My dad has an old, but really well kept '78 Schwinn Le Tour and I really want him to convert it to fixed gear, but he "likes having gears too much". What is something I can tell him to want to convert?
1994 Proctor Townsend Reynolds 753, TT S3 True North, Kona Major Jake, Kona Honky Tonk, Marinoni Puima, Cannondale BBU
convert to fixed or SS? if its fixed, you might want to start by just getting him on a fixed gear bike. If the bike is in super-fine condition, I wouldn't touch it for conversion unless it was really low end in the day...
Tell him it's a great way to spend a lot of money on an already perfectly functional bike that he enjoys very much as it is. Or tell him that he'll start having to worry about foot retention, and laces and pant-legs getting caught in the drive-train. Oh, and don't forget to mention that it will make getting from A to B a lot more difficult.
Road [racing] is one of the only sports where adult men can compete in a non-scholastic setting, so inevitably 8/10 racers are fiercely-competitive nobodies. It's fun as hell, but it's also the foremost refuge of defeated and aging jocks, turned middle-management types.
i tried to get my dad to go ss when i rebuilt his raleigh record. I knew he wouldnt go fixed, but ss i figured he could at least coast. its a work in progress, but i am just going to try to get him hooked on my fixie, then try ss later- its easy to convert to ss after the fact. or go ahead and build up a cheap ss frame for him and worry bout him riding it later