving money and I like/have riden bikes with the flipped and chopped version of these handle bars (some people call them "bullhorns" I think). I have an extra one (aquired it from a friend) so I can practice/work on cutting these handlebars all I want and still be able to ride my bike.

I have a hacksaw and I was told to cut at the point where the curve starts going straight (which is a very small spot im guessing). I have cork tape, and a Time Trial Brake Lever (TekTro RX 4.1 Reverse Brk Lever).

I know next I need a Short Reach Caliper correct? I just want a front.. i keep looking online and all i see is a the pair and i can't find just the front. Also what kind of brake cable should i get?

I just need some options here and for someone to point me in the proper direction. Let me know!

Thank you (in advance) for not flaming me for being a newbie... i see these forums are pretty damn harsh. HOLLERS!

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Old 07-11-07, 06:02 AM   #2
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Short Reach refers to the length from the brake mount in the fork to the braking surfaces on the rims. You need the same reach of your current calipers - in fact, assuming they don't suck, I'd just use the caliper you have.

Someone else can offer info about the lever - I don't know what it takes to put a TT lever in flop and chop bars.
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When you say c formation you're referring to drop style handlebars.
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yeah, i have the "drop style" handle bars. the ones most common on those 80's road bike's.

So i should just run my old one? it's pretty old... im not really a fan of it, i just want to redo it all. let me know!
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