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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 04-21-10, 09:20 AM   #1
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I'm 45; can I be here?

Love your Henri Desgrange quote on the SSFG homepage:

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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!
I turned 45 in January. Can I still get a fixie, or is it like Logan's Run, and my life clock is now totally black?

My slick'd 1989 Ritchey Outback is fine, but I'm itching for a true roadie, and I love the simplicity of these... (Obsessed with getting a Surly Steamroller...)

Am I a fool to want one?
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Old 04-21-10, 09:26 AM   #2
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Sheldon Brown rode fixed until his knees gave out at an advanced age and he was the GURU.
So yes, yes you can.

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Go for it! I recently met a 53 year old dude in my town who rides fixed. He's got a Steamroller.
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You can ride your new Steamroller to Sanctuary.
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Old 04-21-10, 09:58 AM   #5
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I'm 63 going on 64, and I'm not the oldest fixed rider here. At 45, you are in your prime.
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Old 04-21-10, 10:25 AM   #6
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I bought one of my favorite track frames from a 58 yr old guy.
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Im 15 and i know this guy down my street, He is 54 he rides fixed with me, Sometimes he outlasts me.. Embrassinng
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Saw a guy obviously in his late 60's here in LA riding around on one the other day. I'm pretty sure a full white beard is in order though, and cutoff shorts that hit about 10" above your knees. A silly hat wouldn't hurt either.
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I'll be 43 next month, old man.
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if you can, you can

im 38 (i know thats not 45)with two back surguries, and an acl reconstruction

ill ride fixed as long as the surgeons keep fixing me
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welcome. Come ride with me
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Sure, why not? I'm 54 (55 in June) FWIW.
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47 year old Steamroller rider here. You are only as old as you act and feel. I've been 21 for quite a few years now...
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Im 15 and i know this guy down my street, He is 54 he rides fixed with me, Sometimes he outlasts me.. Embrassinng

your name wouldn't happen to be Chris now would it? Mmmmmmmmm!

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47 year old Steamroller rider here. You are only as old as you act and feel. I've been 21 for quite a few years now...
My son is turning 25 at the end of April. I haven't figured out how this can be since I'm only 25 myself.
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You can ride your new Steamroller to Sanctuary.
A fella old enough to know this particular detail about Logans Run has gotta at least be pushing 40..so whachout for the glowing palms, you time might soon be up!
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if you can, you can

im 38 (i know thats not 45)with two back surguries, and an acl reconstruction

ill ride fixed as long as the surgeons keep fixing me
A few people reported that riding FG helped with their ACL reconvalescence. What has been your experience, and when did you start riding again, after your operation?
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A few people reported that riding FG helped with their ACL reconvalescence. What has been your experience, and when did you start riding again, after your operation?
I rode FG to help rehab my Achilles Tendon rupture and subsequent surgery. Never went to a therapist.

I rode the bike 2 months after surgery. 6 months after surgery I had no noticeable limp which is remarkable being that one is expected to have a limp for 12 months...or the rest of one's life.
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Lot's of old guys ride Wabis.
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i too wonder about riding FG and knee recuperation....ive heard differing opinions.

im 28 and have had a series of knee injuries from playing soccer throughout my life, and about 6 months ago had anthroscopic surgery.

some people seem to think FG riding is great for getting the knees stronger and getting a smoother joint motion, but i have also heard FG is bad for the knees.


anyone with experience with both knee injuries and riding FG afterwards, i would like to hear your opinion.

PS sorry to hijack this thread, but it seems to be the direction the conversation is going.
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Go for it! I recently met a 53 year old dude in my town who rides fixed. He's got a Steamroller.
It wasn't me. I'm 55.
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i too wonder about riding FG and knee recuperation....ive heard differing opinions.

im 28 and have had a series of knee injuries from playing soccer throughout my life, and about 6 months ago had anthroscopic surgery.

some people seem to think FG riding is great for getting the knees stronger and getting a smoother joint motion, but i have also heard FG is bad for the knees.


anyone with experience with both knee injuries and riding FG afterwards, i would like to hear your opinion.

PS sorry to hijack this thread, but it seems to be the direction the conversation is going.
FG being "bad for the knees" is like squatting being "bad for the knees"...only if you do it the wrong way.

In my experience, the people with knee issues get them from either riding too big of a gear and/or skidding. Proper bike fitting is key, too, with an emphasis on cleat placement.
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hahahaha Logan's Run!!!! I was just telling my daughter about that movie the other day. 43 here and still taking Track Courses @ the velodrome.
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In 25 years, at age 80, I'll be the oldest FG rider in Echo Park and Silver Lake.
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Didn't fixed used to be more of a thing for older folks until it got hip again?
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