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2021 Post your Single Speed and Fixed Gear Thread

Old 08-05-21, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post




I'm using this bike as my everyday, everywhere rider ATM and wasn't feeling not having flat-fixing-stuff with us. Too much?

I like it.

Eventually need to get my wife a decent step through.

Taught her how to mount a diamond frame when I saw her trying to step over the TT.
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Old 08-06-21, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ethet View Post
I know that I float this balloon every time I see this bike, though it is the honest truth that this is my favorite bike in our secluded section of this forum... Indeed, so much so, that my casual-fun-runaround-bike now has pink Neubaum's bar tape as a direct result.

The pink saddle bag is insanely dope... It just balances out the entire color scheme that we have going on here. It almost makes the bike feel more 'planted', in that the brightness front and back makes the whole thing more balanced. Methinks it is a benefit, not a detriment.

Though I have to type: It always makes me smile and feel hopeful when I see this bike pop up here...
Thank you - you are way too kind. This thing is a happy accident
Don't forget to post pics of your casual-fun-runaround-bike with pink bartape. When changing time comes for mine - I doubt we will go pink again.


Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
I like it.

Eventually need to get my wife a decent step through.

Taught her how to mount a diamond frame when I saw her trying to step over the TT.
Thanks. I don't regard step-thrus as strictly ladies' frames but did buy this one to build for my wife so we could "do something together." When she let me know PDQ that she had absolutely no interest in bicycling...it became mine. I already had my "fleet" set and sacriligious as it may be didn't want an additional bike - but it kept hanging around and since lately I'm having trouble getting my leg over my fast-like bikes, has turned out to be what will prolly be my last regular rider bike. Ride safe...
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Old 08-06-21, 03:37 PM
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Old 08-06-21, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by acoustophile View Post
Nice patina!

Years ago I took a picture of some badly rusted structural steel at work. Sent pic to my mother in law captioned Joanna Gaines eat your heart out.
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Old 08-06-21, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by acoustophile View Post
That looks way to fast not to have brakes.
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Old 08-06-21, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by takenreasy View Post
That looks way to fast not to have brakes.
It looks deceptively fast but is actually built for puzting around. I'm running 52x19 (~72 gear inches) so it's quick, easy on the knees and can climb hills.
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Old 08-06-21, 09:18 PM
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I can dig patina but no grips at least put some bar end plugs if you like the feel of thin aluminum because the feel of that in your abdomen ain't so fun.
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Old 08-08-21, 01:50 PM
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Raleigh Tripper I bought new in 2017 (I think?). Originally bought it because it has a coaster brake. Swapped out the original saddle and pedals. Added a kickstand and couple other small accessories. Recently changed out the original narrow flat bar for the wider riser bar and it made a huge difference. So comfy to ride. Favorite bike I've ever had. Next up are fenders (probably go with PDW) and maybe a rack.



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Old 08-08-21, 08:15 PM
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Updated photo of the RockHopper. Ive run mainly drop bars since I got this bike about five years ago. Seemed a bit narrow for the steering geometry, so I tried the North Road style bars for most of the last year. That worked pretty well but now Im using old Scott AT-4s. The main difference is that the AT-4s give a good bar top climbing grip position.

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Old 08-08-21, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
Ive owned my Specialized Hardrock for several years and always wondered how I would like its a single speed, but because of the vertical dropouts, never gave it try , until now .
Im 70 and looking at making a bike that thats easy pedaling , to spin my way around the neighborhood.
I just finished it up today and Im thinking Im going to enjoy this one .
With a 30 tooth single chainring and a 21 tooth rear cog , I spin out around 9.5 mph. Thats fast enough for me and it allows me to spin up the hills around here .
I see you left enough slack in your brake cables for some bar spins on the way back from the coffee shop. 👍🏼 👍🏼
BMX bars looking good
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Old 08-13-21, 02:22 PM
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Posted my Raleigh Tripper a few posts earlier. About to take my Raleigh One Way for a spin. Flip flop hub is currently at freewheel. Biggest change I've made is swapping the drop bars for risers. Not a huge fan of the Vittoria tires...they seem sluggish compared to the tires on Tripper. Oh, and the bars aren't Fyxation, that's just a sticker.



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Old 08-14-21, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by acoustophile View Post
This is so overwhelmingly dope... I love this bike.

(If I'm not mistaken, I 'pinned' an older photo of this bike on Pinterest a few years ago and it is still by far one of most 'repinned' things that I've ever posted there...)
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Old 08-15-21, 10:47 AM
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Quick ride this morning. Weather is beautiful in Chicago area. Trying to soak it all in while I'm able. Shoulder injury has limited my mileage lately.

Changed to drop bars and dropped bar level a bit. Feels good. Using dummy lever on off side. Makes it great for distance and hand positions.

Still need moar stickers.
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Old 08-15-21, 07:12 PM
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Steamrolled down by the 9/11 Cross. Bunch of homeless are hanging around the parking lot hoping for some churchies to pass out some Sunday food.
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Added a handlebar bag to carry my stuff

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Old 08-23-21, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
Umm.... almost...

Also I think this is the first ever drive side pic I've ever taken.
It's an... wanna say 85 Nishiki Olympic. The back wheel is a Vuelta Pista, that last week I discovered had aerospokes, 17t cog, front wheel is a State Bike Co wheel from the co-op.

I saw this bike about a week before this quoted post, some guy was riding it on it's original back wheel, sans tire&tube, and a 26" on the front, from some hybrid, I'd guess. My granny was bringing me some stuff and said there was a bike on this side street, checked it out, and dude musta got tired of no brakes and rim riding.

I just picked up a Race Face 48t chainring from the co-op, I thought I was going to be okay with a ⅛chain on the original suigino vp crank, until I test fitted, deciding I can't live with that much side to side slack. Nothing matches, but I don't care. The frame is getting sticker bombed, it's got a gun metal Sora front brake, a Tiagra rear brake that looks mint green, I bought grey pedals for it, the chainring is black... so are the wheels... brake levers. I found the brake cable housing from my Prelude, that's clear. No clue what bar tape, and color rear housing I'm gonna use. Thinking about just using an old innertube for bartape. Feels nice to let loose and not care about fit&finish, matching this and that. Reminds me of my start, when I'd cobble stuff together.
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Old 08-23-21, 09:19 PM
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I googled some dumb **** about tires and it brought me to a 10 year old Bikeforums thread that I was active in. Jesus Christ I used to be cringe. I still am, but I used to, too.

In my 30's and still riding fixies lol

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Old 08-26-21, 11:15 AM
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Old 08-27-21, 08:37 AM
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I bought this Dolan Pre Cursa frameset directly from Dolan in the UK thinking that I would save a lot of money compared to buying it locally. Boy, was I wrong ! Although the frameset cost only $263, I ended up paying over $150 more in shipping and brokerage fees. Also, communication with Dolan was terrible. They would not respond to emails and never gave me any status on the order or tracking information. The only reason why I knew when it would arrive is because I belong to UPS My Choice who gave me a heads up as to the day it would be delivered.

Anyways, I bought it with the road fork option, which has more rake than the track fork and is drilled for a front brake. I built the rear wheel with an IRO (Formula) hub, Velocity Deep V rim and Sapim Laser butted spokes. The front wheel was built by Richard Snook at Wabi with a first generation solid axle nutted hub and second generation narrow rim. The frameset includes an Alpina seatpost, but it did not have enough setback, so I replaced it with a seatpost that was a takeoff from my Bianchi Pista Concept that had too much setback for that bike, but was perfect for the Dolan Pre Cursa. Recent changes include replacement of the stock Andel chainring with a spare Sugino Zen chainring and addition of a Timex Triathlon heart monitor watch on the handlebar. Overall weight minus seat bag and water bottle is 19 lbs.


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Old 08-28-21, 01:51 AM
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track practice
What saddle is that? It looks like a 1990 Flite clone but maybe a hair wider?
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Old 08-28-21, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
I’ve owned my Specialized Hardrock for several years and always wondered how I would like it’s a single speed, but because of the vertical dropouts, never gave it try , until now .
I’m 70 and looking at making a bike that that’s easy pedaling , to “spin” my way around the neighborhood.
I just finished it up today and I’m thinking I’m going to enjoy this one .
With a 30 tooth single chainring and a 21 tooth rear cog , I spin out around 9.5 mph. That’s fast enough for me and it allows me to spin up the hills around here .
I too have a lower gearing, 32T chain ring and a 23T freewheel. Everywhere I ride is hilly and this gearing works fine for me. I don't need to go too fast down the hills since there's usually a creek at the bottom with a deer crossing. This bike is forcing me to improve my spinning.

The 42mm Conti SpeedRides do a fine job smoothing out our not so smooth county paved roads. And, this bike coasts just as far as my road bikes on my rolling resistance test run.

I'm fooling with my bar and brake positioning so my bar tape is temporary. Well . . . all of my bikes are ongoing projects.

I'm thankful I can still ride.
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Old 08-29-21, 05:20 PM
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Just finished it! I'll put a brake on as soon as it comes in the mail.
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Old 09-01-21, 07:26 PM
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Just finished it! I'll put a brake on as soon as it comes in the mail.
Another beauty with what appears to be some big gear inches!
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Another beauty with what appears to be some big gear inches!
Thanks! I rode it the other night for the first time and it's amazing. I forgot how much I loved riding fixed gear. I'm not sure what the great inches would be -- I just kept the 52t chainring on the front (removed the smaller one) and put a 14t cog on back since I found myself using the 14t cog most often when I still had the 5spd freewheel on the bike. That's how she goes in flat, flat Florida.
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