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The Age 40+ Singlespeed & Fixed Gear Thread

Old 07-14-22, 09:50 AM
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I stumbled onto this thread and realized I never posted a photo of the completed Raleigh Competition. I run 44/42T chainrings, a Surly 17/19T fixed Dingle cog and a White Industries 20/22T freewheel for 70-in pavement, 60-in gravel fixed gears, or I can flip the wheel 'round for 60-in general noodling and 52-in gentle singletrack. It's a new favorite.



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Old 07-14-22, 01:29 PM
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Love seeing the gentleman still riding fixed. Turned 41 in May. I have far too many bikes, but have been mixing it up lately. Will add a pic of a recently completed bike here after work. Great revival of a dying thread!! (Mainly because it's relevant to me &#128514
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Old 07-14-22, 02:26 PM
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Qualified for this club 29 years ago. Joined with 17 years of fix gear experience. (Vets in my racing club told me to set my 2nd bike up fixed to improve my pedaling style. First ride - sold!)

I now have three. The winter/rain/commuter that's been my sec0ond bike since that first ride. (Well, everything's been replaced several times. 5th frame.) The bike of my avatar, a TiCycles designed to be at home between my legs in serious hills and mountains. A bike that would allow me to be able to ride most pavement anywhere. (Velodrome worthy drivechain that can handle any 1/8" cog I've ever heard of without messing with chain length.) And my Peter Mooney which has been fixed most of the time since 2017. (Also mountain gearing but a perhaps unique setup. Triple, double sided fix gear hub, and "dingle" for one side. Each cog lines up with its respective chainring. Currently 36-21/42-17 (the "dingle" and 46-12.)

The Mooney is getting a lot of miles this summer because I'm planning to ride it at Cycle Oregon in Sept. It just got a new paint job and looks super so I want to show it off. The Painted Mountains. I've never seen them. The TiCles has done 5 COs. And I'm falling back in love with the ride on the Mooney at a deeper level than ever before because 1) the fix gear and 2) the bike's back to sewups! And it's got "the stem" and brake hoods so I can drop in and be comfortable all days. (Stem now is a Pearl 14; more like 155 in the usual stem world.) Brake hoods (and levers) - V-brake Tectros, Long! My hands love 'em. Plus V-brake levers and regular powerful calipers (cantis) provides emergency braking from the drops with no surprises, even with the adrenaline rush of "Oh s***! I'm not going to make this corner!" (while descending at high speed on a 46-13)



Taken by Gugie on the Banks-Vernonia ride 2 weeks ago


Credit: 52telcaster; same ride
You can see in the second photo I have the arms to manage what looks to be a huge reach quite easily. Green and yellow jersey, white helmet and about half way back; ready to ride!
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Old 07-18-22, 12:04 PM
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Glad to see this thread is still alive

I'm trying to get back into shape and have some fun. How many miles do you guys ride a day? Do you guys ride daily?

My "training" consists of rides to the grocery store, and short rides of 2 to 3 miles in a day. Maybe 5 or so if I can get some time. Do you guys use a cyclocomputer?
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Old 07-19-22, 02:35 AM
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I'm 54 and after getting into single speeds 4-5 years ago it's all I ride now. I have a room full of geared road bikes collecting dust. I ride 5-7 days a week for 25 miles minimum and in 2022 I have ridden nothing but my Wabi and my Swobo rain bike. I'll put my other bikes up for sale one of these days, but I just dread dealing with people on craigslist.


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Old 07-19-22, 03:30 AM
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Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds 531 Helyett Speciale, bought for me by my parents in 1964, when I was 13. I've never not had at least one track bike since then.

So I've been riding fixed-gear bikes for about 57 years. Still doing road rides of 4 or 5 hours in hilly northern Baltimore County with a 72" gear, the same as the gearing I started out with.
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Old 07-19-22, 12:18 PM
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53 y.o. over here and rode the SS into work this morning. Did the short ride (park car and ride the rest) instead of the long one. Really enjoying the feel and pace of SS and will experiment with fixed soon. Tried it once many moons ago and it didn't take.

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Old 07-21-22, 06:21 AM
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Rode my '89 Miyata 312 on Tuesday evening and it reminded me of how much I love it. It is the fixed gear bike of a former criterium racer who used it in the offseason for training purposes. Still smooth, still pretty and still making me smile.


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Old 07-21-22, 08:11 AM
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Just started with the fixed gear thing and I'm 49. It is just easier to jump on and go for a ride after work. Shorts, tennis shoes and t-shirt. I get a good 10 miles on a nice week day evening.
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Old 07-21-22, 08:28 AM
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Iím 67 been riding all my life. Fixed gear for about three years now. I have a Italvega conversion and a Zeus track bike. I have another on the way and will post pics when I get it.



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Old 07-21-22, 01:23 PM
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That Zeus is quite a score. Very nice.
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Old 07-22-22, 09:56 AM
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I was 64 when I started this thread 12 years ago. Now I'm 76 and if anything I'm more into SSFG riding than ever before. I'm no longer racing, so all but one of the track bikes have have been converted to road fixed gears with a front brake, lower gearing, at least one water bottle and a flashing tail light for daytime visibility. Here are some of my favorites:


2011 Soma Rush with Wabi wheelset


2014 Soma Rush with Velo Orange wheelset


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Old 07-24-22, 11:56 AM
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I'm only 62 and I prefer riding my SS bikes.
I currently own 2 SS's and looking at adding an All-City Big Block that's on sale at the LBS. My wife has been giving me the stink eye....
Here are my 2 that always like to get their pics posted

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Old 07-26-22, 05:07 AM
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I'm 42 and have been rocking a single speed for a year. Stepped it up to a fixed gear I sourced parts for.

Learning to skid and my legs are REKT
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Old 07-26-22, 06:29 PM
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I'm 42 and have been rocking a single speed for a year. Stepped it up to a fixed gear I sourced parts for.

Learning to skid and my legs are REKT
Back tire will be "REKT" next. Unless you're riding on a velodrome, there's no reason not to run at least a front brake. Braking will be more effective, easier to modulate, and your tires will last longer.
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Old 07-26-22, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Apetimberlake View Post
I'm 42 and have been rocking a single speed for a year. Stepped it up to a fixed gear I sourced parts for.

Learning to skid and my legs are REKT
I'm 41 and learning to try and do the same!
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Old 07-27-22, 06:19 AM
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Started riding singles about 5 years ago, 73 now and 80% of my riding is on one of my singles.






BTW, nice Wabi Bargo!!
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Old 07-28-22, 10:18 AM
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I didn't start actually riding until I was about 35, am 42 now. Started on a singlespeed Felt Brougham, slowly upgraded that until I picked up my Wabi frameset and did a part swap. Most of those parts have been changed out for the better. Just recently added the front brake because I'm too old to be part of the cool kids club, lol.

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Old 08-04-22, 08:10 PM
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The only reason Iím replying, Iím still logged in😬 I try for 175/week give or take. I love this sled, itís so engaging. 79pmooney you are my hero keep kicking A$$. Not much of a fixed gear scene down here in socal, only hipster fixies, I set my bike up to to road rides like real men😎

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Old 08-04-22, 09:06 PM
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I forgot when I posted earlier that my Mooney is a true fix gear but it is not a single speed at all. It has in fact two or three gears that can be very different. Triple chainline. A triple 1/8" crankset as you can see. A double-sided fix gear hub and the option of using a 17-21 "dingle" on one side. Here you see it on the NDS. DS I'm running an 18. (Two good flat ground gears for a century running off the middle 42 and a 36-21 bailout. And the key tool, the Pedros Pixie hub wrench and fix gear spanner. (Really good spanner. Wide enough to make dealing with the bell lockrings for 12t cogs easy. Much, much better than the Park spanners of plate steel.)

Today I ran it as intended. A true mountain setup. The 17-21 and a 13 to use with the 46t chainring. Rode to the Bald Peak summit (1600' elevation and about 1800 total. Almost all the descending in 5 miles. 46-13 (98 GI) on a near 50 mph descent is fun!

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Taken by Gugie on the Banks-Vernonia ride 2 weeks ago
Cycle Oregon's promised ride to Crater Lake in 2017 featured a ton of gravel with several 1000' ups and downs. Inspired the triple chainline because the Mooney was the only bike I have that could do the fix gear AND run big tires. Well, smoke canceled the ride. But the bike came alive as a fix gear! And this year, it's going to CO to ride the Painted Hills of central Oregon, an area I've never seen. But I've gotta whip my butt into shape to do a short mile week but with a lot of climbing. Once a week fixed trips for the rest of this month to Bald Peak will go a long ways to making CO fun! ANd I need to do it on this bike to 1) get the bike totally dialed in and 2) get the gear changes down to fast and right, especially for chain slack. (And that's a bigger challenge than it should be because 175mm 110 BCD cranksets with velodrome precision to the roundness don't grow on trees. So I have to put up with a real amount of chain slack change as I pedal. I really don't want to throw a chain onto a brand new, beautiful paint job and destroy a very nice tubular tire at over 40 mph. And I'd rather not wreck some rather nice bearings or break the chain.)
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Old 08-08-22, 08:47 PM
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Old 08-10-22, 03:44 PM
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41 and have one of each! The Raleigh is SS now and the moose is fixed. the Raleigh has drops again now as well but I hardly ride it, you just can't get a decent tire for it.


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I am 58 years old and have two fixed gear bikes. I own several bicycles of all types gears, no gears, big tires, little tires. I love switching around.

Here are my two fixed gears bicycles.

Samson Illusion 2011 mix of Dura Ace and Nitto parts. Gearing Fixed 49 x 16.






1956 Riva Sport French Bicycle with Vitus Tubing and Nervex Lugs. Velocity Hubs laced to Dyad Rims and Velo Orange Parts - Gearing fixed 44 x 14



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Old 08-21-22, 06:48 PM
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New to the SS scene as I just finished building up my first SS bike, a State Bicycle Co. Undefeated Track. With the exception of the stock Essor USA 48T crankset, I built it up with a mix of TRP, Whisky, Deep V, Selle Italia and 3T components.





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