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Good Dog!(11 posts)

Good Dog!MB1
Sep 13, 2001 5:22 AM
Rather than brood in front of the television last night I opted to build up my new Gunnar Street Dog. Good choice. I rode it into work today and I am in love.

The Street Dog is a Single Speed Cyclocross frame. Lately I have put the bulk of my non-tandem miles on either my Bianchi Cyclocrosser or my Fuji Track bike. The Cyclocrosser is very comfortable, stable and great in the dirt. The simplicity of the track bike makes it a joy to ride but the track frame is a little harsh in the dirt-yes I do ride it in the dirt.

Doing some web surfing I discovered the Street Dog and it sounded ideal for me, a great play bike. So I ordered it in late July with a few choice parts that I didn't already own. It is fun to know and get exactly what you want.

I've always believed biking should be fun. The Street Dog was fun this morning. I rode a few miles on the towpath and then across the river (good news-the Pentagon has stopped burning) and around the monuments. I did pause for a while around the Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam Memorials it is reassuring to see them there and in the early morning sun I thought they were even more poignant than they usually are.

The police and National Guard are still on every corner and Pennsylvania Avenue was blocked off (this usually means the Presidential Motorcade is coming through) but the police let me through. It was nice to be on a bike.

Miss M and I are taking off this weekend for a 3-day ride, it will be good to get away. I hope everyone here takes the time this weekend to spend some quality time doing what you love with those you love. Take care out there.
Thanksnee Spoke Wrench
Sep 13, 2001 5:43 AM
Sometime ago I realized that the bikes that I ride the most frequently are my least technical bikes. For some reason that I don't fully understand, they seem to be the most fun to ride. I don't train, I play.

I don't own a single speeder yet, but who knows?
Don't have to think, just ride.MB1
Sep 13, 2001 5:50 AM
A single speed fixed gear bike with only a front brake is about as nontechnical as you can get. They are amazing to ride, you don't have to think about shifting or climbing or anything you just ride. A very liberating experience and I found it changed the way I think about my other bikes too.

Better yet, a single spead can be very inexpensive and is always going to be the lightest most durable bike you can get at any price point. Plus the efficiency of the chain line without derailleurs is noticably better and very quiet. Good stuff!
OKnee Spoke Wrench
Sep 13, 2001 6:26 AM
Anybody got a decent quality 10-speed frame with horizontal dropouts? Size 57 would be perfect.
Cliff Oates has a Bianchi Cyclocrosser frameMB1
Sep 13, 2001 6:28 AM
unless he has sold it already.
Probably not retro enoughnee Spoke Wrench
Sep 13, 2001 6:40 AM
I'm thinking Reynolds 531 frame with 120mm dropouts.
I've got one.MB1
Sep 13, 2001 7:02 AM
The Bianchi Cromo-lite Cyclocrosser that is. It is a good frame. Don't forget the bonus style points for Celeste.
It's not...Cliff Oates
Sep 13, 2001 6:46 AM
a singlespeeder and the dropouts are spaced to 130mm.

To be exact, it's a Bianchi L Chromo Lite cyclo-cross with a 58cm c-t seat tube and a Chorus threaded headset. It was shipped to me from the Bianchi USA warehouse in September 2000 and it's identical to this years model except for the name on the frame. I have to clean it up and take some pictures, then it'll go up on e-Bay.

Have you taken pictures of the Street Dog yet? Gotta love that Snow Yellow paint... Woof!
To think, so many folks said I was a fool ...Humma Hah
Sep 13, 2001 6:40 AM
... to not switch to gears all those years ago. I kept saying, "but I really like the bike, and it gets around just fine!"

I can't wait to see your new toy! If you can't get an old Schwinn cruiser, sounds like the next best thing. And when I try to chase you up a hill on my tank, I'm sure I'll be thinking hard about how much I'd like one myself.
Once I crash it a few times I might be willing to loan it out.MB1
Sep 13, 2001 7:00 AM
You should fit. Do you want it fixed or freewheel?

BTW we are still saying it-just quietly now. Don't want to mess with someone who can push that fine piece of American pig iron 152 miles. ;-)
Hmmm ... I wonder what kind of pedals I need ...Humma Hah
Sep 13, 2001 9:05 AM
... Let's see, the Schwinn uses 1/2" thread platform pedals (won't fit most modern bikes), the Diamondback uses 9/16 thread. I think I've got a spare set of pedals for the DB in the garage somewhere.

Honestly, I really would like the opportunity to get a few short test rides on other people's bikes when possible. One of the reason's I've found it hard to explore new hardware is the pedal situation. When you show up in flat-soled shoes and all the bikes are running various clipless situations, you ride what you brung. If I could bring along a pedal wrench (at least, to the staging area) and the 9/16 pedals, I might get the opportunity to do this.