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)

Taken away in a Paddy Wagon

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Old 12-07-08, 09:44 AM
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Taken away in a Paddy Wagon

The other day while picking up parts in my favorite shop, Bike Junkie in Bethpage, NY, I spied a new Kona Paddy Wagon leaning up against the counter. Lo and behold, it's my size! Right in time for Xmas. Thanks to the wife and kids, I set out on a maiden voyage yesterday. It's a nice change from my Rush Hour. The gearing is more friendly to my aging legs and the 28 tires are cush. The Deda frame is not the lightest, but mated with Kona's road fork and road geometry (spelled 13 cm head tube and lax angles) it was a blissful ride. What a great winter workout. My new favorite.
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Yup I rode mine the other day after many weeks off, it's a sweet ride. I put over 1000 miles on it in the last 5 months all over San Diego. Yours came w/28? mine I think had 25 and then I put on some 23 Gatorskins to help speed up my slowness .
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Old 12-07-08, 10:23 PM
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I ride one with bags, rack, fenders, lights, brooks, and winter shoe love to work 15 miles round trip and could not ask for more in a brakeless fix setup. Just loaded it for the morning commute with 6-8" expected during the day tomorrow. Maybe not the hippest rig going but after 1200 miles this year she's just getting broken in. Highly advised.
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Old 12-08-08, 10:26 AM
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I ride one with bags, rack, fenders, lights, brooks, and winter shoe love to work 15 miles round trip and could not ask for more in a brakeless fix setup. Just loaded it for the morning commute with 6-8" expected during the day tomorrow. Maybe not the hippest rig going but after 1200 miles this year she's just getting broken in. Highly advised.
What kind of rack and fenders are you using? Are you using P-clips? Why are there no mounting bolts on the seatstays? There is a set on the rear dropout, but not on the stays...weird. I'm really enjoying the road geometry and the wide tires though. Every other fixie that I looked at had something missing...short head tube, no stops, no mounts, aluminum frame. Very frustrating. The PW was a nice find. I'm even getting used to the battleship grey paint and the straight blades on the fork.
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I think these are classy bikes with tons of comfort for the rider. The road geometry with generous clearance is useful. Not a particularly stiff or fast bike but it's good for the long haul, I'd imagine. My experience is based on a 15 minute test ride.
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Never really thought to post this thing but I guess if there's interest then here you go. Basic run down:
Commuter: risers, ergons, bell, am/fm radio(ESPN on the way to work, NPR on the way home), Nite Rider Trinewt light, SKS fenders, Brooks B17, Delta rack, Novara bags, cargo net, 32c rubber, eggbeaters, fixed, no brakes. Not to hip but she works for me. A couple hundred miles a month helps to keep me ready for doing what I really love, single track. Enjoy, I think commuting is pretty damn cool, especially since I got this thing outfitted the way I wanted.
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