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05-17-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,134
Posted By Mikefule

By tradition, gears are measured in "inches". ...

By tradition, gears are measured in "inches". For example, a "60 inch gear" is equivalent to a 60 inch diameter wheel being driven directly through the hub with no chain or gear mechanism like an...
05-06-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By Mikefule

Back in the day, before fixed became a trendy...

Back in the day, before fixed became a trendy fad, club riders often had a freewheel on one side and fixed on the other. They might swap once on a ride, from fixed (on the way out/up) to free (on...
05-01-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,298
Posted By Mikefule

There is no limit to how many tools you can...

There is no limit to how many tools you can acquire over a lifetime in cycling and other activities. With a few exceptions which are absolutely bike specific (like a chain tool) they all have...
04-30-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,298
Posted By Mikefule

Yes: do. Some people ride without brakes,...

Yes: do.

Some people ride without brakes, relying on skidding. Not having brakes is illegal in some jurisdictions. It will be a factor in any liability decision following an accident. Brakes...
04-29-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,298
Posted By Mikefule

Remember the sprocket/freewheel is clockwise to...

Remember the sprocket/freewheel is clockwise to tighten, the lock ring is the opposite.
04-18-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,015
Posted By Mikefule

"Buy it or build it?" If you have to ask, then...

"Buy it or build it?" If you have to ask, then just buy it.

My personal preference has generally been buy, ride, learn, modify.

I once built a complete bike from parts, exactly as I thought I...
04-02-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By Mikefule

I just did a quick Google and looked at a couple...

I just did a quick Google and looked at a couple of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQZ1M-GKrIQ
The track shown here, I would ride briskly on my fixed with drops and road tyres. Indeed, I'd...
03-22-20, 02:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 983
Posted By Mikefule

I know Sheffield. I doubt there's one gear that...

I know Sheffield. I doubt there's one gear that can get you comfortably up those hills and which you can spin down the same hills.

However, the answer t your question is easy for you to find:...
03-12-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 864
Posted By Mikefule

Cycle equipment is old tech dressed up by the...

Cycle equipment is old tech dressed up by the marketing people as more sophisticated than it really is. In my youth, I rode long distances (regular 100 mile days), carried camping gear, rode "road...
02-28-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Posted By Mikefule

Just to clarify, because this is important: ...

Just to clarify, because this is important:

You should be able to stand astride the top tube with your feet comfortably on the floor. Not necessarily completely flat footed, and perhaps with the...
02-16-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,432
Posted By Mikefule

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Does this count? :) Fixed rather than SS....
01-15-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,327
Posted By Mikefule

I would guess that it doesn't really mean skid in...

I would guess that it doesn't really mean skid in a riding situation. That would be silly, and laws are never sill... oh, wait.

In the UK, a fixed wheel counts as "1 brake" so legally you can...
01-10-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,947
Posted By Mikefule

It wasn't an English lesson, but I was trying to...

It wasn't an English lesson, but I was trying to draw a distinction in a short post.

For comparison, there is a group of people who seem to treat having brakes on a fixie as taboo: a breach of...
09-23-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By Mikefule

Threaded, whether it's fixed or freewheel. And...

Threaded, whether it's fixed or freewheel. And if it's fixed, a lock ring, which has the opposite thread.
09-06-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,888
Posted By Mikefule

As a man in my mid-late 50s... I'd say you've...

As a man in my mid-late 50s... I'd say you've sort of answered your own question: you don't want to go too fast, and you do want to have brakes. Therefore, being slightly too low geared is a safer...
08-18-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,756
Posted By Mikefule

OK, the rolling resistance could be lack of...

OK, the rolling resistance could be lack of grease, or another problem with the bearings, and that's worth investigating.

It is also marginally possible that it is simply that the cones are too...
08-18-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,756
Posted By Mikefule

Cone wrenches are for the cones. The cones are...

Cone wrenches are for the cones. The cones are to do with the bearings which allow the hub to spin on the axle. Cone wrenches are just flat spanners which are thin enough not to interfere with each...
08-15-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mikefule

Thanks. Finger joints still tender, but other...

Thanks. Finger joints still tender, but other than that I'm OK. I was back out on the bike yesterday, riding a mixture of roads, footpaths and bridleways. Ended up having to carry the bike for some...
08-15-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mikefule

Hilarious "unplanned dismount"

I was out on the fixed on Tuesday evening after work, riding around the various tracks and paths at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and the nearby nature reserves. I used to ride...
08-13-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,771
Posted By Mikefule

I ride fixed rather than singlespeed. Chain...

I ride fixed rather than singlespeed. Chain tension is less critical on singlespeed. As hardboiled718 said, as long as the chain can't jump off, it's ok on a single speed. For comparison, think...
07-20-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,579
Posted By Mikefule

Not sure if this counts. We just called it "going...

Not sure if this counts. We just called it "going for a bike ride" when I were a lad. Even when I bought my Giant Anyroad, I had never heard the term, "gravel bike".

The Anyroad is...
07-10-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mikefule

The bicycle used to be a cheap and simple thing. ...

The bicycle used to be a cheap and simple thing. The fixed or single speed bike is one of the simplest and most efficient vehicles: a machine with the minimum number of parts, all of which use well...
05-07-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,488
Posted By Mikefule

The only reason not to have brakes, apart from on...

The only reason not to have brakes, apart from on the track, is style. I can understand the visual appeal of a minimalist stripped to the bone bike, but if I'm on the road, I want to be ready to...
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