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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, 04:58 PM   #1
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make fun of my bike



this is my first fixed gear

it is a schwinn world..i scraped off the decals so i could go faster.
the frame is also pretty heavy i guess..i dont really know what a light frame feels like.

i love riding it but i was thinking the seat should be higher even though i am pretty comfortable on the bike right now.

what would you change on this bike?

how did i do?
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Old 07-19-08, 05:02 PM   #2
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i would take off the u-lock mounting bracket and stick it in your back pocket or your belt. also... i would put the front brake lever on the left. but thats just me.
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Old 07-19-08, 05:09 PM   #3
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I always set my brakes up moto style with the front brake on the right and the bell on the left... you do have a bell don't you ?



The set up looks good although I have no idea what you look like on the bike and I would wrap up those bars.

You could lose the lock bracket and just stash it in your backpack / bag.

All in all.. it looks like some nice work and the most important thing is always how much fun you have riding it and not what other people think.
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Old 07-19-08, 05:19 PM   #4
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Wrap the bars and carry the lock in your bag. I find u-locks rattled when mounted on the frame.
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Old 07-19-08, 05:23 PM   #5
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Wrap the bars and carry the lock in your bag. I find u-locks rattled when mounted on the frame.
agreed. but good job converting!
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Old 07-19-08, 05:24 PM   #6
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HAW HAW YOOR BAH-SICKLE IS STOOPID!

Just kidding, it looks alright. Like people said before, wrap up the bars, put the U-lock in your backpack or pocket, and ride on.
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Old 07-19-08, 05:48 PM   #7
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but I like the hankde bars the way they are. What kind if grip options do I have. Is it so be to just leave it bare
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Old 07-19-08, 06:05 PM   #8
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The big problem with a bare bar is a function problem. If you wear gloves all the time you might be ok but bare bars offer little firm grip when dry and less than none when wet. The fear I would have would be changing hand positions, having my hand slip, smashing my face into the bar and losing teeth. If you feel the look of the bare metal is worth that risk then go for it.
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Old 07-19-08, 06:21 PM   #9
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"i scraped off the decals so i could go faster" hahaha. That sticker wind drag is a real biatch.
How old is the chain? If it's the original, you probably want to change it. The tires may also be worn thin, you should check them. Do you know the last time it was overhauled, if not you might want to lube up the headset. If the wheels are the originals, they are probably heavier than a new set you can get today. Heavier wheels makes a bigger difference than a heavy frame since the forces are rotational.
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Old 07-19-08, 06:36 PM   #10
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I give it 8 out of 10 barspinz.
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Old 07-19-08, 08:45 PM   #11
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chain tension is a little too too lose and the bars are unwrapped. otherwise a fine conversion.
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Old 07-19-08, 08:58 PM   #12
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It looks nice. But I would wrap up the bars.

And take off the bike lock.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:08 PM   #13
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is your chain purple?
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Old 07-19-08, 09:17 PM   #14
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cant tell if you have straps or not, if not get some now.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:09 PM   #15
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very nice. do you know what year it is? El Toro Bullhorns would look great on there.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:16 PM   #16
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Nicely done! Is that the original paint, and, if so, how is its condition?
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Old 07-19-08, 11:22 PM   #17
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cant tell if you have straps or not, if not get some now.
looks like powergrips to me
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Old 07-20-08, 09:18 AM   #18
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if you don't wrap those bars or do something for the top tube you will have a huge dent, i promise.
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I find u-locks rattled when mounted on the frame.
I HATE HATE HATE HATE the sound of a rattling uLock.

If you like how your bike feels, then that's all that matters. I think it looks pretty sweet. Sounds to me that you're overly concerned with feedback. If you think the seat is "pretty comfortable", why are you thinking of raising it? The thing about fixed conversions is that they are customized by the builder for the builder. Nobody can tell you what "needs to be changed". If you have to modify something, you'll figure it out as you break it in. Be confident in your own project.
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Old 07-20-08, 09:51 AM   #20
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Wrap the bars and carry the lock in your bag. I find u-locks rattled when mounted on the frame.
wrap the lock and get a new tablecloth.
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those are some mad photoskills--- makes it look like you built a funny bike.
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Old 07-20-08, 12:39 PM   #22
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I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a joke, but I see nothing wrong with your chain tension, fwiw.
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this is my first fixed gear

it is a schwinn world..i scraped off the decals so i could go faster.
the frame is also pretty heavy i guess..i dont really know what a light frame feels like.

i love riding it but i was thinking the seat should be higher even though i am pretty comfortable on the bike right now.

what would you change on this bike?

how did i do?
Saddle + untaped bars + lock mount = lose
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Old 07-20-08, 04:22 PM   #24
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new saddle, tires, wrap bars, lose u lock mount.
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Old 07-20-08, 04:32 PM   #25
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if you don't like bar wrap, just get some grippy gloves, and it'll be fine, the u-lock actually looks fine to me, and you're SITTING on the saddle, nobody sees it when you're riding, so if it's comfy, then who cares? i really like it as is : ) it could be my eyes, but does the chain need to be tensioned up? Anyway, love the bike for what it is, not what it could be : )
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