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My first fixie

Old 03-20-10, 03:09 PM
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My first fixie

I'm a happy camper.







It's a Motobecane Track. 46/15 fixed, 46/18 Shimano freewheel.

This baby's a blast to ride.
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Old 03-20-10, 03:49 PM
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wth is with that rear brake?
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Yeah, why no front brake?
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I dunno. The bike came with a rear brake. Should I go buy a front brake?
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Old 03-20-10, 03:55 PM
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most stopping power will come from a front brake... it'll still slow you down, just not as efficiently...
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Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
I dunno. The bike came with a rear brake. Should I go buy a front brake?
Yes. Read this >>>> https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html
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Old 03-20-10, 04:10 PM
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Hmm. Interesting. I will look into a front brake then. Any suggestions?
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bikeisland.com tektro front brake set is like $30. black or silver.
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I tried to find that "My First Fixie" graphic that Blickblocks made a while back, but I failed. Anyway, think of that and you'll get the idea.
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Old 03-20-10, 07:15 PM
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it would also appear that youre running it single speed? unless my eyes deceive me, i'm pretty sure that's a freewheel... if thats the case then you still need a front brake...
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Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
Should I go buy a front brake?
There's no need to buy another brake; bicycle brakes can be mounted on either the front or back.
Just cut the cable ties; reinstall the brake you already have at the front of the bike; just shorten the brake cable and housing or alternatively if you're not handy with bikes just have a LBS do it for you; it should take them less then 15 minutes and less then $10.
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you might be able to get the rear brake to fit the front with a little modification. i was too lazy/cheap to buy a front brake, so that's what i did.
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Old 03-20-10, 07:42 PM
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but like the other guy pointed out if he's running freewheel he needs 2 brakes anyway.

rear brake only on a freewheel in the rain is borderline dangerous
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This brake doesn't fit on the front of my bike. I already tried it, but the bolt is too short.

I'm riding the bike mainly fixed, and only riding it free when I go on longer rides. This picture was taken after I tested out my freewheel for the first time so I could check how the ratio felt.

Anyways, thanks for the crash course in brake safety.
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Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
but the bolt is too short.
Your LBS can easily help you with that; a new longer brake mount bolt is dirt cheap as opposed to buying a entire new brake. Trust me you can buy brake mounting accessories; some brakesets don't even come with them new.
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Old 03-20-10, 11:22 PM
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Here's my moto track


I actually really like that blue color.

As for your brakes, i would suggest getting a new set from bikeisland or some other place because the one
it came with really blows. You might also want to consider clips that attach to your top tube for the cable housing.
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You should consider flipping your riser, It looks ugly pointing upwards
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Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post
You should consider flipping your riser, It looks ugly pointing upwards
They're called bullhorns.
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if it's comfortable, it's good.

he was talking about the stem...

I hope, although maybe he was talking about the bull horns... sad.
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Originally Posted by evilcryalotmore View Post
You should consider flipping your riser, It looks ugly pointing upwards
This is like telling a driver, "You should move your seat back 6" because it looks so ugly where it is now."

Stem rise or drop is a function of bike fitting, not style.

Proper Bike Fit trumps style every time.
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I think driving with your seat reclined all the way back is a requirement to graduate D-oucheBag Academy.
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Originally Posted by happypills View Post
Your LBS can easily help you with that; a new longer brake mount bolt is dirt cheap as opposed to buying a entire new brake. Trust me you can buy brake mounting accessories; some brakesets don't even come with them new.
He does need a rear brake, too, because occasionally he rides the freewheel side.
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dear god make that ugly thing go away
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Wow. Just…wow.
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