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Old 08-21-16, 04:11 PM
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Went to buy a bike for a friend and next thing I know...

I went to look at a frame for a co-worker that is interested in dipping his toe in the vintage steel waters, but the picture was poor and it is too big for him. What was I to do? I ended up with one of my grail frames. It looks like it has been slowly rotting on the lock outside a classroom at the Uni nearby, the grad student I bought it from bought it as built. Someone put some effort into creating a nice single speed? at some point, but I think I can sell that kit off and end up with a free early 90s Allez frameset.


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Old 08-21-16, 04:13 PM
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Nice find! Going to repaint it?
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Old 08-21-16, 04:41 PM
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I kinda like the white and i think its going to clean up well too but you never know. Stem is pretty stuck but I have moved it close to an inch so I like my chances.
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FWI - while it looks like a nice single speed bike, it cannot be a fixie with a spring arm chain tensioner.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
FWI - while it looks like a nice single speed bike, it cannot be a fixie with a spring arm chain tensioner.
I plead ignorance it's a single speed then?
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Originally Posted by lesterp66 View Post
I plead ignorance it's a single speed then?
Well, lets look at the picture: Front chainring count? One.
Rear cog count? One.

1*1=........ONE.

Yes, it's a single speed.
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Old 08-21-16, 05:44 PM
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specialized is revered as a classic? interesting
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Fixed speed certainly indicates one speed, is it a semantics thing? Or am I as dumb as I think I am? Sorry if this is often rehashed, it's a pain to search on my phone.
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Originally Posted by lesterp66 View Post
Fixed speed certainly indicates one speed, is it a semantics thing? Or am I as dumb as I think I am? Sorry if this is often rehashed, it's a pain to search on my phone.
Fixed gear, no coasting, the pedal and rear cog are always engaged. And it has front and rear bakes.
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is the fixed gear fad fading yet?
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A single-speed has a freewheel, a fixed-gear doesn't. The tensioner indicates a single-speed, since if one tried to ride it fixed, one couldn't brake by applying back-pressure on the pedals. The chain would come off pretty quick. No harm, no foul. As to the dig at Specialized above, everyone has their own grail bikes; and that's as it should be. Please note, there was no assertion about "revered as a classic."
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A single-speed has a freewheel, a fixed-gear doesn't. The tensioner indicates a single-speed, since if one tried to ride it fixed, one couldn't brake by applying back-pressure on the pedals. The chain would come off pretty quick. No harm, no foul. As to the dig at Specialized above, everyone has their own grail bikes; and that's as it should be. Please note, there was no assertion about "revered as a classic."
OK. I noticed the name of the foum is CLASSIC and vintage. just wondered if Specialized was as revered as Pinerello, etc
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That machine looks pretty fast.
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