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The excitement of the fixie world is building...(10 posts)

The excitement of the fixie world is building...Lone Gunman
Jul 15, 2002 2:57 PM
Took my hubs and rims out to be laced this weekend. Took the frame with me so the builder could have a peak to know what I was doing. Young kid working in the shop looks at the frame and asks "is that an old frame?", this frame is older than he, and his other comments "wow, no rust on it" and "that is one shiny bike". It should be done and on the road by the end of the week.

Questions: Should I put a speedo on it? Kinda debating as to some final parts I need and to whether buy LBS or mailorder, obviously if I mail order, little reason to go to LBS and spend money.
re: The excitement of the fixie world is building...Dave Hickey
Jul 15, 2002 3:11 PM
I went through the speedo thing with my single speeds. My Gitane was built as an "around the block bike" with platform pedals and comfy saddle. I couldn't bring myself to put a speedo on it. On the other hand, my Bianchi was built to ride serious miles so I put a speedo on it.
Hmmm.......what is a speedo? NMtronracer
Jul 16, 2002 7:25 AM
wait...short for speedometer?nmtronracer
Jul 16, 2002 7:27 AM
They're the tiny bathing suits we wear on our fixies NMDave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 9:00 AM
Any pictures? NMtronracer
Jul 16, 2002 9:37 AM
Okay, that was somewhat funny, you can do better. I used to wear one when I was on my high school's swim team. I never heard of cyclocomputers referred to as speedo's and I'm usually pretty current with the jargon...
You had to ask didn't you?Dave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 10:08 AM
Actually, I was a swimmer in high school and college and I used to wear one also.
What is funny is...Lone Gunman
Jul 16, 2002 10:31 AM
In Florida 'round about October you have alot of Europeans in the Clearwater area on vacation and they all wear speedos, body size and shape be damned, big goots hangin' over them, with lots of gold jewelry, it's disgusting.
My cruiser has a CatsEye AT-100 altimiter computer ...Humma Hah
Jul 16, 2002 12:52 PM
... My $90 bike has a $90 computer. Climbing is the most demanding thing I do on it, and I kinda like to know the reason my tongue is hanging out so far.

It depends on how you want to ride it. I log all my miles on all my bikes, because I get some pleasure out of adding them all up at the end of the year.

On top of that, the cruiser is my main ride, and will continue to be even after I get the Paramount finished. It is, to date, the only bike I've ridden more than 65 miles in a day. Last year I logged 85% of my miles on it. If you intend the bike to be one of your main training rides, a speedo or computer makes sense.
Schnagged a computer off ofLone Gunman
Jul 16, 2002 1:52 PM
the return department from Nashbar, Bell 11 function for like $7? Also got some Cinelli black cork tape, and a bottle cage. Just waiting for my wheels to get done.