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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 08-18-07, 09:12 PM   #1
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One Fast Fixie

Here's one from the archives. In the very short, very fast, very straight prologue of the 2006 Giro D'Italia, Stuart O'Grady of Australia and riding for the Cofidis team, attacked the course with a one-off Willier time trial bike with a fixed gear. Below is the link to the cyclingnews.com story of the bike he rode.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2005...ech/?id=wilier
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Old 08-18-07, 09:40 PM   #2
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cool. good link
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Old 08-18-07, 10:13 PM   #3
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They will put it to use in a city stage and use risers.
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Old 08-18-07, 10:26 PM   #4
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since the min weight is easily hit even by the tt bikes these days, why not have derailers? even if its just so you can start a few gears down and shift as you get up to speed. 53 - 14 would suck to start on even with a ramp
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and drag. its less crap hanging out in the wind.

im kinda surprised he went with the rear brake, but they probably had to slap on a fair amount of ballast in different places to keep it at 6.8 kg.

this wasn't the first time a track-style bike was used in a prologue. Millar and Boardeman were both known for foregoing all or some of the gears depending on the coarse.
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rear brake is required by rules
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