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07-13-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By Mikefule

You won't notice the difference in riding. You...

You won't notice the difference in riding. You will notice it when removing or adjusting the position of the wheel.
07-13-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By Mikefule

Forward facing was the standard on non-track...

Forward facing was the standard on non-track bikes for many years. Decades, in fact.

One advantage is you can easily remove the wheel by sliding it forwards with the chain still on the cog(s). ...
07-07-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,211
Posted By Mikefule

There are so many possible variables. Take a...

There are so many possible variables.

Take a bike with a flip flop hub, with fixed on one side, free on the other, both cogs being the same size.

Whichever way round you fit the wheel, the...
07-05-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,211
Posted By Mikefule

Mainly psychology. If you slack off on a fixed,...

Mainly psychology. If you slack off on a fixed, the bike lets you know that it's noticed. At the same ratio and the same cadence, the speed will be the same. However, there is no "flywheel effect'...
06-21-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By Mikefule

46/17 = 2.705 48/17 = 2.824 46/16 = 2.875 ...

46/17 = 2.705
48/17 = 2.824
46/16 = 2.875

2.875/2.824 = 1.018.

There is less than 2% difference between 48/17 and 46/16.

Personally, I'd go for the 1t smaller sprocket than the 2t bigger...
06-13-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,513
Posted By Mikefule

Did about 18 miles today, of which about 8 miles...

Did about 18 miles today, of which about 8 miles was off road. Several pedal strikes and I fell off into the undergrowth once. Plenty of fun, though....
06-11-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By Mikefule

If the axles "just sit in tubes" and you cannot...

If the axles "just sit in tubes" and you cannot identify any bearings, it will be hard work and very unsatisfactory to ride. It sounds like the "derailleur" is an ad hoc way of tensioning the chain....
06-09-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,513
Posted By Mikefule

I ride my fixed road bike off road on farm...

I ride my fixed road bike off road on farm tracks, occasionally on easy MTB trails, and pretty much anywhere I can take it. I'm riding 700c x 25mm tyres, a 42 x 18 drive train, no suspension, drop...
05-11-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,079
Posted By Mikefule

Ride it as it is, get it adjusted to the right...

Ride it as it is, get it adjusted to the right fit, find out what works.

The best upgrades are the ones that you work out that you need. It took me many many rides before I decided to change the...
05-08-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,197
Posted By Mikefule

There are CNC machined chainrings available for...

There are CNC machined chainrings available for less than that, though.
05-08-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,197
Posted By Mikefule

I work in Pounds, but the principle will be the...

I work in Pounds, but the principle will be the same:

Diminishing returns.
A $20 chainring may be twice as good as a $10 chainring.
A $40 chainring may be "noticeably better than" a $20 chain...
04-30-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,409
Posted By Mikefule

A new poster made the effort to search to see if...

A new poster made the effort to search to see if there was already a thread about the subject before adding to it that he has a similar issue. Seems like good forum etiquette, rather than...
04-29-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By Mikefule

I saw a GCN video the other day recommending...

I saw a GCN video the other day recommending punctuating low intensity rides with short bursts of a few seconds of intense effort, and particularly low torque/high revs. That's riding fixed on...
04-25-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
Posted By Mikefule

Probably to reduce the risk of spammers,...

Probably to reduce the risk of spammers, advertising, etc.
04-24-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 36,165
Posted By Mikefule

[QUOTE=SJX426;22027541]Picked this up a few years...

[QUOTE=SJX426;22027541]Picked this up a few years ago as a frame set with headset, brakes, crankset and stuck seat post for $50. The stash burped up the stem, handlbar, tape, brake leavers, post, and...
04-22-21, 04:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,587
Posted By Mikefule

Each to his own taste, but if I had that classic...

Each to his own taste, but if I had that classic looking (1980s?) frame, I'd keep it as it is, put a decent saddle and pedals on it and some traditional-looking wheels. That frame is crying out for...
04-18-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 25,885
Posted By Mikefule

Just over 17 miles around local lanes and...

Just over 17 miles around local lanes and villages, including 4 short sections of off road. Barely any wind, bright sunshine: the first time this year I've worn shorts and short sleeves on a ride.
...
04-13-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,507
Posted By Mikefule

I'm 58, but a long-time cyclist. I ride 42 x 18...

I'm 58, but a long-time cyclist. I ride 42 x 18 which is a substantially lower gear the 44 x 16. I might consider 42 x 17. I think you will find 44 x 16 a bit tall.

Looks like a nice bike,...
04-13-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By Mikefule

Absolutely, the chain must be as wide as your...

Absolutely, the chain must be as wide as your thickest cog. Many single speed drive trains are 1/8" in which case you need a 1/8" chain.

Some single speeds have narrower chain rings and rear...
04-12-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,015
Posted By Mikefule

It's a system that worked for me to get the worst...

It's a system that worked for me to get the worst of the liquid off quickly. The only difference was that this time I had opened the split link and forgot it was not secure.

I'm not old enough to...
04-12-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,015
Posted By Mikefule

All sorted. A pack of snap links in 10 speed...

All sorted. A pack of snap links in 10 speed size (for my gravel bike) and, while I was at it, a pack of 9 speed links for my wife's bike. Ordered yesterday, arrived today, fitted within minutes.
...
04-11-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,015
Posted By Mikefule

Stupid mistake! :(

Oh dear.

For years, I have used a chain tool to take the chain off. Just pop the rivet most of the way through, clean and lube the chain and then pop the rivet back through, and ease it. Job...
04-10-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Mikefule

Not what you think. ;) It's a natural waxy...

Not what you think. ;) It's a natural waxy substance derived from Sperm whales. It burned with a clean flame in lamps, and was also used as a lubricant and no, not for that.
04-10-21, 05:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Mikefule

Suggested cycling kit list 1897

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A revolver is no considered necessary...
04-09-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By Mikefule

Modified chain whip, money saved

I have had a chain whip suitable for my 10 speed freewheel for a couple of years. I think I bought it for a specific job and I've barely used it. With hindsight, I should have bout a 1/8" whip...
04-05-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,978
Posted By Mikefule

It sounds like we're on the same page, although...

It sounds like we're on the same page, although in my day the Grifter was the precursor to the BMX. I remember not only the 5 speed "racer" (drop bars on half a ton of gas pipe frame with chromed...
04-04-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,978
Posted By Mikefule

Choose a bike that is the right size, and...

Choose a bike that is the right size, and reasonable quality, and has the shape of bars (flats, drops, bullhorns?) that you like. That's all.

Ride it. Work out what you like and what you don't...
04-03-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,913
Posted By Mikefule

I've just dropped my gearing by about 5% and my...

I've just dropped my gearing by about 5% and my average ride speeds are marginally higher, with no demonstrable loss of top speed. Big gears are less versatile and more tiring over a varied ride,...
04-02-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,900
Posted By Mikefule

Noted that the OP registered in the same month as...

Noted that the OP registered in the same month as they made their first post on this thread, and their only other post (in over 3 years) was also on this thread. Then Dontgetcetma registered a name...
03-12-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 36,165
Posted By Mikefule

Not pretty, but used. Taken after a quick blast...

Not pretty, but used. Taken after a quick blast around my local 10 mile loop of country lanes, including a short section of unmade road in each direction. I cleaned it only last week.

Pearson...
03-07-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,736
Posted By Mikefule

1 tooth change makes a bigger difference if it is...

1 tooth change makes a bigger difference if it is on the smaller of two cogs — which is usually the sprocket rather than the chainring.

Once you've decided on the ratio you wish to achieve, there...
03-03-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mikefule

Headwinds are the enemy of the cyclist. They may...

Headwinds are the enemy of the cyclist. They may be more of an issue on flat unsheltered roads.

If you can only have one bike, and are using it for practical as well as leisure riding, then the...
02-26-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,726
Posted By Mikefule

That's only one opinion among many. I've ridden...

That's only one opinion among many. I've ridden thousands of miles on and off road on road and gravel bikes, tandems, occasionally mountain bikes, and unicycles, commuting, touring, camping, club...
02-03-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,927
Posted By Mikefule

I've just been out for a very ride on my fixed...

I've just been out for a very ride on my fixed today. Just a shade under 26 miles, with just over 1,000 ft of climbing, mainly on country lanes, but with a couple of short sections of unmade track. ...
01-30-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 927
Posted By Mikefule

Your feet and lower legs are heavy. Shifting...

Your feet and lower legs are heavy. Shifting that moving weight further from the centre line of the bike will have some effect on handling, especially at high cadences.

You will also lose a small...
01-24-21, 03:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,142
Posted By Mikefule

8 notches/4 notches. Just asking: does your 4...

8 notches/4 notches. Just asking: does your 4 notch tool fit 4 of those 8 notches? if so, it will work.

A freewheel is a very simple mechanism, and although they are normally perfectly reliable,...
01-21-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,927
Posted By Mikefule

Or, to put it simply, if skidding was better than...

Or, to put it simply, if skidding was better than braking, vehicle manufacturers would not have invented ABS. Instead, they would have developed a system where if you applied more than a certain...
01-21-21, 12:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,927
Posted By Mikefule

In most jurisdictions, at least one brake is a...

In most jurisdictions, at least one brake is a legal requirement.

Brakes give more stopping power than just applying back pressure to the pedals, and more control than doing a "fixie skid".

In...
01-20-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
Posted By Mikefule

It's not a competition. There will always be...

It's not a competition. There will always be people faster than you, and people slower. Most people never ride 20 miles in one go on a bicycle in their whole lives. Some other people could do...
01-08-21, 03:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,013
Posted By Mikefule

Within certain broad limits, gearing down is...

Within certain broad limits, gearing down is generally a good idea. There is an absolute limit to how much torque you can apply, given your weight, age, and strength. However, it is possible to...
01-06-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,013
Posted By Mikefule

I ride fixed with pinned platform pedals. I...

I ride fixed with pinned platform pedals. I haven't used foot retention for years. A good set of pinned pedals gives you enough grip with the confidence that you can take your foot off the pedal at...
12-20-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,955
Posted By Mikefule

Now now, spoiling a good debate by using facts...

Now now, spoiling a good debate by using facts and common sense. That isn't what the internet is for! :roflmao:
12-10-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,254
Posted By Mikefule

Because the chainring is bigger than the...

Because the chainring is bigger than the sprocket, a change of one tooth on the sprocket makes more difference to the ratio.

The percentage effect of a change can be calculated by:

Chainring:...
12-01-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,947
Posted By Mikefule

Yes, a single speed transmission, whether fixed...

Yes, a single speed transmission, whether fixed or not, can have some efficiency advantages over a derailleur system. These will mainly apply in the "sweet spot" where the rider is pedalling at...
10-07-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By Mikefule

It will vary with age, weight, fitness, pedalling...

It will vary with age, weight, fitness, pedalling style, the design and fit of the bike and a number of other variables. Assuming you have 700c wheels you're on about 69 gear inches. That's roughly...
08-12-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,475
Posted By Mikefule

I have various unicycles from 24 inch to 36, a...

I have various unicycles from 24 inch to 36, a fixed gear road bike and a 2 x 10 gravel bike. At the moment, the fixed is my first choice for most rides including a short commute.

I have used it...
07-17-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,879
Posted By Mikefule

49/20 on 700c x 25mm with 165mm cranks. ...

49/20 on 700c x 25mm with 165mm cranks.

Comfortable cruising reasonably briskly on the local gently undulating lanes, but low enough to get me up the nearest accessible hills and to ride farm...
07-08-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,315
Posted By Mikefule

I've ridden a wide range of tyres over the last...

I've ridden a wide range of tyres over the last 50 years including a period of several years of regular 100+ mile days with the club, commuting, camp touring, tandem touring, a brief period with a...
07-07-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,168
Posted By Mikefule

I think it's an interesting idea. I'd draw a...

I think it's an interesting idea. I'd draw a comparison with unicycling. We usually don't have changeable gears on unicycles, so our nearest equivalent is changing the length of the cranks: shorter...
07-03-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,104
Posted By Mikefule

I now have Gatorskins on both of my bikes and on...

I now have Gatorskins on both of my bikes and on my 700c unicycle. They ride smoothly and quietly and have good puncture resistance. There may be lighter and faster tyres around, but I swear by...
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