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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 11-17-08, 08:50 PM   #1
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Close Call

Well, I read about it on Sheldon's site and tonight I experienced it first-hand.

Hit a bump and my rear wheel got whacked out-of-line, chain came flying off for a few seconds and then quickly wrapped itself around my rear cog/hub. I was going about 20-25 mph and skidded to a stop in about 10 seconds.

Could have been worse since I wasn't in traffic and not going downhill -- glad to have a front brake, though.

If you haven't read the info on Sheldon's site check it out -- I did last week and now I'm glad I did.
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Old 11-17-08, 08:54 PM   #2
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similar thing happened to me after like 3 weeks of riding fixed. except I was in traffic and I was going downhill. Bent a few chain links and skidded through my tire. It ended up costing me a few bills.
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My chain seems to be totally unaffected, but the wheel is completely out of whack -- from looking at it I think maybe the wheel came out of whack first and as a result the chain flew off. It's possible I bent something or something gave out but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get a closer look at it -- funny thing, too -- I'm just waiting for the local shop to finish up my Soma Rush build so hopefully they'll be done sooner than later.
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It's a bummer that you ruined a wheel just because you didn't tighten your tracknuts enough. You should be more careful with your new Soma.
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Old 11-17-08, 09:18 PM   #5
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Well, if it was the tracknuts, they came loose over the past couple of weeks as they were just tightened. Thanks, though, for nothing.
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Well, if it was the tracknuts, they came loose over the past couple of weeks as they were just tightened. Thanks, though, for nothing.
word man, be checking that often.
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Get some chain tensioners.
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good call, deathhare. The "hightech"
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Use vert drop outs and this wouldnt happen.
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Use vert drop outs and this wouldnt happen.
the "lowtech"?
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good call, deathhare. The "hightech"
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the "lowtech"?
I would think one would place both at the same technical level. Both just stamped/bent metal. Now if you put a flat screen monitor on your chain tensioner... Pimp My Ride, bike edition?
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