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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)

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Old 06-24-09, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
OK, question for you. You're not talking about time trialists who time trial with a fixed gear, are you? Because I've never heard of that. So what are you talking about?

I agree that a 75 inch gear is a good compromise, but I'm running a 65 inch gear, since I'm getting back into fixed gear riding and need the training. I tend to pedal with too slow a cadence on my freewheel bikes.
Multi geared bikes became the norm in the late 50's and prior to that fixed gear bicycles were the weapon of choice for many, especially in the UK where club riding was also immensely popular. Many of these bikes were also fixed gear although there would have also been a small number of derailer and IGH equipped bikes.

When I was looking into vintage gearing I found that the most successful riders used gearing in the mid to higher 70's as this seems to be the ideal gear for a very fit person and I have laid down some good times on similar gearing.

Something in a 65 gear inch range would have been used for winter / off season riding and this is what I use for touring and on my winter bike's flip side but in good weather I run 74 - 76 gear inches despite the fact it's a 26 inch wheeled mtb conversion.

When I build up bikes for new riders I set the gearing in the mid sixties as this allows people to develop a better spin and give more control if they are back braking... skidding 80 plus gear inches is murder on the knees.

I just set up my 1940 path / road bike as a fixed gear and initially had a 46:18 which had me spinning like the proverbial cracked out gerbil and after swapping the 46 for a 52 I have 76 gear inches which I can still spin out quite easily and does not make climbs inordinately hard.
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Old 06-24-09, 08:41 PM
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Old 06-24-09, 09:14 PM
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^ not a big leader fan but this looks awesome. great job
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Old 06-24-09, 09:47 PM
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Agreed. Not much stank happening there.
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Originally Posted by trifecta View Post
New Crank set (Sram Omnium 175mm 48t) and Velocity wheel(16t) set by City Grounds in Costa Mesa.




Man, that orange stripe on the fork, chain and seat stays right at the rim line is an AWESOME detail. Well played, well played indeed.
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Old 06-25-09, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Triple8Sol View Post
Reminds me of an old European motorcycle...BMW pre 1965?
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Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
I don't want to make a whole thread for this and don't where to ask, but does anyone have any tips on putting Oury grips on Nitto risers? I could get the grips on the bars a bit but can't push em farther down.

Thanks in advance.
Hairspray. It's like lube when it's wet and glue when it's dry.
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Old 06-25-09, 02:27 AM
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first build

This is my first build/bike. It was my grandpas old open road 10 speed. Not the greatest bike to start with, but it was more of a learning experience than anything. It is a single speed.

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Old 06-25-09, 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by dave22 View Post
Hairspray. It's like lube when it's wet and glue when it's dry.
Will it damage the metal, and will I be able to take the grips off later if I wanted to for some reason?

Thanks.
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Old 06-25-09, 07:08 AM
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one from a mini ride me and friend had yesterday. new setup for the road and the loops i do around my area. yeap risers are great for climbing those rolling hills =)

swapped my turbo for concor super leggera
swapped sug75 bb for dura ace 7710 octalink
swapped sug75 165mm cranks for 7710 165mm
swapped sug75 48t ring for "shimano" zen-like 48t 1/8" ring


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Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
Will it damage the metal, and will I be able to take the grips off later if I wanted to for some reason?

Thanks.
No, and probably.
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Originally Posted by jdms mvp View Post
one from a mini ride me and friend had yesterday. new setup for the road and the loops i do around my area. yeap risers are great for climbing those rolling hills =)

swapped my turbo for concor super leggera
swapped sug75 bb for dura ace 7710 octalink
swapped sug75 165mm cranks for 7710 165mm
swapped sug75 48t ring for "shimano" zen-like 48t 1/8" ring



lol is that david's bike i spy?
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hahaha yea man. i was riding with him yesterday! =)

i also helped him with the build

the kilo TT frame was my best friend gf's
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Jdm - nice!
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Jdm - nice!
thanks, i'm diggin the vigorelli too man!
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Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
I don't want to make a whole thread for this and don't where to ask, but does anyone have any tips on putting Oury grips on Nitto risers? I could get the grips on the bars a bit but can't push em farther down.

Thanks in advance.
I recommend soap or something like Fantastic. It takes a day to dry. It also works to remove the grips. Lift the grip a bit with a screwdriver, spray Fantastic in, and remove grips easily.
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hairspray


or muscles


i don't use anything to put ourys on...i just tell them what's goin down and then they go on the bars
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I tried that, but I guess I wasn't fierce enough. ill tell those beaches this time
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Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
I tried that, but I guess I wasn't fierce enough. ill tell those beaches this time
Plain old alcohol is the best! Pour a little bit into the grip, plug the end with your thumb and shake it so you get the enside all wet. Use the palm of your hand to plug the opposite end of your bars and slide it right on. The alcohol dries in a couple minutes and doesn't damage anything and leaves no residue. You'll be able to take the grips off easily without a mess, or leftover soapy/sticky gunk on the bars!
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I have alcohol wipes so I guess I'll try that. The alcohol solution sounds the best at the moment.
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Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
I have alcohol wipes so I guess I'll try that. The alcohol solution sounds the best at the moment.
Wipes won't work. Rubbing alcohol is like .75 at a drug store. Just get a bottle. What are you gonna do squeeze the wipes into the grip? Then hope it doesn't dry out before you can wring the next few into it?
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idk if i could control myself from drinking the rubbing alcohol.


edit: wont alcohol mess up the color and such?

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Nice frame, but the fork looks wrong.
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Man what a nice looking ride. I wish you'd post all of your bikes at some point. You definitely have a stable full of bike porn. What size is this frame?
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