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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 02-12-10, 06:36 AM   #1
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fixed/free

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...ixed-hub-24993

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Old 02-12-10, 07:07 AM   #2
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ehh, good idea, but rather expensive, and the durability would need to be proven.

this stem, on the other hand, i really like the looks of:
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Old 02-12-10, 07:13 AM   #3
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http://www.ebikestop.com/sram_torped...0mm-HU2519.php

Essentially the same, but half the price. You have to use a screwdriver, though.
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Old 02-12-10, 02:51 PM   #5
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Now lets see a handlebar mounted one
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Now lets see a handlebar mounted one
I know- I don't see what the hold up is. If it's already reduced to such a simple operation (turning a shaft), it shouldn't require much more effort to make it cable operated.
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Now lets see a handlebar mounted one
Yeah, kinda like the bar mounted rear suspension lockout on my mtb. Like you come to a long steep downhill and switch the bar lever from FG to SS so you can coast, then switch back to FG on the flats or when climbing.
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but a 14mm axle!? a lot of bmx bikes are switching back to 10mm or 3/8ths now. wth are you gonna put this on?
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I could probably flip my wheel faster than doing the push and turn thingy.
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Like you come to a long steep downhill and switch the bar lever from FG to SS so you can coast, then switch back to FG on the flats or when climbing.
Sounds pointless to me. You don't really coast when on flats or climbing, so it doesn't even matter if you are fixed or free during those times. If you want to coast down a hill, just use a freewheel. The rest of the time it doesn't really make much of a difference. If you are going to embrace all that complexity you might as well just ride a geared bike.

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Sounds pointless to me. You don't really coast when on flats or climbing, so it doesn't even matter if you are fixed or free during those times. If you want to coast down a hill, just use a freewheel. The rest of the time it doesn't really make much of a difference. If you are going to embrace all that complexity you might as well just ride a geared bike.
I like to ride fixed all the time, even down shorter hills where I'll just spin out, however, ocassionally there are long or very steep downhills where I need to ride the front brake and this might be a nice feature. Since I run a low gear, currently 40 x 16, it doesn't take much to get me to spin out. Anyway, it's just an interesting idea to contemplate, not something I'd spend hundreds of dollars for.
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Sounds pointless to me. You don't really coast when on flats or climbing, so it doesn't even matter if you are fixed or free during those times. If you want to coast down a hill, just use a freewheel. The rest of the time it doesn't really make much of a difference. If you are going to embrace all that complexity you might as well just ride a geared bike.
I disagree, the complexity of having a shifter running back there would be on par with the annoyance of having to carry around a 15mm to use a flip flop imo.
To each his own, but I mean, theres 3 speed fixed hubs now so, why not?

I ride a low gear (42x16) and don't feel the need to coast often, but there are a couple hills that will make my legs ache I spin so fast on them.
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