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Old 05-05-19, 02:03 PM
A Roadie Forever
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Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

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I love fix gears. Heard about the 3-speed Sturmey-Archers 40+ years ago from the guru-to-be but got the impression they were not up to racing abuse and I was a racer. So it was 1 X 1 for decades. But I started justing for fix gears I could take into the hills as an older man so I had a frame built with a dropout long enough to run any 1/8" cog. Loved it, Next step was a real shop quality big chainwhip that attaches to the toptube and weighs 16 oz. Now I could leave the house with a 17,23 fix-fix wheel and carry a 12 tooth for the big descent. Heaven!

Later I took this one step further and set another bike up triple chainline; the 1/8" chainrings and 3 cogs, two on one side. For a trial run, I took this with that same chainwhip and a newly acquired 24 tooth on the Trask River Trail to the Oregon coast. 18% gravel both up and down.

JohnDThompson - sweet ride! I like the others here but that bike is special.

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