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SS as good as Fixed?Fixie-ated
May 15, 2003 7:50 AM
The area where I live is on the hilly side. I find myself really holding back on those down hill sections where my cadence hits 130 or so. Unfortunately, there are several of those hills around the house.

I would like to have the option to coast down some of the bigger hills. A ss bmx freewheel would work just right.

Am I losing all of the benefits of fixed riding by replacing the fixed gear with the freewheel? Should I might as well throw deraileurs on the bike and just not shift?
look into a flip-flop hub...SmogRider
May 15, 2003 8:06 AM
for the best of both worlds. I also crave a freewheel for some of the bigger downhills. That way you'd have a choice, quick flip of the wheel and you're coasting.

re: SS as good as Fixed?desmo
May 15, 2003 8:27 AM
Am I losing all of the benefits of fixed riding by replacing the fixed gear with the freewheel? Should I might as well throw deraileurs on the bike and just not shift?

YES! But try this first. Run bigger gears. I live in a very hilly area and run 48x17 (about 74"). It's easier to push a big gear uphill then spin out a little one coming down. Plus once you can keep a good 50+ cadence with a smooth spin going up long steep climbs your fitness will improve drastically. It's like going to the weight room on the way up and then doing serious stretching on the way down.
IMHO, yesDave Hickey
May 15, 2003 8:57 AM
90% of my riding is SS, so I'm biased. Try it. A Shimano or ACS freewheel cost less than $20. After a long climb on a SS, it's really nice to coast and not have to worry about pedaling at 175rpms
Singlespeed is "better" except when it isn't ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2003 9:00 AM
... They're equivalent climbing or cruising under power. Singlespeeding is generally faster on downhills where you can coast faster than you can pedal, and its really nice to be able to coast on occasion.

But the fact that you CAN'T coast on a fixie is, in fact, the very property that makes them great for you. A fixie requires you to smooth your spin, teaches you to never stop pedaling, and won't let you get lazy. It works muscles no freewheeling bike ever touches.

Mine's a flip-flop. I'll take it either way.
q for you (OT)SmogRider
May 15, 2003 10:07 AM
Hey HH - gotta question for ya, non-fixed.

back when you posted the cruiser on MTBR, I was wondering how that fork holds up off-road, being hi-ten steel and all. I have the same one on my Schwinn project and will subject it to the dirt.

Jeff aka SR, aka Hollywood
I broke the original, but ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2003 10:53 AM
... not by off-roading. The original was threaded too far down, so that the stem's wedge bore against the threaded section. Over-tightening stressed that area and it dumped me on the ground in a heap.

The replacement was built better, and held up until I retired it this spring. Nothing wrong with it, except it lacked brake bosses and I had obtained a replacment fork that had 'em.

I did manage to beat up the original headset. CyclArt has a case of NOS headsets for it, and put one on for me a couple of years ago when they powdercoated it. The cones and bearings were pounded to scrap metal.

That's one remarkably tough chunk of steel, considering it's a flat aero design. Drop forged, like a wrench.
I broke the original, but ...SmogRider
May 15, 2003 11:43 AM

although mine's flat, it's hollow. And I found it w/canti bosses on it.
That's not the Chicago canti design ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2003 12:33 PM
... not the same part as mine. The Chicago cantilevers had the solid forged blade fork. Never have seen one with cantilever bosses unless someone brazed them on, or with a Big Cheese adapter. Some do have the bosses for side-pull calipers (a feature on the mid-weight 3-speeds or der-equipped bikes like the Corvette).

The "Schwinn cruisers" sold today, built off-shore, usually have a tube-type fork like your typical hybrid or rigid MTB. Yours appears to be of that kind, but rolled flat.