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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 07-14-04, 02:53 PM   #1
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it came to me in a dream

the other day i had finally got some proper clips and straps for my pedals on my fixie. that night i had a dream that i could skip and skid, it was like i was riding my bike in my dream, except with no brakes. the next day (yesterday), i was out messering, and when i went to stop at a drop, i skidded, without even thinking about it. it was the coolest thing ever, considering the whole skip/skid thing has been eluding me for a while now. maybe it was just because it was raining all day, and everything was wet, but it seemed like it came so easily. not to mention, once i got it down, it helped so much with riding in the rain, because the front brakes were shot to ****, once they got wet, i might as well have not even had them on.
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Old 07-14-04, 02:58 PM   #2
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, skidding came pretty quickly to me too once I had the need for it. I didn't replace the front brake lever to the new bars I mounted when I changed the bar/stem on my ride so I needed to learn how to skid pretty quickly. Now I just have to practice the method for practical skidding rather than the distance skidding one.
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Old 07-14-04, 03:04 PM   #3
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maybe it was just because it was raining all day, and everything was wet, but it seemed like it came so easily.
imagine how easy it will be this winter when there is a layer of ice on the road.
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Old 07-14-04, 03:07 PM   #4
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I have been riding my singlespeed with "V" brakes the last few days instead of my fixie and for the record i want to say there is something to be said for front and rear brakes. Like u can stop.
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pfft. run a street gear and learn a sit-back down and turn skid. thats fukken STOPPING. sure, v brakes are less effort. but "like you can stop" is a silly comment, and means you should lern how to really stop a fix.
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pfft. run a street gear and learn a sit-back down and turn skid. thats fukken STOPPING. sure, v brakes are less effort. but "like you can stop" is a silly comment, and means you should lern how to really stop a fix.
Street gear? Like...mide 70's gear inches? Something like that? I used to run a 42x16, after I messed up my knee, which was certainly skid-able. I'm back to my 48x16 and trying to find my strength again.
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44x16, yea, 70+ gear inches is street gear for me. it depends on the person and weight im sure.
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Old 07-14-04, 07:28 PM   #8
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44x16, yea, 70+ gear inches is street gear for me. it depends on the person and weight im sure.
general gearing classifications:

0-74 = Optimal Track Bike Polo Gearing

74-86 = optimal day in, day out chicago riding

86-1000 = Kenosha or Northbrook

which reminds me...next paycheck im gonna try to score a cheapo 3-4 bike bike rack on eBay, so we can hit up a velodrome sometime soon.
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I've got a car with room for my bike + 1...let me know when you haul out there. I could prolly toss one in the back too. And some beverages
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I've got a car with room for my bike + 1...let me know when you haul out there. I could prolly toss one in the back too. And some beverages
sounds good my 'burban bro....

nothing for sure yet, but, I'm sure we could roll up there some weekend, make a fun training night out of it!!
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