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Help with a fixie

Old 06-22-05, 05:41 PM
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Help with a fixie

I am a recent convert to the fixed gear scene and need some help on some stuff. I bought a Serotta frame from a bike shop about a month ago. The frame had been sitting around for a year so they said they cut me a deal, but now I want to know how much it is really worth. My picture is too big so I will just describe it the top tube is 52cm, seat tube 52cm, sloping tube about 58cm, chain stay is about 38cm. The frame is a beautiful pearl white with horizontal dropouts.
I am also having some trouble with my turning. I am currently using 170mm cranks but still when I turn my feet hit the wheel, a pretty major problem. I am wondering if this is a symptom of it being a track frame (a friend and I were talking and thought while riding on the track you don't turn much). Could it also be the fork I am using? I don't know the rake, nor how to measure it which would also be a nice piece of advice. Though somebody at a different bike shop assured me that I should be using 700c wheels could it be that I need to be using 650s?
The answers to any or all of these questions would be greatly appriciated, and good riding.
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Old 06-22-05, 05:52 PM
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lots of bikes, especially of racing geometry, have overlap (wheel meeting foot when wheel is turned sharply) but it should only happen at very low speeds. switching to 165mm cranks would help.
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toe overlap is very common and is mostly unavoidable. don't worry about it. when riding (unless you're going very slow), your wheel will probably never turn that far. it might be an issue when trackstanding, but you'll learn to deal with it.

you'd benefit from a set of 165 cranks for several reasons: it'll help somewhat with toe overlap and you'll decrease your risk of pedal strike when cornering (since you have to pedal through turns on a fixie).

as for the value of your frame, serottas are sweet. they're all hand-made by truly master builders and made with the finest materials around. you're going to be hard pressed to find a better frame, but since they're mostly custom made for particular riders (and have a kind of lack of chic in general), resale on them tends to be relatively low when compared to their astronomical retail price.
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