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Old 11-04-09, 03:21 AM   #1
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Charge Plug or Charge Plug Racer, any difference?

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Long time reader of this forum but first time poster. I have been a keen cyclist for a few years now and have decided to take the plunge and buy myself a fixed gear bike. I live in the UK and have pretty much narrowed it down to either a charge plug or a charge plug racer. Now I need some help, to me the only thing that really looks different on these two bikes are the handlebars and the thinner wheels on the racer.
Can anyone tell me if I am crazy and there is something else technical that I am missing out?

Many thanks again!
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the racer just seems to have a deep section rim and drops. i prefer bullhorns personally for road use, but drops are also nice.


i find it strange that they call it the racer but it has a 70deg head tube and a 73 deg seat tube. geo in general just seems weird...
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Ok so really if I wanted I could get the Plug and fit drop bars with no brakes if I wanted to run Fixed with no brakes?

Or I could fit a drop bar and put a normal bmx brake on? Correct if I'm wrong.
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i don't know what clamp a bmx brake is, i'm guessing it's like 22.2 or whatever it is for risers and such.

for drop bars, it's gonna be a larger outer diameter, you'll probably need a cross lever. I could be wrong though
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Ok but I suppose I could use the brakes that come with the bike, I'm just interested in using drop bars from time to time on the bike and just wanted to know if that's possible? Would it be a comfortable ride with drop bars too? Sorry about all these questions!
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Ok but I suppose I could use the brakes that come with the bike, I'm just interested in using drop bars from time to time on the bike and just wanted to know if that's possible? Would it be a comfortable ride with drop bars too? Sorry about all these questions!
If you get the Charge Plug (not racer) and fit drops to it, you should most likely be able to fit the brakes that it comes with onto the drops you get (chances are they are cross levers). A sfar as would it be comfortable, that depends on a few things: 1. You. 2. How you are riding/where (through the city vs on a paved bike path) 3. How long you are riding for 4. Hills.
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They ARE cross levers so you would be able to fit them on drops.
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the racer just seems to have a deep section rim and drops. i prefer bullhorns personally for road use, but drops are also nice.


i find it strange that they call it the racer but it has a 70deg head tube and a 73 deg seat tube. geo in general just seems weird...
Charge is an english company. Search "path racer" and it makes a bit more sense
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