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Help finding a frame for a fixed gear...(9 posts)

Help finding a frame for a fixed gear...YoungRcR
Nov 27, 2002 5:22 PM
i need some help finding a frame for a fixed gear bike. prefereibly under $150, just a real cheep frame in around a 58cm. thx alot
You would probally get better advice on the fixed gear forum(nm)LC
Nov 27, 2002 7:45 PM
No offence but why?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 27, 2002 9:45 PM
From your nickname you are still a junior so I'll give you my 2 cents. If you've heard riding a fixed gear bike is great for your spin, will help you a ton... lalala simply put its not true. Why don't the top pro roadies like Lance and Jan ride fixed gears? Also if your dumb and don't put a brake on your opening yourself up to more danger of crashing. This is on top of the fact a fixed gear bike if you ever stop pedalling quickly very well could toss you over the bars... its a rookie mistake people make and even experienced riders can make trying to stop quickly.

Fixed gears are great bikes to prevent theft for locking in public places and can help your spin but I wouldn't invest in it yet. You can develop perfectly fine on your road and/or mountain bike.

Hope this helps,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
HmmmEager Beagle
Nov 28, 2002 7:49 AM
I don't know that Lance and Jan don't ride fixed gears, but if not, I suspect the answer to why is that they don't need to any more.

They are said to help you get a smooth spin etc, and once you have one, they why would you? I bet they used to?

I am not arguing either way, but there are lots of people in my club, including our coach, who swear by them.
Re: HmmmPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 29, 2002 9:55 AM
People have a tendency to latch onto an idea and think its right. And if you think its right it may turn out to be... kinda the placebo affect. Basically the point I'm getting at is don't believe everything you hear even from your coach. It doesn't mean he's not right but as you get older and learn more thinking about what you've been told before you do it will be a great skill to have. Theres a lot of good advice out there but also a lot of crap. If you ever get the chance to take any kinesiology/personal training/fitness instructor(to become a spin class instructor) courses I'd recommend doing it.

Singlespeeds for sure can make you more effecient but so can higher cadence stuff... its just a short cut because it forces you to do it more. Theres also PowerCranks (www.powercranks.com) which are what I use. If you choose to get a singlespeed be careful and make sure you have a brake. Nothing will end your career including your hopes and dreams faster than a bad crash or overuse injuries. The Italian junior national rode to the top of a mountain on single speeds (with no brakes) and in a moment of brilliance the coach thought it a good idea to get them to ride down. All of them blew out their knees from trying to back pedal to slow down at high speeds... so lesson is keep a brake on the bike.

As for whether or not Lance and Ullrich ever used a singlespeed. In all honesty I doubt they did. Like I said the same thing a single speed accomplishes can be done in a longer period of time on a regular road bike by just years of riding or a shorter period by just really focusing on it... a single speed just really forces you to. I don't think it has nothing to do with they don't need to anymore.

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Salvation Army storeAlexx
Nov 28, 2002 6:46 AM
they always have lots of old 10-speeds with horizontal dropouts for about $10. Just make sure the frame is straight.
freebiefeathers mcgraw
Nov 28, 2002 10:35 AM
I have a Triumph (whatever that is) frame you can have if you pay shipping. I had it as a fixed but switched out the parts when I found another frame that fit me better. The seat tube is 58.5 cm c to c, the top tube is 57 cm. I can email you a photo if you're interested, just post your address.
freebie addendumfeathers mcgraw
Nov 28, 2002 10:50 AM
This offer applies to anyone who wants to take this thing off my hands.
freebie addendumYoungRcR
Nov 28, 2002 4:19 PM
hey i am really interested. I need the frame bad cuz my spin is horrible and my coach swears by a fixed gear. my email address is jushicks@hotmail.com or if u will post your email addy i will email you my address/possible payment ideas or whatever. thx alot!