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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 07-19-10, 11:08 AM   #1
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should i buy this bike for my first fixie? i want to learn tricks

hello everyone,

i saw this fixie on craigslist and would like to know if this would be a good bike to learn fixie tricks.

is the gear ratio ok for doing tricks? will i need to do any further adjustments/modification on this bike? will the bike go backwards when i paddle backwards?



I am selling my all black Fuji Track Fixed gear. I built it up about a year ago with all new parts, but just bought a brand new set of 700c alex rims with new tires and tubes yesterday (my old set was stolen). It has pretty light riser bars,( I dont know the make) with red oury grips. It has a black Pake crankset, and a black body geometry seat. I've taken great care of this bike, it has a couple of dings and scratches from riding and locking up, but no dents or cracks whatsoever. It has been in a garage while I wasn't riding it so there isn't any rust on it. The bike is 56cm and has fit me from when I when i got at 5'10". Now I'm a bit over 6'1 and I could still ride it for a couple more inches . Gear Ratio is 48x16. THIS BIKE CLEARS BARSPINS! Looking for a quick sale, 285$.
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Old 07-19-10, 11:13 AM   #2
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Actually, if you paddle backwards you start to fly. Its the hidden fixed gear secret.


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hello everyone,

i saw this fixie on craigslist and would like to know if this would be a good bike to learn fixie tricks.

is the gear ratio ok for doing tricks? will i need to do any further adjustments/modification on this bike? will the bike go backwards when i paddle backwards?



I am selling my all black Fuji Track Fixed gear. I built it up about a year ago with all new parts, but just bought a brand new set of 700c alex rims with new tires and tubes yesterday (my old set was stolen). It has pretty light riser bars,( I dont know the make) with red oury grips. It has a black Pake crankset, and a black body geometry seat. I've taken great care of this bike, it has a couple of dings and scratches from riding and locking up, but no dents or cracks whatsoever. It has been in a garage while I wasn't riding it so there isn't any rust on it. The bike is 56cm and has fit me from when I when i got at 5'10". Now I'm a bit over 6'1 and I could still ride it for a couple more inches . Gear Ratio is 48x16. THIS BIKE CLEARS BARSPINS! Looking for a quick sale, 285$.
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Old 07-19-10, 11:16 AM   #3
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you can't do tricks on it because it doesn't have any flying squirrels
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Old 07-19-10, 11:34 AM   #4
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That's not a good tarck bike at all.... what you want is something beefy and reinforced like a volume cutter or leader tarck star...
So what it can clear a 700?... I've seen a 70's nottingham raleigh do it with room to spare...

I do remember the fuji track was body doubles with a bikesdirect bike which I forgot the name of....
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Old 07-19-10, 11:38 AM   #5
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Generally speaking the really serious trick riders go carbon fiber, because it is lighter and they can do bigger bunny hops.
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Old 07-19-10, 11:39 AM   #6
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I can't tell if your trying to sell your bike, ask advice about doing tricks, or both. Either way, wrong forums. But as someone said, you're going to want a beefier frame meant for tricks, although you could get a bmx bike, I hear those work really well.
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Old 07-19-10, 11:40 AM   #7
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Generally speaking the really serious trick riders go carbon fiber, because it is lighter and they can do bigger bunny hops.

And this. Also, maybe invest in some good tubular wheels and tires.
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Old 07-19-10, 11:54 AM   #8
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ok, i am trying to find a fixie bike specifically for doing tricks (riding backwards, barspins, etc...).
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Old 07-19-10, 11:56 AM   #9
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And this. Also, maybe invest in some good tubular wheels and tires.
Definitely. Tubulars allow you to run the lower PSIs necessary for really tight backwards circles / keo spins
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Yes, if you paddle backwards, you will go backwards.

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Old 07-19-10, 01:24 PM   #11
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ok, i am trying to find a fixie bike specifically for doing tricks (riding backwards, barspins, etc...).
you dont need a fixie for that, if you get creative with a conversion it will work... I had the fuji, didnt really like it, way to flexy. If all your gonna do is ride backwards and bar spin, though, almost any bike will do. If you want to do more then like Happypills said volume or leader will work.
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Old 07-19-10, 02:02 PM   #12
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how would a bmx bike help if he wants to do fixed gear tricks?

if you don't do tricks on your fixed gear, that's fine. but believe it or not, there are people that enjoy doing tricks on theirs.
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Old 07-19-10, 02:17 PM   #14
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Generally speaking tricksters on fixgear buy the biggest size so when they jump the center of gravity is higher. duh.
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how would a bmx bike help if he wants to do fixed gear tricks?

if you don't do tricks on your fixed gear, that's fine. but believe it or not, there are people that enjoy doing tricks on theirs.
Like what? Barspins? I can't name one trick other than pedalling while straddling the head tube that you cannot do on a bmx bike. If he MUST have a bike the pedal backwards he's limiting himself to the tricks he can do.

Secondly, if he needs to ask on a forum what is a good trick bike I don't think he should be doing tricks.
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Like what? Barspins? I can't name one trick other than pedalling while straddling the head tube that you cannot do on a bmx bike. If he MUST have a bike the pedal backwards he's limiting himself to the tricks he can do.

Secondly, if he needs to ask on a forum what is a good trick bike I don't think he should be doing tricks.
so people asking about what bike is good for commuting shouldn't be commuting?
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I can't name one trick other than pedalling while straddling the head tube that you cannot do on a bmx bike

I'm sure the OP will be busting these out in no time.
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I'm sure the OP will be busting these out in no time.
You mean these?
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if he gets those sick aerospoks and matching colourway, he will be
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serious trick riders get pennyfarthings.
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just get a bmx, take off the freewheel and superglue a cog on.
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So you are asking for a good bike to do tricks, but you cant even tell if a bike will pedal backwards, let alone possess the knowledge to understand if it will be a good gear ratio? A little ambitious are we? Might want to learn about fixed gears first... Baby steps, baby steps...
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**** that, baby steps are for babies. Go jump a 7 set and you'll be a real man.
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