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my first fixed gear bike..!(12 posts)

my first fixed gear bike..!suedehead
Jun 22, 2003 6:31 PM
an older Raleigh gran sport (from when they were actually made in england!) built up inexpensively at recycle-a-bike here in NYC.

Beautiful bike, but only a rear brake?PdxMark
Jun 23, 2003 6:52 AM
There was a discussion a week or two ago on this board about the merits of front brake, no brake, both brake configurations. Some experieinced fixie riders went brakeless. No-one had opted for just a rear brake. Ummm, I suspect a rear brake alone is not much different from no brake. As another fixie newbie, I'd switch that brake around to the front where it can stop you.

Other than that, a beautifuil bike. Enjoy the ride.
Beautiful bike, but only a rear brake?Spiderman
Jun 23, 2003 7:32 AM
Hey great looking bike. I ride a raleigh Grand Prix fixed in NYC as well. I had to switch off the original chrome fork as it was WAY out of alignment and stick on an old AL. fork off my friend's Klein. The colors don't match at all but thats okay cause it is also my beater.

Where is recycle-a-bike located? I would love to go check them out?
Recycle a bikesuedehead
Jun 23, 2003 10:32 AM
the one in brooklyn is in dumbo - they also have a shop in the east village.
If he can still respond to this...LC
Jun 23, 2003 8:58 AM
since he might be dead or maybe in the hospital with a coma. GET A FRONT BRAKE!

BTW, nice bike ;)
If She can still respond to this...suedehead
Jun 23, 2003 10:29 AM
she.. but thats ok! heheh...

yeah. i know its rare to have a rear brake but so far i like it and no problems. its easy to stop without even using the brake. maybe ill change it around if i start having scary close calls.

when i brought it to the shop the kid seemed like it might be an issue fitting a front brake on an older frame .... so i we agreed on back.

its pretty good at short stops in combination with my own legs.
Fitting a brake?OverStuffed
Jun 23, 2003 1:16 PM
The only problems I can anticipate is if the fork isn't drilled for a brake. Otherwise, I'm not sure what the problem with a front brake is. Did either you or the shop guy notice anything weird that was preventing a front brake?
Fitting a brake?Tig
Jun 23, 2003 3:19 PM
Most likely the brake caliper the shop guy had was a rear brake with the shorter bolt. Any standard front brake caliper will fit the fork on this bike without a problem. The only problem I've seen with front calipers is when a longer recessed nut is needed for carbon forks.

Oh, kewl bike, BTW. It looks like it would be fun to ride. Try a front brake and you may be glad some day when you need to stop in an emergency. Maybe some of the dual brake riders in here can tell us the difference they feel using front alone vs. rear alone on a fixed gear.
Fitting a brake?desmo
Jun 23, 2003 7:16 PM
Also, may need a really long reach as it looks like 700's on a fork that came with 27". Might have to use an old centerpull, and the LBS did not want to pull the headset apart to install a cable guide.
Where did you go: Dumbo or East Village?ss-nyc
Jun 24, 2003 10:21 AM
I stopped bu the East Village store the other day and was not impressed. I know they are mostly kids but still you woud expect they have some knowledge of what they build. I wanted to know if you had good luck in Brooklyn or Manhattan becasue I was thinking of having them build me a "street bike".

Where did you go: Dumbo or East Village?suedehead
Jun 26, 2003 10:31 AM
definetly go to the Brooklyn shop in dumbo.. the east village shop stinks for service.
re: my first fixed gear bike..!dustin73
Jun 24, 2003 3:49 PM
you're the girl from LJ that i was talking to not too long ago about Vanillas...