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My new fixed gear bike, just finished building it!!manicotti
Apr 9, 2003 1:42 AM
I know it is not retro, but it is very light, came semi cheap (since I had some of the parts already), and is my first fixed gear experience. I'm running a 40 x 15 with 175 cranks and 25c tires.

I have to say, after riding for years I relish any new cycling experience. I took it out for it's maiden voyage on Sunday and promptly almost ate it. I was climbing a small hill out of the saddle, as I crested I attempted to return to the saddle, not realizing that I usually stop pedaling momentarily to do this. It felt like my rear wheel hit a rock as it came a few inches off the ground!! Luckily I saved it and went on to ride without too much trouble the rest of the day. Monday was a much better experience except that I climbed a much bigger hill and it was pretty tough.

I was planning on using a freewheel most of the time but I am starting to really like this fixed stuff. Maybe I'll just put a 17T fw on the other side of the hub only for emergencies. What is the consensus, does everyone here only ride fixed or do some flip-flop?

I pieced this picture together from two, so it looks kinda funny.

re: My new fixed gear bike, just finished building it!!PaulNYC
Apr 9, 2003 6:22 AM
Great looking bike, I am currently building a CRB up right now. I'll post a picture of mine when it is done.

I like!! (nm)pdg60
Apr 9, 2003 6:48 AM
Full Specs.
Apr 9, 2003 4:27 PM
I have a CRB frame myself and have not yet built it up becasue I am still looking for ideas. I am not sure if I want an around town commuter with v-brakes and flat bars for bad weather or a fun road-style bike with drop bars and cantis for short weekend club rides.

Would you mind posting the full specs...the more detail the better. I am really interested in the red rims.

Full Specs. please...manicotti
Apr 9, 2003 9:13 PM
no problem, ss-nyc

The rims are Velocity razors with double-butted black ss spokes and the Van Dessel 32 hole hubs.
The cranks are 2003 Shimano LX 175mm with ES51 BB and an Azonic 40T ring, sprocket is 15T.
Sachs chain, PC69 I think.
Canti brakes are Alivio with Ritchey red pads.
Seat is Selle Italia flite trans-am.
Bars are Richey pro 44mm, stem is Ritchey 120mm.
Tektro brake levers, Continental Ultra gatorskin 25c tires, Shimano 535 pedals.
The post and post clamp came from a used bike place so I don't know what they are.

This setup seems to be pretty awesome so far, the chainline worked out really good (only about 3mm off front to rear). The only thing I'm not too satified with is the Alivio brakes, I'll probably put some Avid brakes on it.

I debated going with the flat bars and v-brakes too for the extra stopping power, but I wanted to go on some my clubs road rides and test myself against the geared folks. I figured drop bars would be better for me too since I'm mostly a roadie nowadays. I did consider tri bars with barend brake levers, too. I don't know why I nixed that idea except that they probably wouldn't be comfy for long rides (50+ miles).

Hope this helps.
Full Specs. please...PaulNYC
Apr 10, 2003 5:46 AM
I am also building my CRB and I got a really great chainline with a 68x115 BB-UN72 and the outer ring position on a Double Tiagra crank I got cheap at Nashbar. The chaniline is within two mm. I have BLR600 brake levers, and I had some difficulty setting them up with Alivio brakes, so I am waiting for my shorty's to arrive. I used a PC-48 chain (very cheap). For wheels, I setup the Van dessel hubs with Sun CR-18 rims. I understand the CR18 is very strong. I'll post a picture as soon as it gets built up.

ss-nyc are you going to ride yours in the "Bike New York"?

Apr 10, 2003 6:39 AM
My CRB is not yet built up.

My wife would actually be mad if she knew I had the frame since I just built 2 other bikes and our NYC apt. is not that big. I am "keeping" the frame at my brother's until the time is right to let her know that it exists.

I have nice strong Mavic T221 36h Touring rims, Shimano DX BMX hubs, RSX crank, Spot Brand chaingaurd that would go where the 52 belongs all purchased on eBay. The remainder of the stuff I got from Nashbar for real cheap. I got Nashbar housebrand v-brakes and levers, carbon brake boosters, riser bars, stem, and seatpost all on one of thier weekend sales and then used a 20% coupon I found in the hot deals section to save even more money.

As for Bike New York, I have never done it but thought I might try it on my other single speed (see below) until the CRB is built. Are you going to do it on the CRB? Do you ever ride with any of the local clubs (NYCC, 5BBC)?

Also, where do you have you work done? I have recently used BikeWorks on Ridge street to build my 2 bikes and had great luck.
Any other suggestions?

This single speed commuter/around town/lock-up was built from combining Shimano 600 parts from an old Cannondale and a steel Motobecane Frame. The picture is on the shop's website that built it although I have made some changes. Removed the reflector on the front wheel, replaced the white saddle with a blue one, and put on some blue anodized caged pedals.

My newly built road bike. 2002 Fuji 853 steel frame and carbon fork found on eBay and 105 triple group for a nice weekend club ride bike.

(if you want to take the conversation off-line you can reach me at "zmarke at aol dot com")
Bike NYC...PaulNYC
Apr 10, 2003 6:47 AM
I'll email you.
Apr 14, 2003 6:40 AM
Often, organizers of big rides won't allow fixed-gear bikes to run. I'm sure that BikeNYC would be concerned about liability, so, be forewarned, fixed-gear riders!
Apr 15, 2003 6:06 AM
I imagine that has something to do with brakes, not necessarily the fixed gear. But, I won't be advertising the fixed-ness of the bike. Thanks for the concern.

Apr 16, 2003 6:49 AM
I never heard that about fixed gear. I would think that as long as the bike is legal (as in state law), they would allow it.

Brakes must be key. nm.PaulNYC
Apr 16, 2003 10:20 AM
Calif just requires one brake nmDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 7:13 AM
Apr 16, 2003 3:14 PM
According to the law, you "should" have reflectors and a bell or horn on your bike. A few years ago they were trying to crack down on "unruly" bike messangers and food delivery people in NYC and the Police were ticketing for these infractions.

I know becasue I stopped once to ask why a Police Officer was writing a messanger a ticket and the cop said "If you want, just wait here a few minutes and when I am done writing him a ticket for not having a bell I will explain it to you and then gladly write one for you, or you can just move along".

Today, some cyclists even get speeding tickets in Central Park for going above the 15mph speed limit when the park is closed to just cyclists, joggers, etc. on weekends. You would be amazed at some of the crap we put up with in NYC besides the traffic.