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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 07-13-07, 01:19 AM   #1
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who here is riding fixed 20" wheels?

just curious. i've got a fixed swift folder and was wondering who else is riding fixed on small wheels.

ok, not just curious, i've been thinking about swapping my fat heavy Big Apples on Deep V's for a skinny 451 wheelset and i wonder if i'll be able to get rid of them, cos i can't justify the cost of owning two wheelsets.
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Old 07-13-07, 01:25 AM   #2
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I'm not yet, but I have a Bianchi ss folder that I have been thinking about turning fixed. How have you been liking it? My Bianchi is twitchier than hell due to how small it is.
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Old 07-13-07, 01:27 AM   #3
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it is a little twitchy, but i'm used to it since my last bike was a folder with 20" wheels. trackstanding is harder too.
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I'm riding 16" fixed wheel, does that count?
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Old 07-13-07, 09:20 AM   #5
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yeah, sure. 20" & below, i should have said. how is that? can you skid well?
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Anyone riding a fixed bmx..?
I know they are all getting into the brakeless scene now...
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Old 07-13-07, 09:25 AM   #7
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really... interesting. do they use track hubs for that, or are there custom fixed hubs with the larger bmx (e.g. 14mm) axles?
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they ride brakeless on their FREEWHEELS. yeah...
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they ride brakeless on their FREEWHEELS. yeah...
oh yeah, foot-in-the-tire stops
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Old 07-13-07, 11:05 AM   #10
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Anyone riding a fixed bmx..?
I know they are all getting into the brakeless scene now...
I wouldn't really say they're getting into it now. I stopped riding bmx a few years ago, but before that there were always a substantial number of guys that ran brakeless on freewheels for whatever reason.
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they ride brakeless on their FREEWHEELS. yeah...

It should be noted here that brakeless freewheel BMX bikes are not generally used for riding through traffic at 20MPH (although I'm sure there are idiots who have tried this)...they are usually used to do tricks on a parking lot.
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it might just be worth sticking with the 406mm size and trying some new tirres..
i think threres a lot more options than in the 451

deep v's in that size though might be pretty stiff...
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It should be noted here that brakeless freewheel BMX bikes are not generally used for riding through traffic at 20MPH (although I'm sure there are idiots who have tried this)...they are usually used to do tricks on a parking lot.

parking lots, parks, all thats cool, its just when it gets to the street.

but not to stray off topic....
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yay pictures!



coelcanth: good point. the only snag is that i have Deep V MTB rims, which are 24mm wide, so real skinny tires are out of the question.

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It should be noted here that brakeless freewheel BMX bikes are not generally used for riding through traffic at 20MPH (although I'm sure there are idiots who have tried this)...they are usually used to do tricks on a parking lot.
Brakeless anywhere, except trails or the track.
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these folding fixies are awesome.
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Hey Levity, when did you get the frame? I have been trying to get one but I haven't heard back from Peter Reich yet, I am worried he is out of stock. Also, I may be interested in the wheel set. PM if you are still selling.
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Saw your bike at B-way bombing. Sweet set-up dude.
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yeah, sure. 20" & below, i should have said. how is that? can you skid well?
It is a dual suspension Moulton (front brake) and I did a Super Randonneur series last year on it, so it works quite well. I don't bother much with skids, that's kiddy stuff.
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getting ready to convert this folder into a ss, with front brake
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Old 07-19-07, 01:49 PM   #23
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It is a dual suspension Moulton (front brake) and I did a Super Randonneur series last year on it, so it works quite well.
super randonneur on a fixie!? my hat is off to you.

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I don't bother much with skids, that's kiddy stuff.
ooh, burn!
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