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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 01-20-11, 03:11 AM   #1
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My new Kilo TT Stripper :D

This is my first foray into fixie land. I was surprised how natural riding fixed gear felt on my first day (yesterday)! It felt somehow familiar. I have only once forgotten I could not coast as usual (that was enough to never forget, ever again).

The saddle hurts.. oh it hurts.. so very bad.

It is so fun slowing the bike down with my whole body! It's like driving a manual instead of an automatic. At first I thought fixies were just some hipster fad but now I get it.. they are just way more fun to ride. So different, so much more intuitive. It feels more authentic; like I'm really earning my forward momentum. Or it's like I'm riding a horse! Like, I'm mostly in control of it.. but I have to work with the bike in order to make it do what I want.

Cool stuff.

I think I'm going to buy a new saddle, and I want to get that front brake off. I didn't have the right size tool so it's stripped now. I have to take it to a shop.

I love this bike!! It was only $390 shipped from Bikes Direct. I almost bought a Fuji Feather. I was all set to buy it. But I just loved the chrome! Must be from my BMX days. I had a chrome BMX bike that I loved dearly and it was stolen after I left it overnight.

Never leave your bike overnight. Anywhere!



I was in my kitchen so I couldn't get the whole bike in frame
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Old 01-20-11, 03:16 AM   #2
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Should I....should I ride it to bed then?

Congrats on the new bike but you might want to put your straps back on as they are necessity for riding a fixed gear. You might always want to put the bars back into the right direction as well.
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Old 01-20-11, 03:21 AM   #3
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Nice bike! I too am new to riding fixed gear. I've only been riding fixie for about 2 weeks. I can't believe how natural it feels. I'm afraid I may never go back...but in case I do, I have a flip-flop hub LOL.
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Old 01-20-11, 03:23 AM   #4
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Mine is flip flop too!

As for the straps.. I've been riding without my straps! In fact I haven't done anything BUT ride without straps! I don't get it..

I should mention that I also took off the rubber deals that are shown in the picture as well. That shot is right before I took those rubber things off, and then I went on my first ride. So I have only ridden with just straight pedals, no straps of any kind! 8D
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Old 01-20-11, 03:54 AM   #5
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You should pop those reflectors off the pedals too
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Old 01-20-11, 03:55 AM   #6
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I like the chrome kilo, almost got one myself. Congrats, and position your bars however you like em. Although that is pretty silly.
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Old 01-20-11, 04:36 AM   #7
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I like the chrome kilo, almost got one myself. Congrats, and position your bars however you like em. Although that is pretty silly.

I actually did that on accident lol. I have never assembled a bike before so I thought it looked right until somebody at a shop pointed it out. He was nice about it. I want those flat bars anyways.. i never liked the racey ones too much.
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Old 01-20-11, 06:51 AM   #8
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frame looks too big if that's how your seat is positioned while you are riding
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it is a complete necessity to run clips and straps in order to stop efficiently, unless you are running both front and rear brakes, and do not plan on going brakeless, put on your clips and straps. you'll get why in an event of an emergency(anytime you need to stop pretty much right away, so you don't end up on the ground, or in the middle of any intersection, or worst of all, dead)
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Old 01-20-11, 09:21 AM   #10
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Congrats you have a bike that's not set up right! but
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Old 01-20-11, 10:03 AM   #11
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Do yourself a favor and take it in to a shop to have the bike fitted for you. There's no way a mile of steerer tube and a slammed seat is suitable for you, or for anyone, unless you happen to be riding a beach cruiser.

As for the pedal setup... I have a friend who rides without foot retention and he can skid/skip better than most, but he's been riding fixed for many years now. You should put those straps back on. Better Fred than dead.

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Old 01-20-11, 12:15 PM   #12
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I thought this thread was going to be about a stripper who performs on a Kilo.

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Foot retention isn't fred. It's a requirement. I don't know how your friend does it without retention but I know I do not feel comfortable riding without it, I also have a brake.

If this is your first time on a fixie you should ride with a brake. I know HARDCORE riders who bounce through traffic and run lights during rush hour, brakeless. Talking to them they all say they learned how to ride with a brake, because they'd bomb hills, try and stop, fail and have to hit the brake.

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First day riding a fixie, get proper foot retention and a brake.
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I've been riding without my straps! In fact I haven't done anything BUT ride without straps! I don't get it..
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especially without that front brake hooked up.
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Old 01-20-11, 12:38 PM   #16
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Old 01-20-11, 01:13 PM   #17
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Yep, for more bettah skidzz and power strokes for mashing!

Oh, and love the bars and the chrome!
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Er, buddy, you've got the handlebars backwards.
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lol...ohh my.

please get your bike built up properly before you hurt yourself or someone else due to your lack of experience/knowledge?
(trying to say it in the nicest way possible because you seem pretty.... )
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What's the odds that his hub is going to be stripped...
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What's the odds that his hub is going to be stripped...
No brakes, no foot retention, back pedals / skids, hub strips, lockring and cog unscrew / fall off --------> Darwin award winner.
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My bikes stay overnight in my garage, everynight come to think of it!
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What's the odds that his hub is going to be stripped...
Somewhat high... had a friend strip his kilo's hub with his first skid... he was using the entirely nylon foot retention provided by BD thankfully...
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Somewhat high... had a friend strip his kilo's hub with his first skid... he was using the entirely nylon foot retention provided by BD thankfully...

How do you prevent stripping a hub?? Is it less likely with foot retention? I have toe clips and clipless but want to be sure there's not something else I should be doing to prevent stripping a hub?
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How do you prevent stripping a hub??
Properly tighten the cog and lockring before riding. They are NOT properly tightened from the factory.
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