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An introductonfixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 10:42 AM
I would like to introduce myself. I have been riding fixed gear for a few years now exclusively. 61 years young and retired. Former bike messenger in the 60's in San Francisco.I just discovered this site and thought you might like to see some of my bikes. If you keep clicking on the various pictures they become clearer. More bikes to follow. Hope you enjoy. I would be happy to expand on them with anybody along with upcoming projects.
Keep on peddling,

Fixedgearhead@columbus.rr.com
re: An introductonfixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 11:01 AM
a computer glitch provented the correct url It should be:
http://homepage.mac.com/fixedgearhead
Sorry for the goof

John Taylor aka:
fixedgearhead
Welcome to the club......Dave Hickey
Dec 2, 2002 11:28 AM
It sounds like we can learn a lot from your experiences. Your Cinelli and PX-10 are my favorites. Great looking bikes. Do you still live in the Bay area?
Welcome to the club......fixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 11:40 AM
No Dave, I moved to the cold of the Midwest about 4 years ago. ( near Columbus Ohio) I will be moving back to the Bay Area within 2 years to gain the all year biking weather. The next project bike is in the initial stages of assembly. It is a late model Cinelli Super Corsa that I am having the rear vertical drops converted to track drops. all fittings are otherwise removed and the bike will be set up as a TT fixed gear bike. This will only happen after the first of the year as my wife(known as the keeper of the purse strings) says that I have exceeded this years budget. Silly Womann but then she didn't like the fixed gear that I built for her. She says " you can't coast". Go figure.

John Taylor
Welcome to the club......Dave Hickey
Dec 2, 2002 11:59 AM
I grew up near Cleveland. We moved to Texas 10 years ago. I ride mosly fixed/single speed. My current one speed bikes are a LOOK KG86, Bianchi, Gitane, and a Shogun project bike.
I'm still looking for an 80's 650 front/700 rear funnybike for my next project.
Welcome to the club......Film No More
Dec 3, 2002 11:42 AM
I had (had, now with tears rolling down my face) a Nishiki Linear and a Shogun Kaze. Both funny bikes and both were built up in their retirement years as fixed gears.

Alas, I sold them as I wanted to stop living in the past and move on. Oh well, live and learn.

These bikes were great to ride as fixies. Newbies to the local bike club thought I must have been some 80's velodrome legend or something.

You will enjoy riding your new/old funny bike when you find it.

Good luck.
Welcome to the club......skidmarks
Dec 3, 2002 8:39 AM
John,

"Cinelli Super Corsa that I am having the rear vertical drops converted to track drops"

How can you change the drops? Aren't the drops attached to the rear-triangle and the frame in general?

patrick.
cut 'em off and torch on the new. nm.Steve_0
Dec 3, 2002 8:52 AM
Welcome to the club......fixedgearhead
Dec 3, 2002 9:00 AM
I sent the bike to a wonderful resource hereabouts. The name of the place is Franklin Frames.
http://www.alltel.net/~franklinframe.
Jack has been in business since 1976 and has done all the work on the various conversions of and painting of frames that I own. He also does a lot of work for some very famous makers who then badge the bikes and sell them as their own. For instance, the Bianchi on my homepage started out life as a Standard 130mm rear drop 1997 Veloce. He made some track ends and welded them in place reduced the rear spacing to 126mm to fit a set of hubs that I already owned and then repainted the whole bike to the present color. It needed it as the stock paint was getting chipped by simpliy looking at it. Italian paint jobs on med. priced bikes are notoriously brittle and chip easily. This is not to hard or costly to do with steel bikes. I don't know about other types, Carbon/aluminum or other wonder materials. All my bikes are steel. There you have it. With the proper application of money, anything is possible.

Fixedgearhead
Nice quiver of fixed bikes! Thanks for sharing, and welcome.Tig
Dec 2, 2002 3:07 PM
You are now among a group of fixed/single speed junkies of all ages and backgrounds. Feel free to tell some tales and relay your experiences.
Nice quiver of fixed bikes! Thanks for sharing, and welcome.fixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 5:17 PM
Thanks for the welcome.
The only thing that I can think of sharing right now is that riding the tandem is a challenge unless the other person is also a hammerhead like the captain. When I first built it up it had drop bars and when I would ride it with my usual riding partner(my wife), she would complain that it was to hard to pedal and that it went to fast downhill. So therefore it is as you see it now, upright bars and sprung seats. fit for the flat bike trails hereabouts. Ah" the compromises one makes for love.

Fixedgearhead
Glad you are on board!!bigrider
Dec 3, 2002 7:04 AM
We will all surely learn from your experience. Being a messenger in San Francisco in the 60s conjures up all kinds of images. I am new to the fixed gear world but am having fun and have been riding one every day at lunchtime for the last month or so.
Glad you are on board!!fixedgearhead
Dec 3, 2002 7:53 AM
You are right, What I remember of it was to say the least, "Interesting". The company I worked for at the time was Rocket Messenger Service. I don't think they are still in existance. They provided the bikes; fat tired Schwinns with a metal basket on the front. If you got serious you got your own bike. Schwinn Paramount, Frejus, Cinelli or such and rode it to death. The life expectancy was mabybe a little better than now as the traffic was not quite as frantic but with all the "Chemical" and "Herbal " supplements that were popular at the time, it made coming down the hills, shall we say, challenging. If not for the rider then for the pedestrians and other traffic. I have even thought about trying it again at my advanced age,61, but retirement is to fullfilling just riding for myself. A great culture if you like an urban environment with lots of stimulation. I think it is a great way to dissipate your youth.

fixedgearhead