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08-29-06, 06:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 978
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I run a 44/16 on my Van Dessel and ride up plenty...

I run a 44/16 on my Van Dessel and ride up plenty of North Carolina hills with it on rides in the 60 mile range.
08-24-06, 05:59 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,740
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I'd be dead without one.

I'd be dead without one.
08-19-06, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I chopped the bar and converted this Lotus Elan...

I chopped the bar and converted this Lotus Elan touring bike.

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005/june/DavidKresge_2-3.jpg
08-18-06, 11:38 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,714
Posted By Mr. Shadow

other--I'd love to build a street fixie with a...

other--I'd love to build a street fixie with a Zipp track rear and a standard carbon braked front wheel.
08-18-06, 11:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,325
Posted By Mr. Shadow

My second conversion began when I spotted a...

My second conversion began when I spotted a Motobecane sitting next to a trash can. I had a wrench convert a geared Mavic MA40 wheel using a Dura Ace track hub and 16t cog, and DT Comp spokes. I used...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-06, 11:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 812
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I hit 38.5 mph with no lead out one fine day...

I hit 38.5 mph with no lead out one fine day geared, and 35 mph another day on a fixed-gear.
08-13-06, 08:36 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 10,403
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Schwinn Le Tour...42/16 (68") Lotus...

Schwinn Le Tour...42/16 (68")
Lotus Elan...52/20
Miayta OneTen...52/19
Van Dessel Country Road Bob (f/ss)...44/16 (74", my best compromise...longest ride 67 hilly miles.)
Sear's Free...
08-03-06, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,409
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Roadies...yeah I've hit 36 mph on a downhill with...

Roadies...yeah I've hit 36 mph on a downhill with them, running a 44/16 fixie.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-06, 01:40 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 6,101
Posted By Mr. Shadow

But Beanz...I love her for her mind. :rolleyes:

But Beanz...I love her for her mind. :rolleyes:
12-20-05, 07:18 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 45,957
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I know of three fixie friendly shops in Raleigh,...

I know of three fixie friendly shops in Raleigh, NC (including Rev Chuck's shop) and one in Durham.
All four have at least one employee that rides a fixie or single-speed.

It is more common to...
12-20-05, 07:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,715
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I bought a new Ultegra 10-speed Scattante R660...

I bought a new Ultegra 10-speed Scattante R660 roadie at a pawn shop last night for $700 + tax.
That makes fourteen bikes for me. Of those, six are fixie conversions and the Van Dessel is currently...
12-20-05, 07:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,454
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Many local commuters walk their bikes around...

Many local commuters walk their bikes around here.
I've never seen them on fixies, although some have single-speed BMXers.

I can recall walking a bike up a hill about four times in the past six...
12-20-05, 06:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 906
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Do it. The bike will thank you for a proper...

Do it. The bike will thank you for a proper re-birth. I have a tank of a Western Flyer that's my next project. The thing weighs a ton and the kickstand is welded on. But it looks really cool with a...
12-19-05, 10:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,302
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I've kept up with roadies on some really nice...

I've kept up with roadies on some really nice bikes...hitting 36 mph on one occasion.
That was running a 44/16 (75") and spinning over 150 rpms. They said I was "spinning like a madman."
:D
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-05, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26,477
Views: 16,202,601
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I have three: A Motobecane Mirage with...

I have three:

A Motobecane Mirage with downtube Sora shifters.
A Motobecane Le Champion with Ultegra (just retired tonight.)

This evening I snagged a brand new 57cm Scattante R660 with Ultegra...
11-25-05, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By Mr. Shadow

That's cheap for a hub made with unobtainium....

That's cheap for a hub made with unobtainium. :rolleyes:
11-21-05, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Get a wheel with a flip/flop hub and have both. ...

Get a wheel with a flip/flop hub and have both.

A single-speed on the road likely needs both front and rear brakes to be legal.
Leave them on.
11-19-05, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 957
Posted By Mr. Shadow

You beat me to it....

You beat me to it. http://www.hedwheels.com/stepdown.html

That will be really sweet!!!
11-19-05, 06:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,188
Posted By Mr. Shadow

That or the blue LocTite. That's what my favorite...

That or the blue LocTite. That's what my favorite shops use. And I use Dura Ace cogs and lockrings where possible.
11-15-05, 08:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,503
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Properly aligned there should be silence.

Properly aligned there should be silence.
11-05-05, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Not me, my roadies are growing mold. Fixies and...

Not me, my roadies are growing mold. Fixies and single-speeds rule.
11-05-05, 08:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,586
Posted By Mr. Shadow

You are a new Darwin Award candidate with that...

You are a new Darwin Award candidate with that set up.
11-05-05, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Assuming the bike fits you...fix it up. I...

Assuming the bike fits you...fix it up. I converted a Le Tour. I had no crank issues.
11-02-05, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 589
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Odd/even combos like the formentioned 46/17t will...

Odd/even combos like the formentioned 46/17t will extend chain wear.

For me a gear in the mid-70's works well on both flat and hilly roads.
11-01-05, 06:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,486
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I just use platforms without cages. I've managed...

I just use platforms without cages. I've managed to hit 36-37 mph downhill on them.
10-30-05, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I have six pure fixies and another with a...

I have six pure fixies and another with a flip/flop that is currently single-speed.
For longer rides (over twenty miles with lots of hills) I find that the single makes
it easier for me post...
10-30-05, 07:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,518
Posted By Mr. Shadow

The real fun is kicking roadie butt on the climbs...

The real fun is kicking roadie butt on the climbs
and passing them as they struggle up on a triple. :D
10-30-05, 07:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,518
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Fixed-geared bikes are so silent...the spin is so...

Fixed-geared bikes are so silent...the spin is so smooth...and the control is just divine.
10-26-05, 10:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,367
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I bought two this year: a Specialized Epic for...

I bought two this year: a Specialized Epic for single-track trails, and a Trek 520 touring bike with rack and panniers. I also built three fixies within a year's time. It's all good!!!
10-26-05, 09:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,206
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I agree, and have done hilly rides up to 67 miles...

I agree, and have done hilly rides up to 67 miles fixed with standard road drops.

I have one high geared Motobecane with time trial bars and find them a bit flexy when climbing,
which they are...
10-26-05, 09:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 783
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Through another forum I have helped convert more...

Through another forum I have helped convert more than a half dozen riders to the world of one cog cycling.
10-26-05, 09:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,367
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I have 6 fixed-geared only, 1 single-speed/fixed,...

I have 6 fixed-geared only, 1 single-speed/fixed, 2 roadies, 1 touring bike,
1 hybrid cyclo-cross bike (destined to become a single-speed), 1 hardtail
mountain bike, and a full suspension mountain...
10-26-05, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I have gone plenty fast on a fixed-gear, hitting...

I have gone plenty fast on a fixed-gear, hitting over 36 mph downhill
and 35 mph on a flat sprint. My goal is to break the 40 mph barrier someday...under control.
10-26-05, 09:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,220
Posted By Mr. Shadow

My Van Dessel is currently set up as a...

My Van Dessel is currently set up as a single-speed roadie and is the bike's most useful configuation
for my present state of health. I have done rides up to 67 miles on it as a fixed cyclo-cross...
10-26-05, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I feel the safest on my Van Dessel single-speed...

I feel the safest on my Van Dessel single-speed set-up, but am comfortable fixed or geared, on or off-road.
The key is chosing the right bike for the particular ride. Thirteen bikes allows for that.
10-26-05, 08:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,298
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Schwinn Le Tour 42/16 Lotus Elan 52/20 ...

Schwinn Le Tour 42/16
Lotus Elan 52/20
Miayata OneTen 52/19
Van Dessel 44/16 (single-speed/fixed)
Free Spirit 52/18
Motobecane Nomade 52/18
Motobecane Mirage 52/16

To be completed:
Trek...
10-21-05, 08:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,431
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I prefer using platforms on all of my fixed-gears...

I prefer using platforms on all of my fixed-gears and single-speed setups. I have used SPD's, but
would rather not. Platforms give me lots of foot positioning.
10-17-05, 07:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,761
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I like road drops because of the different hand...

I like road drops because of the different hand positions.
10-17-05, 07:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,425
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Nothing wrong with eBay.

Nothing wrong with eBay.
10-16-05, 07:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,425
Posted By Mr. Shadow

What bike and where/how will you ride it? If you...

What bike and where/how will you ride it? If you will have a brake or two you'll have a wider selection.
I like Tufos for my clincher rimmed fixies because they can be ridden flat in an emergency...
10-13-05, 06:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mr. Shadow

nice!!!

nice!!!
10-13-05, 06:42 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,423
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Who cares if it's easy or hard to build a...

Who cares if it's easy or hard to build a particular bike? It's all about the love.
10-13-05, 06:27 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,838
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Cool is as cool does...be your own person...be...

Cool is as cool does...be your own person...be your own look...cause anybody on a fixed-gear is cool.
10-10-05, 06:00 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,423
Posted By Mr. Shadow

What else would anyone do with a Free Spirit from...

What else would anyone do with a Free Spirit from Sears. Of course, this one
just happened to have a frame built in Belgium, but I had no idea when I bought it.
It was perfect for a spare set of...
10-10-05, 05:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,601
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I have six fixed conversions, and a Van Dessel...

I have six fixed conversions, and a Van Dessel fixed/ss.

I would love to spend $10,000+ for a custom 8lb track bike, but I don't have the cash and don't have a track to ride it on. Conversions are...
10-10-05, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 534
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I put a $430 set of used Zipp tri-spoked track...

I put a $430 set of used Zipp tri-spoked track wheels on a $20 Motobacane bought at a yardsale.
It now runs a custom built 470 gram tubular front wheel...just because I can.

Bikes are supposed to...
10-10-05, 04:54 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,423
Posted By Mr. Shadow

I like giving a new life to an old frame. Of my...

I like giving a new life to an old frame. Of my seven fixies, six of them are conversions.
Many of them have custom built rear wheels, and most run tubulars. It's just more fun to do.

FG gallery...
09-01-05, 12:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,081
Posted By Mr. Shadow

My seven fixies range between a 42/16 to a 52/16....

My seven fixies range between a 42/16 to a 52/16. For rolling terrain I like a 44/16 (74") and I've done a 67 miler in that gear. Higher gears are fun for flat rides or hilly routes under 30 miles....
08-29-05, 06:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,231
Posted By Mr. Shadow

Most of mine use blue loctite along with a...

Most of mine use blue loctite along with a lockring.
I haven't had any problems with my hubs, but most
are real high quality: Dura Ace, Campy Pista, White Industry,
IRO, Van Dessel, and an older...
08-29-05, 06:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,330
Posted By Mr. Shadow

My Nomade's cable routing is the same.

My Nomade's cable routing is the same.
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