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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 01-07-10, 12:37 AM   #1
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Suggestions for Stopping on a fixie

Well, enchanted by their simplicity, I decided to buy a fixie, and am throwing on a freewheel cog for when I need a break.

Maiden voyage today! and I love it! its quick, agile, and I am just so in love with my new fixed gear bike. Luckily I didnt run into any problems with traffic (so far). I tried to avoid traffic as much as possible, but I had a fairly safe day to say the least.

My question is regarding Stopping.

I have a stock Windsor Hour, which has a fairly high gear ratio. 48/16. Idk.....it FEELS high. For the mean time while I grow more comfratable using the fixed side, I have been sort of coasting to a stop until I can comfratably resist the crank rotation without putting lots of pressure on my knees.

Any other suggestions? because I cant seem to get the hang of skids yet......idk. My friend who also has a stock Hour (experienced fixed rider) and says that its hard to skid with it because of the high ratio.


What you say everyone?
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Old 01-07-10, 12:51 AM   #2
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Well, you could always install a brake...
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Old 01-07-10, 01:01 AM   #4
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lol. well that was a given. But I dont have a front brake (im trying to install the rear brake and will then save instead for bullhorns + aero/TT clip ons + brake levers and THEN front brake XD).

Might eventually save up for Deep Vs. Idk lol. I also so want to remove the logos etc.
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Quit screwing around and install a front brake.

Even if you have 2 brakes, the front brake does 80% of your braking.

You can buy a fancier lever later for your new handlebars, but get a regular front brake and brake lever and install them ASAP.

You don't always have the luxury of avoiding traffic, and when you need to stop quickly, there isn't a substitute for a brake.

It's a lot cheaper than a trip to the emergency room.
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Just get a front brake. It's the best option. Get a front brake. Get one and install it.
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I agree with the front brake suggestion, but eh, it's your skull.
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This thread really needed to be created?
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Your friend is right. It IS high, for the street anyway. Get something in the neighborhood of a 42 tooth chainring or an 18 tooth cog (cheaper) and it will become significantly easier to slow down with your legs as well as to accelerate.
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But I dont have a front brake (im trying to install the rear brake and will then save instead for bullhorns + aero/TT clip ons + brake levers and THEN front brake XD).

Might eventually save up for Deep Vs. Idk lol. I also so want to remove the logos etc.
I think ur priority list needs to be readjusted to this:
FRONT BRAKE + brake levers, Bullhorns, Rear Brake, TT

Everyone on this thread is right. Get a front brake.


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and am throwing on a freewheel cog for when I need a break.
ESPECIALLY if u have a freewheel cog.

..actually. Because of the freewheel, u should get both front and rear brakes before bullhorns.
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Ryan made a funny. Needs more cat though.
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I hereby nominate the OP for a Darwin Award.
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OP post is the POST OF YEAR!!....So far
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I'm surprised all the cranky-pants posters around here aren't telling the OP that he needs to get hit by cars, and possibly die, to thin out the gene pool and all that.
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You ought to bring your rear brake to the front. Just swap the pads around.
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Geez. Just start off with a front brake.
This is such a no-brainer issue.

Now I'm ready to have my first cup of coffee.
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You ought to bring your rear brake to the front. Just swap the pads around.
You'll need a longer nut.
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You'll need a longer nut.
Just wait a few years; they stretch over time. Oh, wait. I guess we are talking about something else here.
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You need to install a front brake before you decide to ride this again anywhere near traffic. Right now if a car pulled out in front of you you'd run into them, probably dent their car, and then get sued for not equipping your bike with a front brake. Also, it sounds like you'll need a helmet as well.

You know you'd be the envy of everyone at bike polo if you had this:

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lol. well that was a given. But I dont have a front brake (im trying to install the rear brake and will then save instead for bullhorns + aero/TT clip ons + brake levers and THEN front brake XD).

Might eventually save up for Deep Vs. Idk lol. I also so want to remove the logos etc.
sounds like the op is just ****ing with you guys. just my opinion...
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a rear brake only on a fixed gears is a major pet peeve for me. Also people starting to ride without a brake are the fools who make the rest of the riders look bad. i would add one thing to you list of things to do after a brake and toe clips, throw a 17 tooth cog on there it will make you like a whole lot better.
man this paragraph has bad grammar on there. oh well.
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