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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 05-20-11, 10:11 AM   #1
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And it begins... my intro to bicycling and fixed



Picked up my Surly Steamroller from my LBS about an hour ago. All stock as of now... but heck, I won't need more than this for a while. I'm apparently out of shape, my legs are going to hate me for the next few weeks I'm sure.

Cell phone pic for now, but I plan on doing some photos with lighting and all that fun junk here soon
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...and in true SSFG form, you setup a photoshoot before you log 10 miles on it.





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Old 05-20-11, 10:31 AM   #3
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...and in true SSFG form, you setup a photoshoot before you log 10 miles on it.





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Ha ha ha! White background and everything..
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yeah...take pictures of your bike.

Also, if thats a brand new model of the Steamroller I strongly suggest upping the gear ratio abit.
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Also take off that back brake
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Also take off that back brake
or not

nobody understands the joy of a double braked fixed until they try it
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nobody understands the joy of a double braked fixed until they try it
Well, in Davis CA anyway. Muckybrake rules!
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what ratio is it now?

If you are new to cycling AND fixed then leave the rear brake on, it won't hurt. FWIW I run two brakes.
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that's one of them new 2011 steamrollers that tejano was complaining about in the great deal thread. how do you like it?
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leave the rear brake on, it won't hurt.
yeah but then people on the internet won't think you're cool
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Is that a Pelican case in the back? Those things are tits.
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Awesome cases; I just put together mine for air travel for my dslr with 2 abloy locks
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Congrats on the new bike dude!

Hey TejanoTrackie, are you in living in Davis? I made the mistake of not bringing my bike while visiting some friends in between jobs. SuPer bike friendly place. It reminds me of Logan ut without all the Mormons haha
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No, I don't live in Davis. My comment was meant as a joke based on the fact that bike riders can get a ticket there if they don't have a rear brake, which is the reason for the infamous Muckybrake. I live in the DFW metroplex in Texas, which is totally bike unfriendly, but the cops don't care about bikes and won't hassle you about brakes.
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No, I don't live in Davis. My comment was meant as a joke based on the fact that bike riders can get a ticket there if they don't have a rear brake, which is the reason for the infamous Muckybrake. I live in the DFW metroplex in Texas, which is totally bike unfriendly, but the cops don't care about bikes and won't hassle you about brakes.
We also have BUI's... take a guess what that means. It takes 3 squad cars as well.

But California law states only 1 brake is needed, so it's perfectly legal to have only one. That's the reason for the Muckybrake.
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Picked up my Surly Steamroller from my LBS about an hour ago. All stock as of now... but heck, I won't need more than this for a while. I'm apparently out of shape, my legs are going to hate me for the next few weeks I'm sure.

Cell phone pic for now, but I plan on doing some photos with lighting and all that fun junk here soon
Welcome to your new addiction! Next thing you know you will be robbing your neighbors to sling their stuff for bike parts!
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I had a whole reply typed up and accidentally closed the tab.

Anyway, yes, it's a pelican, love the case. I can't remember the gear ratio, my friends were over and were talking about it but I forgot. I'll pick up on all that soon enough, I'm a quick learner.

Back brake will go soon once I'm a bit more used to riding, front brake will always stay on. I'll give it at most a week before that back brake goes. Don't want to wear down the rim.

I'm setting myself up for a 12 mile round trip ride in the morning, the best USA beer bar is having a pancake breakfast with an amazing selection of some of the best stouts in the world to go with it... I was going to drive, but heck, I'll kill myself biking it. Wish me luck.
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