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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 08-03-07, 01:18 PM   #1
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Building a winter ss bike.

My old saracen morzine has been sitting around for a while. Ite done 2400 miles and abit tired. Im gonna convert it single speed. I want to use it for a winter training bike. it has a full itm carbon fork on it at the moment. i ordered some parts i think i will need. im going for ratio of 52/18. any other ideas or things i need.

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Old 08-03-07, 01:26 PM   #2
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I would recommend a better light and some fenders. Some say lights are there so others can see you,... but I want to see where I am going too. I used a niterider Newt which is a 5W LED in the winter months. Kicks butt, has a nice white light (not yellow like halogen) and is small and lightweight.

Fenders are really nice if you ride in the rain. I'm a whimp and don't ride in the rain unless by mistake and so do not use them.
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Old 08-03-07, 03:36 PM   #3
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Not that that is the most fantastic road bike (better than mine), but wouldn't you rather find some other bike that 1) you can trash around in the road salt without feeling too bad 2) can add fenders and knobbies too?

Those Dia-Compe brakes look like real downgrades though from the Sora brifters. Though the shift mechanism is a little wonky with the small lever on the side, I love how they feel. I've had Tektro/Nashbar levers and Suntour levers and their shapes just don't feel as good.
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Old 08-03-07, 05:13 PM   #4
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Not that that is the most fantastic road bike (better than mine), but wouldn't you rather find some other bike that 1) you can trash around in the road salt without feeling too bad 2) can add fenders and knobbies too?
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Better to get something disposable...

Edit: Dunno what your winters are like, I just get a disposable MTB and replace it each 2 winters or so. Wouldn't ruin that road bike by using it in winter.
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