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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 12-19-04, 03:43 PM   #1
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Fixie and a trailer.. bad mojo :)

Say you take a perfectly sweet steel track fixie and slap some BOB Nutz on the rear. Say, in a fit of mental aberration, you hitch up a trailer to it, 'cos it Just Fits (what, on a 120mm hub? apparently so!). And say, just hypothetically, you tool around hilly countryside picking up boxes of turnips. You'd learn these things:

Trailer + Fixie does work, but it's gloriously daft! That trailer is a damn ANCHOR when you hit a steep spot! Track bikes have whippy-ass chainstays of death!
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Old 12-19-04, 04:20 PM   #2
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so ...erm...your chainstay borke?
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Old 12-19-04, 04:26 PM   #3
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Dunno, dude I bought my last bike from (SS MTB) was singing the praises of fixed + trailer. Perhaps in your particular circumstances it turned out to be a bad combo.
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Old 12-19-04, 04:29 PM   #4
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I actually have a fixie that I set up specifically to use with my BOB Trailer (YAK). Its my converted Huffy Superstar, (allow time for laughter), I run a brake on it, but for a while I didnt have one. I use it for when I make LARGE liquor store runs. Its good to have, but I woulnt dare use it if I lived in a hilly area. This summer I will probably run a back brake on that bike as, just as an extra precaution... actually, New Years is coming up, maybe I should run another brake before that liquor store run!
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Old 12-19-04, 04:34 PM   #5
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This has jack all to do with trailers but everything to do with liquor stores, particularly as I'm quite intoxicated at the moment from the proceeds.

Yesterday I put to the test my ghetto-fabulous rear rack + milk crate. Loaded that bad boy up with a twelve pack plus 3.5L of booze. Rolling down the street with twelve bottles jingling, a chain jangling (gotta run it dry, dontcha know), fendres a rattlin', and a partridge in a pear tree. In an embarassing sort of way, I felt like the jolliest f'ing elf ever.

Meanwhile I need to take the damn dog for a walk and work some of this out of my system.
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Old 12-19-04, 08:00 PM   #6
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Bostontrevor. You describe yourself as looking like many people around here who spend the night dumpsterdiving and turn up at the liquor store at 9:15 lining up for the 9:30 opening to reclaim the deposits and buy the days supply.
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Old 12-20-04, 03:25 AM   #7
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Nothing wrong with dumpster diving! The speed control with the trailer on was nice, really good traction, but a track bike just ain't the right bike to be hauling loads with. It's so wrong I was giggling the whole way (when I wasn't gasping for breath, natch).
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