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Behold! The Mother Of All Fixed gears!

Old 09-16-06, 03:40 PM
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Behold! The Mother Of All Fixed gears!

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53 by 11 is for wimps
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Kinda like a unicycle with a bike attached. I'm into it. Way into it.
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That chainring has to weigh at least 5 lbs by itself...
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Wait, how much grams is that?
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5 lbs = 2267 grams
20 lbs =9.97 kg
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Did you read the gear ratio?

9 1/2 :1 = 252 gear inches! And NO brake. As you know, most singlespeeds are 2:1.

That was the time when men were men....and women were men, apparently.
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108 mph on a bike that probably wrecked his knees for life. That is why being a man will always rule, it's totally ludacris and totaly awesome!
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He was spinning as fast as the gear would take him and he didn't have to stop in any prescribed distance. I doubt his knees were really feeling much of anything once he got it up to speed.
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and i thought my 55 tooth chainring was big
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That's some crazy stuff. I've seen the bike that a record attempt was made on in the 70s or 80s with, had another chainring to keep the size of the main of down.

252 gear inches means that at 90 rpm he was doing 68 mph, and at 120, 90mph.
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Okay physics students:

If he had to turn, and the chainring struck the ground, what would be the results?

You may submit your answers in picture format. The quiz will be on Monday. Have a good weekend...
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you would fall.
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Originally Posted by abeyance
you would fall.

Incorrect. Can anyone explain why? I'll reveal the answer later in the course.
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Unless my math is wrong, he was running about a 112/12 gear. At 108mph his cadence was 144rpm. And he had 3 skid patches.
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Originally Posted by Serendipper
Okay physics students:

If he had to turn, and the chainring struck the ground, what would be the results?

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Originally Posted by jjvw
Unless my math is wrong, he was running about a 112/12 gear. At 108mph his cadence was 144rpm. And he had 3 skid patches.


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"Excuse me miss, but unless my math is wrong, 1 + 1= 2...and you are 2 fine! What's your name?"
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Hahahahahaha! I love it!
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I think there might be a little toe-verlap with the
negative degreed fork. Other than that, I might
want it in black
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that bike's got balls
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now i'm used to getting grease stains on my right calf, but that bike would leave grease stains above the knee! whoo!
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Camel-toe overlap?
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Whats up with the fork?
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
Whats up with the fork?
Google stayer races. We had another thread recently discussing it w/movies and all, but I'm too lazy to go get it.
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You mean cars/motorcylces could drive over 110 mph back in 1941? He'd need to draft behind one to hit that speed.
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