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what would you do. fixed >> ss(6 posts)

what would you do. fixed >> ssChazWicked
Feb 25, 2003 1:04 PM
I've been riding my surly steamroller around town and on some longer rides as a fixed gear. I'm considering throwing a ratchet/bmx freewheel so I can coast (+ a rear brake) & bunnyhop & such. I'm thinking the bike will get elevated from commuter status to fun abusable bike. I like the ability to accelerate & decelerate without brakes but coasting might be even better. It'll be on a flip/flop so I can go back. Total expenditure is $60. Any experience with both?

do it, more options, better funclimbo
Feb 25, 2003 1:39 PM
i do it and I can ride trails with cross tyres on it or go fixed on the road and it's awesome fun. The swap around is easy with one wrench. Just make sure your chain fits both sides OK, i.e. only separate the fixed and free cog size by about 1 tooth, otherwise you'll need an extra chain or to add and remove links as you switch around.
re: what would you do. fixed >> ssSqueg
Feb 25, 2003 1:51 PM
that is the set up i have on my Gitane...funny thing is< I have yet to flip flop it...I just keep riding it fixed.
That's my plan ...Humma Hah
Feb 25, 2003 3:06 PM
... I've adored singlespeeding for about 44 years so far.

Riding with fixed-gear bikes, I definitely notice mine is faster downhill. That's not much of a problem on shorter rides or flat rides, but on epic rides, close to your endurance, the ability to coast might make the difference in finishing or not.
Feb 26, 2003 8:39 AM
I'm going in... parts to arrive this week. fun

re: what would you do. fixed &gt;&gt; ssOneheart
Feb 26, 2003 11:54 AM
I have the flip/flop and enjoy it. I start out in my fixed (44X16)and if I get tired while a long way from home, I just flip it over to the freewheel side (44X17) and enjoy the ability to coast down hills with tired legs.