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Old 10-21-2008, 10:35 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Don't make that poor bike a coaster.

Fixed gear is the most intimate experience you can have with your bike, don't take that away.

The only thing dangerous about at fixed gear is inexperienced or weak-limbed riders. It's really pretty easy to stop a fixed-gear fast if you have a strong enough leg. Some of the guys I ride with ride the hills in seattle, no brakes, full speed, no stopping, just avoiding cars. Only one of them has ever gotten hurt because they waited until they were good enough riders to do such things. (And as such, I don't ride with them there.)

Another nice thing about fixed gear is the pure strength you gain. At first it's hard to even lock up the rear, but that goes away quick. It's more effective than a regular road bike because it strengthens the stabilizing muscles all though your body, not just your thighs.

Just give it some time as fixed. You won't go back...
thanks for the input man. thats what alot of people ive talked to said.

im looking forward to working me muscles, you use alot more with a fixed than with a coaster.

im going to do a bunch of riding this weekend, but ill probably put a front brake on for now just as a safety precaution. ill let you guys know how it goes
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:12 AM   #42 (permalink)
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nice vintage bike dude. Looks good.

Kinda pricy though...

i think in San Fran (with all the uphill/downhill roads) u need some gears


looks cool though

we used to built ramps in teh 80's and jump with such bikes.....not advisable

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:58 PM   #43 (permalink)
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thanks for the input man. thats what alot of people ive talked to said.

im looking forward to working me muscles, you use alot more with a fixed than with a coaster.

im going to do a bunch of riding this weekend, but ill probably put a front brake on for now just as a safety precaution. ill let you guys know how it goes
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:30 PM   #44 (permalink)
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nice vintage bike dude. Looks good.

Kinda pricy though...

i think in San Fran (with all the uphill/downhill roads) u need some gears


looks cool though

we used to built ramps in teh 80's and jump with such bikes.....not advisable


thanks mang -- eh, $340s not bad for a good used bike with mostly everything you need for it - my girlie gave me some of her stuff, handlebar tape, brake equiptment, etc, so thats a bonus too.

gears can definitely be useful, but one can go different routes that dont have many hills, etc.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:35 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Cool.

damn man, riding fixed is dope!


i set it up last night - changed handlebars, added tape, put a brake on the front wheel..


it was a lot of fun riding it...i didnt find it very hard to not coast, and braking really wasnt hard... -- its nice to have a front brake. -- i rode last night without strapping my feet in, which is pretty stupid, but ill get used to it. - at one point i went down a hill and it went out of control a little bit, but i managed alright. i just need to practice.

but im going to leave it fixed for the foreseeable future, so much fun to ride

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:41 PM   #46 (permalink)
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shitty photo, i know:

changed handlebars, added tape, front brake:

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Very nice SSD! Your handlebars kill me. They look sweeet!!

I went on a lil ride today too. It was quite chili.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:25 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Here's my baby.

I blow nukas like you off the road bitch.

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Old 10-27-2008, 08:29 AM   #49 (permalink)
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congrats ssd! damn that is a huge frame bro, but it looks really nice & clean as a fixie. props on the handlebar choice & white tape, definitely gives her a nice look.
i don't really personally agree with all the hype about simplicity/truth/yaddayadda but they're totally beautiful machines and a unique experience to ride.

sf seems like it must have a really big hub of cycling activity, it is constantly labeled as one of the country's most friendly cities.. consider me jealous even though i come from a mega-friendly community as well.

check these cats out.. they're based right there and you maybe you even have some friends who know em cause they're a pretty chill streetwise crew.
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this is from a little trip they took to austin .. pretty fun vid with mr pharmstrong.
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enjoy the ride dude!

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oh yeah and you have to name her and BIKES ARE ALWAYS FEMALES.
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oh yeah and critical mass / antidriver shocktactics ftw , shit is war and if they don't understand why youre doing what youre doing, theyre the enemy.

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be safe out there - just got in an accident the other night.

i was riding behind a jeep cherokee, when the driver started to pull to the right like she was going into a driveway or parallel parking. as soon as i started to pass her on the left, she turned to the left, trying to make an illegal u-turn across a double yellow. of course she didn't see me in time, so i ended up in her front wheel-well. the wheel is all jacked up, and i'm a little scraped up and sore.

just remember that the bike will always lose, so ride safe!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:23 AM   #53 (permalink)
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When ever I ride I imagine that every car is driven by a blind idiot. I don't ever trust the drive to stop when they should. So far I never been in a bad crash with a car. *knocks on wood* Gotten tapped a few times. I want to try a fix gear now.
Spanky I got the same bike. Mines a few years old. I love it
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Wow that's an awesome video sputnik.
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damn man, riding fixed is dope!


i set it up last night - changed handlebars, added tape, put a brake on the front wheel..


it was a lot of fun riding it...i didnt find it very hard to not coast, and braking really wasnt hard... -- its nice to have a front brake. -- i rode last night without strapping my feet in, which is pretty stupid, but ill get used to it. - at one point i went down a hill and it went out of control a little bit, but i managed alright. i just need to practice.

but im going to leave it fixed for the foreseeable future, so much fun to ride

I'm excited for you man. If I didn't ride fixed I probably wouldn't ride, to be honest. Every time I dread getting on the bike, the muscle aches and the time I don't have I just remember I can always find something fun that would normally just be riding.

Even just going fast in traffic, since you have to be so much more committed, the intensity makes me smile every time.
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congrats ssd! damn that is a huge frame bro, but it looks really nice & clean as a fixie. props on the handlebar choice & white tape, definitely gives her a nice look.
i don't really personally agree with all the hype about simplicity/truth/yaddayadda but they're totally beautiful machines and a unique experience to ride.

sf seems like it must have a really big hub of cycling activity, it is constantly labeled as one of the country's most friendly cities.. consider me jealous even though i come from a mega-friendly community as well.


enjoy the ride dude!


thanks mang! im loving the bike...so much fun to ride...my legs havent been this sore in a really long time, feels great getting the exercise

sf is pretty dope like that, its nice going out at night and everyones riding bikes.

i still havent named her...


but heres a nicer pic:




and my friends bike:

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Old 11-01-2008, 06:09 PM   #57 (permalink)
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nice bike but expensive for oldness.

i had a sweet bike a few years a few years ago but shit got stolen (500$ fuji 2000-2005), broke my heart because i relied on it almost every day, but i manage on a much worse bike. to this day im still looking for the nig who pilfered it

as far as gears go, i dont have a single speed but i do have a piece of junk bike and i barely ever switch gears. when you are an experienced rider you are no longer physically challenged by riding. but you would need low and high gears if you were going up and down mountains but for round town riding thats not neccesary
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I really need to ride moar. *Tips hat to SSD*
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picked up some clipless pedals when i was in canada

i'm finished building my bike!


just in time....
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time pedals are the best! float ftw.

nice bike c_c
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