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Old 06-25-2008, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ride these? I am toying with the idea of a new road bike. A bunch of people are saying to looked into fixed gear.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'd say go with a fixed gear if you wanna be able to ride in reverse. i would much rather be able to coast than be able to slow down by resisting the petals. i guess fixed gear would be more exercise though
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i have been looking at fixies and single-speeds (tho honestly leaning more towards the SS). but damn the fixie looks soooo much cleaner with no brakes or anything on the bars.

both depend on where you live. never been to boston but i'm sure you would be fine with a fixie. now san francisco on the other hand.....
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how do you stop suddenly?
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how do you stop suddenly?
pedal backwards
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I guess my only question would be, why would you want a fixed gear bike? Why not just a road bike with 18 gears? I do a lot of biking, albeit on a mountain bike, but for cruising around the city with various hills, I couldn't imagine being forced to use only gear. Are they a lot cheaper or something? I just can't see why you would want one over a conventional road bike, so enlighten me.
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Yea I'm thinking personally I'd rather ride the single speed vs a fixed gear. But it also depends why you want it If you looking for it just strictle for transportation then why work your slef so much with the fixed gear. If it's for exercise then it comes down to whatever floats you boat.


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I guess my only question would be, why would you want a fixed gear bike? Why not just a road bike with 18 gears? I do a lot of biking, albeit on a mountain bike, but for cruising around the city with various hills, I couldn't imagine being forced to use only gear. Are they a lot cheaper or something? I just can't see why you would want one over a conventional road bike, so enlighten me.
fixed gear and single speeds are made for commuting and are supposed to be pretty maintenance free. less moving parts = less maintenance.

i have an OLD mtn bike at my grandparents house that i am thinking about picking up and transforming it into a commuter. get rid of the knobbies and get more of a hybrid "city" tire. thinking about doing the SS conversion on that since i found a kit for $24 but i'm not 100% sure on that one yet.
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On a side note TJ clear out you God Damn inbox so we can talk about riding this weekend.....Jeebus
lol, sorry dude. i got your text and i thought you were talking about my VM box and i was like WTF. your goot to go now. weather looks like rain every day through the weekend tho. whats that quarry looking like?
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The chances of rain are small and if it does rain its only goingto be in the later afternoon like it does every day in the summer here. so if we get out there early then we shouldn't have any problems. honestly I'm not really woried about a little bit of rain anyways.

Um the quarry...I mean its fun to cruise and it a good thing to train in when you don't have the time to go somewhere nicer. There are a couple of quazi technical decents and a few good climbs but it reall isn't all that big. most of the other road are just like wide and smooth gravel. But it's fun for close to home for me.
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