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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 07-05-04, 07:50 AM   #1
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I'v got my eye on a vintage Olmo frame...

Chanced upon a early 80's 56cm Olmo track frame, gorgeous lugged blue columbus tubes. The only thing is the beast takes a 26" front wheel (which UCI banned in the early 90's, I think), and has a forward sloping top tube. Anyone with experience on these? Are they ***** to ride on the street?
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i've got a pursuit bike (650c front wheel). it's fun as hell to ride on the street! i think there are a couple other folks on here who have them too...
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which UCI banned in the early 90's
What's UCI?
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UniCycles International. thats why they banned front wheels.
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I don't have an Olmo but do own 2 sloping top tube bikes. A KHS Aero track bike that I added brakes to which still uses 700c front and rear and a vintage Battaglin TT bike wth a 650c front and 700c rear, 10 speeds, full Campy Nuevo Groupo.
Both are fun to ride.........but, the low bar position puts a strain on shoulders for extended riding. I am building up a road bike now with a little more sensible geometry(but it won't look as cool).
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i've got a pursuit bike (650c front wheel). it's fun as hell to ride on the street! i think there are a couple other folks on here who have them too...
cool. I'll build it up
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hilarious and deserved
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yeah i gotta say i laughed out loud to that.
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coffee through nose... hurts...
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Right, got the frame plus some Fir tube wheels laced to campy record high flanges, a neat 'olmo' seatpost and ugly as feck Turbo saddle. Building to commence...
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Right, got the frame plus some Fir tube wheels laced to campy record high flanges, a neat 'olmo' seatpost and ugly as feck Turbo saddle. Building to commence...
niiiiiiiice.

i put 2" risers on my bike, depending on your lower back's tolerance for being in a lower riding position, you might want to do the same.
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You've got it easy. I was drinking sake.
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niiiiiiiice.

i put 2" risers on my bike, depending on your lower back's tolerance for being in a lower riding position, you might want to do the same.

I'll put in a Look Ergostem and bullhorns. I quite like a 'painful' stretch position and as this is gonna be my weekend showoff fixie I don't have to worry about having 30lbs of packets on my back, so I guess it will be just fine.
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Thanks a lot di*ks. My feelings are hurt now. I am going to go cry now.
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And I still don't know what it means.

After all our time together.

I can't even get a straight answer out of you.

I am going to go and ride down to the lake and cry. *weeps*
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