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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Couple hours on the fixed gear just to keep the legs spinning after intervals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Off tomorrow. Looking to go for some intensity and volume both days this weekend so I should be stacking on the training stress.

Day off work today so I got to sleep in a bit more, and will be getting a bunch of chores done and generally relaxing. Dentist, haircut, oil change, laundry, hanging out. Might drop into work for an hour or two later before music night tonight just so my inbox doesn't stack too high and I don't slave at my desk all day tomorrow.
I need one of those days off things! sounds nice! hahaha. What is music night? That sounds fun...

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Installed the correct derailleur on the bike so we are close to getting it all ready to ride. If anyone has a friction bushing for a 7400 downtube front friction shifter let me know.
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Duuuuuuuude! Lookin so good. I nearly forgot about it... how could I?! That is one rad bike!

In my little to no spare time, I love making things. Bicycle related, motorcycle, guns, cars, art, music... you name it doesn't matter! Nothing gives me more pleasure than making something out of nothing with my hands. One of the wayyyyy too many things I have my fingers in, is jewelry making. Pun intended I finished up this commissioned, very simple knuckle duster today. Nothing fancy, just some simple southwestern flair:



Here is one I made a couple months back, hammered titanium with mother of pearl inlay. Little more detail and a lot more fun:

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Originally Posted by mouse View Post
I need one of those days off things! sounds nice! hahaha. What is music night? That sounds fun...



Duuuuuuuude! Lookin so good. I nearly forgot about it... how could I?! That is one rad bike!

In my little to no spare time, I love making things. Bicycle related, motorcycle, guns, cars, art, music... you name it doesn't matter! Nothing gives me more pleasure than making something out of nothing with my hands. One of the wayyyyy too many things I have my fingers in, is jewelry making. Pun intended I finished up this commissioned, very simple knuckle duster today. Nothing fancy, just some simple southwestern flair:



Here is one I made a couple months back, hammered titanium with mother of pearl inlay. Little more detail and a lot more fun:

Thanks!! I am so happy with it, the "new" derailleur looks so much better. I can't wait to get the whole thing fully set up so I can ride it more.

Those rings are also quite nice. I love titanium and the hammering is quite neat.
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Here is one I made a couple months back, hammered titanium with mother of pearl inlay. Little more detail and a lot more fun:

Damn, that looks great!
A few years ago I made some rings out of silicon bronze braze wire while work was slow. Boss wasn't pleased

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I need one of those days off things! sounds nice! hahaha. What is music night? That sounds fun...
I play piano and a couple buddies (usually guitar, bass, tenox sax) come over most weeks to play. We do jazz, some blues and pop and rock covers for funsies
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I play piano and a couple buddies (usually guitar, bass, tenox sax) come over most weeks to play. We do jazz, some blues and pop and rock covers for funsies
heck yeh! Thatís awesome. You should do some audio / video recordings for the memories if nothing else!!
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Last night I hit a pot hole with my road bike.
Well, I don't like the way the trued Shimano C24 wheel rides and I've ordered a replacement.

Then last night I did this to my gravel bike. It is going to the wheel builder next week. 2019 is turning out to be a bad year for wheels.



I rode 16 miles of singletrack, gravel and pavement with it this way. Didn't see till this morning.


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Damn, that looks great!
A few years ago I made some rings out of silicon bronze braze wire while work was slow. Boss wasn't pleased

Awesome! that's a cool ring for sure!
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2019 is turning out to be a bad year for wheels.
No kidding! Hope your luck turns around for the rest of the year.
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Today I took the tires off my mtb to swap in more gravel friendly tires. The rear inner tube was over 450g! With the tire swap and a new tube, I can probably save 1-2 lbs.

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Today I took the tires off my mtb to swap in more gravel friendly tires. The rear inner tube was over 450g! With the tire swap and a new tube, I can probably save 1-2 lbs.

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Heck yeah! Thatís crazy... Iíve never contemplated tube weight, but Iím sure thereís something there, especially on large mtb tubes. Iím currently in the market for some new tires for my main steed. Iím running an nos freedom branded thickslick on back and a s-works gripton up front. Somewhere in the near future I would like to run a matching tire set and nice tubes
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I reversed my brakes for cyclocross reasons. Hope I don't die this spring.
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I reversed my brakes for cyclocross reasons. Hope I don't die this spring.
Did you do it on all your bikes? I'd be worried about having one setup opposite of the rest.
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Did you do it on all your bikes? I'd be worried about having one setup opposite of the rest.
Yep. Just like my first time clipping in, I bet I eat it once never forget after that.
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Heck yeah! Thatís crazy... Iíve never contemplated tube weight, but Iím sure thereís something there, especially on large mtb tubes. Iím currently in the market for some new tires for my main steed. Iím running an nos freedom branded thickslick on back and a s-works gripton up front. Somewhere in the near future I would like to run a matching tire set and nice tubes
Swapped both tires and that one tube, and the bike is noticeably quicker! Can't wait to try it on some gravel! Had a blast on the road.

Do you have a performance bike near you? They are going out of business, just bought some lightweight 700c tubes (75g I think) for $6 each. Thickslicks are pretty heavy too, bet you'll lose some big weight swapping those. Victoria G+ speed tires are about 200g, probably worth a look.

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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
Swapped both tires and that one tube, and the bike is noticeably quicker! Can't wait to try it on some gravel! Had a blast on the road.

Do you have a performance bike near you? They are going out of business, just bought some lightweight 700c tubes (75g I think) for $6 each. Thickslicks are pretty heavy too, bet you'll lose some big weight swapping those. Victoria G+ speed tires are about 200g, probably worth a look.

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I do have a performance here in town. I bought my first single speed SE draft (what a piece of crap) from them over a decade ago and quickly realized thatís all they were good for. I definately need to go scoop up some consumables while theyíre cheap. Last I heard the local one was marked 50% off everything. Those tires are actually what I was looking at. Definately going to go have a peek this week
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I do have a performance here in town. I bought my first single speed SE draft (what a piece of crap) from them over a decade ago and quickly realized thatís all they were good for. I definately need to go scoop up some consumables while theyíre cheap. Last I heard the local one was marked 50% off everything. Those tires are actually what I was looking at. Definately going to go have a peek this week
Look for the Performance elite bib shorts too. They are regularly $100. Got a pair for $48, and they fit really well. Haven't ridden in them yet, but they are very comfortable.

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Stupid rain! Opting out of my interval workout on Fiesta Island and instead am going to do a trainer spin for an hour and then ride straight to work (8 mi). That's OK, was a little short on a sleep and not feeling entirely motivated to hammer this morning. Was still pretty sore last night from the weekend's endeavors.
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Today I was going to bring the fixed gear to work and ride at lunch. Couldn't find the key for my lock..grrr.

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Decided today after staring at my triple tri frame that Iím going to strip it raw and give it a little flare with a light mist of pink flaked clear coat over the raw steel. I like the matte black but the white logos really irritate me and are screen printed not decals. Bleh Iíll probly start disassembling and hopefully get it stripped tomorrow

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Went for an early ride down to the UofA campus and did a couple laps on the main stretch
they call the ďmallĒ. Itís a nice little ride through the south side Barrio neighborhoods, and through downtown. Especially early on the weekends. Explored around campus on the bike paths and through the heart of campus
Again especially nice early weekends when all the hungover students are still asleep. I like riding around campus too because the scenery kind of makes it feel like Iím in another city temporarily... plus very nice smooth concrete and asphalt surfaces.

Then I rode to the tattoo shop my best friend works out of and his wife (also his apprentice) gave me a somewhat spur of the moment fun piece. Childhood nostalgia!



I usually work 6-7 days a week so itís rare to have a Saturday off... it was much needed. The simplicity
and relaxation of today has me feeling tired, yet rejuvenated.

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Last night I did a 58 mile ride starting at 12:50 AM. It took about four hours with one stop for coffee.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2088443518

Apart from the convenience store parking lot I think I saw less than a dozen moving vehicles. Only three motorists actually passed me. Riding in the fog was pretty interesting. I'm going to try to do this more often.


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Night rides are where its at. Did 40 miles and change a little while ago from 10pm-1am and it was excellent.
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y'all are crazy. that's past my bedtime!
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I might have to try that. My kids are fast asleep then

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Took a spill at training camp this weekend going down Banner Grade from Julian, at a bit over 35 MPH. Rear wheel slid out after I nearly missed a sharp right hander and tried to corner it - but my rear wheel didn't make it. No concussion, broken bones or other crashed riders so I'm lucky. Just some nasty road rash below my right knee and lesser road rash all over.

We had a sag vehicle so I was able to catch a ride home. Looks like I'm starting this rest week a bit early!
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