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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 06-19-09, 03:42 PM   #1
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Done with the Roadie

Built this up to use for 25+ mile rides in the hills of Austin. 1976 Nuovo Tipo hubs(suicide rear) with Weinmann concave rims, Veloce calipers, 105 Levers, Dura Ace headset, 600 cranks, Thompson 0 rise stem on a threaded to threadless stem, Nashbar Tourmalet pedals, Kenda Koncept tires(these tires suck, but I had them, so I'm gonna ride them until they're toast before I get some better meat on there). Nice ride, 52/18 gearing might be a bit steep for its intended purpose, but I'm gonna go with it until I end up walking up a hill. Not bad for using mostly leftover parts. And yes, that is a short stem, but on longer FG rides I found I prefer a shorter stem for comfort rather than a longer on for a more aero position.
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Old 06-19-09, 05:06 PM   #2
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Nice! Where in Austin do you ride?

Thumbs up on the suicide hub!
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Old 06-19-09, 06:33 PM   #3
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I commute daily from 2222/Lamar to Downtown. I built this bike with the Lamar/2222 to 360 to 2244 to Lamar to Home route(or variation thereof) I do as a fixed ride from time to time. Yeah, whoever dubbed the suicide hub never tried to get one off!
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Old 06-19-09, 06:48 PM   #4
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thats really cool man. I like it a lot. We should go ride sometime! I usually take my roadie on long rides in the hills, but I would be down for a long fixed ride sometime. That gearing should work. I do 48x17 all over the city.
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I had a trek 100o of similar age I considered converting before I sold it. Looks good.

A Eno hub is not that expensive though.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:15 PM   #6
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I've been thinking of trying out that group ride from Posse East on Sunday mornings, I'm out of town this weekend, maybe next weekend I'll motivate(it leaves at 8:30 I think). Any feedback from someone who rode it? I didn't need an Eno hub, just a half link and a I ground some flats(ooh I drewed, don't tell the C&V guys on me) on the axle, perfect tension.
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If you want to do the group ride next weekend I'll do it, too.
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There's a group ride from Posse East? I live over there. huh. weird. How far/where does it go?
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there was an ad on CL about it, I think. Some guys trying to set up a legitimate FG/SS type ride. If it's the same one I'm thinking of...
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Damn dude, you ride 2222 out to 360? I did that once and thought I was gonna get killed on that last turn at the ridge before dropping down to that BBQ place. You're a braver man than I.
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Damn dude, you ride 2222 out to 360? I did that once and thought I was gonna get killed on that last turn at the ridge before dropping down to that BBQ place. You're a braver man than I.
Turns don't scare me, cars scare me. It's not as bad as it sounds, traffic slows down around the Quix Mart, which is the only real up and the rest of the time you're hitting 30 MPH and up on the hills, so you're more of a moving target. I rode the 2222 hill once, that's crazy, going 2 MPH for 10 minutes with cars flying by doing 75 MPH...The fixie ride goes out towards Decker Lake and loops back I think, maybe 30 miles? I'm down for next weekend, I have a buddy I've been trying to get to go, I'll see if he's interested as well.
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Old 06-19-09, 08:22 PM   #12
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ha hopefully they won't mind if I bring a geared bike.

And yeah, 2222's pretty scary. I've seen a couple cyclists riding along it, but iono if I have the courage myself.
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screw riding on 2222 there are better routes to get out there.
hte posse east ride is posted on CL all the time. they don't care if people bring geared bikes.
i've never been on it. i was going to go a few weekends ago but was a little late and had to wait for two others who were even later so we just rode to exposition and up shoal creek and back for a 25 mile route.

PS austin guys. yesterday i saw a large (58-60cm probablye) new cinelli vigorelli with new campy pista cranks, some kinda colored deepV i think, maybe white, forumla hubs. it was at barton springs and the dudes lock was not locked. u lock with the little hook on the end so one side was swung open. i noticed it. didn't say much. asked one of the life gaurds if i could bring the bike inside for the dude and the lifegaurd said no bikes inside sorry. same rules for everyone...
well i guess you guys saw the bike stolen post on CL. sucks.
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man that sucks. I just saw his ad. How sad. i am paranoid about locking up so I always check to make sure that both sides of the u-lock are engaged. I hope he gets it back. Offering 450 is a pretty good incentive.

I sort of wonder how many people actually get their bikes back after posting an ad like that offering a reward.

Unfortunately, he was riding a very very flashy bike. Even if you don't know much about bikes, it would be easy to see that one is really nice. I commute on a nice bike but it is all black and is made by Jamis, not a flashy company like cinelli.

Also, I hate 2222. I never ride on it. I usually start off at 360 and mopac and take 360 up to spicewood springs. From there, I go to balcones and back down through the city. i always avoid 2222 though
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Old 06-23-09, 12:25 AM   #15
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I've been thinking of trying out that group ride from Posse East on Sunday mornings, I'm out of town this weekend, maybe next weekend I'll motivate(it leaves at 8:30 I think). Any feedback from someone who rode it? I didn't need an Eno hub, just a half link and a I ground some flats(ooh I drewed, don't tell the C&V guys on me) on the axle, perfect tension.
BUSTED!! And you thought you were safe from the C&V police...

Just kidding, it looks really nice. I have the "sport touring" version from the same year, the 1420 it's essentially the exact same bike with mountain gearing. I really enjoy mine and like what you did with yours.
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Old 06-23-09, 08:35 AM   #16
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I just noticed your bar angle.... how are you liking that? (referring to the ramps/hoods being not flat/lined up)
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