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Old 09-07-16, 01:00 PM
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Question about Old vs New preferences

Hey y'all

I recently built up a Jamis Beatnik frame for my roomie's girlfriend into a bmx bar single speed for her to go to and from work every now again. This was the first time I had worked on a frame that was younger than me (30 years) and when I was testing it, it felt good, fun, light, snappy.

I haven't been riding my fixed for a couple months now, mainly because I haven't been riding much at all. I jumped back on it the other day after finishing the beatnik and it felt heavy. I felt like I was fighting it. Some of that is just that I'm out of shape and out of the routine. Some more of that is that its the dreaded 70's road to fixed conversion thing. That means the BB is spindle and bearings, the handlebars are butchered drops, the wheels are 27 1/4s (there were the first wheels I ever built)

I was putting thought into getting one of these trendy new steel frames with the straight forks and everything and putting together a purpose built fixed gear. SO...

my question is just how much of a different experience have you found riding old steel fixed vs. new steel. Night and Day? Night and Dusk?

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