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    I am lookin to start a commuter/trainer build. I want my bike to have a flip flop hub so I can train fixie style and the cruise on the coast side. Heres my question. Since the build is going to take time will y'all recommend a frame and fork combo that is a comfortable ride as well as fairly light weight (less than 25). I'll do te research on wheels, bb, cranks, stem, etc

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    Assuming you want horizontal dropouts or an eccentric BB? Or are you cool with a chain tensioner?
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ...Or are you cool with a chain tensioner?
    Quote Originally Posted by tcazes View Post
    ...I want my bike to have a flip flop hub so I can train fixie style...
    he can't use a chain tensioner if he's gonna ride it fixed

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    Definitely not ebb horizontals are a must

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch View Post
    he can't use a chain tensioner if he's gonna ride it fixed
    I cannot figure out any reason a chain tensioner would not work on a fixed gear. Am I missing something?

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    Haha no your not I didn't really get that either

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    The smugness that comes with riding a fixed gear will not allow the user to tolerate a chain tensioner.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I cannot figure out any reason a chain tensioner would not work on a fixed gear. Am I missing something?
    A tensioner is only good for providing tension when you're pedaling forward. Fixed gear bikes require chain tension both frontwards and back.

    It's generally best to avoid a tensioner if possible. I use one on my commuter but only because the bike is a cheap mountain bike conversion.

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    Hahaha smugness.

    As for foreword and backward I understand now. Basically the bike will have horizontals on it so just need a frame and fork suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    The smugness that comes with riding a fixed gear will not allow the user to tolerate a chain tensioner.

    Smugness verses snugness.
    I don't rattle.

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    Surly steamroller or soma rush
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    I really like my Wabi Lightning. It's very light, cheap, and handles great. It has more of a road bike feel than a track bike. I used to have a Steamroller, but the Steamroller was just too quick handling to bomb down hills in single speed mode. (It was great as a fixed gear though). The only problem with it as a commuter is that it doesn't have rack and fender mounts.

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