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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 11-18-12, 11:31 PM   #1
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New to Forums and Sport! Just got my first bike, FEEDBACK please :)

HERE IS THE BIKE
Nitto drop bars.
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original lasco crankset.
demolition pedals.
Alex rims g6000 double walled wheelset. flip flop hub. w tube and tires.
specialized stem.
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neco headset.
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Old 11-18-12, 11:38 PM   #2
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What's your gearing?
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Old 11-18-12, 11:43 PM   #3
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What's your terrain like?
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Then you might want to gear down. Spinning a smaller gear is more efficient than mashing a big gear.

You're currently spinning around 70 gear inches, which isn't big at all. I think it's just lack of conditioning. Ride more, as much as possible, it will get easier.
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I think you paid a fair price. You should expect to get about the same for it in LA's bike market.
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Old 11-19-12, 12:16 AM   #7
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thanks nagrom! what about the bike itself, do you know how much the bike is worth in this condition? with these parts. i paid $360 did i get a good deal and if i wanted to sell in the future will i get about the same?
Around these parts, that's a question better asked before you buy anything. The fact that you don't know the brand name is a concern.

I ride 48-18 in L.A. too, and I spin out going downhill, but it's just about right for going up slight inclines. Easy to push on flat terrain. You might get used to it, but 48-19 could work for you too. Climbing hard for 5-10 minutes straight must mean you're hitting pretty big hills.
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Old 11-19-12, 07:03 AM   #8
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I don't think smoking has anything to do with. Once you learn to ride no hands you'll be able to light your cigs without slowing down. They make special lighters which help.

As for stopping when you felt like you were going to pass out, that's like turning off the car when you THINK it's gonna run out of gas. The only way to know if the gauge is accurate is to keep going until you actually do pass out. That will give you a baseline to compare to.

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That's the spirit.

Take a picture of that head badge. I also think the frame might be too small for you. And track derps are not good for a noob.
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Old 11-19-12, 01:55 PM   #9
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Definitely try gearing down to 48/19. That's what I've been running here in the city of angels, and I haven't yet come across a hill that wore me out.
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As for stopping when you felt like you were going to pass out, that's like turning off the car when you THINK it's gonna run out of gas. The only way to know if the gauge is accurate is to keep going until you actually do pass out. That will give you a baseline to compare to.
LOL nice mental image

48x18 is fine. I would stick to it for now if you are in the LA basin. I'm in the foothills and that gearing is ok.
Sounds like the biggest factor is your lungs are probably raisins right now. Let that crap clear out and get healthy, then start spending money on the bike.
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