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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 11-01-11, 11:24 PM   #26
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Variety... challenge... fun.
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Old 11-01-11, 11:24 PM   #27
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I love my road bike too much to ever leave it locked up out of sight. Anywhere.

I figured the fixed gear would be fun, cheap, and teach good habits to carry over to the geared bike.

After riding the fg around all week I find that I coast much less and have a smoother pedal stroke on my road bike.
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Old 11-01-11, 11:41 PM   #28
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1. Sheldon Brown said so.

2. Like everyone else mentioned, simplicity and easier maintenance. I love only having a front brake (I realize many go brakeless).
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Old 11-02-11, 04:30 AM   #29
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1. I get places quicker. I didn't realize how much I coasted until I saw how much faster I am when I can't.
2. It's fun.
3. I can easily service just about everything on my bike. I'm sure gears aren't that bad if you know what you're doing, but I like simple.
4. I am in great shape, mostly because of my bike. Genetics would ass**** me if I didn't ride.
5. The challenge. Conquering the apex of a beast hill feels good.

I love my bike.
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Old 11-02-11, 05:26 AM   #30
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I ride fixed because 'P-Fars are no longer in 'style'
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Old 11-02-11, 06:20 AM   #31
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Why do you guys ride FG/SS as opposed to having gears?
You can have it both ways:

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Because FG is different. Like getting on a snowboard after you've only been skiing for a while. Makes you do you regular rides with a new approach.

And when you try to describe it to non-biking people, when you point out that there's no freewheeling, they can't quite comprehend, get quizzical looks on their faces, and usually ultimately think it way dangerous and that you are likely insane. Like telling someone you ride rollers.

I don't buy into the whole fixie zen BS -- you can get that out of a geared bike, you just gotta put more effort into it if your zen includes personally keeping things working top-notch. For them who are into mechanical systems, derailleur drivetrain, knowing how to tune it, maintain it, shift properly, etc. is just as zen, if not more, than fixed riding.

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Sweet drivetrain! Is there more than one cog out back, to match the douple chainring up front...?
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Old 11-02-11, 07:49 AM   #33
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ridin fixed until beach cruizers are teh rage
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Old 11-02-11, 07:54 AM   #34
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"Putting more effort into achieving zen" is a good oxymoron.
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i ride fixed because i saw the trailer for "Premium Rush". i also started skating after i saw "Gleaming the Cube".
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Old 11-02-11, 08:15 AM   #36
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I ride fixed because I'm mad at my parents. **** you Mom!
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I actually did it so I could sup sqrls.
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Old 11-02-11, 08:59 AM   #38
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Meh. It's something different.
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A lot of my friends in college started building fixed gears. It became kind of a cool group thing. I didn't even realize it was a widespread thing because I just kind of took tips from them.

They're easy to build, cost effective, fun, carry swag points, are always a good talking point (especially with non cyclists), and sweet skidzz are always sweet.
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ridin fixed until beach cruizers are teh rage
Actually, they already are in Sactown. Don't get me started....
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because my dad is a roadie
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Old 11-02-11, 12:52 PM   #42
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"Putting more effort into achieving zen" is a good oxymoron.
To each their own. Lotsa zen mthfkrs out there would say "fixie zen?!? BWAHAHAHahahahahaaaaa... *hack, cough, gasp*"
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Sweet drivetrain! Is there more than one cog out back, to match the douple chainring up front...?
No; the double chainring is only because I didn't have short enough bolts to mount a single. TA rings are kind of unique...
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In high school I really wanted to build myself a bike and I didn't have a ton of money so acquiring a single speed freewheel from a friend was a lot easier than finding a set of derailleurs that worked on my budget. One day I went to the co-op and decided to ghetto rig a fixed cog on my wheel and never looked back. Sure I crashed a ton on that junky conversion and now I'm on a much better bike, but I've always enjoyed fixed. I feel really in control of the bike. Also, sqrls
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Old 11-02-11, 06:23 PM   #45
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I ride fixed because I'm mad at my parents. **** you Mom!
I am so stealing that.
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Old 11-02-11, 08:06 PM   #46
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Because Sheldon said it would be fun. He was right.
I enjoy having control of my rear wheel especially while it rains, plus it helps with scoring with the hipster grrlz. bar spins, keo spinz, and skidz
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Meh. It's something different.
not anymore, and not really at all for the last 5 or more years.
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because my dad is a roadie
ur such a rebel.
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fixed is fun, but gets you very sweaty and all which is awkward when you're riding your bike to a girls house.
geared kinda takes the challenge out of riding because you'll always switch gears when climbing because you actually have gears which takes the challenge away, but it is awesome for long rides... and SS is a blend which i prefer; i get to coast and pace myself when I start to feel the sweat coming and also get somewhat of a challange. I use fixed for all my climbing workouts though, helps me from taking a coasting break.
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ur such a rebel.
jk i ride a roadie too..but i'd rather ride fixed
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