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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 02-02-08, 01:00 PM   #1
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BMX cranks hurt me stupid-bad.

So, I only roll up my pants on the drive side, but it turns out that there's a li'l protrusion at the base of my non-driveside crank, and today it caught my jeans' cuff just as effectively as the chain would. So, going at about 25 through an intersection, all of the sudden I went into a surprise skid, with 100% of the stress on one very unwilling ankle. 20 feet or painful screaming skidding. When my jeans ripped at the knee from the stress, I though it was the sound of my body breaking.

The setup that caused it is this, except it was the non-drive side, and I have clips and straps now.



Anyway, if y'all run BMX cranks, I really recommend rolling up both legs. I'm here with a bag of ice and a beer, when I wanted to be pedicabbing.
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Old 02-02-08, 01:17 PM   #2
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weird, when i rode bmx years ago, i wore baggier pants than i do now, and i frequently rode without rolling up either leg.
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Old 02-02-08, 01:25 PM   #3
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you mean cutoffs right?
thats a bummer though, I usually cuff my drive side leg up to the top of my sock and the bottom one just one roll so they clear my shoe.
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Old 02-02-08, 01:50 PM   #5
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They were just some pretty standard gap jeans. It only happened because the drivetrian is fixed, and I was strapped in (ie wouldn't have happened on a BMX bike) I'm thinking of buying some of those spats that fabric horse makes now, because this really sucks. I'm sitting here drinking a chewing on my sheets.
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Old 02-02-08, 01:56 PM   #6
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Duh.
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I keep my N.D.S. leg rolled up because if I don't it scrapes against the bottom bracket lock ring and wears them out too fast. Plus, one leg rolled up is ghey.
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Happened to me on Thursday, except drive side. I damn near fell off my bike when the jeans caught and I did the same skid/scream.
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Old 02-02-08, 09:41 PM   #9
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Most of the time I ride I wear cut off jean shorts with long wool socks. Its warm enough for that type of stuff around here. Going at full speed and then getting my pants caught is one of my worst fears. I would probably scream too. Congratulations on not crashing.
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i roll up both legs for that reason. the symmetry is good too.
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Where are the clips? No clips? Flats on a fixie? What?
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Caught my pant leg once.Twisted my foot completely sideways in my powergrips but somehow i didnt eat ****, i just collapsed off the bike after i pulled over. hopped into a mcdonalds to get some ice and had to ride 8 miles to get back home. my ankle got the size of a grapefruit and i couldnt walk correctly for weeks.
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my drive-side cuff came undone while i was sprinting through a yellow light last week, and fortunately the chainring just took a few healthy bites out of my pants. no skids or ankle injuries. suppose that was lucky.
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Where are the clips? No clips? Flats on a fixie? What?
I put on clips and doublestraps since that pic was taken.
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Once on my road bike I got my shoelace caught around the pedal spindle. It would have been no big deal except a huge Ford pickup was tailgating me, with the driver shouting "BIKES GET OFF THE ROAD" over a loudspeaker. I had to coast till an intersection because I couldn't just stop.

I thank god I didn't ride fixy back then.
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Duh.
i don't believe the op indicated he was a member of the fantastic 4.

i am completely paranoid about catching laces in the drivetrain. just walking around my laces always seem to be coming undone on their own accord and now that it's really truly winter (-20c to -30c this week) and it's boot time i've taken to actually taping down my laces with a small patch of duct tape.
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Old 02-03-08, 05:34 AM   #17
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i don't believe the op indicated he was a member of the fantastic 4.
Yes, and that is his problem. I'm a member and there's not a chance in hell that any of my clothes will ever get stuck on my bike.
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Old 02-03-08, 07:15 AM   #18
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yeah, wear those around my neighborhood,..you'll last about 4 minutes
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Once on my road bike I got my shoelace caught around the pedal spindle. It would have been no big deal except a huge Ford pickup was tailgating me, with the driver shouting "BIKES GET OFF THE ROAD" over a loudspeaker. I had to coast till an intersection because I couldn't just stop.

I thank god I didn't ride fixy back then.
I have to get you the "honk if you've never seen a handgun fired from a moving bicycle" t-shirt.
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yeah, wear those around my neighborhood,..you'll last about 4 minutes
Are you suggesting that you would be killed for wearing cycling tights? I kind of doubt it, but if so, then I would recommend relocating.
On the other hand, if you are simply afraid of people laughing at you. Most of them either don't care or they are already laughing at the "*** on the bike" anyway.
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Old 02-03-08, 08:56 AM   #21
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He obviously lives in Compton, and you can only wear baggy pants there.
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I have to get you the "honk if you've never seen a handgun fired from a moving bicycle" t-shirt.
I've always wanted a shirt with an upside-down yellow triangle on the back, with "GET YOUR OWN F***ING LANE" printed inside. Oh, and the outline of a handgun sticking out of your pants.

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BMX cranks hurt me stupid-bad
Sounds like youre to blame, not the BMX cranks.
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Once on my road bike I got my shoelace caught around the pedal spindle. It would have been no big deal except a huge Ford pickup was tailgating me, with the driver shouting "BIKES GET OFF THE ROAD" over a loudspeaker. I had to coast till an intersection because I couldn't just stop.

I thank god I didn't ride fixy back then.
I've gotten a shoe lace caught on the pedal spindle while riding fixed and geared. It wasn't a big deal because the lace just ripped off after constricting the hell out of my foot. Riding geared, you can just backpedal until it comes undone. Now I cut the laces on my shoes short.
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When my jeans ripped at the knee from the stress, I though it was the sound of my body breaking.
Sounds like the problem has self-corrected itself. Just ride with your newly customized jeans and you'll be fine.

Joking aside, that's a wicked cool chainring you got there.
I am going to install BMX cranks on one of my bikes, too. BMX chainrings are just so fscking good looking.
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