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Old 08-19-07, 01:49 AM   #1
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Convinced a friend to get a track bike today, hilarity ensues

He got a Fuji Track. Not a bad bike, pretty good bike for $400 (on sale @ performance). I've heard of the troubles with pre-built track/fixies involving the lockrings not being tight enough, and I almost killed him tonight. I was all, "come on, don't be a mangina, let's go hit these hills" and he finally gave in. So, we mash up the biggest hill that I know of in town, and when we head back down his cog slipped all the way off and he was totally freakin' out. I kept yelling at him to put his foot between the frame/wheel and he just started dragging his toes on the ground, not slowing down very much. He was smart enough to pull into a driveway and hopped off the bike. It was pretty funny, and he was scared ****less. I had him put the cog back on and mash back up the hill then we banged the lockring on with a screwdriver as hard as we could. I'm wondering if anyone has had to do this, and how well it might hold. He took off to go find his chick and said he was taking it back to the shop tomorrow. Those dudes at performance are idiots. When they put his toe-straps on they didn't twist them, and put one on backwards with the buckle on the inside. Anyway, what a way to get a fixxie initiation.
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Old 08-19-07, 01:56 AM   #2
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Ask for "Tom" there. And then yell at him. He's a ****** bag. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-07, 02:03 AM   #3
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I've heard of the troubles with pre-built track/fixies involving the lockrings not being tight enough
And STILL you didn't bother to check it first. Wow, you would've felt pretty good if he got seriously hurt.

Wait a minute - the lockring on that hub has reverse thread, doesn't it?. Just because it's not supertight doesn't mean the cog is going to fall off? Am I missing something here? Anyway, whatever, maybe your friend should get a brake. And maybe you should help him set up his bike better.

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Those dudes at performance are idiots.
yeah no ****.
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Old 08-19-07, 02:39 AM   #5
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I'm going to be blunt here:

- bike not inspected properly by competent mechanic friend or LBS prior to NEW fixed gear rider getting on it.

- prior knowledge of shabby bike builds from online store, yet NEW rider told dont be a *****, just ride it.


- no manual brake installed prior to NEW fixed gear rider getting onto bike

just saying.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:15 AM   #6
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I'm going to be blunt here:

- bike not inspected properly by competent mechanic friend or LBS prior to NEW fixed gear rider getting on it.

- prior knowledge of shabby bike builds from online store, yet NEW rider told dont be a *****, just ride it.


- no manual brake installed prior to NEW fixed gear rider getting onto bike

just saying.
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Sorry to say it, but I think more blame rests on your shoulders than on the Performance shop. You could have sent your friend to the hospital.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:44 AM   #7
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well.. sure am glad i'm not your friend
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Old 08-19-07, 05:28 AM   #8
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You are lucky your friend didn't beat you up with a rusty pipe (assuming he didn't).
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Old 08-19-07, 06:36 AM   #9
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I predit LoRok will be back in about a month saying "i don't know what happened, i mashed up the biggest hill in town then my cog spun all the way off on the downhill and i freaked out!!!"
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yeah the fact that he didnt have a brake was pretty dumb
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yeah the fact that he didnt have a brake was pretty dumb
No kidding- first ride out, brakeless on big hills.... methinks this could be a troll. Or just a PAIR of idiots.
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Not funny.

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laughing at a friend who is genuinely scared and at risk of serious bodily harm is lame.
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you're a ******
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performance bike shop is like the Kmart of bikes. anyway that how it seems to me a few knowlegable people the rest don't know diddly squat.
but dude gonna have agree with everone else, no brakes! come on.
even you won't take your brake off and you have months of experience.

also remember how loose your cog and lock ring was when you first learned to skid?
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He got a Fuji Track. Not a bad bike, pretty good bike for $400 (on sale @ performance). I've heard of the troubles with pre-built track/fixies involving the lockrings not being tight enough, and I almost killed him tonight. I was all, "come on, don't be a mangina, let's go hit these hills" and he finally gave in. So, we mash up the biggest hill that I know of in town, and when we head back down his cog slipped all the way off and he was totally freakin' out. I kept yelling at him to put his foot between the frame/wheel and he just started dragging his toes on the ground, not slowing down very much. He was smart enough to pull into a driveway and hopped off the bike. It was pretty funny, and he was scared ****less. I had him put the cog back on and mash back up the hill then we banged the lockring on with a screwdriver as hard as we could. I'm wondering if anyone has had to do this, and how well it might hold. He took off to go find his chick and said he was taking it back to the shop tomorrow. Those dudes at performance are idiots. When they put his toe-straps on they didn't twist them, and put one on backwards with the buckle on the inside. Anyway, what a way to get a fixxie initiation.

OMG hilarious!

I smell a sitcommmmmmmmmmm!
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anybody ever had a lockring come off like that without stripping the hub?
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The OP is an idiot. Good thing I don't have friends like you.
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reading that, then your signature made me laugh^<br>
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Old 08-19-07, 10:27 AM   #22
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I was just going to leave this thread alone, but I can't. Performance wasn't the only idiot in that story. What in the hell do you think you're doing putting a new fixed-gear rider on the biggest hills in town brakeless? Dumb.
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The OP abused animals as a child.
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Wow. I'm feelin' the love. Just to defend myself a little, it was my friends choice to ride brakeless and against my advice. I do have a brake, and that is why. Second, we were both laughing AFTER the fact. I was quit concerned for the well being of my friend. Third, before we went out I fixed his straps and I tested his bike and when I layed down some skids on his bike there was no slippage of the cog/lockring. My friend does weigh about 50+ pounds more than me, and he's a body builder. I didn't know that he would have been able to spin the cog off. Seriously, he's one of my best friends, why would I want him to be hurt?
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