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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 01-07-05, 12:37 PM   #1
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When fixed gear meets "hey, watch this guy"

Just one of those days.

Guy stops by with the IRO that I built up for him. Nice bike, flat bars with -25 degree threadless stem. I'm tooling around on it while it still has the headlight battery attached to the seat and I decide to see if a wheelie is possible. Bear in mind that I'm clipped into Eggbeaters and up, up, and over the bike goes. Hmmm, a bit too much pull on the bars perhaps. Bike flies forward and I do a nice ass plant onto frozen gravel. Snot rockets were flying as all had a good laugh. Bike left with a nice tatto on the rear of the seat (yes, I'll be fixing that later).

One more thing to mark off my list of ways to be-da-fool
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Old 01-07-05, 12:43 PM   #2
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I've done that. I was, however, on my own bike. I cursed loudly and acted like something was wrong with the bike. Nobody fell for it.
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Old 01-07-05, 01:35 PM   #3
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yep, I've done that. Just coming out of the pub, fooling around...
Landed right on my lock around my waist! left a deep purple bruise all the next week.
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Old 01-07-05, 03:19 PM   #4
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you can do wheelies on a fixie? haha, thats crazy, but i guess with the right gear ratio its possible, i think mine is alittle too high
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Old 01-07-05, 03:22 PM   #5
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Wheelie worsts:
Did it wearing sweatpants -platform pedal, but the crotch of the pants caught over the saddle. I got my feet on the ground and started running as my stem tried to slap me in the face.
Then I had to pull my underwear out of my @$$.

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Old 01-07-05, 04:19 PM   #6
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haha, that reminds me of when i ate it last pub crawl. right after a "hey, watch this guys!" i tried to see how long i could balance riding with no hands and no feet. i went pretty far but wound up gracefully putting a foot in between a couple of front spokes when i tried to recover. totally shredded a new pair of pants. good times.
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