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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 10-11-12, 10:15 PM   #5901
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Pasela TG's run a bit small I think.
I concur, doctor. My 25c Pasela TG looks close to my 23c Gator. And my 28c TG looks close...well you get the picture. Great tires so far, and they look so classy.
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Old 10-11-12, 11:39 PM   #5902
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Any downside to using a front MTB hub for a wheel build for the fixed gear? I just won a XT hub off Ebay for next to nothing.
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Old 10-12-12, 06:28 AM   #5903
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Just what I thought. Are non italian ones the lower grade aluminum? How would I tell?
The mass-produced version of the Gara - which was being distributed in the US by Leader last year - is made of standard 6061-AL and looks like this. The Italian-made version is made of custom-drawn Dedacciai Fire 7003-AL and looks like this.

While the two frames do appear to be very similar, the most obvious way to tell the difference is the dropouts.

edit: are you talking about the ones on eBay? If so, those are the mass-produced frames (Cog House = Leader). $415 for the frame and carbon fork is a pretty good deal.
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Old 10-12-12, 06:30 AM   #5904
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Any downside to using a front MTB hub for a wheel build for the fixed gear?
None.
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Old 10-12-12, 07:56 AM   #5905
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The mass-produced version of the Gara - which was being distributed in the US by Leader last year - is made of standard 6061-AL and looks like this. The Italian-made version is made of custom-drawn Dedacciai Fire 7003-AL and looks like this.

While the two frames do appear to be very similar, the most obvious way to tell the difference is the dropouts.

edit: are you talking about the ones on eBay? If so, those are the mass-produced frames (Cog House = Leader). $415 for the frame and carbon fork is a pretty good deal.
Great answer, thanks. I had researched and seen that yours was the 7000 series and the cheaper ones advertised were 6000 series. Makes sense why it was so cheap. Even though its not a bad deal, I think im going to keep shopping for a decent steel bike. But yeah its the ones on ebay by coghouse.
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Old 10-12-12, 01:37 PM   #5906
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Any downside to using a front MTB hub for a wheel build for the fixed gear? I just won a XT hub off Ebay for next to nothing.
20mm thru-axle fixed gear! F**kyeah!
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Old 10-12-12, 07:17 PM   #5907
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I have some time off next weekend and am planning to get out of Providence for a day or two and was thinking about taking the train to Boston and then biking up to Beverly and visiting the shop on Saturday if it isnt raining out. If you have ever biked into the city any routes you suggest besides the one through Lynn and Salem/Peabody?
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Shimano XT 32h hub
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Should I do it 3x or 2x?
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Scrod: whats your favorite way to make horchata?
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Old 10-13-12, 10:06 AM   #5910
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Should I do it 3x or 2x?
Either way will be just as strong. 2X will be minimally lighter.
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I have some time off next weekend and am planning to get out of Providence for a day or two and was thinking about taking the train to Boston and then biking up to Beverly and visiting the shop on Saturday if it isnt raining out. If you have ever biked into the city any routes you suggest besides the one through Lynn and Salem/Peabody?
I've never ridden to the city so I'm not really sure of the best route. Google will put you on Rt. 107 through Lynn into Salem but it's not a good route at all. Ghetto, ****ty roads and terrifying sections of multi-lane, maniacal traffic.
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Scrod: whats your favorite way to make horchata?
There are a few ways of making it using cooked rice but I usually use this easy recipe:
  • 1 cup of uncooked white long-grain rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk (or unflavored rice milk if you're vegan)
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract (no artificial crap)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp of light agave nectar (or to taste)

Put the rice and water into a blender and mix until the rice just begins to break up, (about a minute). Let the rice and water mixture hang out (covered) at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Strain the rice water into a pitcher and toss the rice (I use a layer of cheesecloth in a small wire colander). Stir the rest of the stuff into the rice water. Chill and stir well before serving over ice.
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Old 10-13-12, 11:06 AM   #5913
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Hey Scrod,

What's the recommended chain tension for a fixed gear road bike? I mainly use it for daily commute and daily general riding/for fun.

Also when are the V2' straps & Odyssey Twisted pedals will be in stock? I need a new pair of Straps and pedals!
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Hey Scrod,

You know anything about good quick release fenders? Meaning could you or the NotScrod Consortium recommend any?
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What's the recommended chain tension for a fixed gear road bike? I mainly use it for daily commute and daily general riding/for fun.
Having a little bit of slack will keep your drivetrain running much more smoothly and prevent your chain from wearing prematurely (see my PedalRoom links below for visual reference).

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See the first post of this thread.
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There are a few ways of making it using cooked rice but I usually use this easy recipe:
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Old 10-13-12, 07:18 PM   #5918
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Scrod, have ever rode off-road on SS/...FG(?)
And if you would, what handlebar style would you prefer?
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I never have but would like to. I'd most likely go with risers.
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I might suggest these, too, especially if you've got a set of hoods or drop bar brake levers kicking around.

http://www.pinkbike.com/product/wtb/...Road-Drop-Bar/
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Dear Scrod,
I just bought a Selle Turbo saddle and I have heard mixed reviews concerning the dye bleeding onto the riders pants/shorts. Is this also your experience with this saddle?
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I've never had any trouble with mine, even after riding in the rain.
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I've never had any trouble with mine, even after riding in the rain.
Thanks, It must be a few isolated events.
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scrod, whats the weight of a wheelsmith brass nipple? tryin to figure out how much my wheels are gonna weigh
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