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2016 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 11-15-16, 05:43 PM
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what is your height good sir :O
172.76cm
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Old 11-15-16, 05:48 PM
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172.76cm
about 5'8? hmm.. ive ordered some stems actually, 60mm, 80mm and 100mm. Currently at 38mm. will experiment using longer stems and see how it feels
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Old 11-16-16, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by daryldeal View Post
about 5'8? hmm.. ive ordered some stems actually, 60mm, 80mm and 100mm. Currently at 38mm. will experiment using longer stems and see how it feels

Good luck! Assuming your frame isn't too big for you my money is on the 80mm stem.
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Old 11-25-16, 02:08 AM
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I posted pictures of this bike in the S/S threads a couple of years ago but have been asked by TimothyH to post some that were taken a couple of days ago in here

2008(ish) Genesis Skyline which I bought second hand in 2013. It had done less than 20 miles from new. The original owner never managed to master the single speed and the bike was carefully tucked away in his garage wrapped in the original box and lots of sheets to keep it like new. I use it mostly during the winter months here in Scotland to keep the salt away from my geared bikes and it has taken me on some epic journeys through the winters




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Old 11-27-16, 04:51 AM
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Just strolling along in the village



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Old 11-27-16, 11:49 PM
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Old 11-28-16, 08:23 AM
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Morning commute


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Old 11-28-16, 08:46 AM
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Morning commute

Nice.
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Old 11-28-16, 11:54 AM
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Nice.
Thanks!

#gumwalls4ever
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Old 11-28-16, 05:54 PM
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Morning commute

Not too shabby! Gumwalls (hopefully Open Tubulars), SRAM 500s, nice lookin' wheels.. solid.
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Old 11-28-16, 09:36 PM
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Not too shabby! Gumwalls (hopefully Open Tubulars), SRAM 500s, nice lookin' wheels.. solid.
Thanks. Ride quality of the Tange Prestige coupled with archetypes/veloflex masters is something else. Bonkers! Not ugly either
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Old 11-28-16, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by franswa View Post
Thanks. Ride quality of the Tange Prestige coupled with archetypes/veloflex masters is something else. Bonkers! Not ugly either
Didn't you have IRD Defiant cranks? What's on there now?

Also been meaning to ask you what it weighs.


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Old 11-29-16, 07:16 AM
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Didn't you have IRD Defiant cranks? What's on there now?

Also been meaning to ask you what it weighs.


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~20lbs

The IRD cranks looked badass but they were a bit flexy. On there now is the beefy All City 612.
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Old 11-29-16, 08:26 AM
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Morning commute

What I like the most is that the tire label is lined with the valve hole and that the crank is horizontal. Everything is aligned and all is right in the world once again.
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Old 11-29-16, 10:53 AM
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What I like the most is that the tire label is lined with the valve hole and that the crank is horizontal. Everything is aligned and all is right in the world once again.
On my commuter I have 2 different lengthed and colored presta valve lengths, I must want to watch the aestetic world burn subtly.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:02 AM
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Just finished my Nature Boy SS. 853 Reynolds steel, 38c tires, 42/20 ratio and 24lbs heavy. Already swapped that stem for slightly longer, pulled all the decals off the wheels, and I'm waiting on a matchy rear rotor, but otherwise, this is it.



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Old 11-29-16, 11:07 AM
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Just finished my Nature Boy SS. 853 Reynolds steel, 38c tires, 42/20 ratio and 24lbs heavy. Already swapped that stem for slightly longer, pulled all the decals off the wheels, and I'm waiting on a matchy rear rotor, but otherwise, this is it.



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Old 11-29-16, 11:12 AM
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Just finished my Nature Boy SS. 853 Reynolds steel, 38c tires, 42/20 ratio and 24lbs heavy. Already swapped that stem for slightly longer, pulled all the decals off the wheels, and I'm waiting on a matchy rear rotor, but otherwise, this is it.



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Well done, sir. It's really 24lbs? I think my Steamroller weighs that much.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
Just finished my Nature Boy SS. 853 Reynolds steel, 38c tires, 42/20 ratio and 24lbs heavy. Already swapped that stem for slightly longer, pulled all the decals off the wheels, and I'm waiting on a matchy rear rotor, but otherwise, this is it.



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You must have some serious hills to contend with.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:16 AM
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Well done, sir. It's really 24lbs? I think my Steamroller weighs that much.
I used a lot of heavy-duty components for touring, which brought the weight up. Once I get my framebag in, this is going to be a dirt road explorer. The cartridge hubs aren't light, the wheels are 32-spoke (double butted), almost everything is alloy. Swapped alu chainring bolts for steel. I have the cheaper Cowbell bars, which are a bit heavier. And the brakes with 160mm rotors weigh 16g more than Avid BB7's, they are very heavy compared to something like Spyres and 140mm rotors. Finally, those pedals are boat anchors and so is the seat.

Basically, I made a slightly heavier choice like 15 times across the build. The result is a 24lb bike!

But, honestly, set up tubeless, there's no rotational weight so it still feels like a rocketship compared to all the other bikes I've ridden. And I can still get it up and over difficult obstacles like root and rocks with a bunny hop.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:18 AM
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You must have some serious hills to contend with.
I love climbing, I always look for hills when I go loaded touring I'll swap the 42T for a 40T
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Old 11-29-16, 11:24 AM
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~2:1 is also a pretty standard gearing for a SS mtb, so if you're actually on dirt a lot it makes sense

My ECR was even lower than that and i did fine keeping up on roads until we went downhill
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Old 11-29-16, 11:38 AM
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I used a lot of heavy-duty components for touring, which brought the weight up. Once I get my framebag in, this is going to be a dirt road explorer. The cartridge hubs aren't light, the wheels are 32-spoke (double butted), almost everything is alloy. Swapped alu chainring bolts for steel. I have the cheaper Cowbell bars, which are a bit heavier. And the brakes with 160mm rotors weigh 16g more than Avid BB7's, they are very heavy compared to something like Spyres and 140mm rotors. Finally, those pedals are boat anchors and so is the seat.

Basically, I made a slightly heavier choice like 15 times across the build. The result is a 24lb bike!

But, honestly, set up tubeless, there's no rotational weight so it still feels like a rocketship compared to all the other bikes I've ridden. And I can still get it up and over difficult obstacles like root and rocks with a bunny hop.
I love your choices for the wheels, really putting the money where it matters. It's funny, last spring I built a 'beater' wheelset with Formula hubs, cheap Origin8 23mm rims, and Sapim Race spokes w/ alloy nipples and they feel faster than my Archetype/Phil wheels with no durability issues.

That gear ratio of a tick higher than 2:1 is where it's at for sure.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
~2:1 is also a pretty standard gearing for a SS mtb, so if you're actually on dirt a lot it makes sense

My ECR was even lower than that and i did fine keeping up on roads until we went downhill
I've been riding my Krampug since the spring, so I took that ratio and added a bit so I wasn't spinning on my commute. It's about perfect- I'm getting more comfortable with high cadences so I can spin it to win it if I'm trying to pass someone on a downhill. But, it's definitely offroad-geared.

If I was exclusively on the trail I'd go 40/20. If I was exclusively on the road for commuting I'd go 42/18. Right in the middle works.
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Hey, I just kind of found this forum so I realize you guys haven't seen my Pugsley either. I bikepacked across Iceland as dinglespeed, but never used the 24/25 climbing gear, so when I got back I went 28/17 and never looked for more than one gear again. I've done a dirt century on this bike, too.

Here it is:



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