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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 08-19-10, 11:30 AM   #1
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Your noobiest SSFG moments

List a few of your noobiest moments with ur SSFG (being as green as I am, I figured I could actually contribute to a thread like this)

These all happened within the last 2 weeks (since that is my entire SSFG and, really, biking lifetime):

1. When you use goo-b-gone to get off decals, don't let it run down the top-tube and vaporize the adhesive on one or all of your rear brake-cable stays. This may or may not have happened to me.

2. Steel wool is not a good way to get decals off your frame.

3. Make sure your seat-post stay is tight. I rode about 25 miles roundtrip the other day and by the time I was 10 miles out, I realized that my normally aggressive position had come to resemble that of a beach-cruiser... my saddle had gradually lowered about 7 inches.

4. Make sure you have tools with you. After my seat post had lowered 7 inches, I had no way of readjusting it. Fun ride back, with my legs bottoming out on the pedals with knees at about a 45 degree angle.

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Old 08-19-10, 11:34 AM   #2
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Riding brakeless on first fixed wheel bike.
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Old 08-19-10, 11:34 AM   #3
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#1 and i'm going to assume this is universal...

still clipped in trackstanding at a light, notice someone(for me, bunch of young guys in a VW gti) staring at you hard, lose balance, fall on side in street.

#2 getting off and walking up a hill
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Old 08-19-10, 11:46 AM   #4
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Mine would definitely have to be building a conversion when I could have gotten way more of a bike buying one new. Not only did I lose a very fun beater road bike, but I gained a FG that doesn't preform like I want it to.
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Old 08-19-10, 11:49 AM   #5
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I tried to show my friend how good I was at no handed skid stops. Instead, I ended up front flipping over the bars. Another time, I tried skidding at a stoplight but instead smashed my nuts on the top tube and had to swerve in order to avoid flying into the intersection.
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Old 08-19-10, 12:08 PM   #6
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My first gear ratio on my conversion was 52x16. That didn't last long.
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Old 08-19-10, 12:16 PM   #7
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#2 getting off and walking up a hill
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oh and, while getting used to clipless, was doing a 50mile ride and decided to stop on the side of the road for a quick rest/hydration. Looked back and carefully made it from the middle of the street to the side w/o hitting other riders. Slowed to a stop, WHAMP! fell to the side coz i completely forgot about clipping out.
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Old 08-19-10, 12:36 PM   #8
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this one time I forgot I was riding my fixie and tried to coast. And then this other time that happened again.
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Old 08-19-10, 01:00 PM   #9
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I tried skidding at a stoplight but instead smashed my nuts on the top tube and had to swerve in order to avoid flying into the intersection.
oh man, I feel your pain. but I couldnt help laughing at this. frickin hilarious man

My most noob moment would have to be flying down a hill on my fixed and then forgetting I cant coast and having the pedals going to fast to keep up with them (had bmx flats on, only thing i had until i got clipless) and then my legs flailing as my pedals keep spinning
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Old 08-19-10, 01:29 PM   #10
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Old 08-19-10, 01:47 PM   #12
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Old 08-19-10, 02:08 PM   #13
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My first gear ratio on my conversion was 52x16. That didn't last long.
This, except 300+ miles later I still haven't changed it.
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Old 08-19-10, 02:24 PM   #14
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First week with the fixed gear, and clips/straps. Trackstanding in my friend's driveway, lost my balance and instinct took over, I twisted my foot to get out of my clipless pedals like I always do on my road bike. Of course, I was on the fixed and in toe clips/straps .. needless to say, my foot didn't come out of the straps, so I fell over..
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Old 08-19-10, 02:37 PM   #15
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Having a front brake.


Joking aside my ex got on a fixed for her first time testing it out at a shop and flipped off, scratched herself off pretty bad. I got on my first fixed and flew. Haven't looked back since.
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Buying 700x32c tires instead of 23s and wondering why it won't clear the front brake.
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Old 08-19-10, 02:56 PM   #17
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oh and, while getting used to clipless ... Slowed to a stop, WHAMP! fell to the side coz i completely forgot about clipping out.
Went for my first clipless ride an hour ago, and just had this happen. It's like my bike said "welcome to riding clipless. Here's some road rash to make it official"... bang! Down I go.
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Joking aside my ex got on a fixed for her first time testing it out at a shop and flipped off, scratched herself off pretty bad. I got on my first fixed and flew. Haven't looked back since.
So this is how you got away from her?
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#1 Going downhill on my very first fixie ride without straps, 48/15 (big ratio for first time?)....

#2 Saw a hot girl, got distracted.........crashed.
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Leaning the wrong way after unclipping my down foot, then the other one doenst come out quick enough, boom.

First overhaul, not paying attention and waaaayy overtightening my non-drive pedal cause I forgot it being righty loosey (to make things worse I didn't grease it upon installation, fun time getting it off)... Almost did this with the BB about 3 months later.
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Last night actually:

Was skidding to stop for a light, and back tire tore and tube exploded. Was so loud people on the sidewalk were like "Ohhh!"

And +1 for trackstanding and falling while still clipped in
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Errr was f-ing around and decided to skid balls-to-stem style, somehow I also managed to press on the front brake lever. I felt the rear wheel lift off the ground, yet I managed to unclip and plant my feet. My balls still hit the stem, FML
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ACK! double post! sorry.
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