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Permit me to introduce.....Malachi!

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Permit me to introduce.....Malachi!

I had this follow me home from the bike shop. Yep, here it is, my fixed gear! I named him Malachi Constant, as that translates as "Faithful Messenger". (Yeah, and I'm a Vonnegut fan as well. )








Set up with a small moustache bar, and I did add a front brake. The crank is Bontrager Sport, and gearing is 44:12, which gives me a gain ratio of 7.3:1. In gear inches, that's 98.1 gear inches, and at a 100 cadence, that will mean 29 MPH. I've got a sweet honey brown leather saddle I may put on it, as well.

Pedals are Egg Beaters, of course. The frame is a mid 80's Nishiki Sport that's been converted to Single Speed. It has 36 spoke Alex wheels, and with the nondished build possible with a SS/FG, I shouldn't have any issues. The hubs are Schimano High FlangeTrack Hubs in black..
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Old 09-05-08, 02:33 PM
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Jeez Tom, I read the subject line and had a total Children of the Corn flashback.

"He wants you too, Malachi!"

(nice ride btw)
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Awesome... except for that insane gearing.

Find yourself a 16 tooth cog to get yourself into a low 70's gearing.

Ad then go and borrow your sister's pants and a white belt... don't forget to roll up the legs

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98 inches is much higher than most fixies, I would not even be able to pedal that bike. But it's nice looking, is it light?
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Looks sharp, but I agree that the honey brown saddle would be killer. Velo Orange makes the matching Elk Hide grips as well in honey brown. Cork may be the way to go though.

That's some really tall gearing. You would fit right in at our local Velodrome
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About 15 pounds.
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Very cool! I'm a one-bike guy right now, but if I ever got a second bike it would probably be an older SS/FG. They seem really practical for certain kinds of riding.
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That is a nice looking bike Tom. Now you have just one more reason to ride!
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I really like the minimalist, fixie philosophy. Elegance in simplicity. Very nice!
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
In gear inches, that's 98.1 gear inches,
Are there absolutely no hills near you? That's track gearing!
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It's pretty flat. No more than a 130 foot rise here, and most of my riding is on 20 foot or less rises, unless I want to climb, then I do multiple intervals uphill.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
It's pretty flat. No more than a 130 foot rise here, and most of my riding is on 20 foot or less rises, unless I want to climb, then I do multiple intervals uphill.
Only the bike trail is that flat around here. Heck, I've got 130' of gain average per mile on my shortest commute route home.

Sunday's upcoming ride: 100km, 5400' of gain. Starts out at the base of a 2.25 mile, 1000' climb.
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That is a pretty serious gear. I run 46/15 to keep up with group road rides and it begins to hurt after 60 or 70 miles. I don't think I could push 44/12 unless I was motorpacing.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
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Yo Tom!
Careful with those full frontal shots! This is a family forum after all!

And before anyone else says it, don't you just love that new bike smell???
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looks nice. Do yourself a favor, though, and put a rear brake on it, particularly if you're ever going to ride in bad weather.
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nice! ... not sure if i could do the 'fixie' thing yet .. but i sure am enjoying my 29er single speed! ... its addicting i tell ya! ...

nice weight on the bike ... just weighted my SS and it came in just over 22lbs...
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
About 15 pounds.
Not to be a doubting Thomas... but 15 pounds for a Nishiki Sport seems incredibly low. Perhaps the frame is a better model ?

My 531 framed Raleigh Gran Sport was only 19 pounds when I ran it as a fixed gear.

Besides that...we can't wait to hear the test drive report
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looks nice. Do yourself a favor, though, and put a rear brake on it, particularly if you're ever going to ride in bad weather.
Fixed gear on flat terrain, and he's running a front brake... Even with that Godzilla gear ratio, a rear brake is just overkill.
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Not to be a doubting Thomas... but 15 pounds for a Nishiki Sport seems incredibly low. Perhaps the frame is a better model ?

That's just the frame.
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Nice lookin ride Tom.
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The Sports is a really nice model (like most Nishikis) but it's a straight gauge frame as opposed to the higher end double butted frames Nishiki also made.

Maybe the frame and tyres have been filled with helium...
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Be carefull with that thing Tom.
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Be carefull with that thing Tom.
Word.

They're addictive.
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It's actually a custom sport, sorry. By the way, I did actually weigh it, it's 16 pounds, 3 oz.

Also did some digging and it's one of the hand built models crafted by Kawamura, which places it in the early 70's, around 1971.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
It's actually a custom sport, sorry. By the way, I did actually weigh it, it's 16 pounds, 3 oz.

Also did some digging and it's one of the hand built models crafted by Kawamura, which places it in the early 70's, around 1971.
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