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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 04-18-14, 01:57 PM   #2851
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Old 04-18-14, 06:38 PM   #2852
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The poor thing's confused, doesn't know what colour it is, what wheels it's riding or what bars it's supposed to have. Therapy maybe?
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So I am assuming with your height, you prefer longer cranks. Longer than 175 ??
175 or 180
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This is my new SS



I was hit by a motorist in February, and a friend threw this together for me as a get well gift. Other than the brake levers, it's all Campagnolo(even the hoops). Soon I'll convert it back to a geared bike with period correct components, but this works for me(for now).
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Old 04-24-14, 03:09 AM   #2855
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This is my new SS



I was hit by a motorist in February, and a friend threw this together for me as a get well gift. Other than the brake levers, it's all Campagnolo(even the hoops). Soon I'll convert it back to a geared bike with period correct components, but this works for me(for now).
Pity the handle bars weren't tight and have slipped
Nah, she looks good, a real back killer with that saddle to bar drop but if you're flexible enough to ride it, go for it.

Incidentally, I've never understood that 'the end of the bars must be parallel to the ground' advice. It puts the run to the brake levers at a downward angle ie, they don't support you and puts the ends of the bars at the wrong angle to support you. I honestly think it's something that comes from the 'we must have a formula' era when all sorts of foolishness (like KOPS) became law.

If that were my bike, I'd rotate those bars up so the run to the brakes was either flat or at an angle that supports your hand, then slide the brake levers forwards until you get a smooth transition from bars to brake hoods. I'd get some real pedals too, but I can't see the point in clipless for every day riding. And a nice leather saddle so you can ride it for longer than fifteen minutes without padded panties.
You should see me when I REALLY start getting heretical.
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Old 04-25-14, 04:17 AM   #2856
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Needs silver levers and -2 valve caps. Also like -5 gear inches from the looks of it.
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If that were my bike, I'd rotate those bars up so the run to the brakes was either flat or at an angle that supports your hand, then slide the brake levers forwards until you get a smooth transition from bars to brake hoods. I'd get some real pedals too, but I can't see the point in clipless for every day riding. And a nice leather saddle so you can ride it for longer than fifteen minutes without padded panties.
You should see me when I REALLY start getting heretical.

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This is my new SS



I was hit by a motorist in February, and a friend threw this together for me as a get well gift. Other than the brake levers, it's all Campagnolo(even the hoops). Soon I'll convert it back to a geared bike with period correct components, but this works for me(for now).
Other than the saddle-to-bar drop, I dig it.
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Old 04-25-14, 01:24 PM   #2859
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tell me how perfect my commuter is...

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Old 04-25-14, 01:30 PM   #2860
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new to the forum, lovin' this thread.

tell me how perfect my commuter is...

The rear wheel ought to match the front. The chainring should be silver. The brake should be silver. Not a fan of the sticker but... The frame looks nice and the saddle is appropriate. What is going on with the brake lever?
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The rear wheel ought to match the front. The chainring should be silver. The brake should be silver. Not a fan of the sticker but... The frame looks nice and the saddle is appropriate. What is going on with the brake lever?
lots of people tell me about silver brake. i was originally planning to get silver crankset but was in a rush to finish this bike last year before winter and ended up buying 48t that was easily accessible... i don't care too much to change it now.

it's an old 82 panasonic i bought off kijiji to convert and i used the original lever which has 2 levers on it for different positions and looks something like:

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...tell me how perfect my commuter is...
Got to love the assumptive close...
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Old 04-25-14, 02:00 PM   #2863
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it's an old 82 panasonic i bought off kijiji to convert and i used the original lever which has 2 levers on it for different positions and looks something like:
This is definitely something I don't like.
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Old 04-25-14, 03:10 PM   #2864
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aka "suicide levers" or "turkey wings".
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Old 04-25-14, 04:01 PM   #2865
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aka "suicide levers" or "turkey wings".
did not know that—thanks!
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Old 04-25-14, 04:32 PM   #2866
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Other than the saddle-to-bar drop, I dig it.
It's funny that a few have pointed out saddle-bar drop as an issue. It's the same as my road bike, and that has never given me an issue. I guess I'm more flexible than many here. I would like a longer stem for a bit more reach.
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That's fine. I used to ride like that and these days I have no idea how I ever did it. My riding style has really mellowed out over the years.
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Old 04-25-14, 06:42 PM   #2869
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Is there any particular reason why you didn't use levers that would allow cable routing under the tape?

It also looks like there is a rear caliper and lever but no cable. wut?
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Other than the saddle-to-bar drop, I dig it.
I agree, solid ride though.
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Is there any particular reason why you didn't use levers that would allow cable routing under the tape?

It also looks like there is a rear caliper and lever but no cable. wut?
I had the Superbe levers and they are too sweet to waste and a 40 year old bike looks right with standard levers (I might connect my bell to the dummy). The rear "brake" is actually a ring lock that secures the rear wheel to the frame and the red loctite in the bolts makes removing it a b***** so I can worry less about my handbuilt wheels.



I swapped in a 20 tooth cog this evening to take care of the steep gearing issue... now I can run a 72/79 gearing.

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The rear "brake" is actually a ring lock that secures the rear wheel to the frame and the red loctite in the bolts makes removing it a b***** so I can worry less about my handbuilt wheels.
Sneaky sneaky old man.
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Sneaky sneaky old man.
One would normally mount the ring lock inside the frame but it looks better and is more conspicuous with it's face out... if I am just running in and out I can shackle the front wheel to the frame (and something solid) and engage the ring lock.

It also keeps the bike from rolling / falling if you use it as parking brake...
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One would normally mount the ring lock inside the frame but it looks better and is more conspicuous with it's face out... if I am just running in and out I can shackle the front wheel to the frame (and something solid) and engage the ring lock.

It also keeps the bike from rolling / falling if you use it as parking brake...
It also leads to harmless amusement for spectators when you forget to unlock the thing (I had one on my bike when I was in high school)
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Just finished her. What do you think.
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