I haven't had a rd bike for a long time. I didn't think I needed or wanted one. Last month I got this bike, it has changed my life. It's not much to look at but it's no issue and bomb proof. I have a long flat commute, 11 miles one way, this bike is a lot faster than the mtn bikes I used to ride to work.
I work at Pauls bike shop in Eugene. All the mechanics there ride single speeds or fixed gear bikes. It rains a lot and right now it's cold, in the low 30's, I love my climits, I only wear fingerless gloves. Funny we don't sell climits at the shop, I brought these up from Arizona.
I still prefere mtn bars over drops, climits fit on no issue. I don't like full fenders, I install them all the time on customers bikes. Don't like the way they rub and rattle so I use my mtn bike splash guards.
Paul had this 62cm frame and fork in the shop for 6 years, I picked it up cheap. One of the mechanics sold me his fixie wheels. I like huge gears, I hate to spin and I don't have to climb much on my commute. I but it together with discount parts from the shop, I only paid $400 not counting the climits, fenders, lights, computer,mirror, barends and pump.
I've got about 600 miles on it. One flat. No other mechanicals. It's got a 48x16 gear. At 20 mph I'm cranking a comfy 88 rpm. I wish fixies and ss's were all we sold at Pauls. It sure simplifies things.
I don't have a rear brake, I use my pedal brakes and rarely use the front brake. It's got 28c conti tires and surly hubs, the big long thin steel tubes absorb shock very nice. I am learning to get up curbs without smacking my rear wheel, that's the hardest thing to learn.
I got a mp3 player for xmas, now I really enjoy riding to and from work cranking my big gear and listening to my fav tunes. I don't think I could ride a fw ss to work anymore, I'm a die hard fixie man now. The whole bike with all the crap on it weighs 25.5#. I carry a messenger bag with lunch, rain gear and tools, another 8# or so.
I don't understand why fixies are not the rage, once you try it you won't go back. I can brake no matter where my hands are on the bars. I have a lot of hand positions. When I look at these pics of my huge bike I think what a ugly looking bike, but it rides like a dream. So quiet and efficient, so practicle.
Riding my fixie kinda makes up for my 2x2 I ride off road these days.
I'm fixed now.......................Lef-T
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