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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 05-29-12, 04:29 PM   #476
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Nice! What TV show is that?
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Old 05-29-12, 04:57 PM   #477
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Nice! What TV show is that?
I think he said it was "Fairly Legal" but I haven't seen it myself....
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Old 06-13-12, 10:59 AM   #478
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Bob Jackson conversion completed! I pulled over on my daily commute to take these. I'm very lucky to live in Norfolk!

Mudguards (I live in England!) are laminated hardwood blind slats with Meccano fixings and gorgeous brass screw cups as washers. Music case pannier from local junk shop.

Square lashing with linen thread made a neat cable fix.

I wanted something different which didn't cost a fortune so I made all the leather and wooden stuff and almost all the rest is second hand or from my existing bike. It's now my only bike ( apart from a family tandem ), and I did a century on it last month. My wife is now on a similar path to simplicity and fun, so I'll post hers when it's finished!
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Old 06-13-12, 11:08 AM   #479
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whoa man. That thing is gorgeous.
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Old 06-13-12, 12:28 PM   #480
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Well, I really enjoyed this project and it ended up better than I'd hoped. Thankyou. (Apparently my wife likes things simple and fun. Don't know what she means!)
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Very nice build!
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Old 06-18-12, 08:46 AM   #482
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First, gorgeous bike. Congratulations on a classy and unique build. Second, I have those same wheels on my SS. Indestructible I think.
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Old 07-05-12, 02:49 PM   #483
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This seems like the best place in the forum to introduce myself, so here goes.

My name is David. I live in Durham NC and I'm going to turn 50 in November.

I grew up in Seattle and built the first BMX style bike in my neighborhood, complete with motocross style handlebars and knobby tires, when I was around 15. I always thought I sucked as a rider but it turns out I didn't. Muscle memory and lack of sense allow me to do now what wind and fear will allow. Friends comment on the things I do on my MTB that they had never considered. Ordinary stuff like bunny hops and wheelies.

After I discovered girls and got a driver's license, the biking sort of went away. Imagine that...

Fast forward to 2009 when I got a MTB for Father's day. Don't ask why. I don't remember. The first thing I noticed was that it was/is very slow on pavement. Instantly started wanting a road bike.

Fast forward to a little bit before now when I am working on my overall fitness so that I can be a nuisance to my children well into their adulthood. I still really wanted a road bike. Because I'm persnickety I started looking at quality and got sticker shock.

For some reason the memory of an Olympic Games in the distant past resurfaced. When I was a kid I saw on TV once, exactly once, Olympic pursuit bicycle racing in a velodrome. I thought that was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life and I have always wanted a bike like those guys had. At the same time I remembered that fixed-gear bikes had recently become popular and so I started doing my homework. I found one that I could afford from an online retailer and bought it. It came several days later and between work and the kids it took a week or so to get it ride ready. I took it out Wednesday morning (the 4th of July, my favorite day of the year) for my first ride. A test ride a few days earlier in front of the house had scared the crap out of me so I took it easy and tried to figure out how to slow down without killing myself. I think I got it.

I'm hooked. I'm also a tinkerer so there will no doubt be modifications and alterations as I go forward.

I do not have a mustache.
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Well done David! I always find a brake slows me down better, faster, and less painfully than back pedalling! Or are you just going to use it on a track?
My fixie took a week of commuting to come to terms with but now it's the only bike in my shed (apart from a tandem). Just enjoy the intellectual and physical challenges that'll come your way. Good luck!
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Old 07-09-12, 08:11 PM   #485
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57 and ride a ss

I ride a ss and have ridden a fixed gear. When I turned 50 I thought I would try riding fixed but an accident and a surgery has kept me on a ss. I love the smooth ride and the simplicity of a ss. My Salsa can be one or the other so maybe sometime I will try riding fixed again. The bamboo fenders and rack will be added before I start back to teaching. I went back and read all the posts and have been inspired.
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Old 07-10-12, 01:47 PM   #486
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I've heard of the bamboo fenders: pics please! My wooden ones are behaving well in the torrential rain which seems to be the major feature of our English summer at the moment. (See a few posts earlier).


If it isn't fixed it's probably broken.
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Old 07-10-12, 02:30 PM   #487
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Bamboo fenders

Here is a picture of them.
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Old 07-10-12, 08:03 PM   #488
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Here is a picture of them.
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Old 07-10-12, 08:10 PM   #489
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this 42 year old fried his legs yesterday chasing a 45 year old former crit racer around a local park loop. he was on a vintage Trek 12spd and i was on my '05 Ridley SSCX (44:16). he killed me on the flats, but i passed him on the climbs, having slightly better conditioning and strength. the 20-somethings we were riding with were left behind. experience and strategy counts for something....
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Old 07-11-12, 12:57 PM   #490
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Well done! I particularly love overtaking 20 year olds on my local hills. Downhill.....must get my cadence higher than 130!!!!
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Old 07-13-12, 07:43 AM   #491
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Still running ... I don't have a new pic of the bike and I am too lazy to take a new one but it has road bars now.

I really like that picture.

I am 41 and soon to be 42.

I ride it to work ... just jump on the thing and go for less than 20 minutes .... or go early and go for an hour.

If I want to bring the hammer down I just ride the road bike ...

This is my leisure ride ... 48x19 on 32mm tires. Comfortable yet quick enough to do what I need to do with it ... specially going East from the North Valley in Albuquerque. It is a looooooong uphill gradient and that gearing works for me uphill between 40 and 60 rpms without sweating too much
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Looks funny to see snow right about now. This is from last night's ride. 22 miles. This was taken on the outbound leg. The red light at the back of the bike is my blinkie; the red light at the front is a cop car off in the distance that pulled someone over. On the way home I rode through the hilly neighborhood and got some climbing in.



I ergo'ed up my handlebars with new grips and bar ends. I rode without cycling gloves and my hands felt pretty good when I was done. I also bought some cycling shoes recently and rode the FG with them for the first time. It threw the fit off a little. I don't have clipless pedals; using toe clips, but I could really feel the difference with the stiffer sole on the shoe.
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Morning ride

I rode a 30 mile ride this morning on rolling hills however I did not see another rider. It was a beautiful morning. I stopped in the town of Slaughterville for a Gatorade.
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Yep, stiff soles make all the difference. I now buy multiple pairs if I find a good light leather shoe! ( Sad Git!!)
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Im 53. Fixt in my late 40s, SS in my 50's.

I get big Eastern BMX platform pedals and bolt a toeclip cage on the front. Very comfortable
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Well done David! I always find a brake slows me down better, faster, and less painfully than back pedalling! Or are you just going to use it on a track?
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Thank you, Sir!

There isn't a track within several hundred miles unfortunately. No, this is just for fun and conditioning.

I've already taken most of the bike apart and put it back together and as a result it was out of commission last night when the kids wanted to ride around the neighborhood. I found myself riding my MTB instead, pedaling constantly without shifting gears, standing up to take the hills, increasing my cadence downhill and working harder than I ever have on that machine. Also, smoked the 13 year old son all the way around the neighborhood for most of an hour so I am getting into some kind of riding shape.

I am learning how to ride a bicycle all over again and the joy is palpable.

I've still got it.
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My wife used to ride a mountain bike. She saw how much fun I was having on my fixed gear, so six weeks ago we bought an old steel Dawes women's bike which we're gradually converting and tweaking to a sporty ss. She's now doing 30 and 40 mile rides, climbing steep sustained hills and having just as much fun as I am! We went on our first big ride together (aaaahhh!) and proceeded to whoop down the hills like teenagers. No, actually, teenagers would be far too cool to whoop down hills! Photos to follow.
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Awesome, NedClive! Enjoy!
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This is sorta weird..

I was in the SS/FG forum a LOT back in 2008, and then took a hiatus, did a lot of geared cycling, and now will be expecting my 2nd little rug-rat in 4-weeks time! Needless to say, I was just arranging the garage and took my Pista on the rollers for the first time in months...! (kids keep you off the bike for various reasons, perpetually sick, tired, other stuff that has to get done)

Now I see this thread about being 40+ and im sorta seeing that I may not get on the bike regularly as I can't bike to work (commute too long) and other fatherhood commitments....

I'm kinda wondering if this thread will be around - in other 6 yrs!
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