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    My New Surly 1x1 Fixed Gaer



    This is my first fixed gear. Bought the frame and then scavenged most of the parts from my spares bin. I'm running a 44 x 18 for now...seems fine for general use and is kind to my legs which are not used to having just one gear!





    I didn't appreciate how much clearance there was in the 1x1 frame or I would have probably have used some 700c wheels.







    I've swapped in some smaller pedals for more clearance on turns and ditched the bar ends because they tweaked my wrists on that angled bar. Other than that the bike is running nicely.
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    Your steerer and bars are hilarious, but the bike is still badass in its own way.

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    Bigger tires please!

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    It's a bit of a Frankenstein, but that's what happens when you scavenge amongst your spare bike bits!...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    it's a bit of a frankenstein,
    it's alive!!

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    You might want to use that chain tensioner of yours there to tension up that loose chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happypills View Post
    You might want to use that chain tensioner of yours there to tension up that loose chain.
    already sorted. The pics are a week or so old.
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    just curious... but if you are building frame-up... why didn't you buy a bigger frame? also, why didn't you get a road frame if you are running skinny tires and claiming that you would have used 700c wheels anyway? just seems really awkward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    It's a bit of a Frankenstein
    Technically, going by your metaphor, it would be Frankenstein's monster.

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    Put some LM rims on there and Hoggy G's and you'll have the first FG Fat Bike in existence!

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    Looks nice, but kinda small for you (seat and stem height)? I would run the fattest slicks I could mount in those rims.

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    Some Schwalbe Big Apples or another really fat slick tire would look good on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoundedKnee View Post
    Bigger tires please!
    I thought that, too, but you must consider that, for bigger tires you need wider rims, and he might not have available a wheel with wide rims AND rotor mounts on the hub.
    Plus, riding on wide (even if slick) tires isn't quite the same as riding on narrow ones. There's a bit of rolling attrition compared to narrower tires.

    All in all, I like this build. Plenty of room for fenders and should the OP decide to put even much wider tires, this frame will accept them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse View Post
    Some Schwalbe Big Apples or another really fat slick tire would look good on that.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
    just curious... but if you are building frame-up... why didn't you buy a bigger frame? also, why didn't you get a road frame if you are running skinny tires and claiming that you would have used 700c wheels anyway? just seems really awkward.
    I bought that size frame [18"] because it fits me! There is just a tad of stand over clearance with the skinny tires. With 700c wheels or 26" wheels and fatter rubber I'd be resting lightly on the TT. The TT is just right for an upright riding position appropriate for an urban bike. I can throw on some drops if I want to tour or ride in a more stretched out position. With a bigger frame the standover would be too high and the TT would start to get long.

    I didn't get a road frame because I wanted a versatile bike. I can throw a Rohloff [I own two] on it and have a 14 speed MTB or touring bike. I can run 700c wheels and skinny tire on this frame or 26" wheels and 3.7" rubber...not something a road frame can handle. If I was starting again I'd run 700c wheels and skinny tires to start, but I want to have options down the road. I also already had the 26" wheel parts kicking around whereas I'd have to have bought the 700c parts so this was the cheaper route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehappyrobot View Post
    that surly took this bus to school.
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    i would like to point out that i was just insulted/harassed by a member, when all i did was insult his bike.
    look in your inbox for a warning from a mod shortly, kubrick- you know....just so everyone is treated the same around here.
    You were harassed by your own lame post. It's called karma - enjoy it!...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoundedKnee View Post
    Bigger tires please!
    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse View Post
    Some Schwalbe Big Apples or another really fat slick tire would look good on that.
    I've got a set of 26 x 2.0" Schwalbe Marathon Supremes I may throw on. I wanted to see how she rode with the skinnier Specialized rubber first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Santaria View Post
    because physics has more street cred than tarckstars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    I've got a set of 26 x 2.0" Schwalbe Marathon Supremes I may throw on. I wanted to see how she rode with the skinnier Specialized rubber first.
    Just keep an eye on tire to rim compatibility:

    More information on this issue from Sheldon Brown.

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    There is something about this bike that I love. It has an "edgy" look to it that looks like it would be fun and versatile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops View Post
    Just keep an eye on tire to rim compatibility:

    More information on this issue from Sheldon Brown.
    Take that chart with a grain of salt. Many grains, in fact; it runs very conservative. I wouldn't think twice about exceeding the chart by one or two places.

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    Yeah, I've always wondered about that chart. My MTB has some Mavic rims which are labelled on the outside as being rated for tire widths up to 2.3", which would be 58mm. However, the rim inside width is about 19mm, which according to chart would be suitable only at best for a 44mm wide tire. The actual OEM tire on the bike is 2.1" (54mm).

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    Okay everyone. It was called to my attention the harshness on this thread regarding the OP's new bike. Some were rather mean and some defended the OP. Just to let you know, I cleaned some of this mess up so if your posts are missing that is why.

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    vik, it's ugly, but in a cool way. I actually like the look......all black and all.
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    sup tom.
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