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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 09-19-09, 11:12 PM   #1
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New To Fixies

Hi everyone,

New to fixies, just got this as my new toy.











I'm debating on whether or not I should put a front brake on it. I live in an area with a lot of rolling hills and I already had a few close calls.

Let me know what you think and if there are any other improvements I can make.
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Old 09-19-09, 11:20 PM   #2
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Umm, where are your straps?
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Old 09-19-09, 11:21 PM   #3
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Nice bike.

Get a brake so you live long enough to learn to ride that bike.

And some foot retention.
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Old 09-19-09, 11:22 PM   #4
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your bike will look cooler with out a brake.
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Old 09-19-09, 11:33 PM   #5
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Is that seat post for looks or is it so the bike will fit you? If it's for the fit then your frame size might be a bit off.
White chain = fashion and dirt collector. Sweet frame BTY...My 2 worth.
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Old 09-19-09, 11:52 PM   #6
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OMG, f*ck you!! Where'd you get the dough for that?!

haha, jk but +1 on foot retention and front brake though, you'll probably thank your brakes when they save your life
and do you really need that big of a setback on your seatpost? seems odd to me, you must really not fit the frame well?
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Old 09-19-09, 11:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input!

Straps are on the way... and the seat is an actual time trial saddle, I really like the fit.

Any riding tips?
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Old 09-19-09, 11:59 PM   #8
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You are new to fixed gears and you are riding that?!?!?!

Have fun.
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Thanks for the input!

Straps are on the way... and the seat is an actual time trial saddle, I really like the fit.

Any riding tips?
Use a front brake, especially riding the rollers.
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Old 09-20-09, 12:12 AM   #10
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very nice first bike...
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that is an awesome seat, is that stock?
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No foot rentention? Check
No brakes? Check
Smart? Check
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You are new to fixed gears and you are riding that?!?!?!

**** you.
Fixed.

Seriously get some foot retention and a brake.
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Old 09-20-09, 12:56 AM   #14
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I picked the seat out, fizik Ares... and it's still a work in progress. I just picked it up today .

I'm getting the straps in a few days and the front brake I'm definitely going to put on.
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Old 09-20-09, 01:00 AM   #15
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brakes,but it is a really really nice bike.
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I hope you have a garage or a damn good lock. I wouldn't want to ride that bike on the street in my city, much less lock it up anywhere out of sight.
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lovin the bike,except for the obvious. i am dissapointed that you put a 130bcd crank on that frame/wheelset. it would be a beaut with some 144bcd
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lovin the bike,except for the obvious. i am dissapointed that you put a 130bcd crank on that frame/wheelset. it would be a beaut with some 144bcd
Yeah, OP cheaped out on the most important part of that build. Drivetrain. $2 chain heh.
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Is that a cobra wing base bar?
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Old 09-20-09, 01:51 AM   #20
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lovin the bike,except for the obvious. i am dissapointed that you put a 130bcd crank on that frame/wheelset. it would be a beaut with some 144bcd
What type of crank would you recommend? I went with the 130 for easier stopping since I originally didn't want any brakes. Now I'm putting on a front brake I might look into other cranks. I have a 16T cog with the 44T in the front. Do you recommend any other combinations?

Also, do you recommend a specific brand of chains? The white KMC chain was just a temporary fix while I shopped around.
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Do you just have no budget?
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eclipse2,

Very, very nice. Do the front brake thing. Do the foot retention thing. Ignore the nit-pickers and enjoy the hell out of that beauty.
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What type of crank would you recommend? I went with the 130 for easier stopping since I originally didn't want any brakes.
What? Perhaps you got that bit of info here in this forum from posters that don't know WTF they are talking about.
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Old 09-20-09, 08:58 AM   #24
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That is pretty friken nuts for a first bike.
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How much does that bike weigh?
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