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    SS Experiment

    Being strung out from waking up at 4:30 the last week to watch World Cup games combined by the sudden (and late) appearance of summer in Orygun has led to a bit of a stupid idea that I'm both rather fond and proud of.

    One of my commuters is a Soma Rush, which isn't much of a bike beyond a skinny tired vehicle with no accomodations for fenders, which makes a lot of sense for an area that rains for eight months straight, but that would be digression.

    I was walking around in the garage, wondering if I was going to be lazy and not fix a rubbing disc brake, when I realize that I had 30mm Kenda Kwicks and a 19t Surly cog. Sun-addled, I decided that rather than fixing a known problem, I'd try and create one, and I ended up with something like a cyclocross bike on a "track" frame.

    Everything fit, and I now proudly present the stupidest, most impractical SS/fixed bike on these forums. Enjoy and don't replicate.

    Best part- no toe overlap.
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    you should lose the brake. then you could be the FIRST EVER person to run SS with no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    you should lose the brake. then you could be the FIRST EVER person to run SS with no brakes.
    It is fixed. So it wouldn't be particularly original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    It is fixed. So it wouldn't be particularly original.

    oh. i thought it was freewheel SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    oh. i thought it was freewheel SS.
    In some ways, it is unfortunate that it is not. I'd post my PR for top speed if I followed your advice, as once the slope turned to downhill, I wouldn't be able to stop and walk the bike down.

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    I actually run 38's on my Steamroller on occasion through some singletracks. Pretty fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    I actually run 38's on my Steamroller on occasion through some singletracks. Pretty fun.
    I didn't buy the bike to go offroad, but I was cracked out and gave it a shot. Lots of fun. Steamroller is a way better choice though. Kudos to your foresight.

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    my raleigh one way has 32mm cross tires and is fixed. its pupose to me is for dirt and it does well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    you should lose the brake. then you could be the FIRST EVER person to run SS with no brakes.
    I commuted brakeless SS with freewheel for a year....

    not that cool.
    no chain no gain.

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    you're right. it's not cool. it's stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    you should lose the brake. then you could be the FIRST EVER person to run SS with no brakes.
    No you couldn't:

    <object width="400" height="321"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2924815&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2924815&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="321"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/2924815">Brakeless Two / Chris Akrigg</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1089639">chris akrigg</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    BMX has been running brakeless (and technically SS) for decades now. maybe i need to use a few smileys next time.

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    Nah, we're just having fun... And I needed an excuse to post that video again

    ... but a bike like the OP's could be great fun as a dirt roads and non-technical trails bike. Seriously.

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    Kudos to your foreskin.

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    Funny because I just did the same thing to a track bike I bought used recently. Track bikes with big tire clearance = fun. Not practical from the get go, so why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    you should lose the brake. then you could be the FIRST EVER person to run SS with no brakes.
    too late, been there done that...
    by the way, what bars would those be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John's Smith
    by the way, what bars would those be?
    Velo Orange Porteur (which is pretentious for "porter") bars. They are good town bars. Might switch it up if I end up doing much offroad with the bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict
    Funny because I just did the same thing to a track bike I bought used recently. Track bikes with big tire clearance = fun. Not practical from the get go, so why not?
    Well, mine are maxed at 30mm, but it better clearance than I expected. You should post photos.

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    with my hate for fixies, i would ride that fixie. i think since i live in a relatively flet city i may get a fixie to commute to school and home. cheaper than car insurance
    Ride & Smile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    with my hate for fixies, i would ride that fixie. i think since i live in a relatively flet city i may get a fixie to commute to school and home. cheaper than car insurance
    And is great cross training. And cheaper than paying for gas. And good for the environment. And good from an urban planning perspective. And good on street wear and tear, which is good for your taxes... there is more, but I'm being a big enough homer right now.

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    Oh I'm stupid I like it

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    Only pic I have of the Steamer (Last summer)


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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    Only pic I have of the Steamer (Last summer)
    What sort of ratio do you run off the road? I'm only at 55 gear inches and it is a little spinny on the road, but I'm not sure I can take it up a long climb if I buy another cog and set it higher.

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    I'm at 70GI. I only take it through mild trails, so no big climbs. It's perfect for on road rides around here. But I might gear down a little for the canyon rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    What sort of ratio do you run off the road? I'm only at 55 gear inches and it is a little spinny on the road, but I'm not sure I can take it up a long climb if I buy another cog and set it higher.
    freewheel
    32x16
    54 gear inches
    fixed
    32x17
    50.8 gear inches

    i ride the same single track as i ride my mtb.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2EYCgCp7pM

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    I run 69 gear inches for road riding on the "track" bike. If I decided to off road it I would have to gear down to around 60-65 GI or so.

    On my old ss/fixed cross bike I would run high 50's/low 60's for off road riding. It was still tough getting up some of the climbs but was way too low for road riding.

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    On my on/offroad road bike I run either 82 gear inches for mostly road riding or 73 gear inches with larger tires for offroad/onroad stuff. Not much in the way of serious hills in my region though, just light slopes.

    here's a picture, for vanity's sake, with two inch big apples and 48x19 for mixed rough rides
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/41021093@N03/4642813776/" title="kilo wt by twentyniner&amp;single, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/4642813776_77eed02fe3.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="kilo wt" /></a>
    Last edited by johnnypecans; 06-16-2010 at 01:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnypecans
    On my on/offroad road bike I run either 82 gear inches for mostly road riding or 72 gear inches with larger tires for offroad/onroad stuff. Not much in the way of serious hills in my region though, just light slopes.
    I like spinning too much for 82, but I have 500/600 vertical feet per mile on a regular basis and things often get steeper. I think I might buy a 42t chainring or pick up a dingle cog to make the most of the bike. Edge you though- I'd love to get away with 70 gear inches.

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    Yeah, if I had to do that much vertical climbing I'd be gearing way lower. I think most of my rides are about 250ft maximum. I found I was getting worn out pretty quickly with the big tires and 73 gear inches, spinning between 90-120 rpm all the time, and I'm definitely a masher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    BMX has been running brakeless (and technically SS) for decades now. maybe i need to use a few smileys next time.
    I rode BMX bikes from the late 70s into the mid 80s and I never knew anybody who didn't run either a coaster brake or rear rim brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29
    I rode BMX bikes from the late 70s into the mid 80s and I never knew anybody who didn't run either a coaster brake or rear rim brake.
    they're pretty popular among the kids who ride street and park today. Garet Reynolds[19] (who i might add just came in 2nd at China yadadad invitational yadada) rides without brakes. Companies are begining to make frames without brake mounts, check it out on Dans Comp or any other BMX online store. I'm young and have many friends who ride brakeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    freewheel
    32x16
    54 gear inches
    fixed
    32x17
    50.8 gear inches

    i ride the same single track as i ride my mtb.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2EYCgCp7pM
    Velo - What frame is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    Velo - What frame is that?
    2008 raleigh one way
    reynolds 520 frame
    4130 fork
    been beating the hell outta it for 2 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnypecans
    On my on/offroad road bike I run either 82 gear inches for mostly road riding or 73 gear inches with larger tires for offroad/onroad stuff. Not much in the way of serious hills in my region though, just light slopes.
    I like your bike a lot. How is the toe overlap?

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