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    skid spots on a SS

    are skid spots as important on a single speed as they area fixed? right now im running a 48/18 setup and wanted to change to a 48/16 which only has one skid spot. but since im not really skidding will this effect my tires very much?

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    considering you can't 'skid' on a ss i'd say it doesn't really matter. you can lock up the rear wheel with the rear brake (you should have one on a single speed) but thats kinda counter productive. just use your front brake and for your sake id recommend never coming back to this thread again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
    just use your front brake and for your sake id recommend never coming back to this thread again.
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    To actually answer the question, no the gear ratio does not matter, because the pedal rotation is not fixed to the tire rotation. I do notice on my polo bike that certain spots wear down more, but I'm not sure why. Perhaps the tire tends to drag longer on spots that are already worn down.
    I have a front brake, but I only use it for slowing or stopping.

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    handsomeryan, what part of laurel are you in? i graduated from LHS, is laurel mall still the hood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacked View Post
    I do notice on my polo bike that certain spots wear down more, but I'm not sure why. .
    There's probably a spot on your rim that the brake pads grab better than the rest of the rim. Could be from a dent or something.
    Ride lots, have fun, skid often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
    considering you can't 'skid' on a ss i'd say it doesn't really matter. you can lock up the rear wheel with the rear brake (you should have one on a single speed) but thats kinda counter productive. just use your front brake and for your sake id recommend never coming back to this thread again.
    your an *******, im just trying to learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacked View Post
    To actually answer the question, no the gear ratio does not matter, because the pedal rotation is not fixed to the tire rotation. I do notice on my polo bike that certain spots wear down more, but I'm not sure why. Perhaps the tire tends to drag longer on spots that are already worn down.
    thanks for an actual answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwing6 View Post
    You're an *******. I'm just trying to learn.
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    ur n ashole. dnt fix my speling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwing6 View Post
    your an *******, im just trying to learn
    look kid, i was just answering your question. sorry it wasn't answered to your satisfaction. and if you think i'm an *******, you're in for a rude awakening. welcome to BFSSFG!

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    lulz. you'll notice that i never said i wasn't an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
    considering you can't 'skid' on a ss i'd say it doesn't really matter. you can lock up the rear wheel with the rear brake
    Skid = tire sliding across pavement. Yes, you can skid on a non FG SS using the brake, and depending on the situation, hardly counter productive.

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    hahahaha! Pleadin' da fif!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer View Post
    Skid = tire sliding across pavement. Yes, you can skid on a non FG SS using the brake, and depending on the situation, hardly counter productive.
    i was just simply stating the front brake will be way better than locking up the rear wheel. and i've yet to come across the situation where i need to lock up the rear brake. i prefer to stop in the shortest distance possible. in what situations are you talking about? im curious. (no sarcasm)

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    Hello, my name is Traffic Jammer and I'm an ******* too.


    You were also stating:
    Quote Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
    considering you can't 'skid' on a ss i'd say it doesn't really matter.
    This is wrong. A skid is a skid regardless of how it is actuated.

    Locking up the back wheel to toss it out/scrub speed to crave around a car bumper in traffic (sometimes stopping is simply not an option) unlock when the back is at the correct angle and attack with mucho gusto. Bad for the wheel but dagnabit fun as hell in heavy traffic. The look of horror from people in cars around you is a bonus. Racing down a spiral parking garage access ramp is a great opportunity to see just how good you are on the back wheel. Sometimes you just have to drift the corner, moto style (inside foot hovering just off the ground) depending on how much speed you're carryin'. Skids, not just for stopping. The front brake is great indeed, but I prefer both front and back in unison with varying degrees of 'on' depending on conditions. Never touch the front brake in the ice and snow = fall down go boom I find I have more control over everything on a SS in traffic than on a FG, might be why I'm generally faster, because I can draft the cars and what not alot more safely than on a FG , feathering the rear brake to control speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
    i've yet to come across the situation where i need to lock up the rear brake.
    Seriously? You're kidding right?

    Big "scene" in the 703 is there?
    Last edited by TRaffic Jammer; 11-30-09 at 04:34 PM.

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    You'll want to switch to courtesyforums.net if dbgray's answer was too mean.

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    Oh no you don't!!!




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    another question-
    my bike has vertical dropouts, and the chain is about perfect with the 18t in back, will the 16t be that much smaller that it would effect the chain size that much and have it be to lose?

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    It will be smaller obviously. If the tension and wheel position are killer right now, look for a half link. This will shorten your chain ever so slightly. Concentric BB's or hubs work too if you have too much money, but apply the KISS principle and you generally can't go wrong. When in doubt ask your trusted wrench, if you don't have one .... find one....and bring beer.
    Last edited by TRaffic Jammer; 11-30-09 at 04:58 PM.

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    will do, thanks

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    i don't know what you mean by 'scene', but im pretty sure there isn't one in my part of virginia. i just use my bike to go to work and back. but for me, brake pad cartridges are way cheaper than my tires. but i see what you are saying though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer View Post
    Concentric BB's or hubs work too if you have too much money, but apply the KISS principle and you generally can't go wrong.
    i believe the word you are looking for is eccentric. concentric is when two objects share an axis (a normal hub/bb) and eccentrics are not for people with too much money. they are for people that want safe and proper chain tension. there is a reason why tandems use eccentric bottom brackets. chainrings are not perfect and chains stretch...

    if your just running a single speed get a chain tensioner. they are cheap, easy, care free, and let you change sprockets at will.

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