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Old 06-04-14, 08:12 AM   #801
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Interesting thread. I turn 40 in a few months.

I've had a few back surgeries at L4/L5, with the final one being an L4/L5 lumbar fusion 4 years ago. Doctor has suggested against jogging for exercise as there is too much compression on the spine. I bought a recumbent exercise bike for the basement and started using it daily. Found I really enjoyed it so I decided to buy a bike last year......my first one in 25 years. Ended up with a Cannondale Quick 3 hybrid. Found I only used 1 or 2 gears at most and was getting frustrated with a noisy derariler and a chain that kept popping off. Plus, it had carbon front forks which I manged to ding which concerned me. With my back issues, I didn't want to risk the forks breaking on me.

Sold the bike a few weeks ago and started looking for a CroMo single speed. Since I live in Canada, it's not easy to order the "darling of the forum" the Kilo TT from Bikes Direct.

Locally, there were slim pickings at the LBS, but I did find a Specialized Globe Roll 1 at a bike shop that had some paint defects when they pulled it out of the box. THey offered it to me for 30% off MSRP and it just happened to be my size. I've been riding it daily for the past 10 days and really enjoying it's simplicity. I have it on the SS side of the rear hub as I'm not interested in riding on the fixed cog. It's quiet, simple and forces me to use my legs vs gearing down on slight hills. I have encountered a few steep hills that required me to get off and walk, but I'm fine with that.

Because I wanted a bit more of an upright seating positing, I have the handlebars set up a bit higher and the seat is down quite low (only 2 inches above the seat clamp). It probably looks odd, but it's working for me.

Looking forward to daily rides on it this during the summer. I might add a quick release skewer for the front wheel to make it easier to get in and out of the car. Other than that, I'm happy with the mediocre, stock components that generally come on big brand bikes. I know many on these forums don't like the big branded, mass market overpriced single speed bikes being pumped out as a trend, but they do serve a purpose for people like me who don't have the knowledge and skillset to build their own for less money. Also, I'm so new to this that premium components would be wasted on me as I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Hey, folks. I started racing on the track last week. I'm going back tonight for some more torture. I came in dead last. I had a blast!
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Old 06-04-14, 02:48 PM   #803
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Hey, folks. I started racing on the track last week. I'm going back tonight for some more torture. I came in dead last. I had a blast!
My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!
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Indeed it is. To hell with those 15 year olds
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My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!
I'm only 25 and I wouldn't even want to get certified with a group of 12-15 year old either lol.
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My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!
I did this a few years back at the forest city velodrome.
It was a bit off-putting for about 15 minutes.

Don't let the age of your classmates prevent you from doing this...it is just so worth it.
(That, and those 12-15 year olds have hot moms!)
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I did a beginner's session at Northbrook last summer and there were all types: a couple of juniors, some fixie hipsters, a college kid from Indiana training for the Little 500, and a bunch of old roadies like me. It was great. I had no problems with the kids, everyone had a great attitude and it was super fun.
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What was I thinking? I'll submit a rez for next week's class. Some additional incentive was necessary to make the hour drive each way and put up wid da' kidz. This may be the deal maker. Got to take this cycling stuff seriously, ya' know. Oooh, oooh....I'll bet there may be a tavern located on the way home, as well!
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Last night, the ages ranged from about 10 up to I don't know. I'm 53, and I didn't see anyone as old as I, but there might have been some. Most are in their 20's and many in their 30's. Doesn't bother me. I was in one race last week and three last night. I come in last every time, and I have a fantastic time. I'm making all the beginners' mistakes, which is funny, because I know better intellectually. I got out in front by accident in the beginning of my first race last night. I started pedaling as hard as I could, which is so stoopid. Then everyone turned their afterburners on and left me in the dust. In my second race, I TRIED not to be in front, but it happened again. So I tried to fall back, but they all blocked me from behind! It was so funny that I laughed out loud. I laughed in a race!

If you have a velodrome, you are very lucky indeed. You should definitely go. Get a license online. Register for an event at bikereg.com. Make sure your bike is legal: drop handlebars, no brakes, nothing attached to the bike. Last week, I rode to the track and removed my brake etc before entering. Last night, a friend drove me.

I plan to come in last in every race this year. I'm succeeding at that. I plan to have fun and to learn. So far, so good!
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Didn't realize there was a 40+ thread. Well, here i am.
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I put this SS bike together from a $150 Swobo "blemished" Sanchez (medium). Double butted chromoly. 44/16T. Sugino messenger 170mm crankset. Mavic CXP 22 wheels with Origin 8 hubs, Shimano freewheel, broken in Brooks B-17 Special seat, FSA Force carbon seatpost, Origin 8 Urban star handle bars, Swobo branded 120mm stem. Tektro 530 brakes with cool stop pads. Continental Gatorskin 28s. Promax BB. Shimano SPD pedals. The frame was a birthday present from my wife for my 66th birthday this past October. The rest from the bay. Total cost was under $800.

It has given me a new level of bicycling ability. It works my legs more, so when I am on my lightweight Roubaix I fly. I love the single speed and standing on the hills.
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I put this SS bike together from a $150 Swobo "blemished" Sanchez (medium). Double butted chromoly. 44/16T. Sugino messenger 170mm crankset. Mavic CXP 22 wheels with Origin 8 hubs, Shimano freewheel, broken in Brooks B-17 Special seat, FSA Force carbon seatpost, Origin 8 Urban star handle bars, Swobo branded 120mm stem. Tektro 530 brakes with cool stop pads. Continental Gatorskin 28". Promax BB. Shimano SPD petals. The frame was a birthday present from my wife for my 66th birthday this past October. The rest from the bay. Total cost was under $800.

It has given me a new level of bicycling ability. It works my legs more, so when I am on my lightweight Roubaix I fly. I love the single speed and standing on the hills.
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I have been riding SS for several years now, after growing weary of noisy and draggy deraileur systems. I live in a very hilly area, so lower gearing is called for. The pictured bike now has 50x20 gearing, allowing hill climbing and snappy urban acceleration. Am I over 40? Well, I am approaching 40 FOR THE SECOND TIME! I was born when FDR was the prez. and Hitler was not yet a threat to the U.S.
Here is my latest SS build, based on a Mercier OS frameset. Since photo was shot, I lowered the handlebar about an inch and swapped out the 52 tooth ring for a 50.
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I have been riding SS for several years now, after growing weary of noisy and draggy deraileur systems. I live in a very hilly area, so lower gearing is called for. The pictured bike now has 50x20 gearing, allowing hill climbing and snappy urban acceleration. Am I over 40? Well, I am approaching 40 FOR THE SECOND TIME! I was born when FDR was the prez. and Hitler was not yet a threat to the U.S.
Here is my latest SS build, based on a Mercier OS frameset. Since photo was shot, I lowered the handlebar about an inch and swapped out the 52 tooth ring for a 50.

You are my hero! (And I'm no kid myself)
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I have been riding SS for several years now, after growing weary of noisy and draggy deraileur systems. I live in a very hilly area, so lower gearing is called for. The pictured bike now has 50x20 gearing, allowing hill climbing and snappy urban acceleration. Am I over 40? Well, I am approaching 40 FOR THE SECOND TIME! I was born when FDR was the prez. and Hitler was not yet a threat to the U.S.
Here is my latest SS build, based on a Mercier OS frameset. Since photo was shot, I lowered the handlebar about an inch and swapped out the 52 tooth ring for a 50.

Sweet bike and you give my 66 year old heart a lift. I feel great now, but I want to feel great and be riding at 80 too!
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When this thread started four years ago, I qualified by 17 years. My description to the left says "a roadie forever" but this cat is a roadie only in that he rides roads exclusively. Nearly half the miles he's accumulated are riding fixed and these days he is more likely to grab a fix gear than a derailleur bike.

I've been nursing Achilles heels on both sides and sadly realized I have to start taming my urges to climb hard. So today I went out for about 30 flat miles on a 42-19. Easy! Fun! I'm going to do that some more!

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Had no idea this thread existed. I am in, 42 year old male divorced last year, and my first real year on a fixed gear. Loving it so far. Hello everyone!
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57 and riding on the track at T-Town

Hi,

I am glad to stumble onto this thread. I am 57 and I started riding a fixed gear bike when I was 13. It was my Grandfather's track bike which he used to train for speed skating. It was hand made by a guy called Dick Corke in Yonkers NY. I rode it for 2 years then smashed it into a parked Pontiac, and that was the end of it. (For the record I was not looking where I was going.)

I rode on and off on geared bikes bikes until 10 years ago when I started to commute to stay in shape. Two years ago I did a "Try the track" day at Trexlertown and I became hooked. I participated in the adult fitness classes at the velodrome and kept liking it more and more. Half way through the summer of 2014 my friend let me borrow his Colnogo fixed gear conversion to get in shape. I put 1100 miles on it and it really improved my speed.

After my son passed he gave me his old Cesare track bike which I converted into a street fixie. This link shows the modification and build process.
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I plan on riding this a lot.

This summer I plan on riding my Cesare with 62" gears to get back in shape. I will also ride it on the city to shore ride and the fixed gear fondo.

Of course I plan on taking the adult fitness course again in 2015. I love the track. You can read more about my track experiences and see some cool videos at:
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Nice thread!!!!

I'm 47 years old, and bike commute to work in Upstate New York during the warmer months. I usually get in about 2500 to 3,000 miles every year. I just started riding SS last spring. I briefly tried fixed gear, but couldn't manage some of the steeper hill decents, so I went back to SS.

I'm riding a Fyxation Eastside, my first ever mail order bike. All in all, a fun and reliable bike for the price.


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Hi to all - I am 53 and last spring my brother loaned me a fixie and we went for a 10 mile ride - I was hooked immediately. I now have 3 fixed gear bikes. One gravel grinder with 32s and two road ready with 25s. My latest build is an aluminum frame with carbon fork and seatpost (frame was a craigslist deal that I couldn't pass up) only 18.5lbs with pedals and all. I've had lots of fun riding the C&O canal towpath, GAP trail and some other paved trails around here. I just love the feeling of being locked into the whole bike.
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