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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!).
    Touring is in tents

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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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    hooray! it looks kind of neat, does it seem to be of OK quality?

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    What part of China?

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    Carkmouch, something is wrong with your cranks. They are not 180 degrees opposite each other.

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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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    I'd be bit worried about those cranks too, like already pointed out above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    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.
    Touring is in tents

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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.
    Touring is in tents

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    不错!

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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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    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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    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.
    It's bad when you're 19 and people consider you an "old geezer" in the current FG community.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    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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    yep it's a Feng Huang
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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.
    It's bad when you're 19 and people consider you an "old geezer" in the current FG community.

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    What size are the wheels/tires?

    edit:

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