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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-23-07, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by mattface
That bike is awesome! What are those tires?
I think they might be HALO Twin Rails from UK?
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Old 04-23-07, 10:55 AM
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Oooooh, I think I like where this thread is headed.
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Old 04-24-07, 12:33 PM
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Old 04-24-07, 01:09 PM
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Formerly a regular old fixed gear with drop bars, now the get-around-townie with Nitto bars, faux leather grips and Wald basket for the porteur look. Shiny fenders coming soon.
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Old 04-24-07, 01:18 PM
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Why would you load your stuff in the front? I find the rear much more comfortable.
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Old 04-24-07, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by diff_lock2
Why would you load your stuff in the front? I find the rear much more comfortable.
I like the front, because you can always hold on to stuff when it's piled on too high. And when the baguette starts to fall out you'll know it before it hits the ground. I lost a baguette of the back of mine on the way home from trader joe's - I hope it made someone happy though. BTW hstella, I like your bike but that seatpost/saddle wouldn't survive one day in NYC without security and a plastic baggie to cover it.
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Old 04-24-07, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 40x14
I like the front, because you can always hold on to stuff when it's piled on too high. And when the baguette starts to fall out you'll know it before it hits the ground. I lost a baguette of the back of mine on the way home from trader joe's - I hope it made someone happy though. BTW hstella, I like your bike but that seatpost/saddle wouldn't survive one day in NYC without security and a plastic baggie to cover it.
The saddle and post have the old ball-bearings-glued-in security system. I have a cover, but it says "Brooks" on it quite large, so savvy stealers may know anyway.

And diff_lock2: Thank goodness it's not your bike. You may find it uncomfortable.
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Old 04-24-07, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by HelluvaStella
And diff_lock2: Thank goodness it's not your bike. You may find it uncomfortable.
I haven't tried a brooks, so i wouldn't know. But i hear there really good.

About the front weight, it really constricts handling(sp).

I do have a setup with a basket up front, i'm in the proses of bolting on a rear rack, and moving the basket back.
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Old 04-24-07, 02:17 PM
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I've always found a front rack to make steering really sludgy, but to be far more comfortable than a rear rack for handling once you get to a certain clip. I'm always really thrown off when I try to turn and the loaded read of my bike wants to continue going straight forward. Although, I guess a front rack would have the same thing going.
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Old 04-24-07, 02:31 PM
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Adding any rack (and the weight it is carrying) will effect the handling. My view of these wonderful bikes is this:
There's always a compromise for practicality. You will lose performance. The tradeoff for being able to carry stuff that's not strapped to your body is you can't ride like Speed Racer. If I want to go zooming, I have a road bike for that. And in a few months I'll have the IRO set up as an alley-killer. My townie is for town, get it? Mountain bikes for mountains, race bikes for racing, touring bikes for touring, etc.
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Old 04-24-07, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by mattface
That bike is awesome! What are those tires?
I think they are Panaracers but I need to double check. A friend bought a stack of them at a Performance closeout table.
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Old 04-24-07, 03:21 PM
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this thread is making me very happy. more please!
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Old 04-24-07, 03:59 PM
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^Agreed. It's nice to see something besides track bikes (not that track bikes are bad)
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Old 04-24-07, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by diff_lock2
About the front weight, it really constricts handling(sp).
I do have a setup with a basket up front, [[see below for image]]
diff_lock2, there's something about the geometry going on here... you'll see that stella's rack is positioned forward of the front axle and away from the handlebars/brakes, so it can perform its job meritably. The front rack in your photo looks ummm.... uncomfortable and difficult to manage. Since I'm showing my critique, and to be fair, hstella could probably lower his rack 4-6 inches for a more stable ride.

Ok, now for fun here's another picture of my ride. Critique away... I can handle it. Just don't mention the foobar front fender... that is my achilles heel


and before I forget hstella your comment about the BBs sounded like a great idea, until I remembered that my sprung brooks uses regular bolts at the springs these can be easily undone.
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Old 04-25-07, 05:58 PM
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the nishiki's transformation to all rounder is nearing completion stay tuned
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Old 04-27-07, 03:24 PM
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Old 04-27-07, 03:33 PM
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full driveside pic?
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Old 04-27-07, 04:12 PM
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Old 04-29-07, 07:44 AM
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another load... what happened, i wanted to see more bikes...
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Old 04-29-07, 08:26 AM
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Since many of these nice "townies" have fenders, here is a question for everyone...

I have a pair of SKS full fenders that I am about to put on my "townie" but I don't have the little brace-bar between the chainstays on my frame. There is a little tab on the fender where it could be screwed/attached to that brace bar. Do people just let it flop around? Any creative alternatives?

Also, while the front fender attaches to the fork with a little tab, the rear fender doesn't have a tab on the back of it, but I do have a hole in my rear brake bridge where I could attach the fender via a tab. Has anyone put there own tab on the back/top of the rear fender? I probably could drill a hole and mount something to allow me to attach fender to frame at the brake bridge, which might help solve the chainstay brace bar issue.

I'll give this a shot here before making a new thread or going over to the mechanics forum.
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Old 04-29-07, 06:27 PM
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1-Put a zip tie around the chainstays, and another thru the mounting tab on the fender and around the first ziptie.
2-Drill two small holes in the fender and run a zip tie or two around the brake bridge.
Cinch it down good and be happy with your new dry butt.
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Old 05-03-07, 02:33 AM
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Ok here is the nishiki finally swapped the riser out for moustache bars a basket and a frint brake for those close calls


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Old 05-03-07, 09:37 AM
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Nice net, if i find one for cheap i might get one, right now im just using 2x bungee cords.


(Below) Lasted around 10 miles, then i dropped the bike off at a friends cause i am going to weld a bar to the pedal to get it off!

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Old 05-03-07, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by diff_lock2
(Below) Lasted around 10 miles, then i dropped the bike off at a friends cause i am going to weld a bar to the pedal to get it off!
Looks like that bike is earning it's keep. Good work.
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Old 05-03-07, 11:42 AM
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My porteur/townie. Front loading rocks -- you just need the right steering geometry. About 40mm of trail with fat tires and you're totally golden.






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