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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 08-19-09, 07:16 PM   #1
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Stopping: With Brakes or with Force

New to the fixed gear scene I have a leader track bike and just ran through a rear tire faster than I have ever thought about 2 months and its gone its a Vittorio Rando 700 x 28 quick question (s) am I not using my brake (front) enough which I dont use because my front rim is not machined I dont think for brakes or is this the normal route for fixed gear biking, any advice? any links to better tires? I commute 4 days a week, expert advice needed! Thanks guys.......
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Old 08-19-09, 07:19 PM   #2
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expert advice needed! Thanks guys.......
fix your seat....



and use your brake if you can't stop or are worried about tire wear.
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Old 08-19-09, 07:25 PM   #3
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if you respaced the wad of periods at the end of your post, I think I could understand what you want.

are you skid stopping?
what is your chainring tooth count and what is your cog tooth count?
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if you feel at all uncomfortable with riding brakeless, throw a brake on, the worst it will do is mar the finish a little bit. and fix that saddle too.
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thanks for the advice guys, thats a old pic, I dont ride like that lol....dont know the tooth count its a stock setup but ya whats the worst that can happen now what tires everyone??
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if you're skidding to a stop often, you'll want as many skid patches as possible.
I direct you here: The Gearing Primer
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You might wanna put on a brake just so you can use some light tires.
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... am I not using my brake (front) enough which I dont use because my front rim is not machined I dont think for brakes or is this the normal route for fixed gear biking, any advice?
People used brakes on non-machined rims for decades without problems. Machined sidewalls are a relatively recent phenomenon, done mainly to reduce brake squeal more than anything else.
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If you are running a stock gearing on a honest-to-god track bike a brake will help a ton. The higher than average gearing you have will make it harder to skid-stop. Most folks here are a big fan of brakes, particularly for folks newish to riding fixed.
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As posters above said you can use brakes on a non-machined rim.

As for tires, Soma Everwear (even though people talk **** about the sidewall I've never had an issue), Conti Gatorskin, Specialized Armadillo, and I have heard a few good things about Fyxation tires.

But after buying expensive tires I'd rather go to the LBS and just buy cheap tires. Saves money.
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