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Built new fixiebigrider
Dec 5, 2002 7:18 AM
I was so proud. I found a Centurian frame and stretched the rear triangle, turned the rear wheel into a fixed hub, and helped this friend get it all set up and guess what his finishing touch on the bike was?

Stinking AeroBars

Has anyone ever ridden fixed with aerobars?

I was going to post a picture of the bike but felt ashamed.
re: Built new fixieSteve_0
Dec 5, 2002 7:46 AM
Is that politically correct?bigrider
Dec 5, 2002 8:02 AM
Is it a sin to put an aerobar on a fixed? I assumed it was due to a little less control and having to be a little more careful due to the fact you can't quit pedaling around and/or over obstacles, etc.

I guess on long straight roads there would not be a difference. I just wouldn't understand the desire to reduce air drag with aerobars when you are handicapping yourself to the wind anyway with your inability to shift gears if the wind shifts.
Is that politically correct?Steve_0
Dec 5, 2002 9:14 AM
If i felt i had less control on a FG i wouldnt ride one. I believe in a 'FG' style of riding fixies: smooth, clean maneuvers planned well in advance; not the jerky/flinchy movements many roadbikers have.

Anyway, plenty of TT use FG/SS...theyre hardly handicapped...they simply chose the proper gear for day.

Granted, dont use my bars daily, but do during tri season.
re: Built new fixiefixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 7:57 AM
Yes, and I don't like them. I would hate to add up all the money I have in bar experiments that were not sucessfull.

isn't that what a pursuit bike is? nmDougSloan
Dec 5, 2002 9:51 AM
re:pursuit bikefixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 11:00 AM
Yes, with the specific geometry for that dicipline.

re: Built new fixieAlpedhuez55
Dec 5, 2002 11:05 AM
I have a Centurian Accordo that I converted into a fixed gear. It has worked out pretty well for me!!! Don't be ashamed to show a picture of it. They are pretty good bikes!!! I paid $30 for it at a thrift shop. I used it as a road bike for 2 years before turning it into a fixed gear/singlespeed with a new flip flop rear whel. It is a fun bike to ride!!! Post the pic!!!

Mike Y.
re: Post new picsfixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 11:14 AM
Absolutely, there are no bad fixed gear bikes. Only different ones. A lot of people think you have to spend a lot of money to have fun. Not true. One of my most fun bikes to ride was gotten from the local Walmart on closeout. $50 complete. A fat tired cruiser that was being cleared out after last Christmas. I changed the factory hub for a leftover hub of mine and away I went. really goofy.

'lot of money'Steve_0
Dec 6, 2002 5:28 AM
yeah, i find beauty in a converted beater. Not to say a fine trackbike isnt beautiful machinary, but a 20 year old Ral-Shiki-Vega has a lot more character than the ubiquitous Bianchi Pista, IMO.
'lot of money'fixedgearhead
Dec 6, 2002 6:07 AM
I'm with you on that. It keeps the older bikes on the road with a whole new life. The only thing that I will say in support for bikes like the Bianchi Pista is that If you don't know much about the mechanics of bikes and are somewhat intimidated by the thought of twisting wrenches and swapping parts to create a bike that you don't know what it should do in the first place, then the new entry level bike is not a bad way to go. You can always do the conversion process at some future time when you get your feet wet and either sell the Pista or subcribe to the theory that "He who dies with the most bikes, wins". The later theory is what my wife says is my guiding light.