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    I got fixed!

    Well one of the bikes did.
    I got a track cog and lockring for my new flip-flop wheels (otherside is free right now) and had to share the first impressions.
    Holy weird sensations batman! I got on and I swear it made me laugh out loud.
    "Why is my right leg coming up so fast?" Like an elevator. No forgiveness it seems.

    It's definitely gonna take some getting used to, but I can't wait to take it out for a more extended, controlled environment (not downtown) like the bike path to learn how to ride a bike again. I mean, it feels like learning to ride all over again, except for the balance part of the equation. More to report once I get some time in on it. Good thing I can trackstand till the cows come home. Slowing down, however, is a whole 'nother story. We'll see what happens to my knees. I could already feel how square my pedal strokes were, and how they needed some rounding out.

    So for you fixed riders out there, do you prefer clipless? Or do clips and straps do you fine? Just rolling on the street outside of my house it seems okay riding in clips and straps, but I see how getting out of clipless could be a bit quicker, but I'm pretty comfortable riding in clips. Another thing, do you find it difficult/impossible to resist pedalling while well out of the saddle?

    Funny, even though I only rode for a few minutes I don't remember using the brakes. It's gonna be a fun day tomorrow.

    Cheers,

    FP

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    Wink

    Don't do it....anymore.

    Once you are assimilated, you will not be able to go back to a freewheel without much angst!

    I converted one year ago, and now I have the fixie Surly/the fixie Sofa King Ti King Pin/the fixie Ritchey road bike. That's it!

    Tried to ride the Surly with a freewheel just yesterday, and could not manage to turn the pedals...AT ALL. My legs just quivered.

    Did do a nice long trail ride today on the So Fu King though! Just put the WTB Dirt Drops on her....nice long toptube just begged for 'em.

    Trust me brother....you have been warned!



    Quote Originally Posted by Freshpants
    Well one of the bikes did.
    I got a track cog and lockring for my new flip-flop wheels (otherside is free right now) and had to share the first impressions.
    Holy weird sensations batman! I got on and I swear it made me laugh out loud.
    "Why is my right leg coming up so fast?" Like an elevator. No forgiveness it seems.

    It's definitely gonna take some getting used to, but I can't wait to take it out for a more extended, controlled environment (not downtown) like the bike path to learn how to ride a bike again. I mean, it feels like learning to ride all over again, except for the balance part of the equation. More to report once I get some time in on it. Good thing I can trackstand till the cows come home. Slowing down, however, is a whole 'nother story. We'll see what happens to my knees. I could already feel how square my pedal strokes were, and how they needed some rounding out.

    So for you fixed riders out there, do you prefer clipless? Or do clips and straps do you fine? Just rolling on the street outside of my house it seems okay riding in clips and straps, but I see how getting out of clipless could be a bit quicker, but I'm pretty comfortable riding in clips. Another thing, do you find it difficult/impossible to resist pedalling while well out of the saddle?

    Funny, even though I only rode for a few minutes I don't remember using the brakes. It's gonna be a fun day tomorrow.

    Cheers,

    FP

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    High speed hopping?

    Did my first mtb race of the season on fixed last weekend. 40 degrees, raining, standing water, frozen grass, 2 inch deep gravel "soup", 3rd place expert open. Only six experts racing, but I was the only fixie. Could have improved my results if it were'nt for a log placed right before the toughest climb on the course. Just weelied over it and let the rear tire bounce off of it, killed all momentum leaving me grunt it out at 34x16, Ouch. Any suggestions on how to handle the typical freewheeling high speed bunny hop situation?

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    Oh and as a quick

    clarification, I got fixed on the road. I'm not quite ready to commit to the dirt just yet.

    I have a feeling it's as I've heard, it's like crack and I won't want to go back.

    FP

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    It always starts "on the road" brother.

    Crack......yep....crack.




    Quote Originally Posted by Freshpants
    clarification, I got fixed on the road. I'm not quite ready to commit to the dirt just yet.

    I have a feeling it's as I've heard, it's like crack and I won't want to go back.

    FP

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    I just got fixed also. Still experimenting but this is what it looks like at the moment.

    No lock ring. I used this little trick see here and its holding up just fine...so far
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    Here's the fixie I bought. $102.50 plus 35 box fee, plus UPS shipping from CA to TN. Still cheaper/faster than me building my own. Dude sells a bunch of them. Mebbe I'll like it.


    Awwwwwww hell, I know I'll like it, once I get used too it.

    Plans are to flop/chop the bars, add 32c knobs, pedals(Bebop), and Brooks. May drop the gear down if I ride it off the road much.
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    Interesting, but

    Quote Originally Posted by uno-speedo's link
    ...the force is applied at a distance which coincides with the radius of the wheel instead of the much smaller radius of the sprocket...
    This is not technically correct.

    The force they're applying is also at the "smaller radius of the sprocket", but they're using a rim-radius-width wrench to apply this force. If you learn to skid, you'll spin that sprocket off easy. As long as you have that front brake, you'll live. If you want to not use it, you'll need a bit of locktite.

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    I like mountain clipless lots of control and dual sided is nice on a fixed its hard to flip your pedal around when they won't stop moving.

    I think slowing down is easier out of the saddle take some weight of that rear wheel for excellent skidding on road lean forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    This is not technically correct.

    The force they're applying is also at the "smaller radius of the sprocket", but they're using a rim-radius-width wrench to apply this force. If you learn to skid, you'll spin that sprocket off easy. As long as you have that front brake, you'll live. If you want to not use it, you'll need a bit of locktite.
    This method works I don' t see what it hurts to use loctite and a bb lockring but I have put cogs on this way and they have not come off.

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    Another pedal review

    I got a set of these as an impulse buy during a Supergo sale. They are very low profile on the bottom. I have never hit them on the ground yet. You do have the one-sided problem though. I find that if I don't clip in on the first try, I just wait a half-turn of the cranks and try again. I can do it without looking.

    <a href="https://www.supergo.com/profile.cfm?LPROD_ID=25817#" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.supergo.com/product_images/large/SG50_2351.jpg"></a>

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    First impressions...

    I rode for a while yesterday after riding the (other) SS on the trail and I was still smiling. I'm finding that it takes a lot more concentration to ride. At least when negotiating cars, people, and random tree branches. Okay, curbs, potholes, downhill grades also make the list. But it was a blast. There was a moment where I was searching my pockets for something, and forgot I was riding fixed. A split second later after some jerking around and fair amount of laughter, I remembered that the bike wanted my attention.

    I didn't have any problems at all with the old skool straps and clips. I didn't want to to go clipless with this bike, because I like wearing my Samba's. But for some reason I did end up at SuperGo today and bought some sale items. I found track stands a lot easier than on a freewheel bike. Must be the direct connection and the ability to ride/pedal backwards. I'm still learning the exact distance for a full rotation of the cranks, but it's funny that I'm thinking about that now.

    I agree with a lock ring being a necessity. One of my local builder's recommended threadlocking compound on everything, even with a proper lockring setup. The torque generated blows me away, I had no idea (well, until I rode it). I'm picturing the cog spinning off under some serious hills without a lockring, and don't fancy being ever being in that situation. Anyway, I enjoyed getting fixed and hope to stay that way for a while.

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    more fixed...

    I love seeing what's new at fixedgeargallery.com

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    Hey Freshpants! It's your cousin over on the westcoast (Elijah). So you got fixed? I decided to get fixed too, even though I can't track stand worth beans, but I'm working on it.. I've been riding it for a week, but I'm not hardcore enough to ride in the rains we've been having, so it's not every day yet. I love it. I keep finding excuses to take my kids out to play in the driveway so that I can ride around and practice track stands . I think it's great how I have to stand up to slow down, AND to speed up! Here's a picture of my 80's fuji. I cheated and bought it pre-fixed on ebay. I changed the brake lever and cut and flipped the bars among other things.
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    Fixin'

    Noice. I was wondering where you ended up with all that fixed info.
    Yeah, I decided to get myself fixed. I rode to work today, a little scary going down a medium-ish hill, but that's where the handy brake comes in. It's funny, I compared trying to slow down through pedal resistance to the end of a snowboarding day where my brain completely forgets how to make turns. But after a few seconds I woke up and slowing down was much better once I got a feel for it.

    On a side note, it's raining all over again over on the Left Coast? Bummer.
    Well, the driveway is a good place to practice trackstands. Sometimes I do that in the basement.

    FP

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