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Fair warning to LenJ. I've fixed JS HaikuShop, you are next.(6 posts)

Fair warning to LenJ. I've fixed JS HaikuShop, you are next.MB1
Mar 27, 2003 5:00 PM
JS has been burning up the fixte board with his new found passion for riding fixed. He swears he is a changed for the better man.

I worked on him ever since he got his Surley. Last month I finally got tired of him spending money on everything cycling related without first fixing his Surley. So I dug up a cog and lockring and mailed it to him. As I told him he would for so long he loves it.

Len, I figure you are next. Here is why.

1) You got the bike riding bug bad.
2) You live where it is really flat.
3) You can afford it-lets face it a home made fixter can cost very little.
4) You have ridden with us while we were on our SS/Fixtes and you thought it looked like fun.
5) I need more riders for the NSA/OCE fixte century.

Fair warning, I expect you to have a fixte by June so you can do the new and improved NSA/OCE Fixte Century with us.
I heed you , o' Cultmaster..............Len J
Mar 28, 2003 4:16 AM

Actually, I have been looking for an old frame to convert, I just haven't had much time recently. I may just end up ordering something from harris cycles.

So when do you expect us to move into your compound?

LOL, nike shoes and a purple jumpsuit!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 28, 2003 6:31 AM
Len, riding fixed is the greatest thing since beer.

i'd ridden almost (if not) exclusively fixed for about a week after a week of half-and-half. getting back on the geared bike was **very strange** to put it mildly. feels sluggish and unresponsive.

probably doesn't help that the geared bike weighs 43 pounds (loaded for long rides) and the fixie is stupid light (about 19 pounds, i guess). i was even gonna do the 300k tomorrow on the fixie, 'til the weather forecast said 350 mph winds and watermelon-size hail for the return leg.

getting fixed has changed my entire outlook on riding--a very dramatic effect.
Greatest thing since beer??????Len J
Mar 28, 2003 10:00 AM
I think we need a deprogrammer!

I'm looking forward to it.

ya betchaJS Haiku Shop
Mar 28, 2003 10:26 AM
best thing since beer.

here's the deal: i was timorous in my approach to learning fixed riding. it would have taken weeks or months to become comfortable. Wonderdog (RBR poster lives in same town) rides fixed or ss on his work commute most days, and we've been riding together quite alot since last summer. i announced a ride several weeks back and he said "ok, as long as you ride it fixed". jump in headfirst--it's the best way to learn.

still i equate the learning curve to going clipless.

on 42x16 free i had no problems with--and often set--the pace on 60-80 mile saturday rides last year. on 42x14 fixed i'm able to conquer our little hills and put in a nice descent on the other side, as well as hold speeds in the low to mid 20s without killing myself.

...and the rest is history...

greatest thing since beer, indeed.
Likely better than some beers I've had.MB1
Mar 28, 2003 11:49 AM
I've been running my Street Dog as a SS lately. Half way through this mornings commute the mood struck me and I stopped and flipped the rear wheel.

Smiled big time the rest of the way in.