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« on: Jun 26, 2017, 12:21AM »

I have recently gotten back into bike riding after a long time away from it.

Is anyone here into fixed gear bikes? I really enjoy the simplicity of them. No derailleurs to mess with. Pure riding. Of course there are compromises but I don't mind not having extra sprockets.

I own a 29-er mountain bike hard tail (GT Peace bike) and a just recently purchased no name vintage track bike - which has just a front brake. I've learned that serious track bike enthusiasts sometimes have no brakes at all even if they ride them away from tracks (where they are banned in races)

And there is a cult following for these messenger type bikes.

Just wondering who else on the forum might be into this too!
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 26, 2017, 02:07AM »

Decades ago, fixed wheel was seen by many in the UK as a pure form. Even when derailleur gears were essential in massed-start road racing, some time-trial racing specialists liked a fixed wheel. I did. A fixed wheel teaches you to pedal smoothly and quickly.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 26, 2017, 05:37AM »

Yeah, I think gloved hand on the front wheel is your brake. 
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 26, 2017, 09:55AM »

I sold my car about five years ago and have been bicycle-only since then. 

A single gear ratio would be seriously impractical for all the things I end up doing with my bike. 

So... I dunno if that makes me a serious cyclist or a non-serious cyclist.  Don't know

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 26, 2017, 10:14AM »

I recently replaced my 30-year old Trek (well, the shop refused to fix it! Something about liability and lawyers) with a Charge Grater. Not expensive (especially on sale). Basic components: 8 speed cassette, single chain ring, simple cantilever brakes. Nice and light. Very functional.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 26, 2017, 01:53PM »

I have almost as many bikes (4) as trombones (5). 1 road, 1 cross, 1 hard tail, 1 full suspension. But over the past couple of years I have gotten slack about riding, usually only getting out a couple of times a week. I used to do 4-6 hour rides pretty regularly. I hope to reverse that trend in July, when I actually go a whole month with no rehearsals or gigs.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 26, 2017, 02:13PM »

Sitting on a hardtail 29er, full suspension 29er, a road bike, a gravel bike, and a commuter bike.

My wife is understanding, to say the least. We had to plan our basement renovation around bike storage!
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 26, 2017, 02:54PM »

I sold my car about five years ago and have been bicycle-only since then. 

A single gear ratio would be seriously impractical for all the things I end up doing with my bike. 

So... I dunno if that makes me a serious cyclist or a non-serious cyclist.  Don't know

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 27, 2017, 05:20PM »

Well this is a coincidence. I recently purchased an Everest mountain bike. It is an amazingly complex piece of equipment considering I got it in K-Mart for less the $200. The idea was to replace the long walks with my dog Maggie, which she is no longer capable of due to old age, and do a bit of cycling on a beaut local mountain bike track we have close to here. Unfortunately it has been sitting in the garage ever since because I just cannot master the 21 gears it has. The most I ever had on a bike before was 3. I have been reading all the books but those front and back wheel gear controls seems to be a bit more than I can handle these days. :/
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 27, 2017, 05:29PM »

Graham: My new bike is an 8-speed. One shifter.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 27, 2017, 06:19PM »

Unfortunately it has been sitting in the garage ever since because I just cannot master the 21 gears it has. The most I ever had on a bike before was 3. I have been reading all the books but those front and back wheel gear controls seems to be a bit more than I can handle these days. :/

Just leave the front gear on the middle and shift with the back one.  That will be enough range for most purposes.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:35PM »

Until now I've been riding my KHS Comp which I bought new in 1995 (steel frame, after market v-brakes, rigid front end)
pretty much like this one:
http://www.vehibase.com/khs-montana-comp/photo-1.htm
When I bought it I paid a few hundred $ for a Marzocchi fork with a huge 55mm of travel, but it fell apart after about 12 years so I put the original fork back on.

Last weekend I picked up one of these:
http://www.bikebarn.co.nz/2017-merida-big-nine-600-blue.html
(11 speed derailleur on the back and none on the front, hydraulic disc brakes, fork with adjustable air and rebound)

It cost fewer dollars than the KHS did (never mind the effect of inflation over 22 years). Haven't taken it for a ride in the forest yet but I expect the difference to be night and day (bring on the weekend).  Bikes provide more gadgets for your money than trombones - I guess that's a result of mass production.

I'll be putting some road tyres on the KHS and keeping it for short trips close to home. Apparently 90s mountain bikes have a bit of a following now as classics, especially in the UK.

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« Reply #12 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:38PM »

In these parts, the hipsters are all over 70's 10-speeds.
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:42PM »

I've been pretty busy the past few days.

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« Reply #14 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:49PM »

Having recently moved to a stones throw from Dupont Forest I discovered I am woefully ill prepared for anything but the 'easy' trails. I have a late '70's Mondia Super converted to 650b with as wide a tire as I can stuff in it. Santa Cruz Chamelion on order...Rivendell, Serotta...here one can stand up and kiss the ground ...humbling
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« Reply #15 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:55PM »

Having recently moved to a stones throw from Dupont Forest I discovered I am woefully ill prepared for anything but the 'easy' trails. I have a late '70's Mondia Super converted to 650b with as wide a tire as I can stuff in it. Santa Cruz Chamelion on order...Rivendell, Serotta...here one can stand up and kiss the ground ...humbling

I ride at DuPont all the time.  Beautiful place. Where do you live?
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 27, 2017, 08:22PM »

I have been reading all the books but those front and back wheel gear controls seems to be a bit more than I can handle these days. :/

Like Rob said, just because you have 21 gears doesn't mean you have to use all of them. If you leave the front in the middle ring and just use the back you're down to 7, or leave the back on the middle sprocket and you're down to 3. Ride it and play until you figure out what works for you.
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 28, 2017, 01:42AM »

Like Rob said, just because you have 21 gears doesn't mean you have to use all of them. If you leave the front in the middle ring and just use the back you're down to 7, or leave the back on the middle sprocket and you're down to 3. Ride it and play until you figure out what works for you.

Thanks. I'll definitely give that a try. Good!
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 28, 2017, 05:22AM »

Like Rob said, just because you have 21 gears doesn't mean you have to use all of them. If you leave the front in the middle ring and just use the back you're down to 7, or leave the back on the middle sprocket and you're down to 3. Ride it and play until you figure out what works for you.

When I rode a lot, back in 10-speed days, I only used six gears.  I shifted "cross-over," meaning shift the back sprocket 1, 2, 3  to the middle gear, then shift the front sprocket and use 3, 4, 5 in the back.  The way my tooth count was there wasn't a huge advantage to using all 10 possibilities. 

I still have that Schwinn Super La Tour, it sits on a mag trainer that I really should use more.  (and might, now that knees are making running a problem) 

Anyway, you can greatly simplify.  IIRC the little front sprocket on a 21 speed is a granny gear that nobody ever needs, and the big one is for Olympic athletes.   
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 28, 2017, 07:49AM »

I've been pretty busy the past few days.



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