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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 02-10-05, 10:52 PM   #1
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impotent

damn had to switch my 52 cog to a 43. it's too small...
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Old 02-11-05, 09:23 AM   #2
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Dude, that's sort of a big step down. Maybe something a little more intermediate might be good for ya. How about a 46? What's your cog again?
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Old 02-11-05, 10:09 AM   #3
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on a completely unrelated note, does anyone wonder about an increased risk of becoming impotent due to riding?
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Old 02-11-05, 10:13 AM   #4
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noope, but I'm praying that I'm sterile.
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thankfully all my reproductive goodies are on the inside. ha!
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What's your cog again?
16 right Alexi?

Damn what did you go make that kind of a switch for anyway. You're going to spinning out going up hills.
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Old 02-11-05, 11:06 AM   #7
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thankfully all my reproductive goodies are on the inside. ha!
Not only that, you get the Bicycle Smile fringe benefit.
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Old 02-11-05, 01:51 PM   #8
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I broke my 52 ring yesterday, i think a chainring bolt came loose and one of the arms snapped, the only other 1/8th chainring i have in the house is 43.
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Old 02-11-05, 07:17 PM   #9
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Nice work! You were pushing too tall a gear anyhow, you wouldn't have gotten used to it, woulda just wrecked your knees instead.
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well i'm still waiting for a 19 tooth cog in the mail...
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on a completely unrelated note, does anyone wonder about an increased risk of becoming impotent due to riding?
I'm sure being overweight and diabetic with a bad ticker carries far greater risk.
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If you are positioned correctly, ( meaning correct frame size, position set-up etc.), you will never need to be concerned about this. Great cycling champions, Merckx,Hinault,LeMond and Armstrong to name a few ........... have children ! When they started manufacturing saddles with holes in the middle, some 8-10 years ago........, I had a good laugh ! I thought what a great marketing scam ! ! Having raced professionally ( yes, with LeMond,Hampsten and Phinney to name a few) from the mid seventies through the late 80's ....logging about 35,000 miles per season...... you would think I would be impotent if saddles[U] really [/U] needed a hole in them. This was just good marketing to appease the people who did not have a clue about bike morphology. Like so many things in our culture......... throw money at something and it will fix the problem, ......... without taking a good look at what is truly causing the problem.
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Old 02-12-05, 05:55 PM   #13
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52t isnt so bad in boston. before i went back to working fulltime, i was riding 52 just to see if i could do it without brakes. doing that to myself for 40+ hours a week would be knee-suicide for sure.. now its 48.
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Yeah, but what were you cranking out back?
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Hm. I see.

Well unless you're cruising at 20mph, you're probably wasting your time anyhow.
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Old 02-12-05, 07:58 PM   #17
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I love a 52-53X15,16,17 setup. It is like getting a freight train rolling and stopping once you get up to 21-23 mph. I was blowing by folks on the Greenway, and did a couple centuries with that set up. Of course once I started commuting 50+ miles a day, I came back to earth, I'll still hit 20-21 mph, but it isn't quite so hard on the knees, I'm enjoying either a 46 or 48 X 15, 16, 17. I have a couple frames that I switch the wheel sets on depending on my mood, and what I'm looking to accomplish.
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I figure around a 60 - 80 rpm cadence. Calculate your desired crusing speed from that. Unless you can hit that mph at the appropriate rpm, you should gear down (or up) as necessary.
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