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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 12-14-15, 04:19 PM
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From my first ride on it.

Had to use the pedals from my mountain bike until my new ones come in.


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Old 12-14-15, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jpsawyer View Post
I like the way the bar looks with the stem and top of the bar level and the drops parallel with the horizontal top tube.
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Old 12-14-15, 09:01 PM
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From my first ride on it.

Had to use the pedals from my mountain bike until my new ones come in.


Love this Steamroller!
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Old 12-14-15, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by jpsawyer View Post
I cant make out the text, what frame is this? Super classy, I likey.
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Old 12-15-15, 09:30 AM
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It's a custom circle a cycles made in providence, ri. This one was made by Brian Chapman of Chapman cycles when he was still making bikes with circle a. You should check his work out. Some really amazing stuff.
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Old 12-16-15, 04:18 PM
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Been riding the winter beater. No complaints as it's trying to win me over.

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Old 12-16-15, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Been riding the winter beater. No complaints as it's trying to win me over.
the 400 has probably the best ride quality of any frame ive ever ridden, i love the color of yours
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Old 12-16-15, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Been riding the winter beater. No complaints as it's trying to win me over.
Those old Treks are nice. I had a 1200 (I know it's aluminum, so it's not the same -- but I liked it).
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Old 12-16-15, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
the 400 has probably the best ride quality of any frame ive ever ridden, i love the color of yours
So true! Amazed at the ride quality when I had it decked out with a Shimano 105 group too! It is an 89 model.

geared really well for the coast here, 42:16. Easy start, long spin and some moderate speed at the top. Good for an old fart!

Paint really is trashed but okay from a distance. Finally have the same Colour bike as my Wife's. Was deciding on components when my buddy dumped the DA stem and Cinelli pista on me so I couldn't resist putting them on. Will wind up going with the O8 bullhorn later.

Still got your white 400 ?
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Old 12-16-15, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
So true! Amazed at the ride quality when I had it decked out with a Shimano 105 group too! It is an 89 model.

geared really well for the coast here, 42:16. Easy start, long spin and some moderate speed at the top. Good for an old fart!

Paint really is trashed but okay from a distance. Finally have the same Colour bike as my Wife's. Was deciding on components when my buddy dumped the DA stem and Cinelli pista on me so I couldn't resist putting them on. Will wind up going with the O8 bullhorn later.

Still got your white 400 ?
it handles on rails and its so bouncy but not in a "piece of **** spaghetti" kinda way at all, makes me think of titanium. its had me curious what a really high end tubeset frame rides like, since true temper isnt even that great and they have regular cromo forks


still got mine, did 150 miles on it sunday with @AristoNYC and @UnfilteredDregs on gravel/dirt/roads in rich ***hole land connecticut

im toying with the idea of replacing it with a soma wolverine and literally the only thing im hesitating about is leaving the potentially superior ride quality of the trek
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Old 12-16-15, 06:51 PM
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150 miles... Brings back memories.

You still training hard for that epic race-ride ?
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Old 12-16-15, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
150 miles... Brings back memories.

You still training hard for that epic race-ride ?
i havent necessarily flipped the "training mode" switch yet, but so far all the rides ive been doing has been training of some sort, testing gear, lots of hike a biking with loaded bikes, cold weather, climbing, remembering camping skills
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Old 12-17-15, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post

still got mine, did 150 miles on it sunday with @AristoNYC and @UnfilteredDregs on gravel/dirt/roads in rich ***hole land connecticut
Correction, You're the only crazy F*ck who did 150. I did about 60 miles.
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Old 12-17-15, 06:34 AM
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true, but you were there for the best ones <3
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Old 12-17-15, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
true, but you were there for the best ones <3
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Old 12-17-15, 05:07 PM
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dude. thats my favorite animal ever.

soulbros.
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Old 12-21-15, 04:16 PM
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New handlebars/stem added and popped an old sticker bombed wheelset + SPDs on for work. Omniums and a white saddle/bar tape combo to come in the new year!
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Old 12-22-15, 02:31 AM
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Old 12-22-15, 02:54 AM
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Well, I finally got a new bike. My last new bike, was the Hillbrick... nearly five years ago, though I have rebuilt the Europa a few times It looked like these two would keep me mobile for the next decade but recently, I bought a new car. Financial issues being what they are, fitting a towbar and buying an appropriate carrier just isn't going to happen for a few months. The car itself is a Fiat Panda - a lovely little car, but the emphasis is on the word 'little' - neither the Hillbrick nor the Europa were going in the back without removing both wheels, which is just a little too much like hard work.

So I built a new bike



Dat's da bike, now named 'The Blue Bike' for some reason and the car.

The frame is an old, unbranded track frame. Tubing is Tange plain guage... according to the sticker and I have no reason to doubt it. It came without forks so I rescued some from a bike shop - 27" so the front brake mounts on adaptors that I made from a couple of bits of steel. The AlexRims G6000 wheels were bought about five years ago when this frame served as a polo bike - a bit heavy but solid. The cranks and BB are Sugino somethings. The pedals are Shimano M324 with the clips removed (and the resulting lump ground off) - these actually make a very nice and rebuildable pedal if you aren't using clipless. As you can see, I prefer toeclips. The bars are 70s era Italian alloy in a bend I particularly like and are double wrapped along the tops for extra thickness and comfort. The brake levers are Cane Creek SC5 (not as nice as the Tektro upon which they're based but still very nice) and the brakes are Shimano 600. I think that covers it all, the chain being the black, greasy thing that's been on it for some years.

And seeing the whole point was a bike I could carry in the back of the Panda, here's the result.


You need to whip out the front wheel first. I'm still using nutted hubs but the forks don't have those damned lips so I actually find removing and refitting with nuts as easy as a quick release with lipped forks. From there, you can't quite throw the bike in the back, but it fits nicely with sticking a dropout in the driver's ear or moving the driver's seat forward.

Very different to what I'm used to (the Hillbrick is a much more gentlemanly and relaxed bicycle) so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with that drop to the bars. Good thing most of her long term use (once I get a towbar fitted) will be interval training around the local velodrome.
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Old 12-22-15, 06:06 AM
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Hillbrick

Welcome back @europa
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Old 12-22-15, 05:17 PM
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Just took a ton of nice photos of Bernard, all of which can be seen here
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Old 12-23-15, 06:29 PM
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My Merckx Team SC with a Eno hub and 42/16 gearing.
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Old 12-23-15, 06:55 PM
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My Merckx Team SC with a Eno hub and 42/16 gearing.
Nice job! That's the way to do it with vertical dropouts.
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Old 12-24-15, 01:58 PM
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Old 12-24-15, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
You actually ride those tires on the streets of NYC? The Open Corsas on my Raleigh get flats if I look at them wrong.
having ridden numerous sets of open corsas i can say they are one of the few tires that never gives me flats... all have been used as well. but, i rarely get flats to begin with.

corsas are my fav tire though.
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