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    Do fixies wear down crank and cogs faster?

    Since more overall force must be applied to ride a fixed speed (mainly due to the forced stopping via backwards pedaling) as opposed to a single speed bike, does riding fixie lead to faster wear and tear of a bike?

    Any ideas?

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    Riding fixie leads to faster wear and tear of your wallet.

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    Yeah bro, I have to replace my cogs and chainrings every 3 months.



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    It might wear out the chain faster if you're doing lots of skidzzz. Otherwise nah..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Riding fixie leads to faster wear and tear of your wallet.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Riding fixie leads to faster wear and tear of your wallet.
    Scrod speaks the truth. Wise.
    Go bike yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Riding fixie leads to faster wear and tear of your wallet.
    yeah, pretty damn accurate.
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    Especially when you have a Nitto fetish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    Especially when you have a Nitto fetish.
    More truth.

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    Worn chains wear chainrings and cogs faster.

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    A chain that is too tight wears stuff down even quicker. And if you think fixie is expensive, try carbon frame and dura ace fetishes.

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    i dont like the term, "fixed speed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by xavier853 View Post
    i dont like the term, "fixed speed"
    better than "fixie"

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    A multi-gear bike will spread the wear over more surfaces, so to that extent, yes, a SS/FG bike may wear down chainrings and cogs faster.

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    FOR SERIOUS? answer his question. If you ride fix. the cog clean's it self. Due to the amount of spin and tension needed on the cog. The cog is instantly rejuvenated and the life span multiplies by a near 3.14

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post
    FOR SERIOUS? answer his question. If you ride fix. the cog clean's it self. Due to the amount of spin and tension needed on the cog. The cog is instantly rejuvenated and the life span multiplies by a near 3.14
    If the cog is instantly rejuvenated, how could it only multiply 3.14 times? I think you ate too much pie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    A multi-gear bike will spread the wear over more surfaces, so to that extent, yes, a SS/FG bike may wear down chainrings and cogs faster.
    Additionally, a multi-gear bike generally sees lower contact forces at the cogs because riders don't mash like they do on a fixed-gear; they spin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    A multi-gear bike will spread the wear over more surfaces, so to that extent, yes, a SS/FG bike may wear down chainrings and cogs faster.
    Conversely... because of the straight chain line the wear on the chain is reduced and in practice have found that I get as many miles out of a fixed drive as I do with a freewheel / cassette and a good chain ring will last through many cogs, cassettes, or freewheels.

    The deflection you get on a multi speed drive really adds wear to the drive train and chain.

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    Another conversely.... the bikes with lots and lots of gears need chains with thinner and thinner profiles to shift properly, and the chains wear out faster as a result.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Cheaper and easier than the alternative.

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    I find that I also get pretty astounding chain and drive train life out of my old 3 speeds... I typically run the largest chain ring and cog combination which extends life and use quality 1/8 chain.

    Chains seems to last 6000-8000 km with moderate care and cleaning and sometimes I wonder if the cogs will ever wear out... I have a good supply of vintage cogs for 3 speeds and fg use which seem to be far better than most modern replacements.

    The 18 tooth on my winter bike (fg) must have close to 10,000 km on it and although it is showing a little wear it will probably make it through another winter.

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