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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 02-17-04, 10:33 AM   #1
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First fixie ride today at lunch time

Got the conversion done yesterday and a very short test ride in before the sun went away. The frame's a 1998 Cannondale CAAD3 with a full carbon el cheapo fork. I picked up a WHite Industries Eccentric ENO rear hub and laced it up to a rim that my LBS gave to me (old sk00l Omicron rim, I think made by Campy). I'm gonna take her out for the first real ride today. I'll put a pic or two up when I take some.
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First ride report: Bike kicks ass. Lots of fun. Only did 10 miles since it was over lunch, but it was a blast to ride. Need to move my chainring a bit to straighten out the chainline, but it's nothing major. Everything stayed where it was supposed to, including me. I only tried to freewheel once crossing a cattle guard, but learned quickly not to do that. Maybe a longer ride tomorrow. the 42:16 is great as far as gearing. Of course, I didn't really do any climbing, so we'll see what happens when the road pitches up a bit.
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Ok, I'll bite. What is a cattle guard?
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Ok, I'll bite. What is a cattle guard?
Something like this... the cattle find it almost impossible to walk across the bars, so it 'fences' them in.
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Ah, the old grate. Imagine a driveway with a fence running to each edge. ----||---- Now visualize a tubular gate that instead of sitting upright is lowered to the ground. Normally there is a few feet of space under the cattle gate. Farmers would pasture their cattle in these areas and the cattle would not step on the gate itself out of fear. Therefore, a normal gate did not have to be opened and closed each time the person used the driveway.

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Oh, and sounds like the bike has turned out nicely! All this talk of fixed gears is giving me the itch to try it out...
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booyah, it's a blast.

Thanks, all, for covering the cattle guard. You have to hit them pretty much straight on or you risk a little extra slipping, which is alright if you're freewheeling but pretty disconcerting when you're new to a fix. Probably get a little longer ride in today.
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booyah,

just cave in. i bought a fixie on pretty much a whim with our team order since khs sponsors us and let me tell you, it's by far my FAVORITE bike. i have other bikes that are worth significantly more, but i still love my fixed and have been crying the past few weeks as i wait for my new wheelset to arrive. fixed to me presents a game of gauging what actions people and cars will make and needing to dodge them. some might see riding brakeless as stupid, but i like the adrenaline.
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I'm getting close to caving... though torn now between building one up from a thrift store special or buying a new Pista or Fuji Track from the LBS. I think I like the idea of picking and choosing the parts myself, and the emotional involvement of building appeals. I think I'll let the bank account recover for a month or so before I start though... many new toys have been bought lately!

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And the all important, if not really visible, drivetrain- that fancy pants (as someone said in another thread here) Eccentric hub, RX100 170mm cranks, 42t chainring and pedals on loan from my roadie bike.
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