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Old 01-14-19, 01:42 AM
A Roadie Forever
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I have ridden bikes fix gear with a wide range of BB drops and that were very different for pedal strike. (All road bikes. I've never owned a track bike.) My converted Peugeots with 700c wheels struck early and often. On speed bumps too. My Mooney and custom fix gear both have highish BBs and I can hit but it is a pretty good lean when I do. I will never put a fix gear on my Raleigh Competition.

I have always run either Leotard platforms or Shimano 600 semi-platforms, both of which had decent but not great clearance. I keep Q-factors as narrow as possible for my knees and like the side benefit of clearance. I also run 175 cranks on all my current fix gears but ran 168 and 170 on my two Peugeots.

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