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Old 09-18-20, 10:13 PM
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Newcomer wants to know if Fixie can be a a daily bike

I have a 2008 Langster. The bike is a lot of fun .
Is this bike meant for the track or can I use it as a road bike?
I'm fine with the single front brake and have gotten confident with it.
I took it for a 17 mile ride today that I normally do with a road bike. I could climb some hills
but on a sharp short 60 yard 30 degree incline in that I can climb with my Sirrus and 29er., my legs just die
Also I'm scared about going around sweeping downhill curves on the side of the road because of the tires.
and single brake.
I think my times on the course were actually the same as on my other bikes.
My concerns were 1. Scared of going downhill fast on curves (stability and balance), 2 Climbing steep Hills and 3 Overall speed Is that normal?

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Old 09-18-20, 11:04 PM
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I'm guessing the Langster is targeting a market of city riders who want track bike feel and less the riders who actually ride the track.

That said, it will do fine as a daily rider but here in the northwest, not an ideal bike. I doubt it has fender eyes and might not have room under the fork and rear brake bridge. Two brakes can be quite useful. I'm pretty certain that bike is drilled for a rear brake so you can add it.

If you mean commuter/errand bike, fenders are really nice. A drawback to bikes like yours with track ends (the slotted plates the rear wheel slides into from the rear) is that wheel removal with fenders is a nuisance. Older style roadbikes with forward facing dropouts are far easier, very often come with fender eyes and usually have plenty of room for fenders, making them far better utility bikes. (But do your best to find a bike with a highish bottom bracket. I consider 10-5/8", road to center of bottom bracket spindle the minimum, 10-3/4" better.)

It looks like you are using platform pedals. You will find going up steep hills far more fun if you go to either old-fashioned toeclips and straps or clipless pedals. Going downhill toeclips and straps have a very real safety advantage. Your foot stays on the pedal even if you un-clip. Going fast downhill means pedaling very fast, (A 42-17 gar ratio means 200 RPM at 40 mph.) If your foot comes off the pedal, you are likely to be struck very hard by the pedal in your Achilles which could be a life-long issue. (You are also very likely to crash but the pedal strike will probably be the worse of the two.) If you want to go with toeclips, quote my post or PM me and I'll share what I've done to modify pedals to make pick up on starts far easier. (You have two pedal revolutions to get the pedal. After that, you are going to fast,)

I ride a '83 Trek 4-something set up with drop bars, two excellent brakes and fenders as a year-round commuter, errand, in-town bike. Been doing it 43 years (starting with a Peugeot UO-8 converted to fix gear). That series of fix gears have 80,000 miles on them. Been up and down California's Mt Diablo. Ridden centuries. Rain, snow. You name it.

Minor point - sure you went up a 30 degree grade? 30% I'd believe. (30% is VERY steep.)

Keep riding fixed! It's a way of like!

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Was commuting fixed since high school, something like twenty five years. Only stopped because I was furloughed at the start of this thing.
Looking forward to doing it again when I am employed/no longer on furlough...
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Old 09-19-20, 09:23 PM
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I just ride,maybe an hour a day, not commute. Most I can do is 20 miles a day. I've heard some commuters triple that.
I'll take a picture of that hill tomorrow.
I can get it with 3rd gear and the 3rd gear on the cassette on my other two bikes.
But I have a feeling my Giant Talon (mountain bike) and my Sirrus (hybriod adult) are both geared to make hills easier so maybe that's false information.
For some reason I'm fond of this bike ( I bought at a garage sale for $70)
My other bikes are built like Trucks.
My Langster feels like a Violin.
I'm so super biker , but the Langster brings out my speed for some reason .
As a prank,I love to sneak up quietly (A Langster makes very little noise) alongside an unsuspecting fit bike rider in Spandex all hunched racing along on a high end bike and pass .him. Its all in good fun. .. .

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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
As a prank,I love to sneak up quietly (A Langster makes very little noise) alongside an unsuspecting fit bike rider in Spandex all hunched racing along on a high end bike and pass .him.
Perhaps when you outgrow your insecurities you'll learn why passing at speed without warning is stupid.
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I have the same model of Langster; bought it new. I'd been looking for an aluminum road-geometry fixed-gear bike for quite some time, and Specialized was evidently first out of the gate with such a model. It's a terrific bike, although it does have a few first-model-year bugs.

(i) The dropout faces in the fork are not quite parallel due to inaccurate welding, so I have to tilt the wheel while securing the axle nuts. That would have been covered under warranty if I hadn't procrastinated for 14 years before asking the Specialized dealer to get me a new fork.

(ii) The subsequent model years of the bike have steel plates incorporated into the inner and outer sides of the rear fork ends. That change was made to address the fact that the aluminum without the steel plates is soft enough to deform and allow the axle to slide forward on the drive side, leading to slackening and occasional derailing of the chain. I'm glad I left the front brake rather than removing both. To prevent subsequent recurrences, I installed thin stainless steel washers on the axle to protect the inner and outer sides of the fork ends.

I did use it for commuting for a few years and then switched to working from home full time. It's still one of my favorite bikes.
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Perhaps when you outgrow your insecurities you'll learn why passing at speed without warning is stupid.
Sorry you took this the wrong way.
The bike paths and trails are extremely crowded now with walkers because of the pandemic and I try very carefully to be considerate of them, especially the elderly and children and those with pets.. Even a bell scares or startles them. I often stop cold or just ride at a walkers pace in these conditions.
I dont always see fellow bikers do that.
I'm sorry if I offended you. I am very conscientious but If the path is wide open and I see someone doing 25 mph he's not being very nice either because walkers are on that same path. If the conditions are right and no pedestrians are in sight going by him ten feet away to the left was a safe prank ( I thought)Life is short and I won't be this fast in a few years
No one is perfect and I am the last one who wants to hurt someone.
That being said I will stop doing this okay.

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Old 10-07-20, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
I have the same model of Langster; bought it new. I'd been looking for an aluminum road-geometry fixed-gear bike for quite some time, and Specialized was evidently first out of the gate with such a model. It's a terrific bike, although it does have a few first-model-year bugs.

(i) The dropout faces in the fork are not quite parallel due to inaccurate welding, so I have to tilt the wheel while securing the axle nuts. That would have been covered under warranty if I hadn't procrastinated for 14 years before asking the Specialized dealer to get me a new fork.

(ii) The subsequent model years of the bike have steel plates incorporated into the inner and outer sides of the rear fork ends. That change was made to address the fact that the aluminum without the steel plates is soft enough to deform and allow the axle to slide forward on the drive side, leading to slackening and occasional derailing of the chain. I'm glad I left the front brake rather than removing both. To prevent subsequent recurrences, I installed thin stainless steel washers on the axle to protect the inner and outer sides of the fork ends.

I did use it for commuting for a few years and then switched to working from home full time. It's still one of my favorite bikes.
I'm having the same issue. Its hard to get that alignment set . And if its not at the right position, the chain comes off.
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Perhaps when you outgrow your insecurities you'll learn why passing at speed without warning is stupid.
I can't remember the last time I was warned road riding while being passed, and a lot of times on narrow bike lanes or no bike lanes at all. And I get passed far more than I pass. MTB is another story.
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I can't remember the last time I was warned road riding while being passed, and a lot of times on narrow bike lanes or no bike lanes at all. And I get passed far more than I pass. MTB is another story.
Yes, most riders pass and are passed silently without problem or concern. It was the OP's comment that he liked to "sneak up quietly alongside an unsuspecting rider" that elicited my comment.
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