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Your Fixed Gear Fashion/Performance Trends, Progression?

Old 12-05-08, 01:22 PM
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Your Fixed Gear Fashion/Performance Trends, Progression?

Having been on this board for a while and having been influenced about what looks "good" and what looks "bad" my tastes for dream bikes have changed quiet a bit over the past year/months. I was thinking that at the rate I change my mind about what looks good I should just about never buy an expensive bike because I will want something different just a few short months later.

My progression of what I have thought about fixed gear bikes:
  1. Anything will do, I just want to try a fixed gear bike out.
  2. Drops are cool.
  3. Road drop brake levers are better than cross style levers.
  4. Dummy levers would be cool on my drops so I have another hand position.
  5. Dummy levers look stupid.
  6. Risers seem silly.
  7. Bullhorns are the best.
  8. Compact frames, slanted TT (towards the seat post) are bad.
  9. Aluminum is not as "cool" as steel.
  10. Alu and Carbon are too fragile for the roads.
  11. I don't think I want a brake anymore.
  12. Carbon seat posts and bars must be the best thing ever.
  13. If I could get any frame: Ti Indy Fab track geo frame.
  14. If I could get any frame: SSR Indy Fab track geo frame:

  15. Really deep rims look "cool".
  16. I want my brake back, I was a fool for not having one.
  17. Clips and straps make sense because I am tired of wearing my clipless shoes everday.
  18. Straight blade forks look "cool".
  19. Looseball hubs make no sense on the streets.
  20. Expensive hubs are a waste on the streets. Formula hubs for the win.
  21. If I build a new fixed gear bike it should have "true" track geo.
  22. Chris King headsets look like a steal me sign for bikes.
  23. I don't think I want a brake anymore.
  24. If I could get any frame: Yamaguchi Pursuit (but with a reversed slopping TT)

  25. Light bikes make so much more sense than aero bikes for the street.
  26. Why do people build super expensive steel bikes for the track?
  27. Road wheels make more sense up front than do trackesq wheels.
  28. Shallow rims look "cool".

I have a feeling my tastes are gonna keep changing. I havn't caught the NJS bug and haven't given up on the idea that track geo on the streets is fun although road geo fixed gear bikes make a lot more sense on the roads.

I think at this point, even with the money to throw down on a Yamaguchi I would have to stop myself because I might want something different the next month. I think my bareknuckle is fun but way too heavy considering what I could have built for the same price. I wouldn't build the same bike again.

Am I the only one that can't decide what is "good" and what isn't? Maybe I am just over thinking all of this and should just be riding more

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Old 12-05-08, 01:31 PM
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great post! good read.
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Old 12-05-08, 01:32 PM
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i wish more people would admit to this. i remember loving that leader 735tr way back when. i remember spending a ton of wasted time and money removing braze ons from conversions way back when....today is another day.
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Old 12-05-08, 01:46 PM
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I guess I'm lucky that I never have enough money to follow through on getting the things I want, because I usually want something different the next week...
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Old 12-05-08, 01:50 PM
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I've fluxuated a lot on thoughts/plans/opinions as well. I'm still having an internal battle about component weights... trying to convince myself that I shouldn't try to pick up carbon handlebars, stem, seatpost, and fork. I am pretty positive it's not cost-effective if I don't truly have money to burn.
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Old 12-05-08, 02:02 PM
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When I was thinking about swapping my fork for a carbon fork I thought of it this way, each pound I want to save will cost me around $100 dollars. The cheap carbon forks, seatpost, components ect arnt any lighter than good alu parts.

When I thought that each pound of bike weight was $100 dollars in cold hard cash I pretty quickly decided to put my cash back in my wallet.
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Old 12-05-08, 02:12 PM
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statement 15 and 28 really depend on the overall look of the bike without the wheels. on vintages, box rims pls.
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Old 12-05-08, 04:18 PM
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quasi-related: we used to have these all the time at vortex, often with photos. it was interesting to see folks come in with a stock mk4 (in 2002 or so) and end with a mk1 cab dumped on 13x9s.

of course, that world is so much more about style than performance, and so much more expensive.
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Perhaps with the "relative" low cost of bikes the answer is just to collect as many different incarnations of fixed gear bikes as possible. I went from no bike after my mtb got stolen to 3 bikes in less than two years. I don't think in number of bikes owned I am too abnormal when compared to other members of this forum.
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Old 12-06-08, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by PunctualAlex View Post
I guess I'm lucky that I never have enough money to follow through on getting the things I want, because I usually want something different the next week...
Yeah I have that exact problem. Even though i'm dead broke and can hardly afford to pay bills, I've been looking into upgrading my wheelset but what I want has changed so many times in the last month. It's a good thing I never have that much money in my checking account at one time or i'd probably make a mistake.
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Old 12-06-08, 04:02 PM
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1. I like riding bikes
2. What is a fixed gear?
3. BikesDirect hooked me up!
4. I wish I would have saved up a bit more for a FTP or Capo
5. Drops with hoods are the only logical bars
6. Riding is most comfortable in cut-offs.
7. WTF was I thinking, bibs are pro.
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Old 12-06-08, 07:51 PM
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ill ride fixed, with brakes, but no shants. ok ill roll up a jeans leg, and brakeless is pretty fun. cut offs ftw + free old risers. wearing my jersey with riding capris/knickers. back to clipless- its more secure.... I am sure that at some point i will just go freewheel ss bike for practicality and ease of use. currently, I find myself always blending my road bike gear spandex and such/ thought process to my fixed gear riding. I just need to find that fixed gear that can perform on par with my carbon orbea roadbike in terms of ride quality (handling, weight, responsivness)
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Old 12-06-08, 08:18 PM
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1 I love my Bottecchia ten-speed! It looks ladylike and has big saddlebags and I can ride it in a skirt!
2 Yay! New apartment!
3 It's three flights up and the starwell is spiral and narrow.
4 And I can't get my Bottecchia up
5 Without nearly killing myself
4 Ooh, I'll ride my father's old racing bike, it's only 20 pounds or so
5 What does fixed-gear mean?
6 Do I HAVE to put two brakes on, Papa?
7 Ooh look, I am a cool bike messenger! I will get a messenger bag!
8 Two skinned knees from trying to skip stop
9 This bike is too big for me and the two brakes look stupid and I don't like bullhorns
10 What a cute little French frame with track drops and ONE brake
11 Love. Take bike on two block excursions, take it indoors with me everywhere, including into the voting booth on Election day
12 One pant leg rolled up perpetually
13 (Skirts gathering dust)
14 This frame is the most frightful orange
15 No it isn't
16 Yes it is
17 No it isn't
18 Opera capes are good for winter cycling
19 So are orange gloves- I love orange!
20 Brooks saddles are the best
21 These tires suck in the snow- I'm sure the Saab driver who I nailed will agree with me
22 I need a winter beater....

Not too exciting upgrade-wise, I don't have any money.
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Old 12-06-08, 08:45 PM
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im poor, so i can't afford to change my opinion.
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Old 12-07-08, 10:12 AM
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1. rode terrible conversion for 2 weeks
2. Bought Leader 735TR
3. had 64 spokes total
4. had 36 spokes total (32 in rear plus spinergy)
5. had 9 spokes total (spinergy up front and aerospoke in rear)
6. Got straight bars for barspins and tight squeezes
7. stopped looking like a goof and got bullhorns (takes less tight squeezes)
8. upped ratio 48/15
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