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Old 01-18-2008, 08:44 AM   #31
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I got one of the ebay motobecane's, perfectly adequate for what I do at least for a while (in town with the kids, or trips to the store).

What I know now: I should have bought a $50-$75 used craiglist list mountain bike and a $30 Nashbar coversion kit.

I might still do this to have a better quality (tougher) bike with a more hill/trail friendly gear ratio.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:25 AM   #32
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What I know now: I should have bought a $50-$75 used craiglist list mountain bike and a $30 Nashbar coversion kit.

I might still do this to have a better quality (tougher) bike with a more hill/trail friendly gear ratio.
I've had a Trek 4500 for 6 years and it has taken a beating and still is great....well minus the whole derailer snapping off. Find some frame with no derailer...take it to a bike shop...get a used gear sproket or whatever the things are called...half a derailer to keep some tension...and make your own....I did for $10. I so know nothing about technical single speeds and sizes...all I know is I have one gear and I have to peddle my ass off up a hill.

Like I say...if the gear is too hard...get stronger legs!
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:59 PM   #33
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Wolfgang,
I second what Chris said.

My only suggestion for newbie fixie riders is learn to ride them first without anything securing your feet to the pedals (cages or clips). Being unable to quickly remove your feet plus learning to stop a fixie equals looking stupid and falling over (once, just once...).

Now I ride clipped in and love it. Go for it. Zen on a bike.
The name compliment was intended for both first and last. Wolfgang is cool enough, but Moebius puts it over the top.

Yeah, what Dr. G said. I have a bitch of a time getting my second foot into the cages. It is really flippin' hard to get that second foot in when the pedal is continuously moving!
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:12 PM   #34
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Wolfgang,
I second what Chris said.

My only suggestion for newbie fixie riders is learn to ride them first without anything securing your feet to the pedals (cages or clips). Being unable to quickly remove your feet plus learning to stop a fixie equals looking stupid and falling over (once, just once...).

Now I ride clipped in and love it. Go for it. Zen on a bike.

Oh yeah, I'd suggest you put or keep at least one hand brake on it.
I wouldn't suggest riding without clips/staps or a clipless setup unless your gear ratio is something suited for mtb stuff (like 30x20 or something). If you're running a high gear on a road bike and your feet aren't attached to the pedals some how, you risk smashing your legs up pretty good. Assume that you're going to tip over at a light every now and then, it happens to the best of us.

I was an idiot when I started riding fixed and took the brakes off within the first 2 months - despite running a 48x14 gear ratio. It's kinda ridiculous riding in the street with a straight up brakeless track bike, but if you're strong and sharp mentally, you'll live to have some incredible legs (imagine having to exert the same intensity to stopping as you do sprinting).

edit: I'm not suggesting people should or shouldn't ride brakeless, it's personal preference.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:15 PM   #35
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Patrick,
I wanted to clarify, I only meant not securing the feet to the pedals when initially getting used to starting and stopping on the bike. I'd also skip clipping in if one wanted to learn a track stand (at first). I still haven't gotten to that point, as my typical ride doesn't require me to really stop at all.

Definitely secure your feet to the pedals once you have the hang of it!
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:52 AM   #36
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What I know now: I should have bought a $50-$75 used craiglist list mountain bike and a $30 Nashbar coversion kit.
Seriously, Paul, half the fun of being a guy is wasting money on toys to show the other guys.

(Don't laugh, ladies. We know you don't buy all those shoes to look good for us.)
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:00 AM   #37
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Seriously, Paul, half the fun of being a guy is wasting money on toys to show the other guys.

(Don't laugh, ladies. We know you don't buy all those shoes to look good for us.)
If women think guys even know if they have shoes on.....they are sadly mistaken....and yes, it's all about being the alpha male dominant one within the same species...(pounds chest)

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How to Lose a Woman: "I could care less about how much you spent on those shoes and hair...what a waste of money...."
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:55 AM   #38
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I just got my wife a 90's Raleigh Technium mountain bike for $55. Should be single speed in a few weeks. Going to try to build my first wheel :-). It's going to be way better than mine. If that is not an expression of love, I don't know what is.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:57 PM   #39
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I've got a "single speed..."

A 10-15 year-old, rusty, Huffy girl's bike that has a mangled front set of gears and a detached cable to the rear gears. It's stuck in "low." At least it squeaks enough so that people get out of the way... although there is a bell, haha.

The things I buy from old people in town to get around campus...
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:27 PM   #40
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I just finished the conversion to SS. I spent about as much doing this as on a new low end SS mountain bike. Maybe what I put together is a little better though.

I could have done it for cheaper if I just converted the rear wheel that came with the bike as opposed to building a new whole rear wheel, plus this bike needed new rubber and saddle :-) ...there goes about another 100.
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