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Fixed gear cruiser? No way, right?

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Old 12-06-08, 04:51 PM
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Fixed gear cruiser? No way, right?

My friend announced that he wants to convert his ancient Schwinn singlespeed into a fixed gear. Is this even possible? It's one of those venerable clunkers that will last forever and sound like they're grinding up silverware everywhere they go.
I told him that besides looking ridiculous he would have terrible leverage on the pedals from an upright position and never get up a hill again.
But he already put a racing seat on it, so I guess he's serious
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Old 12-06-08, 04:54 PM
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it'll be heavy as balls.
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works for me.. i just don't go past 20mph that often.
hills arent too difficult either. i might just get some risers for aero benefits lol.

search for the cruiser thread.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:04 PM
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As long as the gearing is low enough hills will be fine.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:14 PM
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more dollars than sense
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Old 12-06-08, 06:46 PM
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it's totally possible, and as long as he doesn't mind spending $70 (at LEAST) on a rear wheel for a $15 bike, then whatever.

as long as he runs the same gearing as he was running before, it won't be any more difficult for him to get UP a hill than it was before, single speed is single speed... his feet will just have to keep up on the way down.
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yeah, as long as he dosen't change the gearing hills will be the same... but it's not worth sinking money into a bike that's not worth the cost of a wheel.
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what size is the frame? i need a beater for bike polo...
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Old 12-07-08, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by REMspeedwagon View Post
i might just get some risers for aero benefits lol.
you cant be ****ing serious
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Old 12-07-08, 01:40 AM
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oh yes he was serious, and he typed lol
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lol. ****in misinformed youth
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I was going to put risers on my bike for the aero advantage.

Then I decided I wanted comfort for touring, so I put deep track drops on it.
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