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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 04-05-04, 07:20 AM   #1
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Fresh Baked Wheels

In another thread I mentioned I was building some new wheels and was asked by William Karstens a/k/a WiKa to report back on whether they were "bombproof." So here's my report, so far. The rear wheel has a Mavic CXP22 rim laced to a Surly "New" Hub with DT-Swiss Competition Double-Butted (2.0-1.8) spokes. Total cost for parts was roughly $90. Front wheel is the same rim/spoke combo laced to a Campy Veloce hub. Total cost was roughly $75. I am running Armadillo 700x23 tires. These wheels are on my everyday workhorse fixie that endures the daily abuse that DC streets offer up. Read: Potholes, broken glass, hypodermic needles, shell casings, etc. At 6'5", 200 lbs., and mashing a 45x16 gear combo, I also add my own special brand of punishment to the mix. So, all in all, "bombproofing" is a necessity.

Did a ride around the 'hood over the weekend and then rode in to work this morning. So far so good. Granted I am going from a really heavy front wheel and a POS rear wheel with a Suzue Basic hub, but the ride difference is remarkable. Felt really quick and responsive despite the constant headwind. Took a couple potholes just fine. Of course, the real test will be to see how they hold up after six months of this.

Last thing. I run a front brake and changing from 27" to 700c wheels was not a problem. I have old side-pull DiaCompe caliper brakes and had enough room to lower the pads down a couple mm. The pads fit on the new rims with room to spare.

[Editor's note: Hey look! I actually posted something on topic and bike specific. I think that meets my quota for the year. Sarcasm and clever repartee to follow....]
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I see you live in DC. Same here. I saw a pretty nice fixie going down 18th this morning. Wasn't you, was it?
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Have you run the Armadillo tires long? I was thinking about getting a set for my fixie to replace the "almost lasted forever" Avocets.
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Do you use 32 hole or 36 hole rims??

We have about the same height weight ratio. I usaully use straight gauge spokes(14ga rear, 15ga front) for bomb proof stuff on 32 rims.

I also put on 25mm tires for this time of the year. The streets are torn up from the winter and there is a lot of glass oyt too. I usually run 23mm tires. With the 25 you can just fly over railroad tracks and such. Slows you down a bit though. But it is worth the trade off this time of the year.
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I see you live in DC. Same here. I saw a pretty nice fixie going down 18th this morning. Wasn't you, was it?
I'm 0 for 2 by that account. Come in from NE and only make it down to 15th st., and my bike has never been mistaken for "nice," or pretty for that matter! I'll post a pic later this week.


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Have you run the Armadillo tires long? I was thinking about getting a set for my fixie to replace the "almost lasted forever" Avocets.
I had a 'dillo on my rear 27" wheel for about six months and had no problems. The tires are really, really hard and feel a little weird the first time you ride them. I had major puncture problems before I had this tire. None in the six months it was on, and I ride to work everyday.

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32h rims. I've never busted a spoke on a road bike and have always gone with 32s. For the fixie I did have 27" X 1.25" tires, so going to 23s may be an issue, but I have a lot of confidence in the 'dillos ability to take abuse. I guess time will tell.
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Ok, so now I've got ideas that they might work. Did you build them your self?

Got pictures of the bike with the new wheels yet?
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Ok, so now I've got ideas that they might work. Did you build them your self?

Got pictures of the bike with the new wheels yet?
Built the wheels, myself. Here's a pic of the Unishikivega in all its gory...
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Lookin' sharp Schiek.
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I am running Armadillo 700x23 tires. [Editor's note: Hey look! I actually posted something on topic and bike specific. I think that meets my quota for the year. Sarcasm and clever repartee to follow....]
Where you get these babies? How much?
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Where you get these babies? How much?
Direct from the source:

http://www.specialized.com/SBCEqSect...TiresArmadillo

$29.99 each.


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DIG THAT CHAINRING!

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BTW, it's a sweet ride.
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DIG THAT CHAINRING!

Do tell!
45t Rocket Ring BMX Chainring from Sheldon:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/c...gs.html#rocket

Why 45, you ask? Because all of the 44s were sold out, natch.
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45t Rocket Ring BMX Chainring from Sheldon:
Rocket Rings are great. Cheap price, they last a long time and they've got the dual bolt pattern.
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