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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 06-06-08, 06:44 AM   #26
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wow, i am definitely going to watch the corners now, i had my toe clip slightly scrape the ground a couple times which scared me straight...i thought i need to rethink how i am turning and do i really need to be that low on a turn
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Old 06-06-08, 07:38 AM   #27
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Riding around in slow motion circles last night, I hit a loose chunk of the curb and actually moved it with my pedal a good four feet. Strangest sensation.
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Old 06-06-08, 07:51 AM   #28
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what are these 'tarck' bikes people keep speaking of? i've never ever struck pedal on my track bike with 170mm arms/keo pedals, though once when i was less experienced and had cages, i did try to evade a speedbump, skidding my pedal on a curb and supermanning over the bars. i wound up skidding across the pavement straight on my chest (with no road rash, thanks louis garneau!)
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Old 06-06-08, 09:08 AM   #29
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I pedal struck on an old crap road bike while going into a turn hot & still pedaling. It lifted my back end up a bit and scared the shiz out of me but I made it out ok.

Harris Cyclery is selling some old 160mm cranks, for hard turning fun.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:04 AM   #30
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Yeah, Im ok. Thanks for the concern. I just keep telling myself that it could have been a lot worse. My girlfriend was driving behind me on a pretty busy road here and saw the whole thing. Fortunately she was able to avoid running me over!

The worst part is not being able to ride for a couple weeks. Im starting to have some serious withdrawls. On the bright side, Its a good excuse to go shopping for some new parts...
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Old 06-06-08, 10:28 AM   #31
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I've pedal striked a few times when I was clips and straps, never clipless though.
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I've caught the top of a curb while turning. Lovely experience, plenty of traffic.
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Old 06-06-08, 11:32 AM   #33
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On a conversion with bmx pedals i once had a pedal strike that forced me into a 15-20 foot sideways skid when a car cut me off with a surprise left turn. The chain jumped off and jammed the rear wheel.
Not once have i struck on my track bike with track or clipless pedals.
Ahh.. that's scary!
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Old 06-06-08, 11:48 AM   #34
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the title of this thread
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Old 06-06-08, 11:55 AM   #35
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i struck real bad one time and ate it so hard. my stomach jumps any time i take a corner a little to hard and tap the outside edge of my pedal, but I've basically learned my limit
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when my pedals go on strike i don't get very far
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when my pedals go on strike i don't get very far
Someone's going to quote that in their signature.
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Old 06-06-08, 03:04 PM   #39
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Conversion bike, 175 cranks, tiagra (with external bottom bracket= slightly bigger Q factor i think).

pedal strike only twice, once going down a "dropped" curb (its dropped 5" from the curb, so its really sharp) i was turning and it caught, skipped a couple feet, and kept going like i meant to do it.
second time, was moving through gridlock, i got too close to the curb and it smacked down and tossed me up a little bit (it was weird, i had hopped up a bit just so that i could get my bag over a wing mirror, and it struck tossing me up a bit...) but i kept going no problem...


i think I can (as of yet) stay on when stuff like that happens only because of all of my less then skillful mountain bike riding. So I'm use to hitting a pedal from trying to get that extra stroke in before the corner.... my lack of skill on the trails, has increased my skill off the trails... hahaha
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I hit a pedal really hard the very first time I rode fixed, it was a conversion and I was going pretty quick, I even though going into the turn that I better not turn to hard since 'I had to keep pedaling', but I hit it anyway, and it must have lifted/bounced my back wheel a good 6 inches off the ground, but I didn't fall, I just lost my line and went flying up on the the sidewalk with my feet out of my pedals. I never clipped a pedal again on that bike.

But for the first time, just today, I clipped the my gr9 pedal on 165mm cranks on my tt, I figure I was due, since I'd sorta been pushing it for ages to see how far I could go. Its too bad, since I was almost convinced that I couldn't actually hit it.
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Old 06-07-08, 02:53 PM   #41
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I've struck pedals a few times with 165 cranks but I've been thinking recently about give 170 a try.

Anyone gone 165 --> 150mm and I liked it? I wouldn't mind a lil more torque.
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Old 06-07-08, 04:13 PM   #42
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i use 170 on the track and never have problems. then again washington park velodrome in kenosha is a pretty low bank, probably 30 degrees or so. pretty permissive. crank length up to a certain extent depends really on your size. i am 6'4" and don't really feel like spinning the heck out of anything shorter than 165. your mileage may vary.
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Old 06-07-08, 04:39 PM   #43
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track bikes have high a BB.

no need to say more.

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I struck a curb once, got one foot out of the clips before I crashed. I went off the bike kinda diagonally,past but not over the bars. Busted my face and shoulder up real bad. I was missing half an eyebrow for about 2 and a half months.
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no need to say more.
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