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Why do I care about skid patches?

Old 11-01-08, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ddac View Post
Would moving the tires be easier? I'm thinking, deflate tires all the way, use tire lever to take out one side, turn the tires, and put it back in. No need to worry about chain tension?
I can pull a wheel off and get it back on under the right tension in under 2 minutes. I cant even get half a tire off in that time. Now granted I run small tires but even if I were using excessively wide tires I could see it being easier (than the smaller tires), but still not faster.

You would also run into the issue of your tire lables and stems not being lined up, and I just like the way it looks.
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Old 11-01-08, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
it's fun and simple. once you get used to doing so, it goes into the logical part of your thinking that tells your legs (not your fingers) to accelerate and decelerate. the brake only comes into play when you're going at very high speeds or at the end of really long rides. to simplify, the brake becomes an extra complication once you get used to riding a fixed gear in the street. i wouldn't remove it altogether, but as time passes you'll realize that skipping makes more sense.
at first, it seems like a waste of energy and can be frustrating for those who don't pick it up right away, but once you've been doing it for awhile it becomes second nature.
While your at it why don't you tell us how "zen" you feel while riding? Skipping and skidding don't make more sense, they are just trendy. Good bike handling skills and proper brake use makes far more sense.
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Old 11-01-08, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
to simplify, the brake becomes an extra complication once you get used to riding a fixed gear in the street. i wouldn't remove it altogether, but as time passes you'll realize that skipping makes more sense.
I'd really like to make this my sig as (yet) another example of how much FG kool-aid some folks here are drinking.

Originally Posted by clink83 View Post
While your at it why don't you tell us how "zen" you feel while riding? Skipping and skidding don't make more sense, they are just trendy. Good bike handling skills and proper brake use makes far more sense.
+1. If you want to skip, knock yourself out. But it doesn't "[make] more sense", unless you define "sense" as "a prolonged and inefficient method of stopping that produces premature tire wear while increasing the risk of crashing into ****". In that case, then yes, skipping makes a lot more "sense" than brakes.
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Old 11-01-08, 08:32 PM
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