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How about a single speed/ fixed gear poll....Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 4:58 AM
I currently have three:

1. LOOK KG86- "Good bike" Dura Ace 7600 track group 45 x 17
2. Bianchi Premio-rain bike- mix of components- use for commuting 42 x 16
3. Gitane Tour de France- Platform pedals- comfy saddle- use for cruising 42 x 16
one and onlySteve_0
Nov 13, 2002 5:19 AM
mid -80's raleigh.

Everyday riding - 43X16 with 27X1 1/8
Light trail duty - 43X16 with 700X28
Tris - Typically 52x17 with 700X23. Freewheel (gotta stay legal!).

Not much to boast about; tiagra/105 works fine. Moustache. SPD/platform combo pedals for versatility (i'll never ride anything else).
New addition(s)mass_biker
Nov 13, 2002 6:50 AM
In the past:

* Trek 1000. Al. frame, 42x17. Stolen.
* Univega something or other. Cromo frame, 42x17 fixed. Flat bar, then drop bars. Rusted through and broke after many good years
* Phillips touring frame. 42x16 fixed/42x17 free. Sold it and still see it around town sometimes
* Surly Crosscheck. 42x16 fixed, 42x17 free. Used it on trails (free) and for winter training (fixed). Have converted it back into a geared bike for foul weather training.

In the present:
* Bianchi something or other. Cromo frame. 39x16 fixed. Looking forward to long rides with this steed as fall turns to winter. Just needs a good pair of full fenders (has fender/rack eyelets) for all weather use.

Wish list:
* Ti (or some such rustproof) fixie - with two bottle mounts, pump peg, horizontal dropouts and fender/rack stays. That would be sweet.

MB
re: How about a single speed/ fixed gear poll....JS Haiku Shop
Nov 13, 2002 6:44 AM
surly steamroller 42x16 free and 42/18 free (flip flop), mix of stronglight, ritchey, 105, and suzue w/open pros & mtb double entry pedals.



You ever gonna fixte that thing???MB1
Nov 13, 2002 7:44 AM
Once you do, you will hate yourself for taking so long to fixte it.
i'll get it fixte soon. right now i'm saving for beer. nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 13, 2002 8:40 AM
Just one, but it's a beauty.brider
Nov 13, 2002 7:04 AM
Custom TiCycles Softride track bike, drilled for brakes front and rear. I have two rear wheels -- one a fixie, one a single speed. All I have to do is swap wheels.

Use a 44/17 for the both configurations on the road (650 wheels, about equivalent to a 42/17 on 700s).
TresAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 13, 2002 7:17 AM
1) Gunnar single speed cross bike. 42/16 fixed, 42/18 free. 36/18 free for races.
2) GT Pulse track bike. Dura Ace group. 50/15 for most of the season.
3) Bianchi DISS 38/17 fixed. Snow bike. Disc brakes.

There they are. I'm glad you folks understand that each has its own very important purpose.

Alex
My favorite bike.MB1
Nov 13, 2002 7:40 AM
Gunnar Street Dog. Crummy decals though.

42X16 fixed, 42x17 SS.
What kind of cranks are those? nmDave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 7:42 AM
170mm Ultegra.MB1
Nov 13, 2002 10:17 AM
I wanted to avoid any Campy or Shimano parts but I had this in the bin collecting dust. Works fine of course and why should I care about the parts anyway.
TweeStampertje
Nov 13, 2002 7:54 AM
Or one and a half, really:
1. Koga Miyata Flyer, used to be a 6-speed road bike, now 42x16 fixed / 42x17 free
2. One of those Dutch commuter bikes, but it has a 3-speed hub...
Yipeeeee!!!PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 13, 2002 7:57 AM
I got my Cramerotti built up with Dura-ace. I'll use anything from a 47-17 for warmup to about a 48-14 but I have up to a 50-14. I have a Cyclops frame as well which is a custom built bike from the Toronto area.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
re: How about a single speed/ fixed gear poll....Eager Beagle
Nov 13, 2002 8:20 AM
One for now, a SS (42/16) Gazelle XC Chammpione Mondial circa 1980 at a guess.

Will go fixed/FF if and when a cheap wheel comes my way...
Here's my Picture ID...Can I come in and play???biknben
Nov 13, 2002 8:21 AM
Just built up my first one speed a month or so ago. It's been interesting. I use it for commuting and farting around. I'm currently pushing a fixed 42x15 gear but I need to get a 16t. The freewheel side is not being used yet.

Funniest/strangest moment so far:
I tried to level by pedals and bunnyhop a patch of nasty pavement. Almost threw myself over the bars. :-O
nice I got a stupid questionbigrider
Nov 13, 2002 10:07 AM
here is the questionbigrider
Nov 13, 2002 10:09 AM
How do you get the picture in your message box and not on a link.
Not sure I understand...biknben
Nov 13, 2002 10:25 AM
There is a link to upload pictures from your computer. After you hit reply, look towards the bottom for the link.
I can do that but can't paste pictures in the message boxbigrider
Nov 14, 2002 5:05 AM
Everyone seems to have there pictures below their comments and not on a link like I have done in the past. I cant seem to figure out how to get the pictures on directly.
Maybe...biknben
Nov 14, 2002 6:42 AM
Are you pasting the text to the message field or to the field below it?

In the reply screen there is a field for the topic header, the message, and an image. Paste the file location of your image in the lower field and it will show up just below the message. If you paste it in the message field, the link will be displayed but the reader will have to click on it to see the picture.
Try thisTig
Nov 14, 2002 3:00 PM
Replace the "[" and "]" below with "<" followed by a ">" at the end. If I put them in when making this post, everything between the < and > wouldn't show up for you to see.

[img src="http://www.YourPictureLocation.com"]
Surly Crosscheck with flip flop 48 x 18 (fixed), 20 (free)wonderdog
Nov 13, 2002 8:58 AM

I love it and use it for commuting, rain rides, and beer runs. It has a sweet set of fenders on it, and this weekend, i plan to do a SS cross race (freewheel, of course). These Phil Wood hubs are the schiznit.

Eric

Three for meStraightblock
Nov 13, 2002 9:04 AM
Colin Laing mid-70's track bike w/mixed bag of 70's components. Reynolds 532 frame, front & rear Campy Record brakes, fixed 44x16.

80's chromoly Univega road bike converted to 42x16 fixed.

'83 or '84 Stumpjumper mountain bike, mostly original parts,singlespeed 36x18.

Pictures are at home. I'll try to put them up later.
Question for Mr. Hickey on the Gitane.................chopper
Nov 13, 2002 9:12 AM
I just purchased a 1973 Gitane TDF frame/fork with a stronglight headset and BB that I'm building up to be a fixie. I haven't received it yet but was wondering what size seatpost and stem yours requires?

Cheers.
Question for Mr. Hickey on the Gitane.................Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 10:06 AM
I honestly don't know. I bought a complete bike and I never checked. Let me look tonight and I'll let you know.
Thanks. Its true, people from Texas really are nice..nmchopper
Nov 13, 2002 10:13 AM
I just called a friend who's into French bikes..Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 10:28 AM
Seat post is 26.4- Ebay always has odd sizes.
Stem ID is 22.0 vs 22.2 standard- again, I see them all the time on Ebay
Here are a couple of cheap items...............Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 11:10 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1581270837

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1582883068

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1580826106
Thanks for the links, much appreciated...........nmchopper
Nov 13, 2002 1:38 PM
one for now, one in progressmadstork
Nov 13, 2002 9:49 AM
Current: Marinoni SP - Campy crank, brakes, hubs, rims - respaced 7 speed hub - run 42x16 fixed and 42x16 single speed

In progress: Torpado Aelle frame to be primered and painted within days (was my first "real" bike in 1987!)- ordering Tange steel chrome fork - building a Suzue rear flip/flop hub on a NOS Campy rim

What to do with the Marinoni? Probably a rainy day geared bike, using old parts from my Landshark as I get upgrade it. I love these projects!
I don't know what I got?LC
Nov 13, 2002 10:03 AM
It was someones trash that they threw out along the roadside. It was in horrible cosmetic shape with paint chipped from just about every square inch of the frame. I took off everything that was left on the frame including the fork which would not fit a modern front wheel. It had a nearly full set of DAVID components which must be pretty rare because i can't seem to find out anything about. It did not have a deraileur hanger and the rear deraileur sort of clamped into the horzontal dropouts.

I removed all the braze on deraileur cable attachments to give it a cleaner look. Now that it is repainted and has lightweight fork and components installed it has become my favorite of my 7 bikes . The long wheel base and a flexy old aluminum fork make it ride over pot holes really well, but going into a fast tight corner it quickly reminds me that it is no race bike. I am still playing around with the gearing in either a 40x16 or 40x17. With the big hills around here I am one of few fools to use such a bike. Even the strongest guys on my race team just shake their head at it. Hopefully it will make me stronger for next race season.
Currently one going on twobigrider
Nov 13, 2002 10:06 AM
I have a picchio 44/19 with bullhorn handlebars.

Got a free motobecane steel bike I am stripping. I re-dished the rear wheel and put the cog spacer on the other side of the axle to get the chain lined up with the 52 front ring. I will see if this setup will work.
Just the oneTig
Nov 13, 2002 12:04 PM
I once had a custom Sommers track bike that had 24" wheels and Suntour Superbe Pro components. The builder made only 24" wheeled bikes, which I thought were silly for road use due to the extra rolling resistance. However, the small wheels were perfect for smooth track racing thanks to the great aerodynamics and quick acceleration of the little wheels. I'll have to dig up a picture and scan it.

Most of you have seen my fixte conversion using this $15 garage sale ugly purple Romic touring frame. A custom 531 frame like that must have cost about $500 when new, so it was a steal.

I bought a QBP Suzue flip-flop wheel and a track cog from Harris Cycle to add to the mix of my old parts and stuff I bought from eBay (BB and cranks for $26 total) to keep it as cheap as possible. The results are pleasing to ride. The front wheel is an old 36 spoke Record hub touring wheel from the same garage sale. The bars and seatpost are from my old Trek, stem and brake handles from the LBS for $10, and the Flite seat is an old one that has graced many past bikes. I even recycled the Shimano chain and 39 chain ring from my old bike. The out of pocket cost was around $260.

The 39 x 15 gives me a 68.6 gear inch, which is fine except for super fast rides (not in winter, thanks) or strong headwinds. I'm still getting used to the new muscle pains it creates, but should be on it 100% by December and for a few months after. I had no problem riding with a quick group last Saturday, but the 40 miles felt more like 50!
oops, ignore this post... -NMTig
Nov 13, 2002 12:09 PM
Why do I like that picture so much ...Humma Hah
Nov 13, 2002 1:39 PM
I don't know if its the setting, the bike, or the perky way its sitting up, but I REALLY like that picture. Sure beats the usual "roadbike sitting against kitchen cabinets" pic.

One of the things I like the most about the cruiser is how elegant it looks sitting there by itself on its kickstand, not looking all dorky and helpless like roadbikes do when leaning against things.
Maybe the bike looks happy!Tig
Nov 13, 2002 3:33 PM
Standing there proudly, supporting itself and out in the sunshine... yep, a happy bike! LOL

I tried to get my wife to go for the Bianchi Milano cruiser (I'd give it back when I was finished!) but she wants a regular road bike instead... oh well...
Just the oneTig
Nov 13, 2002 12:08 PM
I once had a custom Mike Summers track bike that had 24" wheels and Suntour Superbe Pro components. The builder made only 24" wheeled bikes, which I thought were silly for road use due to the extra rolling resistance. However, the small wheels were perfect for smooth track racing thanks to the great aerodynamics and quick acceleration of the little wheels. I'll have to dig up a picture and scan it. It made cat'ing up to track 3 and a state points race championship easy (it sure wasn't just about the engine!).

Most of you have seen my fixte conversion using this $15 garage sale ugly purple Romic touring frame. A custom 531 frame like that must have cost about $500 when new, so it was a steal.

I bought a QBP Suzue flip-flop wheel and a track cog from Harris Cycle to add to the mix of my old parts and stuff I bought from eBay (BB and cranks for $26 total) to keep it as cheap as possible. The results are pleasing to ride. The front wheel is an old 36 spoke Record hub touring wheel from the same garage sale. The bars and seatpost are from my old Trek, stem and brake handles from the LBS for $10, and the Flite seat is an old one that has graced many past bikes. I even recycled the Shimano chain and 39 chain ring from my old bike. The out of pocket cost was around $260. The Speedplays migrate between it and my regular bike.

The 39 x 15 gives me a 68.6 gear inch, which is fine except for super fast rides (not in winter, thanks) or strong headwinds. I'm still getting used to the new muscle pains it creates, but should be on it 100% by December and for a few months after. I had no problem riding with a quick group last Saturday, but the 40 miles felt more like 50!
Hey Tig, where was that taken? nmDave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 12:18 PM
Nassau Bay, TX...Tig
Nov 13, 2002 1:05 PM
About halfway between Houston and Galveston, across the street from NASA. That is Clear Lake in the background.
I'll be down Dec 7+8 for a Hockey tournament...Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 1:29 PM
Maybe we can get together and ride.
Cool! We'll coordinate when the time gets closer if ya' want -nmTig
Nov 13, 2002 3:21 PM
Sounds like a plan... -nmDave Hickey
Nov 14, 2002 8:52 AM
My LOOK.......Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 12:20 PM
My Bianchi....Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 12:23 PM
And the Gitane...Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 12:25 PM
thats a great looking rig NmSpirito
Nov 13, 2002 10:32 PM
Thanks, Hows your latest project? nmDave Hickey
Nov 14, 2002 7:54 AM
I'm jealous!look271
Nov 14, 2002 4:01 PM
A Look and a Gitane! I hate you =). I had a Gitane as my 1st "racing bike" back in the mid 70's. I've been looking for one since I started riding again (10 yrs ago). I'll find one eventually! (I am, if nothing, persistant!)
Not that its a secret around here but ...Humma Hah
Nov 13, 2002 1:22 PM
The singlespeed: 1971 Schwinn Cantilever Cruiser, heavily customized. Until recently it had the original coasterbrake, for the moment it has a Shimano HG wheel (converted from 6-speed), with a Shimano 18T freewheel.

The fixie: Still under construction, a 1974 Schwinn Paramount, chromed lugs, half-chromed forks, curved seat-tube (short-coupled frame). Cranks still being sought (Campy Pista preferred), rear wheel is a Suntour high-flange flip-flop fixed/fixed.
My babyQubeley
Nov 13, 2002 2:00 PM
39x16, with some upgrade, notably Ultegra crank. Had 1500 miles since the summer. Highest speed recorded 39mph going down a long descend.
Original front wheel was destroyed in a car accident. I hit a car head on. Fortunately that's about all the damage to the bike. Now I have two bikes and one front wheel.
What year is that Fuji?Swat Dawg
Nov 13, 2002 2:49 PM
I have been looking around wanting to find a Fuji track bike with that paint scheme, and whatnot. I don't like this year's model and liked what they did in the past. I am hoping to see one on ebay or classifieds. Anyway, how do you like it? Thanks
What year is that Fuji?Qubeley
Nov 13, 2002 3:13 PM
Took me a while to find this one. It was 2000 model, the first year they made it. Found at NewGen bike shop in New York in May. This year's gold/dark grey is really ugly IMO. But the 2002 model in white and grey doesn't look too bad though.
I love the bike, not particularly light, the frame is not butted. But for a training bike, durability is my number one concern. I chose this bike over Bianchi because the Fuji accepts both front and rear brake, whereas Bianchi only take the front. Only thing I don't like about the Fuji was the original crank, they put a really cheap MTB crank on it, the pedals are very far away from the center of frame.
Austro-Daimler SLE...blownpupil
Nov 13, 2002 5:31 PM
which I bought in 1980. The bike has followed me from high school to college to med school to ....life with kids and a mortgage. I'll never get rid of it. Reynolds 531, sugino crank, no-name French parts. Flip-flop Sovos rear wheel. 42x20 fix, x18 free. Amazingly, still using the original front wheel. Not even one spoke has ever been replaced (of course the wheel weighs about as much as the frame!)
re: How about a single speed/ fixed gear poll....fixedgearnut
Nov 14, 2002 5:38 AM
I have one, a mid 80's Guerciotti running 39x17. I've ridden the last two Ragbrais on it.
Track bikes onlySherpa23
Nov 14, 2002 8:34 AM
I no longer have a fixed gear road bike. I only my track bike, which is a Litespeed Liege/Palmares built for me for World's a couple of years ago. I have a Record track group with 167.5 cranks. I use 52x16 to 52x15 depending on the track and the field. I warm up on the 52x16 so there are times (Europe mostly) where I might warm up and race on the same gear.
Just one.look271
Nov 14, 2002 3:57 PM
A mid to early 80's Bianchi Sport ex, 42x17 fixed and SS (haven't used the free yet), 27x1 1/4 tires, 170mm cranks.
Here it is:look271
Nov 15, 2002 6:25 AM
1 Fixie beater bike/ cruisertimfire
Nov 15, 2002 1:34 PM
My beater bike is my fixie. It's a 80's Schwinn World Sport w/ 27in wheels & mixed components. Get this, 36 x 16 gearing and chopper-style cruiser bars, I sit stark upright on that thing! I use for short commutes (usually under 30 minutes).

I should take a picture of it and post it...

--Timothy Kleinert
One other thing...timfire
Nov 15, 2002 1:39 PM
... I forgot to say I converted it by simply taking off the freewheel and screwing the track gear onto the old hub. I can't secure it with a track lock ring (though, I did my best with a BB lockring), but I don't really like back-pedaling that much (I prefer using brakes) so it hasn't been a problem.
re: How about a single speed/ fixed gear poll....Marketing Dept
Jul 2, 2003 4:41 AM
Fixed, then single speed, but I think I miss the fixed, or maybe I'll just drop the 53 ring and try a 50 or 48 SS, or maybe...