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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 04-16-08, 10:17 PM   #1
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from conversion to street-track

I love riding my fixed gear conversion. But after riding my friends NEW bike today ("Windsor- The Hour"), I am wanting to get a brand new track bike with nice hubs designed for the fixed gear enthusiast that rides around the city.

My reasons for wanting to upgrade from my old conversion to a newer track/road bike are:
1) The chromoly steel is much lighter than my raleigh which is from the late 70's to early 80's
2) tighter frame geometry
3) the front hub spins for minutes longer than the one on my conversion

With that said, my questions are:

1) what are the benefits and or drawbacks to switching from a homemade conversion to a new track/road frame with nice hubs?

2) which modern track frames do you like? I've looked at the Surly Steamroller and the Pake Track bike.

3) are there any other huge factors that could benefit my performance other than a lighter frame and really nice hubs? My friends Windsor bike was much easier to drive than my conversion, I assumed this was mostly because of the lighter frame weight, and awesome hubs.

Thanx in advance!!!
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Old 04-16-08, 10:24 PM   #2
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good god. please search.
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Old 04-16-08, 10:24 PM   #3
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get a kilo tt and next time you have a question search for it instead of posting a new thread.
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Old 04-16-08, 10:36 PM   #4
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oh be nice...

without knowing more about your Raleigh it's difficult to say, nice older roadbikes can make excellent conversions... lighter wheels/better hubs can make a huge difference. If your Raleigh is a cheap model, perhaps an upgrade would be in order...

I'm not familiar with the recent entry-level fixed gear options: people seem passionate about their steamrollers, and Kilo TTs look to be nice frames for the money.

Even if the Raleigh isn't superlight, if it's a higher-end model you might be better off looking into parts upgrades... wheels may make the most noticeable difference.
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Old 04-16-08, 10:40 PM   #5
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Old 04-16-08, 10:41 PM   #6
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dat hub go woooooooosh
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Old 04-16-08, 11:21 PM   #7
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straight up zoooooooooooom
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3) the front hub spins for minutes longer than the one on my conversion
Have you ever repacked the front hub?
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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Old 04-17-08, 04:42 AM   #10
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You liked you friends Windsor right? Just buy that. Maybe in a different color so you guys don't look too dumb riding around together.
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Old 04-17-08, 02:12 PM   #11
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oh be nice...

Even if the Raleigh isn't superlight, if it's a higher-end model you might be better off looking into parts upgrades... wheels may make the most noticeable difference.
Yes. I recently picked up some sun M13 rims laced to formula hubs and my ol' Trek is riding like she never has before.
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Old 04-17-08, 02:32 PM   #12
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Somebody Stole My Bike And The Hubs Are Cheap Will Phil Woods My Make Straps Tighter..
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Old 04-17-08, 03:08 PM   #13
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Weather's getting nice, lots of people want to get into biking. Should we start recommending high-end stuff for people to buy so that once they decide they're bored of biking (read: once it starts getting REALLY warm), they'll sell it to us for cheap?
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Old 04-17-08, 03:17 PM   #14
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Now that's a good idea gharding!

OP, please get a really nice new NJS track bike with no dents or scratches... but remember I was reasonably pleasant and tried to be helpful when you get tired of it and want to make space in your garage. Oh, and take good care of it...

Really though, in the amount of time you whiny jerks wasted posting your pissant complaints, you could've been helpful instead. Yes they're newb questions, but we were all newbs at some point.
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Old 04-17-08, 03:30 PM   #15
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some newbs bother to research what they're into instead of expecting info to be handed to them
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Old 04-17-08, 03:34 PM   #16
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I find it slightly annying to get thanked in advance. It basically means "I dont feel like thanking you later".
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Old 04-17-08, 03:39 PM   #17
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I find it slightly annying to get thanked in advance. It basically means "I dont feel like thanking you later".
actually, it's a polite way to acknowledge that someone is going to be expending some of their time answering questions...

Oh No, he asked a few questions, he never asked to have it served to him on a silver platter... yeah he could've found some of his answers by digging in the forums, on the other hand people could provide a few simple answers and point him in the right direction... instead the denizens of this pit do what they always do, waste time talking trash.
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Old 04-17-08, 04:24 PM   #18
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Pot/ kettle. I don't see anything but trash talk from you in this thread duder. But I don't blame you, i don't feel like answering such vague and badly researched questions either.

I still dislike thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-08, 04:27 PM   #19
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how about scroll up mander, to where I at least attempted to answer the OP's question?

boohoo, now I'm sad.
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Old 04-17-08, 04:31 PM   #20
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Point taken.
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I don't know what you guys are talking about. I buy entire brand-new bicycles just for the hubs all the time.
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Old 04-17-08, 07:05 PM   #22
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my fixie don stop but my hubz still spinnin
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Old 04-17-08, 09:45 PM   #23
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dont stop and your hubs wont
until they explode
ride until your hubs explode

thats my exploding hubs haiku
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I always thought haiku's were 5-7-5 not 6-5-7
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I always thought haiku's were 5-7-5 not 6-5-7
yea, they are.
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