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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 11-28-11, 07:20 PM   #1576
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Yeah I did. thanks again
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Old 11-28-11, 07:25 PM   #1577
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I don't think so but I wouldn't do it - even if I weight 145 lbs.
That's what I've been thinking.
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Old 11-28-11, 07:29 PM   #1578
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How do you calculate spoke length? Is that something sheldon brown would have?
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are Tektro R320 caliper the same brakes as the bikedirect ones? looking to get a similar setup as angie's on this and wondering if I'm going to need a shim with those economy brakes from bikeisland or if they're gtg for chargers and/or leader bars
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Old 11-28-11, 07:47 PM   #1580
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How do you calculate spoke length? Is that something sheldon brown would have?
We swear by this spoke calculator.

It hasn't been wrong yet.
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Old 11-28-11, 07:57 PM   #1581
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Does adding up TT and stem length accurately add up how much reach you have?
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What kind of watch do you wear?
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Old 11-28-11, 08:54 PM   #1583
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Scrod,

I see you ride with toe clips/straps. Why do you prefer them over velcro straps? Just kind of looking for the pro/cons.
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Old 11-28-11, 09:29 PM   #1584
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Wait, Scrod doesn't ride clip less?
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Old 11-28-11, 09:46 PM   #1585
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This has been addressed before. He tried it once but didn't like wearing special shoes.
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Dave, should I buy this: http://www.bikesdirect.com/incredibl..._framesets.htm

used as a beater bike. I'm short on funds though. Part of me says its a good idea so that I'll have a bike I can ride in the rain and all that bull****, but another part of me says I'll drop more money into it than it's worth. It is crmo though, but I'm going to have to buy or find more than half of the components that it doesn't come with.
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This has been addressed before.
In this very thread, IIRC.
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Don't do it. I built my Raleigh beater from things found in the trash. Total actual cost was around 20 bucks.
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^Damn, man. I wish I knew where to look for that kind of ****. I'll just start riding around and looking in the dumpsters behind bike shops.
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Old 11-28-11, 11:26 PM   #1590
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In this very thread, IIRC.
Yes, it was. I know cause I asked it
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Old 11-28-11, 11:28 PM   #1591
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^Damn, man. I wish I knew where to look for that kind of ****. I'll just start riding around and looking in the dumpsters behind bike shops.
I found most of the stuff on the side of the road.
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Old 11-28-11, 11:31 PM   #1592
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^Damn, man. I wish I knew where to look for that kind of ****. I'll just start riding around and looking in the dumpsters behind bike shops.
Apartments dumpsters have been more lucrative for me than bike shop dumpsters. It takes a LOT of peeking on a daily basis 'til you find one, though. Sometimes bike shops with a busy repair business will have stuff that folks left behind so you should ask them what they have for cheap. Some C&V dudes are actually able to cruise bike heaps in their local landfills. A lot of areas will have one day a year where you can huck your large trash out on your lawn and the city will come by and grab it. This can also be a goldmine.

The absolute best for me has been my local Salvation Army. $10-30 bikes that I spy on the day before half price day, get there when doors open and rejoice.
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Old 11-28-11, 11:32 PM   #1593
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I don't wear a watch.
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Of all the times I've ridden my bike in Oakland and Davis, I've only found abandoned pink/purple Mongoose. fuuuuuu
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Old 11-28-11, 11:35 PM   #1595
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We swear by this spoke calculator.

It hasn't been wrong yet.
Ok I found that on sheldon brown's site also. Looks pretty easy to use. Thanx
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Of all the times I've ridden my bike in Oakland and Davis, I've only found abandoned pink/purple Mongoose. fuuuuuu
That's because it's the Bay Area and anything not nailed to the ground gets stolen, broken down, and sold at swap meets. :|
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Scrod,
do you smoke (cigarettes)?
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^For real, man.
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do you smoke (cigarettes)?
Nope. I did for a long time but quit about 5 years ago. It wasn't difficult at all...I just decided I didn't want to smoke anymore, so I didn't.

Whenever I see someone struggling with quitting smoking, I really don't understand. All it takes is some discipline.

Another thing that made it easy is the realization of the industry I was helping to support, how much money it cost me and what I was potentially doing to my own body. I'm a tough mother****er and I'll be damned if something as stupid as cigarettes would be the thing that brings me down.
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Old 11-29-11, 12:12 AM   #1600
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^For real, man.
srs question. i've been (mostly) off for about 2 years now and riding was/is a major motivation to quit.

good on you, mr.zilla!
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