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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 07-19-08, 01:13 PM   #1
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Tried to stop quick, something slipped. Help!?

First of all, I tried doing some searching and didn't come up with anything.

I was riding around today with my photo gear bag on my back, just taking pictures and what not. Mind you, this is a small town with little traffic. Someone ran a red light and I panicked and just locked my legs up. I've never been able to skid, probably because I've never cared to try. I was barely out of my saddle and instead of skidding, something in my drivetrain slipped and made an awful noise.

It was so split second, that I wasn't sure what had happened, maybe my tires did skid. So I did it again on my way back to my apartment and heard the same thing.

I'm new to the fixed gear world and this is a 2 week old Schwinn Madison. Can anyone shed some light on the situation with without ridiculing the newb.
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Old 07-19-08, 01:19 PM   #2
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its ur cog, its not on tight. take it to a bike shop and have them tighten the cog and lock ring, i might have stripped ur cog too.
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Old 07-19-08, 01:22 PM   #3
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Or, tighten it yourself. You'd need a chainwhip and a lockring tool - worthwhile things to have, if you're going to do much cycling. Next time, your brakes will help you in that situation!
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Thanks for the info. I've got an internship in the middle of nowhere and there's no shop in sight. I figure I can just check it myself.
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its ur cog, its not on tight. take it to a bike shop and have them tighten the cog and lock ring, i might have stripped ur cog too.
you might have stripped his cog? sounds uncalled for.
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Old 07-19-08, 01:29 PM   #6
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Haha, I thought that was funny too.
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Old 07-19-08, 01:51 PM   #7
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buy a lockring wrench, take off your lockring/cog, grease your cog, put your cog back on, put lockring on, bike up a hill without any back pressure, retighten lockring.
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buy a lockring wrench, take off your lockring/cog, grease your cog, put your cog back on, put lockring on, bike up a hill without any back pressure, retighten lockring.
I agree with everything except biking up the hill part. Rotafix it instead. Assuming you didn't already strip the hub.
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i know this may be super specific, but on my old SE Draft, which uses an ashtabula crank with a pin (with some space) to hold the chainring, the inner race from the bottom bracket could be knocking aruond, causing the slippage. To fix, just weld steel into the space between the pin (on the crank) and the chainring. magic happens.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:22 PM   #10
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Rotafix it instead.
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tig weld it..
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tig weld it..
whose got a tig welder, just
solder it..
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flip flop the hub once you have it fixed, and ride single speed with brake, not fixed. Fixed is not for tooling around.
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'Tried to stop quick, something slipped. Help!?'

Same thing happened to me, but the thing that slipped was my knee.
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TickTack- What did it sound like? Could it have been simply your brand new Schwalbe tire skidding?

I've been skid-stopping on my new Madison, and the rear tire makes a different noise than I'm used to from riding other fixies. It's high-pitched. At first it sounded so odd to me, I thought I had stripped something back there.

As a side-note, the tires on the Madison are sweet. No flat spots at all so far.
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