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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 02-11-05, 05:16 AM   #1
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First Week Fixed

After riding a singlespeed as my daily transport for just over a year I finally took the plunge and built up a fixed gear which I completed last weekend. Having survive my first week commuting into Central London on it I just felt the need to share a few thoughts.

First up it's a hoot. I haven't stopped grinning since I got on the bike on Monday morning.

Second, it's not a difficult as I had expected either in terms of remembering to pedal all the time, slowing/stopping using the pedals or in terms of spinning like a loon down the hills.

Finally, eveything seems to happen a lot faster (in a good way) on a fixed road bike than it did on a SS MTB on slicks.

I realise that this won't be that interesting for most of you but thanks for listening.
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Old 02-11-05, 07:20 AM   #2
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Congrats! Im glad fixed riding is taking off more in london, even some shops that didnt have a clue last summer are getting a bit more clued up about it.
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Hey IronHorse, that's awesome! I too started riding fixed about four days ago. I LOVE it. I converted an old Bianchi road bike, repainted, made some bullhorns for it. This is my first conversion. It's been cold as hell here, but I still manage to grin while I ride as well. If you get a chance, post some pics of your ride. Here's mine, "Bella".
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Anyone know Andrea's email?

I took this pic back in '02 outside Condor on Grays Inn rd. His brand new custom track bike. First time 'sans brakes'. Actually, I think it was his first track bike. I told him he was bloody mad
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Dont know him but I see him often, or at least someone that looks like that on the same frame.
Once Im back working, I could try an get it for ya, who should I say is asking? Mr. White?
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I liked watching that show "Peep Show" on BBC, but it's not on anymore, what gives??

That was the most hilarious show I've ever seen. Was it cancelled?
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After riding a singlespeed as my daily transport for just over a year I finally took the plunge and built up a fixed gear which I completed last weekend.
welcome to the experience! have fun.




...now it puts the lotion in the basket.
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