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Old 07-30-08, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by twentyflights View Post
i usually seat the rear wheel all the way back into the dropout, but i tried to move it up a bit just for fun.
was it as fun as you anticipated?
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Old 07-30-08, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by awristawful View Post
did the OP intend a negative connotation about "conversion" bikes?
it appears he's neg on both brakes and conversions now that he got the real deal... a bikesdirect windsor.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:06 AM
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The OP started this thread with the intent to gather thoughts from other riders, particularly their mindset & unspoken thoughts in relation to other riders.

However, this has turned into a "put yourself [in a category] thread" & people have actually gone on record & have done so. The of people who caught feelings on this thread is immense, laughable at best. There are no underlying "hidden meanings" to any of my threads. Stop telling on yourselves.

Thank you to those who actually answered my question.

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Old 07-30-08, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by stevo View Post
was it as fun as you anticipated?
um...no! especially once i shifted onto the small chainring and suddenly heard *SQUEAK* and came to violent halt haha.

Originally Posted by bigbris1
However, this has turned into a "put yourself [in a category] thread" & people have actually gone on record & have done so. The of people who caught feelings on this thread is immense, laughable at best. There are no underlying "hidden meanings" to any of my threads. Stop telling on yourselves.
here's the thing man...first of all, i think almost all of us who posted in this thread did, in fact, answer your question. i don't know if you know this (and most sane people DO know this...), but what you're failing to see here is that the English language carries connotations far beyond just what you write, AND that culture itself carries connotations well beyond what you see and do. this is a DISCUSSION forum. don't act all hurt because people don't exactly agree with you. you didn't come to talk to robots. you came to talk to cyclists oh and humans...
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Old 07-30-08, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
I don't hate, per se, someone riding with a brake. It's just it seems like they're either too scared to be riding fixed gear, or too lazy.


I made the evolution from geared road > converted SS > Converted FG > Track frame. I would never convert another frame, no matter how classic/expensive/nostalgic/flashy/etc. & if I had a frame I had to keep, I'd send it to have horizontal dropouts fitted.

For you losers with conversions https://www.63xc.com/mikep/mikep.htm

I think people do conversions because they are more concerned about the name brand of the frame.
Get a track frame & stop making excuses as to why you prefer your conversion. OR, just throw some gears on your bike & use it for it's intended purpose.

think that people might own the kind of bike that they can afford/have access to.
No hidden meanings you are quite clear and either completely and totally clueless about pretty much everything regarding bikes or you are a mediocre troll.

By the way do you think that the mm clearance between your filed down brake bridge and tire is "hot" or "sexy"?
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Old 07-30-08, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dutret View Post
By the way do you think that the mm clearance between your filed down brake bridge and tire is "hot" or "sexy"?
I'm sure he does, but only because the bike has track ends.
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Old 07-31-08, 10:33 PM
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bump.
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Old 07-31-08, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
What do you think when you see someone with

1. A FG conversion?
2. A front brake?
I think, "hey man, that's my bike".
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Old 09-19-08, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
The OP started this thread with the intent to gather thoughts from other riders, particularly their mindset & unspoken thoughts in relation to other riders.

However, this has turned into a "put yourself [in a category] thread" & people have actually gone on record & have done so. The of people who caught feelings on this thread is immense, laughable at best. There are no underlying "hidden meanings" to any of my threads. Stop telling on yourselves.

Thank you to those who actually answered my question.
Please stop trying to sound intelligent.
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Old 09-19-08, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by IllSpecialist View Post
1. Get your money up
2. Get your skills up
Haha, WIN
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Old 09-19-08, 11:10 PM
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1. fak, epic.
2. fak, epic.
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Old 09-19-08, 11:17 PM
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1. I'm not sure what you mean by conversion. If you mean a fixed-gear bike based on anything other than a track frame, this, in turn depends on where I'm seeing it. If I'm seeing it on the track, then it's out of place. If it's on the street, it's also where it belongs.
2. If I see a front brake, I think the owner has more brains than ego.
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Old 09-20-08, 08:38 AM
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I think..

1. Conversions are cool because not everyone wants or can afford a track bike for the STREET. The rider figures it will be stolen anyway (philly)

2. Front brake. Good idea. Id rather look like an idiot with a brake than an idiot in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.
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Old 09-20-08, 09:15 AM
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1. Sweet.

2. Smart.
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Old 09-20-08, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by bicycleptic View Post
i really dont understand the hatred for someone not riding the same kind of bike we do. If you drive do you hate anyone not driving the same kind of car as you? When i am riding i am always happy to see someone else riding. Dont matter if they are a hipster. Dont matter if they are on a 20 speed colnago. Dont matter to me if they are on a cobbled up conversion. At least they are riding a bike instead of riding in a cage and waisting fuel.

I have three young children to raise. My fixie has a front brake on it.

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Old 09-20-08, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Ride Among Us View Post
it appears he's neg on both brakes and conversions now that he got the real deal... a bikesdirect windsor.
lmao
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Old 09-20-08, 09:36 AM
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1. Awesome, I hope that person rides at least
2. Smart, not another idiot on the road without a brake.
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Old 09-20-08, 12:11 PM
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Is that the virgin Mary?
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When I see a front brake on a fixed gear bike I see it as a smart thing to do.

I hardly ever use my front brake, but when I need it I need it.

As for conversions, I see them as a good use of resources; I wonder if the rider has ever had or will have a pedal strike; and I wonder how much difficulty the rider had with chain length, chain line, chain ring and cog issues.

I have a friend who rides a conversion (to save money) and he had a pedal strike with the original 175mm cranks.

He changed to a 165mm crank and that solved the pedal strike issue.

As for the chain length/line/ring and cog issues, he got some good guidance from our lbs and didn't have much trouble.
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Old 09-20-08, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Brvn View Post
"Theres someone who probably has fun riding a bike, cool."
I'm with this guy. Who cares what people are riding, as long as they are riding. I still ride my conversions even though I have much nicer bikes.
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Old 09-20-08, 08:44 PM
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1.) Hey, some else rides a fixie here too!
2.) and they're not a jackass
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I think to myself.There is a bike and it is a conversion and a front brake.I'm being totally honest when I say this.
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Old 09-20-08, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
What do you think when you see someone with

1. A FG conversion?
2. A front brake?
"i think there was a thread about a conversion with a brake on bike forums..."
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Old 09-20-08, 09:53 PM
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can i kick it with you dudes?

i was a messenger in the 90s.
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Originally Posted by jpmartineau View Post
i think, "hey man, that's my bike".
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