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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, 09:34 PM   #1
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Why SS/FG?

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What are the biggest differences you have found between geared and fixie bicycles? What do you like about them so much? Are they good commuters? Do they attract smurfs? Whatever you want to say that makes you go "yay! a fixie!" say it. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:40 PM   #2
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it's a good workout for the upper back muscles
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Old 07-19-08, 09:41 PM   #3
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Pretty much this.

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They commute pretty well if the trip is generally under 20-25 miles one way. Over that rough guideline, people can and do get used to FG bikes, but it having gears can just make a very long commute more tolerable. I am commuting 35 miles 3-4 days a week in the fall with no anticipated problems.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:10 PM   #6
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when you'll ride a fixed gear you'll understand. you'll know the difference.
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it makes my man-vag all wet and slippery.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:30 PM   #8
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Hey,

My major reason for turning SS was to cut my maintenance cost. And SS-conversion really cut down the time it takes to keep my bike running. It had nothing to do with the way it ran. ... Until free-gear start making cranky noise.

Evidently my major reason for converting to a fixie was to solve this issue once and for all ... eternity. It certainly removed the need for freewheel maintenance and keep my ride quiet. Later I figured out it has a lot more to do with superior maneuverability and vehicle/pedestrian negotiation capability.

Heehee. A lot of big words coming from my mouth.

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Old 07-19-08, 11:06 PM   #9
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^totally true. if you put the cog and lockring on right, you'll have less moving parts to worry about and less maintenance to bother you. plus, on the side, it is mighty fun to ride.
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it makes my man-vag all wet and slippery.
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Simple, reliable, elegant.
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After riding fixed for a while, I can feel the inefficiency caused by pulling the chain through all the derailleur pulleys and the diagonal chainline, and it bothers me. Take a geared bike and spin the rear wheel backwards and see how long the cranks and wheel move, and do the same to a fixed gear bike, and compare the time. It's pretty substantial.
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No difference. I shave & wear spandex whether I'm on my road bike, single speed, or the fixed gear.
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With a geared bike it's more like you are the engine for a vehicle. A fixed gear bike feels more like running on wheels.
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Go ride one. Otherwise, personal preferences can only mesh together so much insight. It's like comparing a toothy BJ with a sloppy BJ - is there really any difference when, overall, your d is still getting blown? Hey, it can't be any worse of an analogy than the one above.
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yeah, i much prefer bedstains to bitemarks at the end of mine.


the pedal efficiency of riding fixed got me hooked.
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Hi all,

What are the biggest differences you have found between geared and fixie bicycles? What do you like about them so much? Are they good commuters? Do they attract smurfs? Whatever you want to say that makes you go "yay! a fixie!" say it. Thanks.
I use my 2 single speed bikes as my commuters and utility bikes. I can lock them up anywhere and if a bunch of junky BMX bikes get thrown on top of them,who cars? Plus there are less parts to break off when on the bottom of a bike pile. I also commute in all weather, and maintainance is easier after the rain soaks in.
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After riding fixed for a while, I can feel the inefficiency caused by pulling the chain through all the derailleur pulleys and the diagonal chainline, and it bothers me. Take a geared bike and spin the rear wheel backwards and see how long the cranks and wheel move, and do the same to a fixed gear bike, and compare the time. It's pretty substantial.
When you are hopelessly cross-chained. When you are in one of the center cogs on a bike with quality components you wouldn't notice much. What you would notice is trying to climb a hill with a cadence of 25.
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It's just fun. The feeling of being a kid and having a bike that's all you.

Geared bikes to me defeat the purpose of riding a bike. It's just you and the cycle under you. The more technology you add the more removed you are from the experience. When I rode a geared bike I would always put it in a lower gear to go up hills anyway, to actually use my legs. SS/FG take care of that and just let your legs do the work.

I feel it's more efficient for that reason. No wasted time changing gears. Not to mention it's much easier to maintain.
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Later I figured out it has a lot more to do with superior maneuverability and vehicle/pedestrian negotiation capability.

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after riding a friends fixed for 20 minutes i had decided i was going to build a bike.
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I just have more fun on mine. I think the efficiency of the drive train is really rewarding. When you put your legs into the pedals you feel the return a lot more than on a geared bike, at least in my experience.
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