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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 10-30-12, 05:13 PM   #526
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Old 10-30-12, 05:20 PM   #527
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42 here and new to fixed gear riding (started this summer). I spent the last part of the summer taking the beginner classes out at the Alpenrose Velo here in Portland, Or. Converted my commuter bike to a fixed gear and have enjoyed the riding, albeit a tougher (but faster) commute than on the geared mtb bike.

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Old 10-30-12, 05:32 PM   #528
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This is my single speed conversion I have been riding lately. I didn't have the desire to ride fixed so I just did a simple conversion to a freehub rear wheel. I am getting pretty addicted to riding single speed and it is not as grueling on the hills we have around here as I expected. Being 46 I feel pretty good to be able to do a 30 mile ride on this and be comfortable. Plus it is great on the Western Md. Rail Trail that is local to me. Great thread!

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Old 10-30-12, 08:35 PM   #529
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How do you like the bullhorns?
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Old 10-30-12, 08:45 PM   #530
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How do you like the bullhorns?
Actually I really like them. They are great for standing up and climbing. These are Zoom Brahmas and are pretty wide. Plenty of room for different positions. The brake levers are inline cross type levers.
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Old 10-30-12, 10:26 PM   #531
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Actually I really like them. They are great for standing up and climbing. These are Zoom Brahmas and are pretty wide. Plenty of room for different positions. The brake levers are inline cross type levers.
Cool, I'll check them out.
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Old 10-31-12, 06:16 AM   #532
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Celebrated the Big 5-0 this month. These pics are from last night's ride:



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Old 10-31-12, 08:38 AM   #533
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I qualify to post, since I'm 45. I wish I had a pic to post to go along with this. Back in the 80's, while I was in college, I worked as a wrench at very nice bike shop next to the University of Maryland (College Park Bicycles). A guy came in wanting to trade in his Columbus SL, all Campy track bike for a road bike. The boss wasn't interested, because he wouldn't be able to sell it. I picked it up off the guy for $250! That was my first, and only fixed gear bike up until last year. I used it to ride to work, at the winter roller races in the shop, and even took it up to Trexlertown, PA once...once. That scared the $#!+ out of me riding on a real velodrome. Unfortunately, I ended up selling it to make rent about a year later. I really wish I could have kept that one, along with the Schwinn Voyageur that went away under similar circumstances.

Last year I picked up a Windsor The Hour. I figured it would be a cheap way to have some fun with a fixie again. I'm happy with it, but starting to look at upgrades already. I dont' think I'll score a campy equipped track bike for that price again....but I'll keep looking.

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Old 11-01-12, 01:30 PM   #534
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I am 55, ride a 2011 Specialized Roubiax and a CF scattante, really liking the WABI Special online....maybe soon, will be my first real Fixie, comments?
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Old 11-03-12, 07:19 PM   #535
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This is but one of my many, yet current favorite, single-speed cyclocross bike


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Old 11-03-12, 08:34 PM   #536
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42, 43 in January, and this has been my first year bike commuting to work. have only driven to work three times since March. probably in the best shape since college. winter commuter is my All City Nature Boy. currently singlespeed. might change to fixed if i switch to studded snow tires.

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Old 11-03-12, 09:47 PM   #537
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42, 43 in January, and this has been my first year bike commuting to work. have only driven to work three times since March. probably in the best shape since college. winter commuter is my All City Nature Boy. currently singlespeed. might change to fixed if i switch to studded snow tires.

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Old 11-04-12, 09:31 AM   #538
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Old 11-04-12, 09:18 PM   #539
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guess I am not getting a WABI,,,just bought this yesterday on sale RALEIGH RUSH HOUR 2012, nice quality and cheap..my FIRST fixie, will be 56 next month (

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Old 11-04-12, 10:36 PM   #540
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Nice looking bike.
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Old 11-05-12, 07:16 AM   #541
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Old 11-07-12, 05:57 AM   #542
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Hard men ride fixed gears, and part of the joy I get is feeling a certain kinship with the real tough guys who raced on fixed gears over the badly-paved/unpaved roads of Europe early in the 20th century. This was a big reason for deciding to do PBP fixed.
Cheers. What kind of gearing have you used for the long rides like PBP? I just turned 40 yesterday, hope to still be kicking ass at 62.



As I turn 40 I have also past the 1 year mark of commuting and hauling by fixed gear nearly everyday. It has had a remarkable effect on my condition in that time, and hope to keep getting stronger.
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Old 11-07-12, 11:32 AM   #543
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Cheers. What kind of gearing have you used for the long rides like PBP? I just turned 40 yesterday, hope to still be kicking ass at 62.
I ride and race with a guy who's over 60. And he can drop me on any ride over an hour.
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Old 11-09-12, 03:16 AM   #545
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I think SS's are for wimps. Hard men ride fixed gears
I've come around to this way of thinking too of late.

Hi My name is Dave, I'm 43 and live in Adelaide South Australia. After a long break from cycling I got back on a bike at age 38. trawled the net and built a couple of single speed road conversions, before buying an 09 Giant Bowery which I rode SS. Long story short , I've bought/ built/ sold so many bikes in the last 5 years I've lost count. Always flirted with fixed(including a 63xc mtb) but never felt the connection until 12 months back. My current stable consists of what feels right to me and ticks most boxes.
I have a classic lugged steel Track bike that has a fine aussie pedigree. Tight geo and clearances and undrilled. Still a WIP to make it mine. recently bought a Kona paddy wagon(ugly but functional) to commute on. Went out today for a ride along a riverside track we have here. 70 km(43 mile) at an avg 28.4 kmh(15mph) on 75 GI.
My left knee has had 50% of the cartilage removed 4 years ago from a bad tear, and I've twice torn the medial ligaments. Fixed doesn't seem to put any more stress on it than a normal cycling style. Given that the mass populous of cyclists still seems to ride geared stuff, it kinda feels like I'm part of an esoteric cult that has a dirty secret.

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Old 11-09-12, 10:07 AM   #546
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48 here. Got back into riding 2.5 yrs ago with a hybrid, and 25kms was a looooong way to go, let alone hills. Kept it up and then started riding with the local rando club. It was then where I felt the need for a roadie. Yes, a big difference in everything. Fast fwd to Apr of this year, I saw a SS advertised for $300. Well wouldn't that be a nice n+1 to have so the carbon roadie wouldn't be stolen on a short ride to the store. It soon became my bike of choice, and the hills became a little easier each and every time with the lack of bailout gears.

I spoke with a couple of FG riders on the 1200km rides this summer, and then broke loose and bought a cog. So now the bike I love to ride is the FG. Sure the downhills are far more difficult that the ups, but all in all it's a great ride and no more physically traumatic than the geared or freewheel ride.

eta: I ended up riding my SS on a 600km brevet in August and may try one this year on the FG.
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Cheers. What kind of gearing have you used for the long rides like PBP? I just turned 40 yesterday, hope to still be kicking ass at 62.
I think a gear of around 70" is a good compromise. I ran 44x17 at PBP and it worked very well. At 29 kmh, you're spinning at 90 rpm's, and it's no problem sitting in a 35-40 kmh paceline. I'm spun out on the descents at about 56 kmh, but I've managed to take it to over 60 (but I'm spinnin' like a fool), but that might have been in the slightly larger 42x16.

Also, if I don't use a half-link with the 44x17, I can run 48x15 (86") on the track without having to replace the chain. This is a sprinter's warmup gear, and I'm definitely not a sprinter, but it's a good gear for training on the track with, when I've got my road fixed in its track configuration (at the indoor Burnaby Velodrome during the winter).

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I think a gear of around 70" is a good compromise. I ran 44x17 at PBP and it worked very well. At 29 kmh, you're spinning at 90 rpm's, and it's no problem sitting in a 35-40 kmh paceline. I'm spun out on the descents at about 56 kmh, but I've managed to take it to over 60 (but I'm spinnin' like a fool), but that might have been in the slightly larger 42x16.

Also, if I don't use a half-link with the 44x17, I can run 48x15 (86") on the track without having to replace the chain. This is a sprinter's warmup gear, and I'm definitely not a sprinter, but it's a good gear for training on the track with, when I've got my road fixed in its track configuration (at the indoor Burnaby Velodrome during the winter).

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Ah, thanks. I'm commuting and hauling with 50x19 (69") right now. Some days I think of increasing it, then a windy day like today happens and I change my mind.

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Old 11-14-12, 02:36 PM   #549
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I've run 73"FG all year so far and I'm finding the hills I used to stand for I'm now sitting. My heart recovery has improved and my weight has stabilised at my lowest for 30 years. Keep going guys, and if you find it getting less of a challenge, drop a rear tooth or two.
PS. My 45 year old wife has started her SS career on a 74" and is SO FAST!
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I haven't been biking for quite a while but just started back this year. I am 47 and rode a variety of geared bikes in California - even had a 3-speed for a while. I have a Trek 1100 which is being transformed into a SS although after reading Luis' post I am considering a Suicide Fixie. I have a set of Mavic Paris Gao Dakar hubs that I laced up back in 1990 or 1991 with DT double butted spokes and now I am sentimental and want to keep them. Our local machine shop has agreed to tig weld the horizontal dropouts in for me. I am working on polishing all the bits that I am going to keep and purchasing items for the project. I hope that I will have a bike I can knock around town on, ride with friends that are slow and have it look nice too.

I live at the top of a hill and our town is built on the edge of a small mountain. I'll probably go with 60" or less for the gearing so I don't have to push it home or more likely ride it home and hurt myself in the process.

Anyhow, I am glad to find this thread and have enjoyed reading through the posts.

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