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  1. #726
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    I'm almost there "number wise" (i'm 36) but I definitely feel as i'm over 40 because of injuries. Have a 2009 SE draft currently set up as SS, was fixed until my accident on my roadie in may of 2012. it used to have bullhorns w/ the diacompe dual lever (for front brake only)... now it's got risers, 700x28 tires (used to run 23s) and both brakes (even tho rear is not machined for brakes UGH!) hoping by the end of this year i can swap back to fg w/ single brake and dropped bullhorns (but i'll keep the 28 tires!)

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    I am 64 and ride this with my road bike group I need a bigger gear and am thinking of getting a 2 speed rear hub.


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    Quote Originally Posted by siclmn View Post
    I am 64 and ride this with my road bike group.
    I need a bigger gear and am thinking of getting a 2 speed rear hub.
    About the same age and converted to two speed a few years back .. having the extra gear offsets the weight penalty for me .. here's what I ride frequently .. geared 55/75 g/i




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    Yes, I don't know if I would like the auto shift or the one where you back pedal to shift. That is the decision I need to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siclmn View Post
    Yes, I don't know if I would like the auto shift or the one where you back pedal to shift. That is the decision I need to make.
    If you go with a coaster brake, then I would highly recommend the automatic .. much less confusion about what gear you are in as you brake for stops signs or traffic ... plus you have to kill your pedal momentum to shift back to another gear .. I adjust my automatic hubs to shift at around 14 mph @90rpm .. one thing with the automatic, if you are attacking a hill in high gear at say 16 mph and your speed drops below automatic shift point, as long as you maintain pressure on the pedals, it won't shift down.. so in my instance, I could climb a hill at 11 mph in high gear even if I was below the shift point as long as I maintained pressure on the pedals .. and as soon as pressure is released, then it would drop to low.. if you are running a non-coaster 2 speed hub then you wouldn't have to deal with shifting when you backpedal to brake..

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    Your bike, your buddies, your choice. If I go out with roadies I can keep up with on the FG, I ride the FG. With a stronger group, I take a road bike. I don't want to hold anyone up because I choose to be "different." To me, gears and freewheels cut against my sense being one with the bike, though I admit to riding with brakes.
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    I'm 46 and having been riding fixed for a few months. I love it and don't expect to go back to a geared bike any time soon.

    I started feeling a few aches and pains in my knees, so I've just dropped the gearing to 42/19. So much fun! I can finally skid about like a 12 year old. And no more pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siclmn View Post
    Yes, I don't know if I would like the auto shift or the one where you back pedal to shift. That is the decision I need to make.
    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    If you go with a coaster brake, then I would highly recommend the automatic .. much less confusion about what gear you are in as you brake for stops signs or traffic ... plus you have to kill your pedal momentum to shift back to another gear .. I adjust my automatic hubs to shift at around 14 mph @90rpm .. one thing with the automatic, if you are attacking a hill in high gear at say 16 mph and your speed drops below automatic shift point, as long as you maintain pressure on the pedals, it won't shift down.. so in my instance, I could climb a hill at 11 mph in high gear even if I was below the shift point as long as I maintained pressure on the pedals .. and as soon as pressure is released, then it would drop to low.. if you are running a non-coaster 2 speed hub then you wouldn't have to deal with shifting when you backpedal to brake..
    agree with Bruce I own both a kickshift freewheel and an automatic coaster (I have also tried the other offerings from both companies the kickshift coaster sucks)....the autoshift coaster is much more convenient and in general feels better though I have yet to do the 14mph mod so I have to plan my hill attacks when returning home with +30lbs of groceries

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    If anybody here still races, you can also use your drop bars, with higher gearing in season and push for a higher avge speed . In years past Id use up to 53/16 and ride by shoreline where I had very limited hills and could get a higher pace on flats than with my geared bike, thanks to the momentum of a fixed gear that reduces the dead spot in pedaling. This comes in handy if you race on the track.For now Im riding 49-16 and looking for a 50 t chainring, on my old Italian road frameset with old style dropouts. The vintage road frames make great fixed gear trainer bikes, more forgiving on road than a track frame

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    Dont you have significant hills in any direction from home in WA?

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    Siclmn, Dont you have significant hills in any direction from home in WA?

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    AS an older fella late 40's I just came to the SS thing after getting a free old steel beast on CL. I replaced the old beat fork and went with a 34 X 18 set up for our mountain region in NWNJ. I like it so far cannot go fast but I can clear most things and climb most hills...the steel is just great very light responsive luv it

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    Quote Originally Posted by postprimepedal View Post
    Your bike, your buddies, your choice. To me, gears and freewheels cut against my sense being one with the bike, though I admit to riding with brakes.
    Not sure I get the SS/FS road bike only idea....I luv to go fast and climb like a goat you really cannot do that in my area with out gears....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
    Not sure I get the SS/FS road bike only idea....I luv to go fast and climb like a goat you really cannot do that in my area with out gears....
    It's SS/FG only because it's The Age 40+ Singlespeed & Fixed Gear Thread. Also, I've surprised myself at the hills one can climb with one gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeman68 View Post
    If anybody here still races, you can also use your drop bars, with higher gearing in season and push for a higher avge speed . In years past Id use up to 53/16 and ride by shoreline where I had very limited hills and could get a higher pace on flats than with my geared bike, thanks to the momentum of a fixed gear that reduces the dead spot in pedaling. This comes in handy if you race on the track.For now Im riding 49-16 and looking for a 50 t chainring, on my old Italian road frameset with old style dropouts. The vintage road frames make great fixed gear trainer bikes, more forgiving on road than a track frame
    I'm not really much of a TT'er but for fun I did one where I set up my FG with aerobars and 52x15 gearing. 10 mile out and back TT with rollers. Turned out to be my best TT ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeman68 View Post
    Siclmn, Dont you have significant hills in any direction from home in WA?
    Yes we have many hills everywhere I go but I can do 99% of them without getting off the bike. I just pedal slowly and sometimes zig zag up them. 42 x 17 gear.

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    I love it and don't expect to go back to a geared bike any time soon.

    Ditto! I flirted with a 3-speed and did the Norwich 100 + 50 commute but precious few giggles. Swopped the wheel more or less straight away and I got the fun back immediately and wondered why I ever changed.

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    Bumping this thread since nobody has posted in 2 weeks and it's dropped off page 1. My latest addition to my bike collection is a Windsor Clockwork singlespeed that I picked up on closeout for $169.95 + 6.25% state sales tax. It's a very nice bike for its normal $299.95 price and a screamin' deal for the price I paid. Although it is very similar to the Motobecane Messenger that I bought over 3 years ago and no doubt built in the very same Chinese factory, the quality is much better. The wheels required only minimal truing and the frame welding was much nicer. I plan on leaving this bike basically stock, unlike the Moto where I replaced virtually everything and tripled the overall cost. The only changes I've made are to the pedals, brake blocks and freewheel, using items from my parts bin, so I've not spent anything beyond the initial cost.

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    Just to keep this thread bumped, I remembered I owned bikes today and patted the Hillbrick's saddle in passing.

    In my defense, max. temps are around the 40C (100+F) at the moment and to be honest, I'm happier driving my MGB than riding a sodding pushbike up that sodding hill to get home
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Bumping this thread since nobody has posted in 2 weeks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by catonec View Post
    its ok to let threads die...
    Bah.

    I had been thinking that the one thing I was missing here was having a fixed gear bike that was suitable for winter riding and do have some cross tyres I could toss on the Peugeot and had another set of fixed road wheels and a pair of mtb wheels with a fixed hub as well.

    Down at the co-op there was an older Raleigh ATB and for $20.00 I got the frame and fork and swapped in my mtb wheels and tyres, Nitto bullmoose bars, and a nicer lever and brake. After I took this pic I swapped the rubber to some Specialized Team folding tyres which are a little better in the snow as they can be run at lower psi and are more supple than the Kendas.




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    42 years old and just recently got into Fixies.


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    Okay, so I don't know about you guys, but I find if I take a couple weeks off from biking, I really notice a loss in stamina, strength and overall ability. It's like my legs atrophy so much faster now. For the holiday we went on vacation to see family and that meant 8 days out of the saddle. Then on the flight back I picked up a nasty cold or flu or whatever from some flight attendant who figured it was ok to work while sick. I am not looking forward to the day when I eventually do get back on the bike, only to learn just how far back I slipped.
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    Here' a pic of the conversion I've been riding FG on the road since '92, it works just fine.
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    I ride a 1957 Macleans Featherweight Road/Track bike that I purchased from Hilary Stone in the U.K. I use a 51t up front and a 22t in the rear for approx. a 63 inch gear. Before I retired nine years i road a fixed to work everyday in New Orleans (read flat). I ride it now at least once a week. I have other bikes. It's a little tough for me in the San Francisco Bay area so I have to avoid steep hills as much as possible. It's an enjoyable ride as long as I avoid the hills. I am 74 years-old.

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