Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-24-07, 03:46 PM
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Old 09-24-07, 04:36 PM
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Old 09-24-07, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
I am sorry but Trader Joes sucks and so does IKEA. Trader Joes is well over priced, and is just another corporate grocery, no better than Albertsons, Smiths, or Kroger. The only thing that place does is make you feel like you have money, because you can afford to go to some yuppy grocery. IKEA is quite similar, since the furniture sucks, but boy do I look like a cool college student. Anyway, I digress.
i don't know what your grocery stores are like but most trader joes stuff is similar in price to the regional food chains here (shaw's, stop and shop). the quality of certain items is usually better as well... especially on frozen stuff. i think you have trader joes confused with whole foods...

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some minor changes to the IRO
not to bring this up again.. but i noticed the number place on the mtb behind your iro... did you race in B's last weekend at the UMass race? or any of the previous (MIT, Lehigh). i'm in B's too, from northeastern, was riding a blue stumpjumper fsr in XC/STXC..
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Old 09-24-07, 05:21 PM
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My Madison is now an awesome coaster brake fun machine!
I'm happier with this setup than anything else I've had in a while. Fun fun fun.
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Old 09-24-07, 05:33 PM
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Old 09-24-07, 05:37 PM
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whatever, it makes me happy. It's not like I was riding it on a track or anything to begin with!
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Old 09-24-07, 05:48 PM
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That bike is beautiful...

...then came the coaster brake. I wanted to shed a tear. That thing deserves better, unless your dozen other FG's put it to shame.
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Old 09-24-07, 05:55 PM
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Those bikes are the same mass produced crap that everyone has. They should be test beds for anything you want to try.

If the coaster were on a real madison, or a colnago or razesa or somehing, it would be a different story.
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Old 09-24-07, 06:11 PM
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I don't see why a coaster brake kills the bike... I mean as TimArchy says, I picked it up for $350! So what if I want to throw a coaster brake on it for kicks. I still have my fixed wheel. If it's aesthetics you're worried about, I don't think it makes much of a difference. Besides, they're already ugly orange deep v's!
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Old 09-24-07, 06:32 PM
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Dude, I love coaster brakes, but throw that thing on an old road bike. Who ever heard of converting a track bike to something else anyway?
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Originally Posted by sorsha6 View Post
I'm happier with this setup than anything else I've had in a while. Fun fun fun.
Nothing wrong with that!

Coaster braked singlespeeds are pretty fun if you get the Huffy cruiser association out of your head.
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Old 09-24-07, 08:00 PM
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Eh, whatever, I'm not gonna argue. It's fun, and guess what? I didn't super glue the wheel or pedals in, so when I want, I can make it a super #1 genuine totally authentic track bike again... that I will not ride on a track. In the meantime, it's my bike so as Cartman says, I do what I want!
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Old 09-24-07, 08:22 PM
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Are those Hamilton pedals?
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Old 09-24-07, 08:26 PM
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indeed they are
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Old 09-24-07, 08:28 PM
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Wow, I'm surprised I could spot them, I guess it's the Animal thing on the plug thing. Sick bike too.
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Old 09-24-07, 08:29 PM
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Just realized I never posted this here!



It's a Miyata Two-Ten touring bike, converted to singlespeed. It was originally for my roomate during my internship in Boston, but I gave it to my girlfriend. It was really inexpensive to build and is surprisingly light.
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Old 09-24-07, 09:13 PM
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Old 09-24-07, 09:25 PM
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Old 09-24-07, 09:31 PM
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For some reason the fact that that gets gets ridden on the street brings me pleasure.
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Probably rides like a dream, why not ride it everywhere?
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Old 09-24-07, 09:53 PM
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really don't like the wheel set up, at least get a 2nd tri-spoke
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Old 09-24-07, 10:37 PM
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paint that hed white!
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Old 09-24-07, 10:56 PM
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or give it to me so I can ride it on the track!
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Old 09-25-07, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Idioteque View Post
really don't like the wheel set up, at least get a 2nd tri-spoke
Huzzah!

Mixing very different wheel types is absolutely fugly in my opinion. Traditional spoked only match low-spoke composite wheels in the sense that they are round in shape. Unnatural wheel mixtures look as if little thought was put into the bicycle; the bike was thrown together with random ridiculously expensive parts but still turns out goofy lookin', defying the whole point of buying blingy parts. It's like putting chromed rims only on the front wheels on your car, with the standard issue factory wheels in the rear.

Two tri-spokes however, look really slick. Not that I advocate using them for everyday use...
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