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    Post Your Fixed Gear MTB

    Let's see what you guys are riding....



    I've been cruisng the "fixed" search threads, but thought it would be cool to see all the bikes in one thread


    I'm a bit late to the fixed mountain bike party, but here's mine to get the ball rolling:








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    I will post pics of both of mine when I get a chance to take the pictures. Nice ride btw. Be ready to get **** for the "no brakes" though. When I am running a low enough gear I dont use my brakes, but they are still there on all my fixes other than my cruiser/grocery getter. (none of them are dedicated fixies either though)

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    <a href="https://s271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/rickertmork/?action=view&current=IMG_0109.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/rickertmork/IMG_0109.jpg" border="0" alt="Banshee scirocco"></a>

    shred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTN MAN
    shred?
    That's a fixed gear bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    here's mine
    First, wow, great bike/winter project! I followed your progress over in the VRC forum, and really dig the outcome (even though you didn't follow my advice and build a super bike! ) Do you have the specs listed anywhere?

    Okay, so I don't have a fixed gear mountain bike, but I have admired the Amaro Lollobrigida for quite some time. If I had the budget, I'd order one in a heartbeat!

    Also here's a link of Aimar (the owner of Amaro) doing to the Titan Desert MTB Marathon. Go to 4:20 & 5:43 to see shots of the bike. I've also seen some videos of Aimar doing single track and it looks like fun!

    Here's some photos:

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    currently running it ss with flat pedals and really miss the fg - but i like warm toes.
    will go back to clipless and fixed when it warms again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    First, wow, great bike/winter project! I followed your progress over in the VRC forum, and really dig the outcome (even though you didn't follow my advice and build a super bike! ) Do you have the specs listed anywhere?

    Okay, so I don't have a fixed gear mountain bike, but I have admired the Amaro Lollobrigida for quite some time. If I had the budget, I'd order one in a heartbeat!

    Also here's a link of Aimar (the owner of Amaro) doing to the Titan Desert MTB Marathon. Go to 4:20 & 5:43 to see shots of the bike. I've also seen some videos of Aimar doing single track and it looks like fun!
    yeah i love those too, though i consider them more of a road bike with fat tires than a MTB...

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    Yes, for a couple years now.


    One of the first times out. (This is university ag land, no trails harmed, just mud and cow $#!+.)


    The other extreme, less than a quarter mile away. And 50 degrees hotter.


    Spring time.


    TomiCOG. Enabler.

    It has had so many variations over the years.


    Now I have a Surly fixed disc hub with a Flow rim. No pixels yet, massive rains in CA this winter, so staying off muddy trails.
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    Nice bikes so far guys.


    Misterdangerpants...here's the build list for my Kona:

    '94 Explosif frame
    C'dale P-bone fork
    old Cane Creek headset
    Bonty Ti bar
    stem from an old ProFlex
    XT front hub
    Eno flip/flop rear hub
    Mavic rims
    Raceface 32t front ring
    old Sugino cranks"blacked-out"
    Kona Jack platforms
    polished Kona post and clamp
    Surly 20t rear cog
    Tioga Downhill tires

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    Wow Steve, I would have never guessed that the Eno hub could handle fixed mtn. I have always been weary of those things slipping. But here is a case example of a man doing a wheelie on a fixed-gear mountain bike with the Eno. Blew my mind a little bit.

    P.S. my current bike status is that I sold my fixed gear Bianchi mtb, But am in the process of building up an OG Spec. Rockhopper with semi-horiz for the spring and pics will be posted soon as it is rolling (never coasting).
    no chain no gain.

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    P.S.S. nice TryAll shoes.....nerd! My room mate has those and swears by them cause all the world champs ride em. His fell apart in one season of hard trials riding. Clip in goof!
    no chain no gain.

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    Here's mine
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    Here's mine. It's a treat when it muddy out

    And action shot:
    read KNOBBY MEATS or be sadly ignorant of the mediocrity that is allowed to exist in the interwebs

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    Here's my winter projects

    I call it the FFF, Fixed Fat Front. In the the basement and in its natural environment:
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    Here's my Karate Monkey a while back. This is with the flip/flop hub & disc adapter. Now has red powdercoated rims and the fixed/disc rear hub.

    Coming soon(ish) - OnOne InBred with Sturmey Archer S3X 3 speed fixed hub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester
    Here's my Karate Monkey a while back. This is with the flip/flop hub & disc adapter. Now has red powdercoated rims and the fixed/disc rear hub.

    Coming soon(ish) - OnOne InBred with Sturmey Archer S3X 3 speed fixed hub.
    that is an odd looking crankset, which is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    that is an odd looking crankset, which is it?
    looks like a rotor crank
    http://www.rotorbikeusa.com/RS4x_cranks.html

    does it make good sense riding it on a SS?

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    RotoRs work very well with fixed - the pic shows chainring equivalent of the variable leverage they give you.

    I note that you get the higher "gear" for acceleration and a lower "gear" for braking/resisting. By rotating the "BB", you can adjust where this cycle is clocked vs your power stroke - when I was tuning them initially, I found that moving away from "center" makes your cadence feel lumpish (centered feels turbine-like). Raising the high point gave more power standing, but made resisting difficult. Lowering it was opposite. Centered is sahweeeeeet.

    Also, when I picked up the Inbred frame I wanted to run it vs the KM - so I would swap the wheels back/forth between. But the Inbred had standard cranks, and doing 1 lap with each my knees started to hurt when riding the standard cranks where I had no such issues before or since with the RotoRs. YMMV

    You can get RotoRs used for about 1/2 price if you're patient.

    PS: The lack of DeadSpot really helps on steep climbs. I've also found that pulling up (using that "low gear") pays dividends too.
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    A sign of things to come:



    15 minutes on the buffing wheel and my new TomiCog became 500% more awesome. Stay tuned for the rest of the bike..

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    Jerry,

    Hope you were careful with the buffing wheel...


    I was polishing a Campy road ring on my bench grinder about ten years ago when it caught in the wheel, ripped out of my hands, whipped around and the teeth hit me straight across the bridge of my nose at about a 100mph. It about knocked me out, and put three nice deep holes in my nose that bled like a geyser....not a fun day, but it could have been a lot worse.


    Steve

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    some "kitchen glam shots" of my current ghetto set-up, the parts-bin supah star!

    '95 Trek 7K frame I bought when I was 17 in 1997
    ENO/King hubs on Bonty Mustang rims
    Parts bin OG Saint cranks 32T ring/bashguard
    stamped steel no name 17t cog/lockring
    ACS claws 18t freewheel
    beat eggbeaters
    Sram PC-8 chain
    Deore V-s front/rear cause I do the trail maintenance thing in B-burg
    Kalloy stem/Surly Torsion bar
    Kenda 2.35 Blue Groove fr/Nevegal 1.95 rear
    random other bits scrounged on the cheap/fly

    Running as is since '06 wouldn't change a thing, mainly because I am a broke-a$$ 29yr old college undergrad... again...I <3 the economy.... but it works for me.

    Once the snow melts I prolly show it outside, in use, Hah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Jerry,

    Hope you were careful with the buffing wheel...


    I was polishing a Campy road ring on my bench grinder about ten years ago when it caught in the wheel, ripped out of my hands, whipped around and the teeth hit me straight across the bridge of my nose at about a 100mph. It about knocked me out, and put three nice deep holes in my nose that bled like a geyser....not a fun day, but it could have been a lot worse.


    Steve
    Jesus! I always use a 7/8 guard over my buffing set up when i'm doing small things to avoid problems like this! Maybe now I'll think about a face shield!

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    side note, I am in school for TIG/MIG welding/metal work, and the prof has us always wear a face shield when grinding, free-hand or on a bench. I learned the hard way a few years ago as well. live and learn I guess

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    I'd recommend leather gloves too. Long ago when I was in school I had a classmate tag the back of his hand on a grinding wheel at speed. Tendons don't like that.

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    Holy moly, this went sideways..............
    How 'bout for'ard again on track?

    I do not have this one any longer, but it was fun,

    Traded it for a sweet Rock Lobster MoFoCross.

    This one has morphed,

    again........

    Building up a red Rita this weekend, and some fixed fire road cruising in the El Nino rains is in order. Pixels will follow.
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    slocaus....any more pics of that scorcher???!!!
    "forget kings...forget hadleys......they all have crap engagement. just run your bike fixed gear." - FoShizzle

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    Quote Originally Posted by the munts
    Here's mine. It's a treat when it muddy out

    And action shot:
    dude. that is goofy as hell looking. I LOVE it. nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    slocaus....any more pics of that scorcher???!!!
    Yes, here. It now is scorching in Tennessee instead of California.
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    my vassago's

    I'll have to take a pic of my ibis in its current form.... also have a siren john henry on its way....
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    Finally got around to using that polished TomiCog

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Let's see what you guys are riding....



    I've been cruisng the "fixed" search threads, but thought it would be cool to see all the bikes in one thread


    I'm a bit late to the fixed mountain bike party, but here's mine to get the ball rolling:








    Steve
    how do you go about stopping a fixed gear with platforms, and no brakes?
    i would assume the low gear ratio would contribute?
    where i live a fixed gear without straps is like pr0n star using a condom

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryJerry



    Finally got around to using that polished TomiCog
    ScaryJerry, greetings from oZaka,

    Nice Fixxed KM and 500% shine TomiCog like mirror you made. Which gear combo 34x19 and you feel you don't need any rear brake even you have canti bosses at rear?

    I maybe run my monster Vulture as fixxer for next winter project.

    -Aki
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Nice bikes so far guys.



    Steve

    That is one lean and trim bike. I like that.
    No compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter
    Here's mine
    Mustache bar?

    Best current thread on mtbr. I'll post mine the next time I get it muddy and remember to bring a camera. It is more of a cross-ish bike most of the time.

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    i plan on converting my 29er someday also

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    check it out:
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    DT 28h front wheel, got the brand new hub for $5, rim and spokes were unused old parts
    DMR 9 speed rear hub, 20t tomicog, the freehub was loosening, not the part that holds the freehub to the hub shell, but the part with the two notches that opens the freehub itself, so I modified a plastic ring to fit in there, and used a lockring to jam it into the part that was loosening, then the 1st position cog is so I can get the lockring off again.
    Alternating crosses of black and silver spokes.
    Chain tensioner on a forward dropout to help get things dialed more effectively.
    Also, a T-rex to scare the mountain lions away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campredcloudbikes
    DYI tensioner? If so, can you give me an idea of what parts you used?

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    chain tensioner is a ~$3 one, not homemade, though it could be a fun (and pointless:-) project

    frame and fork - General Moonshadow - got it for $3 at a garage sale in 8th grade (about 13 years ago)
    headset - recently upgraded to a Nashbar sealed 1" threaded HS, needed to file the fork down to accept the crown race
    crank - old but smooth UN 52 bottom bracket, Specialized 170 right arm w/ fouriers 32t ring, Sugino 170 left arm
    pedals - wellgo MG-1
    brakes - XT V's w/kool stop mtb V dual compound pads
    levers - older Avid mismatch
    cables - XTR!
    stem - eleven81 hi rise 110mm
    bars - specialized riser
    grips - odi rogue lock on
    T-Rex!
    post - 26.8 generic after hack sawing out the too big 27.2 that had been stuck in there for ~7 years
    seat - ARS gel - takes the edge off roughness when you need to be seated...
    wheels - NOS DT/Hugi front hub w/ 28 DT 14g spokes laced 2x to a Matrix Swami rim. Klein Death Grip 2.3 tire
    DMR 9 speed disc rear hub w/20t tomicog and cassette mod to keep it from falling off, laced 32h 3x to Bontrager offset rim w alternating crosses of black DT 14g spokes and silver wheelsmith 15g spokes, Specialized Fast trak (?) tire
    Sram 8 speed chain
    Weight ~24-25 lbs of fun

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    If I did make a DIY tensioner, I'd take a little chunk off the 5/16" 6061 Al I have from a previous project, drill and tap threads into the thickness of it, cut it to shape, drill a hole for the axle, JB weld a chunk of threaded rod into the hole, make a piece to fit over the end of the dropout, assemble w/proper nut, done.
    Tools needed - drill press, tapping set, bits, handheld jigsaw w/metal blades (or hacksaw), belt sander (faster than filing), various hand tools,....

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    Quote Originally Posted by campredcloudbikes
    If I did make a DIY tensioner, I'd take a little chunk off the 5/16" 6061 Al I have from a previous project, drill and tap threads into the thickness of it, cut it to shape, drill a hole for the axle, JB weld a chunk of threaded rod into the hole, make a piece to fit over the end of the dropout, assemble w/proper nut, done.
    Tools needed - drill press, tapping set, bits, handheld jigsaw w/metal blades (or hacksaw), belt sander (faster than filing), various hand tools,....
    you had me at " fun (and pointless:-) project"

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    Here is mine but I have since converted it back to regular SS for now. Chainline is off by quite a bit with the Tomicog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1an
    Chainline is off by quite a bit with the Tomicog.
    It should be about right with the chainring on the outer ring position.
    Ride more!

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    I took a break from riding fixed on my 29er, but I started thinking about trying it again recently..so today I put the tomicog back on. I rode for a couple hours and had a fun time. I did repeats of certain sections of trails up and down to try to get my foot work dialed. Went on a pretty long ride when it was all said and done. I'm going to stick with it for a while this time around. I was used to riding fixed on my cross bike (sold recently), but that was fairly limiting off road, compared to my 29er. Being on a dedicated MTB opens up the possibilities of what trails I'm comfortable riding, which in turn requires greater fixed skills that I haven't quite gotten down yet. It's a fun challenge to say the least.

    As for the bike, it's a monocog flight. 32x18 fixed gearing, front BB5 only, H-bar and cinelli cork tape. No padding underneath. The tape is a rather unfortunate color pattern so it may be replaced with something new soon.
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    Let's get this one started again


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    I started riding fixed about a year and half ago then realized the track bike frame and 28c tires were no fun so
    I have been building up old MTB frames I pick up at yard sales, craigslist.
    To some S&M 29er forks with 700c velocities.
    I prefer BMX cruiser bars way more power/control
    Fixed+Dirt=FUN

    Ya it's ugly but it sure is a good time






    some footy on this bike
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgxN8dyAfEk
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    cool bike.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Commuter mode, GO!

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    Monocog with Velosolo IS2000 sprocket.
    Ride more!

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    Posted my thoughts about fixed gear off-road for any who haven't done it and is curious.

    https://www.dionridesbikes.com/2010/...n-fremont.html

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    Good job!

    singletrack and commuter worthy
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    Rigid keeps you one with the ground vertically. Fixed keeps you one with the ground horizontally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion




    Posted my thoughts about fixed gear off-road for any who haven't done it and is curious.

    https://www.dionridesbikes.com/2010/...n-fremont.html
    I really like that bike,

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    I've set up a lot of my MTBs as fixies at one point or another. Some pics from oldest to newest:

    '93 Yo Eddy. Hangs on the wall because it creaks too much now:


    '94 Performance 405. A friend is indefinitely borrowing because I keep forgetting to grab it from her. No worries, I wasn't giving it much love anyways:


    '07 Jamis Exile 29er. I loved this bike until it cracked. They sent me another one with updated headtube and it sits in my brother's garage for bi-annual visits to San Fran:


    Not sure why it broke?


    '08 Matt Chester Mutinyman. One of my favorite bikes I own. Light and flexy:


    '09 Performance 29er. Irresistibly cheap frame with parts I had laying around. It wavers between fixie and free, but it's my "cheap" bike I run around town and lock up at skeezy places or loan to friends:


    '10 Matt Chester "monstercross". Purpose built for drop bars, fat 29" tires, and fixie only (no brake mounts on frame.) I put a semi-bigger gear on it and commute to work on it (~15 miles one way) and cut through some dirt/gravel/singletrack when I can find it.
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    You own TWO Matt Chesters? Surely that's not legal! Man, I adore those frames.

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    old kelly roshambo with 650b rear - wide sun/ringle rim and pacenti tyre, jones fat fork and 50mm/endo wheel. it had to be fixed cos of the rear canti brake only - but i ended up loving it that way :-)~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orkje
    You own TWO Matt Chesters? Surely that's not legal! Man, I adore those frames.
    Yeah, I think we all have figured out that Drevil is certifiable.

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    my jabberwocky is currently setup as fixed gear with the back brake removed and a bolt on cog. it also has some middleburn cranks since this picture
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    My current 2 sweeties

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    rockin the try-all shoes, nice! ha

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    @SLowerthansnot: Fixed and flats, eh? Bold choice, sir.
    @Drevil: Jealous x 2. Timing is everything.
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    slower are you riding fixed with platforms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgblue1978
    slower are you riding fixed with platforms?

    Yup, like plastic bmx pedals, cheap, light, long lasting, and dont get hung up on rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    @SLowerthansnot: Fixed and flats, eh? Bold choice, sir.
    @Drevil: Jealous x 2. Timing is everything.
    dont knock it till yah try it

    my knees dont care to be clipped in
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    I like/ride the BMX platforms with a set of burrow foot retention straps.

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    I've never ran into any issues running fixed with platform pedals. I have a bike that I play polo with and its fixed with bmx plastic platforms. That bike also gets me to many places...never a problem with the platforms and fixed.

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    i have ridden fixed on the road with platforms but mountain bike seems like it would be hard to keep them on the pedals at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    dont knock it till yah try it

    my knees dont care to be clipped in
    No knocking. I assure you. I ride platforms on my SS and put up with incredulous looks from fellow riders. But on a fixie? I just have no concept. No basis for understanding. It's my own shortcoming, and I plan on addressing it this Winter. Rock on, G.
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    What kind of shoes do you wear with platforms?

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    What kind of shoes do you wear with platforms?

    closed toe sandals or vans mostly
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    I ride Dekline shoes pretty much the same as Vans you just kinda curl the tips of your toes
    like when you wear flip flops and when you want your foot out you just let go with your toes.

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    just finished building it up last night,and took it out in the below 5 degree weather
    of fargo north dakota this morning. super fun ride!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumberjack
    just finished building it up last night,and took it out in the below 5 degree weather
    of fargo north dakota this morning. super fun ride!


    What type of pedal straps are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    What type of pedal straps are those?
    Theyre burro. incredibly nice and i think theyre more useful in the winter and trails then on the street.

    http://www.burrobags.com/store/category/pedal_straps/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumberjack
    Theyre burro. incredibly nice and i think theyre more useful in the winter and trails then on the street.

    http://www.burrobags.com/store/category/pedal_straps/
    I'm planning on getting a pair or two of straps for my bikes and was leaning towards Foothold straps, but these are worth looking into. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumberjack
    Theyre burro. incredibly nice and i think theyre more useful in the winter and trails then on the street.

    http://www.burrobags.com/store/category/pedal_straps/
    Oh, and nice bike, I'm jealous

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    Oh, and nice bike, I'm jealous
    ohhhh thank you!

    i had the frame sitting around for awhile, and made use of it after i realized fixed gear freestyle wasnt for me cause im from the midwest. so a few rusty bmx parts later i got exactly what i wanted out of it.

    oh and i definitely recommend the burro straps, and if you do end going with them theres a excellent way of reinforcing them with a old 700c tube that works wonders on the straps life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumberjack
    ohhhh thank you!

    i had the frame sitting around for awhile, and made use of it after i realized fixed gear freestyle wasnt for me cause im from the midwest. so a few rusty bmx parts later i got exactly what i wanted out of it.

    oh and i definitely recommend the burro straps, and if you do end going with them theres a excellent way of reinforcing them with a old 700c tube that works wonders on the straps life.
    How do you do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    How do you do that?
    goofy kid, good idea

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    [QUOTE=i realized fixed gear freestyle wasnt for me cause im from the midwest.[/QUOTE]

    Why not for the midwest? FGFS doesn't mean just street/concrete. Oh & Nice bike-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee
    Why not for the midwest? FGFS doesn't mean just street/concrete. Oh & Nice bike-
    we cant compete on a fashionable level...

    but it has nothing to do with where youre from, and there a few good riders in the midwest. i just dont enjoy the sport since most of the riders mindsets went from having fun and shifted to getting sponsored.im all for doing whatever you want on whatever bike you want too, just once you throw sponsors, filming, and an industry thats growing faster than its riders into the mix, you've essentially concocted a headache.

    but i would be lying if i told you i wasnt trying to pull off some barspins on this bike

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    Yep it's all about fashion and gett'n sponsored.
    Fun, whatever dude barspins are so last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee
    Yep it's all about fashion and gett'n sponsored.
    Fun, whatever dude barspins are so last week.
    So..........

    You guys do not actually take your fixed gear mountain bike mountain biking?



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    haha i do or i guess plan on it... once May comes around and all the snow's gone

    beautiful pics, wheres that at?

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    Montaņa de Oro State Park, central coastal California, two miles from my garage and I am riding the dirt there.


    Yes, that is the Pacific Ocean out there.



    Looking up into one of the canyons on the south side.



    Looking across to the other side. The canyon below is full of fog coming off the ocean, two guys are sitting in the meadow, soaking it all in.



    Another trail (the rider is not fixed gear)
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    I try to ride the dirt when I can
    I'm on the mtb after the park.
    Ignore the logo in the begging if
    anything it gives me some right to pillage
    the trash at the local fixed shop.

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    I have ridden some pretty techy trails on my Fixed cyclocross commuter (none of my bikes can totally avoid the dirt) I loved it. Got lots of very strange looks from geared fs bikes (granted they were passing me on decents while I was slowly navigating rock gardens ect).
    I have had plans for a while to put a tomi cog on my B.A.S.S but I tacoed the rear wheel I had for it. Soon. I would love to pounding the on it dirt fixed. I will definately get pics posted of the green machine once it has a fixed cog on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdirtykid
    I have ridden some pretty techy trails on my Fixed cyclocross commuter (none of my bikes can totally avoid the dirt) I loved it. Got lots of very strange looks from geared fs bikes (granted they were passing me on decents while I was slowly navigating rock gardens ect).
    I have had plans for a while to put a tomi cog on my B.A.S.S but I tacoed the rear wheel I had for it. Soon. I would love to pounding the on it dirt fixed. I will definately get pics posted of the green machine once it has a fixed cog on it.
    I have a couple TomiCogs, but really missed my rear brake on long descents on fixed gear rides, so I got the Surly fixed disc hub and built a dedicated wheel.



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    I'm sure it's been said before, but man I wish someone would make a disc/disc hub.

    Anyway, I can't wait to post a ride shot of my currently-in-progress fixed gear mtb. I picked up an old Outcast frame and fork from a friend for $50, got some ~$100 wheels from a fellow mtbr-er, and pulled out the parts bin for most of the rest of the build. The frame is designed for v-brakes so I could still have a rear brake (that's good) but a previous owner removed the brake studs (that's bad). Anyone know how universal brake studs are?

    edit: hmm, it looks like M10x1.25mm might be a standard of sorts for frame studs. Problem Solvers sells studs in this size only. However, it looks like surly uses M10x1 studs for some reason, so maybe it's not much of a standard at all
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    i don't know about frame brake studs, but fork brake studs seem to be about as unique and random as derailleur hangers. infuriating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    I have a couple TomiCogs, but really missed my rear brake on long descents on fixed gear rides, so I got the Surly fixed disc hub and built a dedicated wheel.
    Lucky for me my bianchi is old enough it doesn't even have disc tabs if I wanted to run em. I have xtr v's on the Bass and avid digit 7's on the cross bike. It will be fun to be flip flop on both rides.
    Bianchi San Jose commute/town duties and fixie trail riding. Bianchi C.U.S.S for days I feel like riding a MTN bike.

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    Used to be for tricks and stuff, now it is my everyday XC. You should see my legs, like bloody tree trunks. Thanx SS.

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    frame and fork for $50 from a friend
    new disc/rim brake wheels for ~$100
    $9 stem, $10 riser bar, $15 front brake from Jenson
    all the rest from the parts bin, including some nice old KoolStop v-brake pads I've held on to for over three years despite not owning a bike with v-brakes since then

    The whole thing is torn back down right now to smooth out the torn-up old dropouts and add some steel plates to the inside faces. I might just have to strip the paint or give it a new color while I'm at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumberjack
    Theyre burro. incredibly nice and i think theyre more useful in the winter and trails then on the street.

    http://www.burrobags.com/store/category/pedal_straps/
    What pedals are you using them on?

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    For those of you that swap back and forth between fixed and free do you run the same gearing or can you go down a gear in the back on fixed and have the same pedal feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    frame and fork for $50 from a friend
    new disc/rim brake wheels for ~$100
    $9 stem, $10 riser bar, $15 front brake from Jenson
    all the rest from the parts bin, including some nice old KoolStop v-brake pads I've held on to for over three years despite not owning a bike with v-brakes since then

    The whole thing is torn back down right now to smooth out the torn-up old dropouts and add some steel plates to the inside faces. I might just have to strip the paint or give it a new color while I'm at it
    Damn. That is doing it right.

    I need a new bike that I can run fixed (well, one that I can take on singletrack) asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Damn. That is doing it right.

    I need a new bike that I can run fixed (well, one that I can take on singletrack) asap.
    A worthy goal indeed.

    After stripping the frame I ran out of patience to paint it and threw it all back together asap. Finally got some good trail miles on her today. It was awesome. Also: stickers are fun


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    I've been riding a fixi MTB for........holy hell 12 years Thank god the hipster fixi trend has finally started to trail off so I can enjoy the ride without getting asked where my girl jeans are.

    I had a whole Summit EPA fueled fixi-love-rant going, but it started sounding like I was gay for my Fixed MTB. So I'll just share some pics of the Fixi in question. Two of the current set-up, a Pugsley front wheel that is occasionally used on the fat bike, and to prove it was ridden on trails too: racing in the SS class at the Bar H Bash in TX(got 4th)
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg
    I've been riding a fixi MTB for........holy hell 12 years Thank god the hipster fixi trend has finally started to trail off so I can enjoy the ride without getting asked where my girl jeans are.
    That is a ridiculous bike. I would absolutely hate those spokes... but they work on that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    That is a ridiculous bike. I would absolutely hate those spokes... but they work on that bike.
    Ridiculous? That whole bike screams "I've been kicking people's asses since 1997!" Total mindf**k machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Ridiculous? That whole bike screams "I've been kicking people's asses since 1997!" Total mindf**k machine.
    I didn't mean it in a bad way. It has a twisted spoke pattern and lightning on the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg
    I've been riding a fixi MTB for........holy hell 12 years Thank god the hipster fixi trend has finally started to trail off so I can enjoy the ride without getting asked where my girl jeans are.

    I had a whole Summit EPA fueled fixi-love-rant going, but it started sounding like I was gay for my Fixed MTB. So I'll just share some pics of the Fixi in question. Two of the current set-up, a Pugsley front wheel that is occasionally used on the fat bike, and to prove it was ridden on trails too: racing in the SS class at the Bar H Bash in TX(got 4th)
    SicK Kline!
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg
    I've been riding a fixi MTB for........holy hell 12 years Thank god the hipster fixi trend has finally started to trail off so I can enjoy the ride without getting asked where my girl jeans are.

    I had a whole Summit EPA fueled fixi-love-rant going, but it started sounding like I was gay for my Fixed MTB. So I'll just share some pics of the Fixi in question. Two of the current set-up, a Pugsley front wheel that is occasionally used on the fat bike, and to prove it was ridden on trails too: racing in the SS class at the Bar H Bash in TX(got 4th)
    Sweet Klein. I'll see your 12 years on an MTB and raise you 20 years, short timer..........
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    20 years fixed mountain? thats a long time, I got 20 years on two wheels this year. But you know my first time on a two wheeler was when I was 5 and my dad was no where near cool enough to get me a fixed mountain bike for my first. . . My kid on its way on the other hand. . .

    Sweet pics of the Klein, looks like it can tare up some singletrack.
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    Few week ago I borrow my friend fixed for uphill and it's funny that I can climb easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdirtykid
    20 years fixed mountain? thats a long time,
    I misread the post, three long days at a Trails and Greenways Conference had me tired.

    I have only 6 years on a fixed MTB, but I have 32 years on a MTB; got my first one in 1979 at 30 years of age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    got my first one in 1979 at 30 years of age.
    Wow I won't do the math, but keep on ride'n!
    Bianchi San Jose commute/town duties and fixie trail riding. Bianchi C.U.S.S for days I feel like riding a MTN bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdirtykid
    Wow I won't do the math, but keep on ride'n!
    30 in 1979 + still riding hard 32 years later = 1 tough mama jama

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    Thanks guys, I'm not really a BA, but I still have tremendous passion to keep riding as much as I can. (This is not a fixed ride. The seven miles and 4000 foot descent is too much for me fixed.)

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    here's my fixed/free jamis.
    set up with 2 speed free-hub/tomicog. that gives me a free street gear and 2 equal trail grears, fixed/free.

    i love it. last ride, i did a bunch of fast riding free, and then a bunch of techy riding fixed! it was a good day.

    gearing is:
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    Killsurfcity...I want your bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    Killsurfcity...I want your bike
    it's a fun one indeed!

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    sorry to bump for personal reasons. but anyone riding fixed in philly? i'm all alone out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by killsurfcity
    sorry to bump for personal reasons. but anyone riding fixed in philly? i'm all alone out there!
    Mine's built, but I have yet to take it out. I always reach for the Yelli Screamy first. But the time is now. Where do you ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Mine's built, but I have yet to take it out. I always reach for the Yelli Screamy first. But the time is now. Where do you ride?
    belmont park is 10min from my house, so that's where i usually go. but i've been meaning to get back to wissahickon. i've only been once, and it was great. it's just hard not to burn yourself out getting all the way out there.

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    Some footy of my friend Kyle and I riding fixed down a local trail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK39lNCJnoc

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    Mr.Bee...
    i like that vid
    in fact it inspired me to change the gearing & throw big tires on my own 700c fg bike & ride it out on the trails sometimes
    but...it's getting old now

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    Not riding fixed makes me feel old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee
    Some footy of my friend Kyle and I riding fixed down a local trail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK39lNCJnoc
    Tall gearing. Great flow. That was a fine video. Let's have moar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch
    Mr.Bee...
    i like that vid
    in fact it inspired me to change the gearing & throw big tires on my own 700c fg bike & ride it out on the trails sometimes
    but...it's getting old now
    So post up this ride I wanna see it, Oh and there 29ers not 700c this is a mtb forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee
    So post up this ride I wanna see it, Oh and there 29ers not 700c this is a mtb forum
    Right on. Here it be,

    The OWP (Originoo Wig Peeler) in fixed mode.



    I didn't want to post a unridden bike up on here. That just wouldn't be kosher. I had the pleasure of meeting Killsurfcity today, and we rode some old and new trails in Belmont. I can honestly say that I had as much fun on this ride as I have ever had. FGMTB was a blast. Don't get me wrong, it was every bit the sloppy, jerky, slam dance that I thought it would be, but I loved every second of it. In fact, the Yelli Screamy has some very stiff competition now. By the end of our ride I was figuring out how to bunnyhop (2"-3"...for now) and hurl myself over the abundant log obstacles in Belmont. I am still stoked like a Burning Man blaze after this ride.

    Particulars on the OWP:
    Surly KM large frame
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    BB7 up front set up very squishy and near impossible to lock up
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    Ghetto tubeless rear Maxxis Crossmark (still leaking )
    Tubed Bontrager Jones 2.3 up front
    Burro retention straps and HT flats (clipless would be an improvement - initial impression)
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    That's just a beautiful thing right there buddhak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee
    That's just a beautiful thing right there buddhak.
    Kind words, Mr. Bee. The OWP is as fun as she looks. I'll be giving it another go today after work.
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    good to meet you too buddhak! not a bad person to be lost in the woods with (thank god for gps). it was a really excellent ride. the perfect weather didn't hurt it at all, haha.

    that karate monkey is the first bike to make me think seriously about 29". the thing just has "i'm a blast" written all over it.

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    '84 cannondale 26x24

    6 bolt disc mount cog running 16t x 36t. Very fun bike to ride.
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    ^^24" rear wheel?^^

    That thing is like a fossil on wheels. And it still gets ridden - awesome.
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    Thats a really wicked 'dale!

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    Adding another shot of the Freak Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by SanAnMan
    6 bolt disc mount cog running 16t x 36t with a half link. Very fun bike to ride.
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    Current favorite bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Right on, Mr. Bee! Ask and thou shalt receive. Sounded like DJ Shadow doing the soundtrack duties. I need to go off and listen to Mutual Slump now.

    Oh, and sweet Olaf!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Some footy of my friend Kyle and I riding fixed down a local trail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK39lNCJnoc
    Hey, that's a sick mix. What's the name of it?

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    Where's Joe is a old jungle mix by DJ Deacon I'm not sure on the album but I originally had it on a cassette tape, I used to roadie the raves during the 90's.
    As for the Pugsly video like buddhak said DJ Shadow.

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    wronge place for this, at least the thread is back on top for you guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowyellowCJ7 View Post
    I just finished my first single speed ride. I finished the build on Friday. Climbing on this thing is pretty tough.
    I think the gear is 20 rear and 32 front, so the gearing is pretty low but I'm just not used to standing so much.
    Not a fixed gear.

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    lol my bad. I was at the PC for about 2 min while the wife was waiting. I'll leave the party now. On the other hand I have a fix white industries hub in the garage, so who knows what the future of this bike will be.

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    I don't ride it as much as I used to, but I still take for a spin now and then.



    It is a flip-flop hub with a freewheel on one side, fixed gear on the other.

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    It's been abandoned, but

    http://www.63xc.com/

    is still a pretty good resource if you're interested in playing with these kinds of toys.

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    On my way to a fixed gear mountain bike



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    yes!

    just got back from a ride. i can't believe the stuff i'm able to get over fixed, that i never thought i would. it's always a challenge though, and that's what i like about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Some footy of my friend Kyle and I riding fixed down a local trail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK39lNCJnoc
    Badass my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killsurfcity View Post
    yes!

    just got back from a ride. i can't believe the stuff i'm able to get over fixed, that i never thought i would. it's always a challenge though, and that's what i like about it.
    Your making me excited. My final parts are coming in tomorrow!
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    Mr. Bee, I loved the first part of "Follow that Pugsley". Most ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Your making me excited. My final parts are coming in tomorrow!
    i don't mind stoking, if it's getting people amped to ride!

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    You should ride this evening
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    Ill be on the trails as soon as i get my stuff together!

    Im having second thoughts about just having a bar end lever for the drops. I dont want my weight to be too far forward on the steep descents. Hopin i wont flip. Im considering getting an inline lever for the bar top. Itll add 40 grams and give me 2 braking positions. Drops and tops
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Ill be on the trails as soon as i get my stuff together!

    Im having second thoughts about just having a bar end lever for the drops. I dont want my weight to be too far forward on the steep descents. Hopin i wont flip. Im considering getting an inline shifter for the bar top. Itll add 40 grams and give me 2 braking positions. Drops and tops
    This is a must for riding drops on the dirt ( at least for my aging back ). I'm assuming you mean the cross brake inline levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbense View Post
    This is a must for riding drops on the dirt ( at least for my aging back ). I'm assuming you mean the cross brake inline levers.

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    Shifter??? WTF was i thinking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    You should ride this evening
    i'd be all if were i not occupado. i made up for it by going last night. and i may go again tomorrow am if i can pull it off.

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    I went to the Thursday races chez Belmont to have some fun and spread the FG gospel. The OWP didn't slow me down so much as my lack of horsepower and endurance. I noticed that the OWP climbs like a scalded cat. It was pretty exhilarating, actually. Now to cultivate the wattage to take advantage of that instant response. I'll be going to 32:19 in order to achieve the shortest possible chainstay length with the Karate Monkey. I'm rambling. Just go ahead a get a FGMTB already if you don't have one.
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    Here is "Sweaty Betty"

    Sorry for the poor quality. Over the weekend my Iphone with a decent camera has turned into a glorified paperweight for no apparent reason. Hope they honor the warranty. So this is my moms camera phone.

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    40x18 (26'')

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    I might take off the bar end lever. It feels too "long pull" The in line brake works perfect but the tri lever goes all the way to the bar... Whatever. Its ugly too.

    Maiden voyage tomorrow morning!
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    that looks so cool and fun, my favorite on here

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    totally forgot to post my shakey-cam, belmont video. cameo by buddhak.
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    ^^^ Dang. That's exactly how I remember it to be. Suspension, gears, wagon wheels, pro-deals and powerful connections are all useless in there. It's a vortex of tropical parasites and technical puzzles, not for the easily frustrated.

    speedo: it's alive! Well done, sir!
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    somebody posted footage here a while back that inspired me to take my daily rider 700c (or should i say 29er?) fixed gear bike out into the wild & it was a revelation...what a hoot!
    ever since i've been looking for somebody to make a vid of me riding my fg bike at one of our mtb parks but my buddies just aren't into it & ridicule me for even asking
    well...just got back from trying out some new skinnier cx tires & i can't believe how much they improved this bike's trail manners
    anyway, here's my baby after i hosed 'er down & threw on a smaller cog so i can ride to a coffee-shop tonite & sup the squirls...hehe...


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    Riding fixed offroad is nuts! I went out this morning on her and i havent had such a hard workout in a long time. You cant coast and recover like on a ss! So even going downhill is a freaking workout! I was so slow too. But its okay i had a lot of fun. Its also really hard on the knees which bummed me out.

    I went home and ate and then took Felix the Cat(My jabberwocky freewheel) out for a spin and got my fix of tech and speed.

    So tomorrow, Im bringing both bikes to the trailhead. One quick loop on the intermediate course of the fixed and then the rest of the trail on the freewheel. Psyched!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Riding fixed offroad is nuts! I went out this morning on her and i havent had such a hard workout in a long time. You cant coast and recover like on a ss! So even going downhill is a freaking workout! I was so slow too. But its okay i had a lot of fun. Its also really hard on the knees which bummed me out.
    boy to i know about the non-recovery. had an incredibly off day at belmont today. which, when you're riding a spot with a log, or big rock, or hairpin turn, (or all three at once) every five feet, is a recipe for disaster. still, i got over a few things that have thwarted me til today, so, there's that.

    btw, fixed shouldn't be any harder on your knees than free. if it is, something is wrong with your setup. sure, you use your knees more fixed, but if your setup is right, that shouldn't be a problem.

    for instance, that frame looks big for you (just based on the setup). so your saddle may need to be more forward. it should be set up so that when your forward pedal stroke is at 3 o'clock, your knee is centered over the pedal. if it's not, and you have to push forward at all during a down stroke, it will kill your knees fixed! (forgive me if you've heard this one before. just want your fixed experience to be a good one!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Riding fixed offroad is nuts! I went out this morning on her and i havent had such a hard workout in a long time. You cant coast and recover like on a ss! So even going downhill is a freaking workout! I was so slow too. But its okay i had a lot of fun. Its also really hard on the knees which bummed me out.

    I went home and ate and then took Felix the Cat(My jabberwocky freewheel) out for a spin and got my fix of tech and speed.

    So tomorrow, Im bringing both bikes to the trailhead. One quick loop on the intermediate course of the fixed and then the rest of the trail on the freewheel. Psyched!
    Put a smaller ring up front so you can cruise, and if that frame is to big it will hurt you faster then you think riding it fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Put a smaller ring up front so you can cruise, and if that frame is to big it will hurt you faster then you think riding it fixed.
    I've found the opposite to be true for myself. Higher gear ratio means that for the same speed on a downhill the cranks spin slower, and higher gear ratios also give you more leverage to brake with the pedals if you want to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Its also really hard on the knees which bummed me out.
    Glad to hear you've loving it so much!

    When I hop on a fixed bike, for whatever reason it is instinct for me to use the chain instead of the brakes to slow down which certainly adds stress on the knees, but if you rely primarily on the actual brake (or better yet: brakes) and keep your legs loose and match your cadence to what the brakes are doing then it shouldn't be too much harder on your knees than freewheel SS riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by killsurfcity View Post
    btw, fixed shouldn't be any harder on your knees than free. if it is, something is wrong with your setup. sure, you use your knees more fixed, but if your setup is right, that shouldn't be a problem.

    for instance, that frame looks big for you (just based on the setup). so your saddle may need to be more forward. it should be set up so that when your forward pedal stroke is at 3 o'clock, your knee is centered over the pedal. if it's not, and you have to push forward at all during a down stroke, it will kill your knees fixed! (forgive me if you've heard this one before. just want your fixed experience to be a good one!)
    Hey thanks for the imput. The frame is huge but the ETT isnt too big and the shorter stem makes up for it pretty good. You know how they did these frames in the 80s.... But i had not actually though about doing the 3 oclock test. I had just set it up so it was comfortable. But i went out after i read this^^^ and checked and low and behold its already dialed in spot on.
    I think my knees and leg muscles wernt used to the constant skidding. Im about to take her out again so we will see if i got stronger or more used to it.

    Thanks for the imput though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn View Post
    Glad to hear you've loving it so much!

    When I hop on a fixed bike, for whatever reason it is instinct for me to use the chain instead of the brakes to slow down which certainly adds stress on the knees, but if you rely primarily on the actual brake (or better yet: brakes) and keep your legs loose and match your cadence to what the brakes are doing then it shouldn't be too much harder on your knees than freewheel SS riding
    Thats what i do on my road machine to keep the tendinitis from acting up in my knees. The brake is a life saver. But riding off road is just so fun to skid and stuff so im less tempted to use the brake.

    Its def a fun new way to ride. And it slows me down enough to keep my geared riding buddies close Nothing is worse than waiting on those clowns.
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    i tend to modulate with my legs more on relatively flat (or shallow up and down) terrain, and leave off the brake. but on descents, i don't even really try with my legs, it's all brake, unless i have to modulate to get around an obstacle.

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    I like having two hand brakes, front and back. Maybe give that a shot.

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    I use a front brake only and modulate with my legs like KSC. I try not to skid where I ride because my trails are sensitive to that kind of thing. I will say this about KSC's riding style: smooth and fast. He doesn't overcook the corners, he keeps up a steady pace through constant speed modulation, and in the end he just glides through the forest like a fox. The style requires looking ahead and anticipation of turns and such...it helps to have the trail memorized .
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    My choice, fixed disc, tubeless wheeeeeeeeel.
    Costs more, yes, but when you are dedicated to riding fixed dirt, well.






    Or mullet, which I did years ago.

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    love it, slowclaus! i've thought about going business in front (disc), but if i do that, i need a new wheel, and fork. so, if i did, i'd probably go full tennessee top hat, and go 29 disc front, 26 canti back.

    BK, just trying to stay out of your way out there! i do okay, until i hit one of those 45 degree inclines, belmont likes to throw at you...

    speaking of which, i really need to work on quick mount/dismount moves. last ride i was off the bike so much it really started to drag. the last section of white mouse is just calculated brutality. (i also, may have scored some mallets, which will really help)

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    Not riding fixed makes me feel old.
    Now I know what you mean! It has taken 3 rides but now i might just be hooked. Im am really slow on my fixed gear but that is the most fun i have had on two wheels in a long time.

    Im taking Sweaty Betty out this morning instead of Felix the Cat(my high dollar jabberwocky)

    Coasting is just kinda boring...
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    That fixed disc wheel is yum!

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    hey...i've just come off a full week in which i took my fixed bike to the trails everyday except when i felt bad that i was neglecting my stumpy so i took it out once.

    in the 8+ months i have been doing this, i never met another mtber riding fg so i gotta figure it all out myself combining what i know from many years of geared off-road riding & riding fixed on the street for a couple years where luckily i do know a couple of fg freestylers who give me pointers occasionally.

    seeing how i am by my lonesome this thread has been pretty helpful. but looking back to the braking discussion of a few days ago i want to add my .02 cents if you guys don't mind. yeah, i ride with a front brake & i use it when all else fails but i rely mainly on what i think is more properly called pedal pacing to slow down whenever possible along with the inevitable skid or 2. but the thing that works best for me going down a hill is that unless it is huge, the key to riding a fixed gear bike downhill is to pedal into it rather than trying to slow with the brakes or pedals. same thing as on the road.

    oh well, it's back to work tomorrow but i do look forward to finding more useful fg mtb info here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch View Post
    hey...I've just come off a full week in which i took my fixed bike to the trails everyday except when i felt bad that i was neglecting my stumpy so i took it out once.

    in the 8+ months i have been doing this, i never met another mtber riding fg so i gotta figure it all out myself combining what i know from many years of geared off-road riding & riding fixed on the street for a couple years where luckily i do know a couple of fg freestylers who give me pointers occasionally.

    seeing how i am by my lonesome this thread has been pretty helpful. but looking back to the breaking discussion of a few days ago i want to add my .02 cents if you guys don't mind. yeah, i ride with a front brake & i use it when all else fails but i rely mainly on what i think is more properly called pedal pacing to slow down whenever possible along with the inevitable skid or 2. but the thing that works best for me going down a hill is that unless it is huge, the key to riding a fixed gear bike downhill is to pedal into it rather than trying to slow with the brakes or pedals. same thing as on the road.

    oh well, it's back to work tomorrow but i do look forward to finding more useful fg mtb info here...
    I totally feel you on the breaking tho I don't use any breaks it's kind of a beautiful thing doing it all with your legs on the downhill.
    The fixed gear is a machine and that's the best way to describe it and the best way to ride it.
    As for skidding I find I tend to skid less then some of my geared and braked counterparts that my also have to do with there experience.

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    i bought a converted ss cannondale f-500 last spring.

    I mainly use it from havin fun ridin around and causing Urban Mayhem

    Was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction, Im lookin to put some bmx style bars and stem on the bike.

    The bike has a headshock so im not sure what size stem i need? bars?

    any help appreciated

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    Here's mine, crossposted on the "Post Your Singlespeed" thread. Happens to be a flip-flop so I guess it counts for both.
    build write up and more pics:

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    iron horse 63xc styleeee

    totally lovin the fixed utility bike!









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    ^^^ Awesome, Mr. Bee. Looks like a Dingle. Publish some build details, would ya?
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    18" 2011 KM on Halo's with a Surly fixed/disc hub.
    17/21t Dingle cog on the tread on side
    and a 15t Velosolo bolt on cog on the disc side.
    surly tug
    32/28 rings up front.
    eighth-inch fgfs bars
    s-3 cane creek head set

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    FSA 175 cranks (would like to go to 170)
    Maxxis 2.25's
    front wheel is an old halo on a formula hub I already had.
    azonic shorty stem

    Still make'n changes would like a 3" riser bar,tomson layback, wtb seat, and a front disc brake run through the head tube bmx style








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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    17/21t Dingle cog on the tread on side
    32/28 rings up front.
    Ah, so you are using the middle and small chainrings for the dingle? Standard 104 / 64 bcd? Chainline is good on both gear rations?
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    Just 2 rings up front,
    Chain line is good with a 3/32 9 speed chain but needs a half link to be able to use all cogs, and even crossed to 28/17 and 32/21 (but only with a shorter chain length)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Just 2 rings up front,
    Understood that, but which two, middle and inner or middle and outer?
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    I just finished building this 'un up..... It sees about half pavement, half dirt, as it is with the hardtail. Not much trail riding in the area. Here's more details.
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    Now that is sweet looking.
    I just put some Yowelli bars on my converted ss cannondale...they are 3 1/2-4 inch rise bars similar to what you are using currently....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    18" 2011 KM on Halo's with a Surly fixed/disc hub.
    17/21t Dingle cog on the tread on side
    and a 15t Velosolo bolt on cog on the disc side.
    surly tug
    32/28 rings up front.
    eighth-inch fgfs bars
    s-3 cane creek head set

    hand-me-downs
    FSA 175 cranks (would like to go to 170)
    Maxxis 2.25's
    front wheel is an old halo on a formula hub I already had.
    azonic shorty stem

    Still make'n changes would like a 3" riser bar,tomson layback, wtb seat, and a front disc brake run through the head tube bmx style







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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    Understood that, but which two, middle and inner or middle and outer?
    middle and inner

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    My Project- Moots YBB

    First, sorry for the pic. I will post better ones soon.

    Still working on dialing the chainline. I moved one spacer from the drive side of the XT Hollowtech II to get and chainline of 45mm in the front, the back measures 44.5mm. I am a little worried about the thread engagement on the nondrive side.

    The gearing is 32-18.
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    ^^^that's a softtail? or is there a pivot hiding in there that i can't see?

    you haven't had any problems riding it fixed? i was under the impression rear sus & fg don't play well together.

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    no pivot

    no pivot, no change in chainstay length, works great.

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    nice

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    That Moots has to be the blingest (though not in a bad way) mtb fix I've seen. Quite impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bee View Post
    Monkey
    That's a sick monkey. I still don't see how you guys ride with no brakes. I'd spend a lot of the time with my face on the ground without brakes.

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    Practice practice practice. That's the only way I've been able to ride fixed without brakes. watch your speed and anticipate everything being worse than it is. Like riding a motorcycle on public roadways, assume that everyone is trying to kill you. be alert and watch your back. ride defensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    That's a sick monkey. I still don't see how you guys ride with no brakes. I'd spend a lot of the time with my face on the ground without brakes.
    Different terrain maybe? No one in hell it'd be possible to ride without brakes on the trails out here in Ourygoon. I barely survive with only a front brake!

    regardless, sweet fixay brah.

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    moots ybb update

    changed some parts
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    [QUOTE=jiminyt;8377634]no pivot, no change
    in chainstay length, works great.[/QUOTE

    Is that to tighten the chain then?

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    Hey Mr. Bee, I don't follow you. It has an eno in the back. Since the chainstay length is effectively constant an eno works fine to maintain chain tension.

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