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Dumb Question???(15 posts)

Dumb Question???hawayyan1
Nov 6, 2003 10:44 AM
I hear about people riding "Fixed gear" bikes. Heard it helps with your spin technique. Is there a diference between a fixed gear bike and a track bike? I have an old track bike that was given to me. If I put a front brake (so I don't kill myself) on it, will people think I'm a dumb-a$$ for riding it that way. Was planning on using it as a winter bike, maybe?

"fixed gear" is the more general term,TJeanloz
Nov 6, 2003 10:47 AM
A "track bike" implies something about frame geometry, but is always fixed. A "fixed gear" means just that - a bike with a fixed gear, but not always with a track bike frame design.
A typical track bike hasDave Hickey
Nov 6, 2003 10:58 AM
A typical track bike has a very short wheelbase and a higher bottom bracket than most road bikes. It also has either 110mm or 120mm rear spacing vs 126mm or 130mm rear on newer road bikes.

As long as the fork has a hole for a front brake, the track bike makes a perfect fixed gear road bike.
A track frameDave Hickey
Nov 6, 2003 11:12 AM
Notice how short the wheel base is. It also has traditional rear facing dropouts(track forks) that track bikes use.
A road bike used as a fixed gearDave Hickey
Nov 6, 2003 11:17 AM
It has a longer wheelbase and front facing horizontal rear dropouts.

As I said, either works on the road just as long as your fork has a hole for a brake.
re: "track bike makes a perfect FG road bike"Steve_0
Nov 6, 2003 11:26 AM
thats debatable; certainly less than ideal for touring, climbing, inclimate weather, all-rounding, etc etc etc.
You do any of these things on a fixed gear? (nm)TJeanloz
Nov 6, 2003 11:30 AM
uh, yeah.Steve_0
Nov 6, 2003 11:49 AM
We dont all have a bike for every occasion. My one bike is for all occassions.
If I only had to have one bike it would not be a fixie (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 6, 2003 12:52 PM
not by choice (initially)Steve_0
Nov 7, 2003 5:07 AM
I entered the world of 'fixies' about a decade before i ever heard the term.

scrapen through in college, busted deraileur. No money. Complete solution for 5 bucks. No choice (then)

Just never upgraded or replaced because I dont have the need to.
re: "track bike makes a perfect FG road bike"Dave Hickey
Nov 6, 2003 11:32 AM
I agree in general but the original poster wants to improve his spinning. He didn't mention touring, climbing, all rounding, etc...He did say winter bike so fenders aren't usually an option with the short wheelbase
What's the rationale for the higher bottom bracket? (nm)JonnyHu
Nov 6, 2003 2:11 PM
The track corners are steeply banked...TFerguson
Nov 6, 2003 2:17 PM
If you are going slow, your pedal will hit on the top side. This causes you to fall towards the down side and it's a long way down.

Tracks have corners?Steve_0
Nov 7, 2003 7:22 AM
Yup, 1 through 4. (nm)TFerguson
Nov 7, 2003 9:26 AM