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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 04-14-11, 08:39 PM   #1
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Just bought a new Kilo. What things do I need to do to maintain?

I lost my email that listed some things bikesdirect told me to tighten after every ride. Anyone can help me here?

Any other things I need to be aware of?

Bought a combination spider wrap style lock for it.

Today was my first ride, 14mi around Broadripple area and back home. Within 1 mile I blew out both tires because I hit a bump in the sidewalk lol. I then walked the bike another mile to the bike store (DG Bikes, thanks for the tip from the Indy guy on here, this store is great). Then went down the Monon trail to the Bripp area. Checked a few of the stores out. A bar is having 25cent drinks, even Jagger bombs tonight! Also while I was waiting on a walk sign this older dude was commenting this bike already! I was like no, I def have front and rear brakes, I am not skilled enough to not have them.

Anyway, this has been a great day in my life. I will forever bicycle after this experience.
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Old 04-14-11, 08:48 PM   #2
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You should make sure the cog and lockring are tight. A lot of fixed gear noobs come back to us crying about their stripped hub threads because they didn't tighten their cog and lockring.

Another common noob mistake is not having the tires up to a proper pressure. Low pressures can and will lead to flats when you hit bumps. Pro-tip: buy yourself a patch kit and learn how to patch tubes properly... it'll save you a lot of money on t00bs.

Also, combination locks are not very secure. I don't know what "spider wrap style" is, but cables are typically pretty easy to cut and 3 and 4 digit combinations are really easy to crack.
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So to recap:
cheap drinks + compliment - 2 flats - 1 mile walk = will forever ride bicycle

Way to be an optimist!
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