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    Thread: lets see all your fixed gear bikes, finshed or not.

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      01-18-2008 12:59 PM #141
      i feel like if you learn to ride fixed w/ a brake it slows your learning curve, people rely on it too much and they end up loosing the point of learning how to control there speed w/ there body.

      thats why i say as scary as it is to learn how to ride a bike that you cant stop pedaling on w/ out a brake its far worth the worrie. then once your comfertable and know what your doing if you still feel the need for a brake go for it.


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      01-18-2008 01:09 PM #142
      agreed.

      but like all things...if it slows down your learning curve then you only have yourself to blame. have some self discipline its not going to kill you...and hit the brakes in an emergency or otherwise it might!


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      01-18-2008 02:23 PM #143
      Quote, originally posted by xSWINDLERx »
      i feel like if you learn to ride fixed w/ a brake it slows your learning curve, people rely on it too much and they end up loosing the point of learning how to control there speed w/ there body.

      thats why i say as scary as it is to learn how to ride a bike that you cant stop pedaling on w/ out a brake its far worth the worrie. then once your comfertable and know what your doing if you still feel the need for a brake go for it.

      I hear what you're saying, but I disagree on the brake thing. Just because a brake is there doesn't mean you're obligated to use it. Especially if someone I care about is learning I would be more concerned with them staying alive than learning quickly. Brake vs. no brake is a cool/style thing and I like how it feels to know it's not available. I love how clean a ride looks without a brake, but no matter how skilled and confident you are you can't stop as fast using only the rear wheel. As one's skill progresses there will better be able to avoid those situations - reading traffic better, handling their bike well enough to swerve sharply and not need to brake, etc. - but for me it all comes down to that one (potential) time where having a brake keeps me out of the ER. Having a front brake lets me ride a little more aggressively while maintaining a better safety margin. I do not by any means fault people who run no brakes - I don't even have bumpers on my car. I think it's the same thing - trusting yourself enough to never have it come to that. For someone who is learning, though, I think it is a very bad idea not to have a brake.


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      01-18-2008 02:29 PM #144
      Quote, originally posted by ohsnappe »
      you have a better sense of control with no brake? no coasting ability?

      It's like driving a manual vs. and automatic. I run a front brake, too.


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      01-18-2008 03:20 PM #145
      when i first started riding fixed i kept telling my self to get a brake, and thinking about how much smarter it would be if i did. but lazyness and a wanting to just go out a ride took over and it forced me to learn faster. and i wouldnt trade that for the world haha.

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      01-19-2008 10:23 PM #146
      I finally got my fixed gear conversion done:

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      01-19-2008 11:29 PM #147
      a couple more of my little bros from the last page


    8. 01-20-2008 12:20 AM #148
      my brass knuckle.

      new wheels, chopped the bars a little more and my new work/school bag [both go on in DC haha]



      I'm probably getting rid of it soon for something with better geometry. probably a bareknuckle or a vivalo special


      Modified by 9IN3TH1NG5 at 8:23 PM 1-19-2008


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      01-22-2008 12:38 AM #149
      Just picked up a new Moto to try singlespeed and fixed. Don't have the fixed cog on in the pic, but I installed it tonight. Don't think I'm gonna ride it on the fixed cog till I find some straps.



    10. 01-22-2008 01:16 AM #150
      Straps arn't absolute required. i have been riding platforms on a fixy for years.

    11. 01-22-2008 01:51 AM #151
      depends if youre going brakeless or not, also. platforms w.o brakes can get preeetty hairy.

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      01-22-2008 02:43 AM #152
      you fall more with straps meaning its harder to bail

    13. 01-22-2008 03:21 AM #153
      haha straps are SO easy to get out of.

      and you wouldnt need to bail if you had straps which gave you enough control to keep out of bail-required situations


      ^winning


    14. 01-22-2008 03:57 AM #154
      i like running the front brake... helps me do burn outs

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      01-22-2008 04:00 AM #155
      **** it, im just gonna stop running pedals all together.

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      01-22-2008 10:06 AM #156
      I'm just leary about running strapless. I'd like to maintain control with my legs when decelerating. That's part of the joys of riding fixed, eh! But since I have the option, I'm just riding the freewheel until I find some good straps. Moto Outcasts don't come with QR skewers, either so that's gotta be fixed (out back at least) .

    17. 01-22-2008 05:14 PM #157
      personally, I like clipless...very direct. all you need to do is make sure you can pop out easily.

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      01-22-2008 06:09 PM #158
      Quote, originally posted by 9IN3TH1NG5 »
      haha straps are SO easy to get out of.

      and you wouldnt need to bail if you had straps which gave you enough control to keep out of bail-required situations


      ^winning

      If you were running your straps properly, you wouldn't be able to pull out without loosening them. A friend of mine who used clips and straps at the track (he was the only one) would have to lean against something or roll over in the infield to pull out. But then again your vans slip-ons would probably get messed up if you did that and that would be tragic. Platforms FTW.


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      01-22-2008 07:05 PM #159
      Quote, originally posted by withnail »

      If you were running your straps properly, you wouldn't be able to pull out without loosening them. A friend of mine who used clips and straps at the track (he was the only one) would have to lean against something or roll over in the infield to pull out. But then again your vans slip-ons would probably get messed up if you did that and that would be tragic. Platforms FTW.

      ummm....i donno about that.
      that actually kinda sounds a little silly to me. thats less safe than riding clipless, at least w/ those you can pop out fairly quickly. generaly when im putting my feet in the toe clips im already riding, i dont find somewhere to lean against to get my feet in them.


    20. 01-22-2008 07:17 PM #160
      Quote, originally posted by withnail »
      If you were running your straps properly, you wouldn't be able to pull out without loosening them. A friend of mine who used clips and straps at the track (he was the only one) would have to lean against something or roll over in the infield to pull out. But then again your vans slip-ons would probably get messed up if you did that and that would be tragic. Platforms FTW.

      Whoa there buddy. Sorry we're not VeloStars like your buddy, but thats probably just as, if not more so, impractical than riding platforms for day to day use. Sure, that might be how they do it on the velodrome, but last time I checked 99% of people dont ride with foot clenching death grip straps. Dont get me wrong, it takes me a few pedal strokes to wiggle my foot all the way in the cage because of my straps tightness, but really calm down. Dont stereotype me. I dont wear vans on my bike, I know what I'm doing and I could give a **** less how "messed up" or "tragic" my shoes are.


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      01-22-2008 07:23 PM #161
      i dont want my vans to get messed up

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      01-22-2008 07:47 PM #162
      hahah I was just kidding around. I wasn't really being serious about that whole vans thing.

      In fact, the only thing I was serious about was my friend. But on a more serious note, I think it has more to do with which pedal type you are used to. I can't get in or out of straps to save my life but I can get out of clipless pedals stupid fast. For other people it's the opposite. It looks like the guy's bike has two brakes... I say he just rides with platforms.


    23. 01-22-2008 08:30 PM #163
      Quote, originally posted by Kyle721 »

      Are those wheels different sizes?


    24. 01-22-2008 09:35 PM #164
      to me, they look like 26 rear and 700cc/29 up front. that's what i run...but with a rear brake only

    25. 01-22-2008 11:33 PM #165
      this is now set up fixed, but kept the brakes. I need to save my knees.





      Modified by slmdjetskipvr6 at 7:36 PM 1-22-2008


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      01-23-2008 03:55 PM #166
      Regardless if I have 2 brakes or even a big brick on a rope tied to the seatstay... I'd still prefer to have straps since I have the option of fixed/freewheel with a flip-flop hub. After putting the fixed cog on and not being use to riding fixed... I could see instant shin death was in my future on straight plats. It's just a preference. I flipped my wheel back to the freewheel cog until I get something to secure my feets. I'm not a clipless fan either. I know they'd probably be the best option but I had a bad fall on them once and I'm a little 'scared' to go back to them. Probably had to do with the way I fell (straight forward with an uprooted tree in my hand) I can get out of straps rather quick but even in that fall... I think I'da been screwed.

      BUT REGARDLESS it's gonna be fun trying out both singlespeed and fixed riding. It's a new encounter for me with both.


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      01-24-2008 01:54 PM #167
      Quote, originally posted by slmdjetskipvr6 »
      this is now set up fixed, but kept the brakes. I need to save my knees.

      do you still ride between felton and sc? thats a pretty long descent coming into town to not have brakes.

      -j

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    28. 01-24-2008 11:39 PM #168
      No I live in town now, but I do ride up there every once and a while on that. This bike is mainly my town bike, bar bike, everyday transportation.

    29. 01-25-2008 01:08 AM #169
      A front brake is neat because it allows me to ride fast and not crack my skull on cabs. Im pretty happy with my skull.

    30. 01-25-2008 01:12 AM #170
      new look.


      and a crappy pic with the nitto risers and matching wheels with gatorskin in front, before clips/straps were installed.




      Modified by ECAhatch at 9:14 PM 1-24-2008


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      01-25-2008 02:11 AM #171
      Quote, originally posted by TonyHarmer »
      A front brake is neat because it allows me to ride fast and not crack my skull on cabs. Im pretty happy with my skull.

      i like my front brake and my helmet

      -j

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    32. 01-25-2008 02:30 AM #172
      ok here we go phone pic cause im in between cameras right now...

      yes! with the flower bean bag too!

      its an old swine frame, one piece crank, and lots of lock tite on the rear wheel!


    33. 01-25-2008 11:26 AM #173
      that bike is too big for you.

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      01-25-2008 12:22 PM #174
      ECAhatch, what ratio is that? looks bigger than 52 in the front. those major taylors?
      DCI EASTside

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      01-25-2008 01:31 PM #175
      Quote, originally posted by huntenrabbit »
      ok here we go phone pic cause im in between cameras right now...

      yes! with the flower bean bag too!

      its an old swine frame, one piece crank, and lots of lock tite on the rear wheel!

      free prostate exam each time you ride?

      -j

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