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05-25-08, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Perfect Ride for a Red Line Monocog

What would be the perfect ride for a Redline Monocog? I have 50 years of road bike experience, but have only been on a mountain bike for 2. I've learned a lot about the limitations of a single-speed...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-08, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Back in the 60s, when I was still in high school,...

Back in the 60s, when I was still in high school, I got right hooked. In those days cars had big handles with a push button on them. I was able to grab the handle and got dragged around the corner...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-08, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,708
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I've put 12,000 miles on my '02 and I highly...

I've put 12,000 miles on my '02 and I highly recommend it. Practically maintenence free on the road if you take care of it at home, and it's lots of fun to ride.
01-13-08, 12:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,484
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Get a chain tensioner. Surly makes a good one and...

Get a chain tensioner. Surly makes a good one and there are others to be found. They are not fool-proof, but they will help your lug nuts hold the wheel in place, thus holding the tension. They also...
07-24-07, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Flip your bike over so you can turn the cranks....

Flip your bike over so you can turn the cranks. You'll probably notice that the chain will tighten then slack off a bit as you rotate the chainring. Stop at a place where it's slack, loosen the nuts...
07-11-07, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Chain Jumps, Wheel Locks, Excitement Follows

I had my most exciting crash ever this morning. I had my rear wheel off last night. I always try to check the tension carefully when I put it back on, but I must have missed something. I noticed that...
06-22-07, 03:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,110
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Love my '02. 12,000+ miles on it mostly 34...

Love my '02.
12,000+ miles on it mostly 34 mi/day commute, several good hills.
Replaced all components except the cranks, but did so over 3 years.
I'd buy another.
Forum: Commuting
05-31-07, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,367
Posted By Frankie Fixed

No Pants to Wear at Work Today

Well, it finally happened. I got to work and had no pants to put on. Let me first say that I have no excuse. Although my ride is a little longer than Iíd like (17 miles), once I get there I have the...
05-29-07, 09:44 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 4,643
Posted By Frankie Fixed

55 until August

55 until August
Forum: Commuting
05-18-07, 04:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,420
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I used to have to ride through a neighborhood...

I used to have to ride through a neighborhood where there were a lot of free range dogs. I was often chased, but it was on a hill, so I had never been caught and kind of enjoyed the thrill of the...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-07, 07:08 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,337
Posted By Frankie Fixed

It's 17 miles one way. Pretty hilly in either...

It's 17 miles one way. Pretty hilly in either direction, I have to cross a river and climb back up in both directions. Takes me about 70 minutes.

It's prettier in the morning, especially along the...
05-01-07, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Glad you're okay. Sounds like you came out of it...

Glad you're okay. Sounds like you came out of it all the wiser. Maybe the kid will notice next time he's about to kill a biker and that'll save someone's life.
Forum: Commuting
04-25-07, 07:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,118
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I used my very nice road bike 3 times after...

I used my very nice road bike 3 times after buying my fixie, but I was always bored and wishing I was on the pista. Sold it, and I've been commuting 3,000 miles a year since '03 with no regrets. No...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-07, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Frankie Fixed

And if you're still not happy, try a pair of bull...

And if you're still not happy, try a pair of bull horns. You can really pull on them as you climb.
Forum: Commuting
04-20-07, 02:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,943
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Got sprayed by a teenage girl hanging out of the...

Got sprayed by a teenage girl hanging out of the back window.
Caught up with the car stuck in traffic two miles later.
Window's still down.
My water bottle's full.
Hosed her good.

Could hear...
04-11-07, 04:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,852
Posted By Frankie Fixed

The Crowd in Boston gets too big sometimes. If...

The Crowd in Boston gets too big sometimes. If they were smart they'd split and head in two directions. It'd be fun to meet the other group coming towards you an hour later.
Forum: Commuting
04-05-07, 03:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 742
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I hope you don't mind this story. There wasn't...

I hope you don't mind this story. There wasn't even a bike involved, but the point is to try and develop a certain attitude for emergency use where aggressive dogs are involved.

This is the...
04-05-07, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Remove the off-side tensioner and save it for...

Remove the off-side tensioner and save it for your second bike. You really don't need two. Only thing it does is help you center the wheel when you lock up and that's the easy part.

Make sure the...
01-31-07, 05:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I switched from 48:16 to 48:18. It was just...

I switched from 48:16 to 48:18. It was just enough to stop the pain, yet still allows me to spin down hills easily.
01-04-07, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I did check to see that the quick release was...

I did check to see that the quick release was tight, but I'll see if tightening it a little more helps. I will also back off on the bearings a bit more to see if that helps, although I don't see how...
01-03-07, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Front Wheel Movement

The front wheel on my new Redline monocog has a clicking side to side movement when I release the v-brake cable and move the wheel back and forth with my hand. When I removed the wheel, I found the...
12-20-06, 09:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,133
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Overheard my boss say to her boss, "I don't know,...

Overheard my boss say to her boss, "I don't know, I don't think Frankie cares about anything but riding that bike."

It was 19ļ, indigo blue and the sun just a line of fire on the horizon when I...
10-19-06, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Were you doing a lot more climbing than usual. If...

Were you doing a lot more climbing than usual. If so, try changing to a bigger cog next time. At 48:16 my back hurts. At 48:18 I'm good.
09-12-06, 08:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,932
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Wool mittens under leather mittens work very well...

Wool mittens under leather mittens work very well on a fix, where you don't have to deal with shift levers. The wool layer keeps the heat in and the leather keeps the wind out.
08-29-06, 09:07 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,067
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Window to Paris (Russian) They Drive By Night ...

Window to Paris (Russian)
They Drive By Night
Breaking Away
Run Lola Run
Man Facing Southeast (Brazilian)
Forum: Commuting
08-25-06, 03:36 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,144
Posted By Frankie Fixed

"Oh, and I'd never do bullhorns, treking bars, or...

"Oh, and I'd never do bullhorns, treking bars, or flat bars."

If your commute is more than moderately hilly, check out a pair of bullhorns. They are by far the best climbing bars, especially if...
08-23-06, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Thanks for the advise. Should help those of us...

Thanks for the advise. Should help those of us who are not so webadextrous.
08-04-06, 02:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,420
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I ride fixed 90% and my backup road bike the rest...

I ride fixed 90% and my backup road bike the rest of the time and the thing I've noticed about the fixie is that I almost always have to ride it as fast as I can. It starts with hills. The easiest...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-06, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Wow! No, not that spooky. Guess I shouldn't...

Wow! No, not that spooky. Guess I shouldn't complain.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-06, 07:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Nice post. Sorry about the frame. Take it back...

Nice post. Sorry about the frame. Take it back and tell them we're all behind you 100%.

I overheard my boss talking to his boss. She asked him how I felt about a recent change in the department....
Forum: Commuting
08-02-06, 07:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Maybe that spot is an evil sink. Never heard of...

Maybe that spot is an evil sink. Never heard of that, but has anyone else found any gravity sinks on their commutes. I know of a couple of places that are way harder to climb through than their...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-06, 07:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I took my rack off a couple of years ago. I carry...

I took my rack off a couple of years ago. I carry my lunch in the pockets of my bike shirt. Once a week or so, when I'm in town with the car on errands, I drop off a pile of clean work clothes and...
07-28-06, 02:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 942
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I got right hooked on the way home last night. I...

I got right hooked on the way home last night. I was in the bike lane (I hate bike lanes) coming down a long hill. The driver pulled maybe 20-30 feet ahead of me then turned into my path. I could not...
07-28-06, 12:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 655
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Definitely look into getting a chain tensioner....

Definitely look into getting a chain tensioner. You only need oneóon the drive side, and a Surly will fit that bike. I bounce the head of my 15 mm box wrench lightly in the middle of the chain span...
06-29-06, 06:10 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,691
Posted By Frankie Fixed

graphic artist receptionist customer service ...

graphic artist
receptionist
customer service
special ed assistant
cabinetmaker
carpenter
steel worker
psychiatric "house parent"
truck driver
sandwich maker
06-16-06, 10:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,879
Posted By Frankie Fixed

That's good. You should turn pro. But watch out....

That's good. You should turn pro. But watch out. Some day Barney will hang on 30, 31, 32, and as you hit the wall and he eases by you, ("That all you got?") you get that queasy feeling and blah......
06-16-06, 10:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,673
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I work in the offices of a food co-op. There are...

I work in the offices of a food co-op. There are three bathrooms in our small building and one has a shower. I park my bike right next to my desk and have a closet in my office where I can keep dry...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-06, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,012
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Sort of

There is a very small rotary on my route (so small that there is a sign telling bus and truck drivers to run their inside wheels up on the center island). My favorite diversion, coming or going, is...
06-13-06, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,879
Posted By Frankie Fixed

That's the one. I can never remember how to spell...

That's the one. I can never remember how to spell it. My son ran the Mt. Washington race and from what he said about practically having to climb on all fours at the top, I think I'll pass on the bike...
06-13-06, 11:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,879
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Your fixie will make you stronger ... yeah!

One day a week I ride my 15-year-old Trek geared bike. I donít like it as much as the pista, but I'm planning to climb the Kangamangus Pass, up here in New Hampshire, sometime this fall and I need to...
06-09-06, 07:45 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 18,380
Posted By Frankie Fixed

My fixed gearing is 48 x 18. That gets me up any...

My fixed gearing is 48 x 18. That gets me up any hill I've run into here. My freewheel has a 20 tooth cog. I have used it on mountain passes with sustained climbs. I flip the wheel before the climb...
05-02-06, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Stem sizing question

I would like to buy a track stem for my pista but I am confused about size. I am told I need a 1" threadless stem, but a stem that I have used successfully in the past measures 3/4" where it fits...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-06, 03:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I think they recently put in a bridge across the...

I think they recently put in a bridge across the Winnoski River for pedestrians and bikes, which will help a lot. There are a many bikers in that area, though I live 80 miles away and don't get there...
03-27-06, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Frankie Fixed

There is also an asphalt race track in Claremont,...

There is also an asphalt race track in Claremont, NH that's been hosting weekly races for the past two summers. I finally got there last fall the week after they stopped. Got to try out the track...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-06, 04:33 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,910
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Mine says "Bicycle Mind" inside a Buddhist...

Mine says "Bicycle Mind" inside a Buddhist circle, which represents both the oneness of all things, the cycle of re-birth, and my front wheel. All of that would be pretty self-explanatory if I could...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-03-06, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 858
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Jamie Roy fit vs. Pista

I am thinking of buying a 53 cm IRO track frame that the lbs has hanging in its window. They have no IROs built up in that size so I canít try it out. I ride a 53 Pista, but I could probably feel...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-06, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By Frankie Fixed

If you can spend $600, check out a Bianchi Pista...

If you can spend $600, check out a Bianchi Pista fixed gear bike, or several other fixed gears available in that price range. They are simple, light, and very durable. It could change your life. Oh...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-06, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 926
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I used to ride a Bianchi Eros and the Campy...

I used to ride a Bianchi Eros and the Campy shifters were, by far, the best I have ever seen. I liked the fact that there was a lever and a thumb shifter on each bar, one for shifting up and one for...
03-02-06, 04:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 433
Posted By Frankie Fixed

Jamie Roy vs. Pista

Has anyone had a chance to compare the fit of both a Bianchi Pista and a Jamie Roy in the same size? Just got a totally unexpected $200 bonus check at work. I am thinking of buying a 53 cm IRO track...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-06, 03:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,369
Posted By Frankie Fixed

I know it's juvenile, but my finest moment by far...

I know it's juvenile, but my finest moment by far was definitely the day I caught up with the carfull of teenagers who'd sprayed me with the Supersquirter and doused the "shooter" with my water...
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