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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 05-12-10, 11:53 AM   #1
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how often do you skid?

I've currently got a front brake on my fixie and I'm trying to see if I don't have to use it, so I've been doing a good bit of skidding. I worry about my back tire (but I know that's part of skidding with them, so w/e). I see tons of hipsters on campus riding fixies, in two years I've only seen one actually demonstrate that he knew how to skid stop. Like I said I'm trying to see if I can get away without using a brake (I will never go 100% brakeless, I like the saftey net there) but how much skidding is too much? Is there such a thing? It just feels somewhat obnoxious to me, haha.
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Old 05-12-10, 12:02 PM   #2
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I've currently got a front brake on my fixie and I'm trying to see if I don't have to use it, so I've been doing a good bit of skidding. I worry about my back tire (but I know that's part of skidding with them, so w/e). I see tons of hipsters on campus riding fixies, in two years I've only seen one actually demonstrate that he knew how to skid stop. Like I said I'm trying to see if I can get away without using a brake (I will never go 100% brakeless, I like the saftey net there) but how much skidding is too much? Is there such a thing? It just feels somewhat obnoxious to me, haha.
Your skidding too much when you no longer want to replace your tires as frequently as you have to.
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Old 05-12-10, 12:31 PM   #3
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i have one brakeless fixed and one double braked fixed.

The brakeless is fun, but I don't get why more people don't run two brakes. All the smooth spinning and fun from a fixed gear with the easy ability to stop of two brakes.

just wish it wasn't a conversion, pedal strike is a ***** (i've had 3 hard hits in the past 2 days. not bad, but scary as hell)
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Old 05-12-10, 12:38 PM   #4
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haha, yeah I had some hardcore pedal strike today flying down a curvey hill... I think I swallowed my tongue.
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Old 05-12-10, 01:08 PM   #5
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I like brakes. And aren't brake pads cheaper to replace than tires?
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never. not once. seriously.
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Old 05-12-10, 01:32 PM   #7
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I don't really skid that much, except for the occasional speed check and skip stop. I usually prefer to backpedal a few yards in advance of an intersection until I come to a smooth stop... and sometimes just do a combination of that and modulating the brake.
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Old 05-12-10, 02:09 PM   #8
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never. I don't know if my gear ratio is too high, my frame is too small, or my legs are just too wimpy, but I just can't do it.
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oops, wrong video.
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i hardly ever as well. i don't use my brake, but i prefer to just slow down. i only skid if i REALLY need to, and even then i do short skids every 1/2 pedal stroke instead of the big long wispy ones everyone loves.
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Old 05-12-10, 04:07 PM   #11
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small skip skids when I'm going slow enough to not really need the brake. I ride down plenty of hills that can carry me to around 22+ mph and I've tried to stop before the light without the brake. Even with my low low gear it's a lot of work and a real pain in the ass, totally not worth the cool hipster points.

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Old 05-12-10, 05:03 PM   #12
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Only when I need to, or when I want to have a brief moment of fun. Normally I just eagle-eye intersections and backpedal. Saves: my knees, my tires, chainstretch, strapstretch, money.
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Old 05-12-10, 05:08 PM   #13
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Almost never, too lazy to change tires. Keep the front brake and just learn how to skid for the sake of having the skill and just in case you need to impress the females.

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Old 05-12-10, 05:13 PM   #14
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I skid a lot personally I have to admit (I skid like its second nature), both of my favorite bikes (vigor&pcept) never had / cant take a brake although I'm still planning to install a brake on my vigorelli if I manage to find a lever for b123's.... I do have a brake on my commuter which I use almost daily and I often forget the luxury of having it....
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Old 05-12-10, 05:19 PM   #15
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never. at least not intentionally.
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Only in a panic stop. I try to avoid those if possible.
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skid on the peloton when i'm running whatever cheap tires i have laying around. forgot last week i had my $$ Tufo S33 tubular clinchers on. never heard a skid sound so gentle and expensive at the same time.

ride quality and cornering on those tires is amazing by the way.
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Old 05-12-10, 05:33 PM   #18
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lol skidding...i don't see why there needs to be so many posts about this but yeah i never do it unless it's an emergency, as others have already said.

It seems your rational enough to use a front brake, so kudos for that mmmmm kudos....
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I only skid when the front brake alone is not enough, which usually means it is an emergency stop.
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Also, are we talking about skid skids, or are we talking about midgey skip stops? Because I've found it to be very difficult to actually skid running 79 gear inches, and many people tell me I have hulk-like quads . It just takes a whole helluva lot of force to stop the pedals clean with that much momentum. I'm thinking most of the guys/gals doing actual skidding are running a smaller gearing than that, though I could be wrong. With what I'm running it hardly seems worth the trouble (or the pain).
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Really only when I see a nice wet spot/sand/leaves. Then it's only for fun. Also, I'm to scared to do it on dry pavement now that I'm riding clipless (afraid of unclipping), but even when I had straps and clips and never really did either. I'm not trying to replace tires that often, though I do need to retire mine soon anyways.
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Old 05-12-10, 06:04 PM   #22
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Quite often, long skids for ****s and giggles, short quick skids to check my speed, and skip stops when i'm stopping. But i try to simply slow down most of the time.
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I just skid when the ground is wet or sandy

or oily
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I can count how many times I've skidded on this many fingers:

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^ anti-hipster. bet you dont get any of duh ladehs!
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