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    Nymphomaniactionhero RichPugh's Avatar
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    So I wanna run Aerospokes... (Hypothetical)

    Correct... Plural... front and rear Aerospoke bolt-on fixed gear track wheels on a track bike ridden on the streets. Aside from an obvious weight gain and possible wheel explosion on a pothole, is there more "respect" for an urban FG track bike rocking both front and rear as opposed to the stereotypical front only or the ever so rare answer to the cliche front, rear only? People get a lot of heat from these forums for only running one typically because only one is considered hipster/cliche/sheepish/dumb/booo/poop/why/tarck/typical/etc.. I shouldnt ask is there more "respect" for someone running both front and rear... I should ask if the feeling is mutual towards a street bike running both front and rear as a bike running only one or the other. Are they that hated amongst the majority? I am not going to base my decision on replies in this thread... just curious to be honest.

    I have spoked wheels on both of my bikes right now. I was thinking of building a bike with Aerospokes along the lines of the Trackstar art/theme pieces. Not that it hasnt already been dont a million times over, I just really liked them and wanted one of my own regardless of being late to the game.

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    You will not get more respect for both. I ridicule anyone who uses both simply because it's generally easy to tell that the person has never set foot on a track before.
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    i dont know how you would get respect for two aerospokes. its what you do with your bike, not whats on it that gets respect from me.

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    You can only rock a pair on a murdered out Leader.

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    Thanks. All replies legit... so far, its what I expected to hear LOL

    Do people still choose to ride them on the track? I'm from zero track racing background with no experience in it...

    I admitting want a set for aesthetics alone. I'm honest.

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    actually i've been looking to see if i could find a 3/4/5 spoke wheel to try it out. only twist is that it's on a college student budget...and i just bought a new fixed/free wheelset

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichPugh View Post
    Do people still choose to ride them on the track? I'm from zero track racing background with no experience in it...
    yes. i think my friend used it for the mile because of the added rotational weight, but don't quote me.
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    In short: Just ride them if you like them, who cares what others think.


    In Long: I used to have the set. I bought them because they looked cool and were durable. Over a year of heavy use on them and they didn't get knocked out of true. You shouldn't ride them in the winter though. After evaluating how my bike use evolved, I went out and got a ceramic rim wheelset built because regular brakes weren't working well in the rain. After spending so much time on A-spokes and then switching to a good wheelset, I thought something was wrong with my bike because it's handling, speed, and acceleration were all drastically different. I now had stiff wheels and loved it A LOT! So would I buy them all over again if I had the $? No, a spoked wheel is vastly superior to an A-spoke. I loved them a lot while I had them and they were great weight training, but I have been won over by spokes. Handsdown A-spokes look WAY cooler, but spokes are WAY better overall. I miss them for looks but that's about it.

    Here's a reel of how I rocked them on mult. bikes:





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    2 aerospokes just doesnt look right

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    I've ridden friends' bikes with rear, front, and dual Aerospokes.

    On the rear you can easily feel the inherent flexiness and they ride like **** IMO. Very sloppy feel, harder to skid with all the rotational weight, not the right 'feel' in the corners.

    On the front, the flex is a little less apparent and I think there's more of a flywheel effect. The wheel kind of pulls you after you get it up to speed, although starting and stopping it take a lot more effort than a regular wheel. Also no fun for climbing hills but almost too much fun for descending. Slight handling problems with crosswinds, probably not going to cause most people to crash but just something to keep in mind. You'll probably feel some flex when you stand up or climb.

    On dual, the whole bike was just insanely heavy and I felt like I was riding a 70's junker Schwinn or something. The only fun thing was descending a hill because the bike felt so stable from all the added weight, everything else was just a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichPugh View Post
    Thanks. All replies legit... so far, its what I expected to hear LOL

    Do people still choose to ride them on the track? I'm from zero track racing background with no experience in it...

    I admitting want a set for aesthetics alone. I'm honest.
    Only dudes I see on the track with Aerospokes are the guys who show up to check it out and have never raced / strictly ride on the street.

    Haven't seen anyone race an Aerospoke.

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    that gt on arrospoks looks cool. madmax bike.

    rich, i say do it.
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    They are a lot heavier, and can make your ride feel a bit squirrelly in stronger winds (i don't know if that is a problem where you are, but it is something that you should consider)

    The added rotational weight does make them take more force to accelerate which will increase how long it takes to get up to speed, how long it takes to stop, and increase your rotational inertia making maintaining steady speeds for longer periods of time easier.

    i have ridden frieds bikes with them (having never owned them myself) and it definitely made sprints and what not much harder than on my bike.

    that said, they do look pretty cool in my opinion, but that was not nearly enough of a factor for me to ever try to spend $ on them.

    if it is for you, go for it. But just a head's up, you will probably get flamed for it if you post your bike here. There are plently of guys that just can't stand to see things like that.
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    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate the feedback and pics. Before I started riding fixed gear bikes, I was in the mix to build an authentic 80's BMX bike with a tall seatpost and huge wide bars and all to cruise around on. After realizing a 700c bike is much nicer than a 20" BMX for even casual cross city commuting (yeah, I considered a 24" cruiser and a 29'er but just never really got into em), I found those Trackstar bikes and thought "This is exactly what I wanted to do" with a track bike. I really like the ones with the spoked wheels too but in the event I feel like going the ways of the aerospoke, I'll build a bike to represent them in such a way Skyway 'mags' or GT/Schwinn/etc. 5 spoke wheels would have back then. Hate me for perpetuating the Honda Civic fart can of wheels but it's simply rad looking






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    As much as I like the 5-spoked Trackstar/DQM bikes, the more I look, the more I like the spoked ones too...














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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news hughes View Post
    hahaha i've met him at the shop gentei ABCD race :thumbup:

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