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Official Fixed Gear Thread

Jan 02, 2008 @ 21:48
Im so happy just got a vintage 1976 raleigh grand prix and i cant wait to convert it to fixed gear.

Ive ridden BMX and mountain bikes for the past decade rigorously, but ever since i rode my friends fixed gear bianchi pista, I fell in love with the one gear ratio and skid stops.

Just wondering, what gear ratio/ sprocket do you think would be high enough to get some moderate speed while still being able to climb massive hills.
Jan 02, 2008 @ 22:26
It depends on on a lot of things (wheel size, crank length...and since this is a conversion - chain tension) but 48x16 seems to be a normal starting point. Probably have to experiment a little...thats half the fun.
Jan 02, 2008 @ 23:58
Straight up, don't buy a fixed gear if you're in a hilly area. These bikes are made to be ridden in velodromes (indoor bike tracks) that are flat, they aren't made for non-level terrain. Get a city bike or a road bike, not a fixed gear if you're in a city like SF or something where hills are common, otherwise you're just gonna be another hipster on a fixed gear sweating your ass off on hills that could be climbed easily by a conventional road bike. Modern bikes have gears for a reason after all. Not to mention if you're bike is from '76 then the frame's gotta be stainless steel (meaning it's heavy) which doesn't lend itself well to making a fixed gear that you can ride efficiently or easily. The low weight of fixed gears is a main source of their appeal after all (at least to proper cyclists).
Jan 03, 2008 @ 17:56
I've got a vintage Grand Prix fixie also. Yeah, it's got a lugged steel frame.. but that's the beauty of vintage. Here's mine:

Not sure how you define "proper" cyclists..
Jan 03, 2008 @ 22:25
owensA: there arent many hills steep hills where I live in LA but there are the occasional massively steep hills

I'm Broke: Is that nike on flickr.com? The day I got my bike I looked on flickr to see if anyone converted their raleigh, and i saved that pic on my computer cause i looked like what I want my raleigh to be like. How is your frame so pristine?
Jan 04, 2008 @ 08:05
Yes, the bike is from my flickr account. There are chips all over the paint and it's not pristine at all smokeyface
Jan 08, 2008 @ 16:55

Very nice bike man.I want a road bike but my wallet and apartment wont allow it .Especially me already having a Flatland bike
Jan 15, 2008 @ 14:11
Here's my giant bowery

Pretty standard
just ordered a new seat and some drop handlebars.

Just to respond to people who rag on fixed gear bikes..

I started riding fixed gear because my roommate was a huge bike enthusiast and had been building them(fixed gears) for several years. He showed me how to put them together and maintain them and quite honestly I enjoy it. There is very few parts to maintain and none of the parts, unless you buy fashionable accessories, are that expensive. I am no where near mechanically inclined so I have little to no idea how gears and and shifters work. These bikes are easy for me to understand and maintain all by myself which is a huge plus being a poor college student. I agree that it has become quite trendy to ride them and alot of kids seem to lack any knowledge as to how their bike is put together, but there are those out there who ride it because they like it, not because of the trend.

Jan 17, 2008 @ 05:23
nice bike man i like the style clean and simple.
i wouldnt worry too much about being mechanically inclined,as time goes and it's time to replace or fix something you'll get experience from it (being that your roomate helps you).Thats how i learned how to fix my bike and i never took any of them to the bike shop well only except when i needed to have my spokes trued lol.
Jan 18, 2008 @ 03:19
I hope someone might be able to help me?! Im looking for all white tires
for my single speed bike. Been beiing build for some time now, but I really
need them to finish the picture. Doesnt matter if they have to come from
japan or whatever!
Thanks all.

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Jan 18, 2008 @ 15:16
Jan 18, 2008 @ 23:20
My bike blushing

Jan 24, 2008 @ 09:25
I hope someone might be able to help me?! Im looking for all white tires
for my single speed bike. Been beiing build for some time now, but I really
need them to finish the picture. Doesnt matter if they have to come from
japan or whatever!
Thanks all.

Theyre white but dunno if these are exactly what you looking for in size though but here you go
Feb 02, 2008 @ 11:18
but I got some gran compe coming from japan!

DjB: too much going on for me likeing, but you
ve used damn sick parts!

I'il post mine up soon, almost done.
Feb 02, 2008 @ 11:28
boodah, what happened to your pista concept?

and please don't tell me that's a sup sticker on your bike..

lions don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

Feb 20, 2008 @ 23:45
i'm looking for a fixed gear bicycle. i hardly know anything about them other than they're light and a good source of transportation which i really need. can anyone reccomend a reliable company that is fairly inexpensive?

Feb 26, 2008 @ 18:32
I'm going through the process of learning about fixed bikes / single speed and learning about putting together and maintaining a bike in general. I wanted to share probably the most useful website on the web on the subject of fixed bikes, at least that I've found http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html

most of the bike forums that i've lurked at talk about that website with reverence and respect.

and this is keith huf's fixed bike i thought was pretty sweet
Feb 27, 2008 @ 14:50
been riding track bikes for quite some time now... started off riding BMX (racing) for the ABA and NBL back in the late 80's in NJ/PA/NY - all the way out to Oklahoma... reside in Jersey City, can be seen on the streets of JC and NYC... pic of my Nagasawa... more on velospace...

Mar 26, 2008 @ 18:33
I've seen that bike on NYFixed I think.. it's a beauty.
Mar 27, 2008 @ 05:19
lots of nice bikes in here

just picked up an se lager for the commute to work everyday, nothing spesh but does the trick and was decent price
Mar 30, 2008 @ 15:24
ayo ya'll ride drops? i do now too but i'm tryin to buy some bulls cause i dont want to be a hunchback when i'm 40 (i'm a tall guy it's a long way to lean)
Mar 31, 2008 @ 11:02
^^unless you're freakishly large you might as well get a frame that's your size and you shouldn't have an issue w/ drops (i'm 6 ft which isn't short but not particularly tall and i've never felt awkward on my frame). Plus if you're tall, drop bars are great b/c they're meant to decrease wind resistance which, as you're a big guy, will be factor in your riding.

and if you can, you don't need to buy bull horn bars at all, just cut the bottom of your drops and turn em upside down! Save yourself some cash

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Apr 01, 2008 @ 00:33
more fuel for the fire. also check out kingdom in SF....king cog in nyc and of course track star. i got to see a brooklyn machine works gangsta track in person and its sick. welds are perfect

May 05, 2008 @ 19:02
Awwwsheeeet: you finish your bike?

Just swopped everything over to my new frame.
My old brassknuckle is for sale. PM for details

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May 07, 2008 @ 02:15

Sweet bike DjBooduh. You guys and your expensive bikes make me jealous blushing

Here's a pic of my conversion:

Not the best bike, but it gets me around. No clips/straps in the pic cause I'm getting new ones heh
May 07, 2008 @ 03:38
If any of you are looking for a FIXIE, INVISIBLE STRIPES has 1

Bike Specifications:
Size: 52
Color: Matte Black with graphics by OBEY
Main frame: Fuji Elios 2 custom butted Cro-Moly Round Tubes joined by Traditional Lugs, No water bottle mounts, No bosses
Rear triangle: Fuji Elios 2 custom tapered Cro-Moly with Traditional Lugs and track dropout, bridge drilled for rear brake
Fork: Fuji 1" Cro-Moly w/ Lugged Crown, Curved blades with round profile, drilled for front brake
Crankset: Custom Miche Primato, 48T
Bottom bracket: Miche
Pedals: Wellgo Track pedals w/ custom gold anodized cage, steel toe clip & Leather Double Toe Strap
Cassette: 18T Fixed Track Cog
Chain: KMC Z410, gold
Wheelset: Formula Hubs w/ Alex Crostini Rims & black stainless spokes w/ gold nipples
Tires: Continental UltraSport 700x23c
Tubes: Kenda presta tubes
Headset: First Gold Anodized threaded
Handlebar: Custom Fuji Gold Anodized quill style stem
Saddle: Brooks Swift Leather w/ Cro-Moly rails
Seat Post: custom Fuji gold anodized

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May 07, 2008 @ 09:23
Ok so I know nothing about Fixies but I've been thinking of purchasing a bike for a while now. Any suggestions on price, model etc... for starters?
May 07, 2008 @ 10:13
^^what kind of bike do you want (road, touring, mountain, fixed, etc). What will you use it for (i.e. for fitness, transport, etc.)? How much are you looking to spend? I'm sure we can all give you advice but either way you'll need to go to a bike store at some point for determining frame size, etc.

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May 07, 2008 @ 10:49
Just a bike for recreation. WHich would be the best for that? An hour ride in the park in the mornings and evenings? Not really for transportation. I know i could go to a bike shop, its just sometimes they have a way of directing u towards the most expensive bike they have. Im trying to get a little prior knowledge before i hit the store.
May 07, 2008 @ 12:56
I'd say go with a road bike, that's what I use. Fixed gears are a bit of a fad right now but they don't have too much practical advantages besides, arguable, aesthetics (they're one gear, you use your pedals to stop, i.e. no hand brakes unless you add a front one, and are just kind of generally clumsy and can be a bit dangerous to ride, particularly if you aren't already an avid rider). In a fixed gear bike the pedals are tied to the wheel in such a way that you can't coast, if you wanna go down a hill expect your legs to be spinning very fast. If you are just biking around town/park (i'm assuming it's a concrete or smooth path in the park so as to not need a mt bike) and not going up hills you could opt for a single speed (non-fixed but with a freewheel and regular breaks and such) but unless you bike in a flat area (the Netherlands? ) you prolly want gears.

I mountain bike as well and spent a bunch of dough on my mt bike but for my roadbike (which I use for commuting and exercise as well) I hit up craigslist and got a used Fuji (a great company) in great condition for $140 (granted it's 30 years old but it didn't have an ounce of rust on it). Just make sure you find out what size frame you need, you'll want to go to a bike shop to determine that though, then go and look online or elsewhere and find your bike. You can prolly find some sort of approximate conversion online for height/frame size but height isn't a perfect way to determine frame size b/c leg length matters, but for a simple, imperfect point of reference I'm 5'10 and my road frame is 58cm.

As a road biker and mt biker I'm partial to gears and modern braking systems, but this is a fixie thread after all so I'm sure someone can explain their appeal (I for one don't understand it, but to each his own). Plus as fixed gears seem to be the hipster thing to do right now, regular road bikes might be a bit cheaper if you're looking for a used bike.
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