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Old 10-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I ride a single, plan on getting a better one though. My area is FILLED with hills so its hard, but its amazing to use in the city.
Until you can't stop.

I'm glad to see all the pictures here have have brakes on them. Around here, none of them use brakes and I'm not sure how they don't die. I deliver jimmy johns on a bike around campus and it's definitely the way to go, especially in high traffic/low speed areas. I can go so many places that a car can't.


On a side note, I've ridden fixies and I can see the benefit of them, but I prefer riding a normal bike, I've been doing it all my life and I don't think i could make the adjustment.
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I wish I could ride a bike to work. I've only got a 2.5-mile commute, but between having to wear a suit and it never getting cooler than the mid-70's (even that only lasting a month or so), it's just completely impractical. =(
My dad, who is 56 years old or so, rides 10 miles to and from work every day unless it's terrible weather, to his engineering job at Delphi. Apparently He changes in the bathroom when he gets there. If he can do that, surely you can muster 2.5
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I actually own two (one is my mom's but I call it mine) and I rock one no brakes, just use the pedals. The other has the front break, but who uses that anyway!


Key thing to your bike build is what terrain will you be riding? City, or just around your neighborhood?

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
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i guess its kindof a mix of both. since i live so close to work its technically still neighborhood but the roads arent the nicest. i cant remember whos wheels i was considering but after talking with a rep and figuring out that the widest wheels i cant put on the rim were 32's and that was kindof pushing it i decided to go somewhere else for my daily bike.

my track build will probably use something more like a 25 so there are a lot more options there.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:13 AM   #14 (permalink)
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been riding fixed for going on 15 years now. messengered in philly for about 5 of those years. i do own a car, but i really only use it to go out of town, camping, or to go play paintball. i'm lucky; philly is pretty flat! 48 x 17 gear.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If I remember right from what I read a few years ago, the difference between "single speed" and "fixed gear" is that one will let you coast (like a normal bike) and the other keeps the pedals moving 100% of the time. Is that accurate? Which is which?

I'm kind of in the market for a new bike and, as FL is nice and flat, I'd consider a ______ (whichever one allows coasting). The simplicity appeals to me.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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single speed is what youre looking for murf. fixed is just that: fixed. the rear cog as fixed to the wheel and will not spin
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I used to ride a fixed around the town I lived in. I sold it before I moved and will buy another one once I get some money saved. I dont really see the point of upgrading unless you are changing the ratio. I also ride a road bike and have most of what makes them cost $$$ is components and fixed/single really dont need any new components. A nice deep v wheelset is always nice but you already have a decent set on there.

Main thing, other than ratios, you will notice a difference with are bars, saddle, and pedals.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:16 PM   #18 (permalink)
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a decent bottom bracket and a nice crankset makes a difference too. deep v's are cool but most of them on the market are heavy as crap. a nice track wheelset (aluminum or carbon) make a big difference because of the loss of rotating mass.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #19 (permalink)
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you'll defintely enjoy the pursuit bars they are super comfy
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:00 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I ride and have too much bike crap. Currently my fixed consist of a Breakbrake 17 transfer, toto cycling elegant tomcat and Swobo Del Norte. Have a Fuji Roibaux for 10 speed and a Giant XTC2 for Mt. Biking.





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