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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 03-10-09, 12:53 AM   #1
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Living in China - bought a bike...

Here it is!



Bought it brand new for about $52 American (360 yuan) yesterday. It's a decent clunker of a single speed and I enjoyed a nice short ride through the country and around the city today, and carried a couple beers back in the basket (I found some Budweiser and PBR here!).
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cool beans. You are lucky to have found a frame in your size. My friend lived in Japan for a while and could never get a frame bigger than 54cm.
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Old 03-10-09, 12:55 AM   #3
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hooray! it looks kind of neat, does it seem to be of OK quality?
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Old 03-10-09, 03:19 AM   #4
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What part of China?
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Old 03-10-09, 04:28 AM   #5
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Carkmouch, something is wrong with your cranks. They are not 180 degrees opposite each other.
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Old 03-10-09, 04:29 AM   #6
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Ok, I'll be the one to turn this into every other thread on this board...

You need to flip your bars forward and fix your saddle angle. Lose the chain guard.

J/k Looks like fun
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Old 03-10-09, 06:05 AM   #7
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I'd be bit worried about those cranks too, like already pointed out above.
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Old 03-10-09, 06:26 AM   #8
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Carkmouch, something is wrong with your cranks. They are not 180 degrees opposite each other.
Ah yeah I noticed that after I posted the pic. Well it was fine when I bought it and then this morning when I was riding my left crank came completely loose! Ack! So I took it to one of the many bike mechanics around and had him fix the problem, though it looks as if he didn't do a perfect job.

I'll probably just take it to the place I bought it from soon and have them fix it real quick. However, when I ride it feels perfectly fine and I don't notice the skewed angle really, so it's no biggie.

The full coverage chain guard is nice but I have no idea how to lube the chain! Ah I'll only be here for a lil while so I'll live.

Also, I'm living in the city of Shuizhai in Guangdong province which in the southeast part of China. I'm doing an English teaching internship through my university and I'm staying here until the end of May.

The bike is nice to ride and pretty comfortable, and close enough to my size to fit. It's a bit heavy and fairly inefficient to an extent, but I think it'll make me appreciate my LHT and fixed gear even more when I return home this summer. I figure it's good for training ha.
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Old 03-10-09, 06:29 AM   #9
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Also, check out my thread in the Gen Cycling forum "Some Bikes in China"
Some bikes in China

I've been taking tons of photographs while living here including many of bikes. I'd estimate that 99.9% of the bikes here are single speeds, so they make this forum proud.
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Old 03-10-09, 05:59 PM   #10
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不错!
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Old 03-10-09, 09:57 PM   #11
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很好!

Is that a Feng-Huang? I had one like that when i lived in Chengdu 2004-2005. I had the really huge one that you see farmers and postmen rocking/running. Heavy as a mf'er, but a sweet ride none the less. I still kick myself for not shipping it home. Ah well, 慢慢走呵!
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Old 03-11-09, 12:13 AM   #12
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Cotter pin in the wrong way? Believe I fixed a bike with the same problem quite a while ago by pulling the pin out and putting it in the other way.



[]====H < looking from the side of the bike, this is the pin



H====[] < flip it and put it in the other side


had a few beers and illustration sucks, think this is your problem...
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Old 03-11-09, 12:44 AM   #13
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If I brought a beater fixie to China... how practical would it be?

2 summers ago I was carving through traffic.... on a Giant 5-inch travel trailbike with what seemed like the widest bars I've ever handled.

A cross bike would probably be a better choice though, considering how sketchy some of the roadways are.
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I had a similar bike when I was living in China 10 years ago (wow, hard to believe it's been that long). Good times. Used to ride all over Beijing.
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Carkmouch, something is wrong with your cranks. They are not 180 degrees opposite each other.
Cottered cranks in this day and age, oh my. And rod brakes, oh dear. Just after the Olympics, Road Racing bought a used Flying Pigeon off some guy on the street and attempted to ride the road race route on it. Couldn't get up the hill, brakes failed completely, rider had to Fred Flintstone it after just a few hundred yards.

Supposedly bike theft is rampant in the cities in China, be very careful with your new bike.
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Old 03-11-09, 05:23 AM   #16
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yep it's a Feng Huang
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Old 03-11-09, 07:40 AM   #17
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og6_b...layer_embedded

Olympians took the flying pigeon out onto the velodrome in the past Beijing Olympics.

well.. sorta...
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They have a shop in LA --
http://flyingpigeon-la.com/shop/
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I'm not paying more than 50USD for a Flying Pigeon. Sorry.
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Old 03-11-09, 03:46 PM   #20
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What size are the wheels/tires?

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There is something wrong with your crankarms / bb. check those cotter pins [shudders]
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