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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)

The Age 40+ Singlespeed & Fixed Gear Thread

Old 05-11-17, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by krusty View Post
Mine will be a city everyday ride, with room for fenders, etc.
Yeah, I would stick to steel for that myself.
My On-One does all of the things you are suggesting for a quarter the price.
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Old 05-11-17, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sumgy View Post
Yeah, I would stick to steel for that myself.
My On-One does all of the things you are suggesting for a quarter the price.
I'm not concerned about price. I had a Ti MTB for several years as well as a Ti Tri bike. No issues with either. I don't buy cheaper just because it does the job as well. I make a considered purchase and blow some cash, sometimes doing something others would find quite daft.
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Old 05-12-17, 07:38 AM
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I love my single speed Fuji Feather with modifications:


And I am 60.
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Old 08-01-17, 08:22 PM
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wabi special

i posted this pic here because i didn't know how to post it on the mega thread ... I'm old and i ride this wabi: crank bros L platform pedals-Brooks B17-nitto RB006 bars ... better than viagra
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Old 08-01-17, 09:00 PM
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Sweet Wabi and Fuji. I believe the fountain of youth has handlebars!
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Old 08-14-17, 06:24 PM
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Over 40, fixed. But my Clydeness and this thing called inertia, particularly while descending, forced a second brake.


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Old 08-16-17, 06:24 AM
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Rode my early 70's Peugeot PX-10 converted to an SRAM Automatix 2-speed 26 miles yesterday on Wisconsin's Glacial Drumlin trail. I'm 59.
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Old 08-16-17, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by pcf View Post
Rode my early 70's Peugeot PX-10 converted to an SRAM Automatix 2-speed 26 miles yesterday on Wisconsin's Glacial Drumlin trail. I'm 59.
Heh. We were riding in the Northern Unit last weekend. It's been a wet summer:

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Old 08-26-17, 09:35 PM
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Wabi Special

My single speed has become my favorite ride.

And I am over 60.

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Old 08-27-17, 09:38 AM
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Single speed for a rainy day drives

I've been building single speeds for few years. Still searching that ONE for myself. At the moment I'm driving with this one. Frame came from a trash bin. I have no clue where this originally comes from. Probably been a 26" bike. Now it has 28" wheels. Frame is 22"/23" tt. Decals say Dunlop (ride in style). Converted it to take ahead-stem with adapter. Had to drill holes partly 8mm to take new road brakes.

In the picture saddle is too far back.
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Old 08-27-17, 03:41 PM
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My Trek 420 three-speed fixie.

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Old 08-28-19, 09:33 AM
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How can this thread have been dormant for two years?

All right, I turned 58 today, so here are some fresh pix -


- my 2002 Mercian Vincitore custom road fixed-gear, seen here on a morning when I was experimenting with a White Industries Dos Eno 17/19T freewheel. I have since flipped the wheel back around to the 16T fixed cog for my usual 70-ish inch gear. Since the last time I posted a pic of this bike in this thread, I've added an auxiliary rivet to the saddle to correct distortion caused by the leather tearing underneath the right front rivet. I love this bike.


This is my c.1971 Gitane TdF fixed-gear conversion, originally built to be a beater bike for family trips to the beach, etc. Somehow the combination of metric gauge 531, classical French racing geometry in a 60 cm frameset and a mix of parts spanning four decades just works perfectly for me. Surprisingly, I have ridden this bike more than all my other bikes put together over the last few years.


This '73 Raleigh Competition is a work in progress. I'm planning on running 44/42T chainrings with a Surly 17/19T Dingle cog and perhaps a Dos Eno 20/22T freewheel on the other side of a Surly fixed/fixed hub - on 35mm or so Continental Cyclo Cross tires I would have 70 and 60 inch fixed gears for pavement and dirt roads and around 58 and 50 inches for dirt, so that if I felt foolish enough to attempt single-track, I could.
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Old 09-01-19, 09:05 PM
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Old Guy's Wobby

The snark in me wants to respond to your query with: Because BikeForums is irrelevant. But since you went to the trouble to post some neat-o bikes to resurrect the thread, here's my (turned 65 this year) fixed gear Wabi Special. It's coming up on 9500 miles logged. I love the frame and its nice ride. The components that come on a stock Wabi are junk. I've had wheel failures, the BB gave out, seat post creaky and slipping, yadda yadda...

I have a Wabi classic frame still in the box, bought it several years ago and have been thinking seriously now about building IT with some decent components including mudguards.
In the meantime, here's the Special with its new Jitensha handlebars.

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Old 09-02-19, 05:54 AM
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just acquired this bike from a neighbor.. tried to do some research and it seems to be one of only a dozen made for a department store promo a few years ago... Brick Lane Bikes.
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Old 09-03-19, 04:32 AM
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Sharp bike. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 09-05-19, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by bmwjoe View Post
Sweet Wabi and Fuji. I believe the fountain of youth has handlebars!
All one has to do is grab hold of that fountain and ride it!

I'm 41. Got back into cycling about a month ago and learning to do simple tricks such as riding backwards.

I can attest to cycling making one feel younger.
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Old 09-06-19, 02:07 PM
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Trixie da Fixie II

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Old 09-11-19, 07:49 PM
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Nice thread. Some awesome bikes. I'm 59 and only rode single speed MTB for a while a few years ago, but have recently been riding a geared gravel rig (I live and ride in and around the San Gabriel Mtns in SoCal). Gave up on ss'ing because everywhere I ride is a long straight up to get anywhere fun. But, I just converted my previously geared Cross Check back into a ss, and have been alternating it with the geared bike. I'm already feeling different fitness benefits from it after a few weeks. Maybe it's the walking, I dunno Getting stronger for sure, and I think I just might burn off that band of IPA's around my waist now...
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Old 09-11-19, 08:04 PM
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Now 51.
Still riding SS regularly.

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Old 09-11-19, 09:11 PM
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My new Pista, I am 65:



It is a work in progress, I have numerous upgrades planned. I have a set of Open Pro rims I plan to lace up to the existing hubs and a few other things including red Lithion 2 23mm tires with race light tubes and I ordered some red Cinelli cork bar tape. I am 48T/16T but I ordered a 18T freewheel. Not sure though if I need to drop to the 18T or not. It has Cinelli Criterium 65 alloy bars and a VO 100mm stem and Shimano pedals. My goal is 19 pounds or under.
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Old 09-13-19, 02:12 PM
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New bike for me and I am just over 50.

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Old 09-19-19, 06:56 AM
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Hi all, 48 yrs old from Malaysia here. Just wanna share a bit of experience regarding the fg braking situation; if you don't skid & need to have brakes, better have them front & back instead of front only. In emergency situations it's hard to stop proper with front brakes alone, you might end up flipping over the bar & end up in an injury situation.
Not sure if rear brakes alone for fg may suffice tho, but I believe it's fine for ss.

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Old 09-19-19, 07:00 AM
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Alright. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 09-19-19, 01:49 PM
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Latest incarnation

I've been working on this bike for a few months now and am getting close to my optimal build. New wheels just added. They are so wide - I haven't been keeping up with all the latest technological developments in cycling I guess. All my previous wheels have been narrower than the tires, but these wheels are wider than the 25mm tires!
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Old 09-19-19, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by drPhilGandini View Post
I've been working on this bike for a few months now and am getting close to my optimal build. New wheels just added. They are so wide - I haven't been keeping up with all the latest technological developments in cycling I guess. All my previous wheels have been narrower than the tires, but these wheels are wider than the 25mm tires!
cool!
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