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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 01-19-05, 06:44 PM   #1
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I've got my flip flop wheelset with a freewheel waiting on the other side. I've ridden fixed exclusively because I've never had brakes. All of a sudden, I find myself very curious what it's like to ride my bike singlespeed, I've never done that before, unless you count my other coaster brake bike. I want to see how far I can roll. I want to test my bearings.

However, I am afraid to let brake pads touch my pretty ($$$) wheels with bad weather.

What would you guys do?

p.s. I've already got the calipers, cables and levers, would just like to get new pads for them.

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Old 01-19-05, 06:46 PM   #2
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Stay fixed - you have better control on ice that way. You don't want to start the slide back to coasting - next thing you know you'll be putting on deraillers and brakes, and that would just be wrong...
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Old 01-19-05, 06:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, my bike kicks booty in the snow/ice! I'm just so curious, though!

Funny thing, I am sort of thinking about getting a cyclocross rear wheel, maybe a nice Ringle cassette hub, 7 speed, and slappin' it on there for an MS 150 ride. It wouldn't be much work.

Ok, bring it on now! I'll be hearin' it I'm sure!
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Old 01-19-05, 06:59 PM   #4
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For the 150 here in Ohio, I would stay single speed. Don't let the distance decieve you, ITS ALL FLAT!! Just get a nice comfy gear that will give you about 15-17 mph with a medium cadence and pray for good weather.
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After riding fixed for a few months I tried out my poor dusty SS mtb. Felt all wrong, I kept thinking my chain broke. Give it a shot, you will always wonder if you don't.
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You don't want to start the slide back to coasting - next thing you know you'll be putting on deraillers and brakes, and that would just be wrong...
I don't know about that. I built up a six-speed for longer rides/ days when I feel lazy, and I just hated it. Too complicated, too many annoying clicking sounds, no pretty chainline, etc. So I busted the six-speed down to a singlespeed and I'm happy. It'll never supplant the fixed gear, but it's nice enough to ride that if I want to take the fixie out of commission for a few days for upgrades and parts swaps, I still enjoy riding. Also, when it's punishingly cold, as it has been in Boston of late, I can slack a little some days, which is helpful.

So all I'm saying is, a freewheel need not be a terrible slippery slope.
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For the 150 here in Ohio, I would stay single speed. Don't let the distance decieve you, ITS ALL FLAT!! Just get a nice comfy gear that will give you about 15-17 mph with a medium cadence and pray for good weather.
i second that, especially if you are talking about the maumee-port clinton ride. i've done several ms society-supported centuries here in michigan, which is only slightly more mountainous than northwest ohio, fixed at 50:17 and not regretted it for an instant.
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So all I'm saying is, a freewheel need not be a terrible slippery slope.
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Old 01-20-05, 10:50 AM   #10
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Wait for spring if you don't want to get stuff gunked up.

Just because you want to coast doesn't make you a bad person, or a traitor to the fixie cause :c)
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You have the parts so give it a try...pads won't hose your rim all that much unless they get really imbedded with crap...bet you don't like it as much as fixed, though!
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Do It! It'll make you appreciate your fixed gear that much more.
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