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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 10-17-08, 02:43 PM   #1
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Gary Fisher Triton 2008, I think

I did a search and found no useful info on the bike: there was a thread about a"chubby, etc." but no helpful experience advice.

I live in Northern Maine and am looking for a single speed steel framed bike which is winter worthy (want to use panniers and have fenders). I had my eyes set on the Bianchi San Jose but here in this part of the world (ahh... prolly the ONLY thing I miss from the Boston metro area is Wheelworks) selection is limited and I prefer to give business to my local bike shop and also MUST ride bikes before buying.
My LBS now carries the Gary Fisher line.

Anyone have any experiences commuting, riding with this bike?
Can you put cyclocross type tires on it for winter? studded?
Though I have been a faithful bike commuter for almost 20 years I have no ability to read about geometry and understand what it means in terms of comfort.
Is the chainstay long enough to have enough heel clearance for a rack and pannier?

Ideally, I would be interested in a ss steel framed cyclocross bike that can accept fenders and a rack.

The other idea I have been obsessing about is a steel framed touring bike which is converted to a single speed.

Right now, I commute on an old Lemond road bike (the Vanquer, I believe) which has been converted to a single speed. It is comfy and I love it but it isn't good in bad weather and cannot accept fenders and a rack............

Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-17-08, 06:56 PM   #2
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the fisher triton uses the same frame/fork as the lemond fillmore did...
if you like the way your lemond road bike rides, you'll more than likely also like the triton...
you may have better luck with something like the surly crosscheck for fender/fatter tire clearance though...
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