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)

Old man buys a Madison

Old 07-23-09, 07:13 AM
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Old man buys a Madison

I need to say thanks first for a great site with all the information you need
to find what you are looking for as well as fix it if you have too.
56 ys old have had bikes all my life as well as a few great motorcycles.
Needed to get back to the basics and figured a singlespeed could help get me
back to into shape.Started with a Cutter.Nothing but problems with noise
replaced every part on bike until after 3 freewheels found out thru this site
about white industries freewheel.Done.Bought new Madison.First 15 minutes out same noise as the Cutter.New White industries freewheel and now a great quiet bike.New bullhorns,peddles,clips,seat,made it my own.
Information came from here

glad I found this site.

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Old 07-23-09, 08:18 AM
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pics or it didn't happen.
Nice choice: I love my madison , next try riding it fixed.
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Old 07-23-09, 08:38 AM
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Raining here in Philly will get some pics soon.I did try ir fixed
give you younger guys a lot of credit.I think too old to
skid.

Thanks
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Congrats on the purchase and upgrades. Enjoy!
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yo, i saw an older guy out the other day on a blue madison in port richmond, near the thriftway. was that you boxerdog?

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And it is most certainly not raining in Philly right now! Enough excuses! Go take a picture of your bike!

...... and welcome back.
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Port Richmand. I bought it at Jay's on Girard and
took a ride around that area for a while.

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Old 07-23-09, 04:41 PM
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i was the guy in the hummer trying to cut you off.
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i was the guy in the hummer trying to cut you off.
lol!
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Originally Posted by boxerdog View Post
Raining here in Philly will get some pics soon.I did try ir fixed
give you younger guys a lot of credit.I think too old to
skid.

Thanks

You dont have to skid to ride a fixed gear bike.
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Old 07-23-09, 06:20 PM
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saddle looks too low, make sure that your knees are almost fully extended on the downstroke. also level out the bullhorns.
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I'm wondering what kind of noise you are referring to that was remedied by a freewheel change? My Madison has been great. My only noise I ever experience is the clicking when coasting in the single speed mode and that's normal. I make the noise go away by pedaling.
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Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
saddle looks too low, make sure that your knees are almost fully extended on the downstroke. also level out the bullhorns.
I love how this is the reaction to seeing a bike with little seatpost extended out. Why do so many people say this? It's not the saddle that's too low, it's the frame that's too big.
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Hey thanks for that thought about the freewheel noise going away when you peddle
but mine Had some extra noise coming from the freewheel that was there only
when you peddled and is not there with the new freewheel.The White industries
freewheel is pretty loud when coasting but quiet when you peddle.

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I think any questions about the bike should first be asked to the rider. What I mean is he is clearly running a production bike so he might have purchased a bike that had the top tube length he wanted at the conscious expense of risking the twig and berries if he had to get off in a hurry. I've certainly seen roadies do it with production bikes. The bullhorn lift could be a comfort choice. I am in no way arguing the validity of either comment in a generic sense rather in the specific sense. In other words, the guy might very well be making conscious decisions. Asking him allows him to respond. If he indicates he was not aware these were issues then you have the opportunity to offer the helping hand of experience.
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you better check your crank set! almost every Maddy I've seen needed the cranks tightened (as did mine!) do this before you do damage! I can't stress the importance! and check all else as my Maddy had just about everything loose, including the crank and stem! Besides that it's been a great bike. and just out of curiosity, what did you pay at Jays? I bought mine at Performance on Delawa......I mean, Columbus BLVD.

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I love how this is the reaction to seeing a bike with little seatpost extended out. Why do so many people say this? It's not the saddle that's too low, it's the frame that's too big.
I'm pretty sure "small" is the smallest size the Maddy comes in, and the OP's maddy seems to be "small," as is mine.
Maybe the OP is on the smaller side?
I'm 5'9" and "small" was my only option as "medium" was to tall.
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It is a small and is taller than some of the other bikes I looked at.
The Cutter in a small was 31 inseam or better.I am 5'8" with a 30 inseam
so have to make it work.Legs have slight bend at knee.I paid a little under 500.00
Short top tube is what I have to go after so this fits great with bullhorm up.

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Originally Posted by boxerdog View Post
Port Richmand. I bought it at Jay's on Girard and
took a ride around that area for a while.
Right on, see you around the neighborhood. Time bandit and I, a couple other folks on here, live in your area.

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I bought mine at Performance
gross.
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Since I haven't grown any taller since the Madison photo this Cutter fits me
almost the same.After replacing just about every part it is a pleasure to ride to work
and around neighborhood

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I say flip the bull horns around chop em and have a sweet townie or get a shorter stem because it looks as though the stem is too long hence the bull horns being turned up like that
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