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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)

The Age 40+ Singlespeed & Fixed Gear Thread

Old 08-21-22, 07:37 PM
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I've already posted this in the regular Post your SSFG thread, but I guess I'll post it here as well, since I'm well over 40 years old.

So, after nearly 6 years, I've finally built a new bike. This time it's an All City Bike Block, something I've had on the drawing board for over a decade. The frameset was purchased on eBay for $549, which is $200 less than the current MSRP. I installed a Cane Creek S3 headset that I had in my parts bin. I wanted this to be an all-road type bike that could even do some single-track on occasion. So, I spec'd Panaracer GravelKing SS+ tires, 32mm in the front and 35mm in the rear. Unfortunately, although the 32mm fits fine in the front, the 35mm will not fit in the rear, rubbing on the seatstays even with the wheel axle moved to the very end of the dropout. So, in order to get the bike on the road, I've temporarily installed a 32mm Panaracer Pasela ProTite in the rear until I can source a 32mm GravelKing. The wheelset was built at Retrogression with H+Son Archetype rims and Grand Compe LF hubs that weighs only 1650g. The cranks are Andel Deluxe with no logos. Bar and stem are Nitto, seatpost is Alpina, saddle is Charge Spoon, cog is Soma, chain is KMC K1SL, pedals are Shimano PD-M520, brake caliper is Dia-Compe BRS-101, brake lever is Dia-Compe Tech 99 and grips are ESI Extra Chunky. Some of these components were sourced from my parts bin. Total cost is just under $1800. Total weight is just over 20 lbs.


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Old 08-21-22, 08:42 PM
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First time on this thread. Question - does my Peter Mooney qualify? It's only been a fix gear since 2017 though it passed its 40th birthday 3 years ago.

And it's not a single speed. In fact it usually carries 3 ratios; typically 46-14, 42-17 and 36-21 though it's been known to go on flat riders with just two of 16, 17, 18 and 19 (with the 42). But it has seen nothing but fix gear since I converted it. (Now I passed that 40 year mark a while ago but this thread is about the bikes, right?)

That Mooney (named Pete; not the Peter of either its builder or my brother or uncle, just Pete) will be going for its/his first Cycle Oregon in three weeks. The Painted Hills of Oregon, fittingly enough under a new and snazzy paint job. And sewups! I'm returning to the rubber I so love and trust. (Blew off/out - I didn't do the forensics - an old clincher going 20 a few years ago. It came off and sent me for a crash I never want to do again and that I cannot remove from my mind going downhill (and comes up in nightmares fairly regularly). The 40+ mph blowouts on sewups in my racing days? I cannot remember if I did it once, twice or even which wheel it was. I just rolled to a stop, changed the tire and went on. NBD.

I had this bike made with horizontal dropouts even though verticals were the new thing and what Peter Mooney did, just so I could run fix gear if I ever wanted to. It spent nearly all of its first 20 years on sewups. Putting the fix gear wheel on and riding - it was "this is what this bike is made to do!" A classic road bike in the tradition of the elegant English road fix gears. Now it has big, cushy 28c sewups (Vittoria Corsa G+ Controls). About as nice as I've ever ridden though without the magic of far east silk and without that silk's aversion to water. Current rims are Mavic GP4s, very, very nice but quite heavy. I have some GEL330s laced to beautiful gold Suzue track hubs. Most gorgeous wheels I've ever seen and easily best built. Tied and soldered perfectly. Showcase wheels. Never seen a brake pad or road. When the time is right, I'll glue on 200g Corsa Speeds. Pete will be in heaven. (So will I.)
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Old 08-22-22, 06:57 PM
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Yet another in my series of old Treks, this one an '84 610 converted to 700c and fixed gear:



I was 12 when this bike was new.
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Old 08-22-22, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I've already posted this in the regular Post your SSFG thread, but I guess I'll post it here as well, since I'm well over 40 years old.

So, after nearly 6 years, I've finally built a new bike. This time it's an All City Bike Block, something I've had on the drawing board for over a decade. The frameset was purchased on eBay for $549, which is $200 less than the current MSRP. I installed a Cane Creek S3 headset that I had in my parts bin. I wanted this to be an all-road type bike that could even do some single-track on occasion. So, I spec'd Panaracer GravelKing SS+ tires, 32mm in the front and 35mm in the rear. Unfortunately, although the 32mm fits fine in the front, the 35mm will not fit in the rear, rubbing on the seatstays even with the wheel axle moved to the very end of the dropout. So, in order to get the bike on the road, I've temporarily installed a 32mm Panaracer Pasela ProTite in the rear until I can source a 32mm GravelKing. The wheelset was built at Retrogression with H+Son Archetype rims and Grand Compe LF hubs that weighs only 1650g. The cranks are Andel Deluxe with no logos. Bar and stem are Nitto, seatpost is Alpina, saddle is Charge Spoon, cog is Soma, chain is KMC K1SL, pedals are Shimano PD-M520, brake caliper is Dia-Compe BRS-101, brake lever is Dia-Compe Tech 99 and grips are ESI Extra Chunky. Some of these components were sourced from my parts bin. Total cost is just under $1800. Total weight is just over 20 lbs.


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Oh man, that looks nice. Congrats on finally being able to scratch that itch, too.
The reverse happened to me. Saved up my nickels and dimes to get me a new Wabi Special when one became available and now that they are, I can’t pull the trigger on it. The wife says all of the pandemic projects I picked up during lockdown are enough. She might be right as I acquired a few. But none are the Wabi I been wanting…
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Old 08-23-22, 12:32 PM
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That is a sharp bike!
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Old 11-05-22, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
That Mooney (named Pete; not the Peter of either its builder or my brother or uncle, just Pete) will be going for its/his first Cycle Oregon in three weeks.
How did Cycle Oregon go on Pete? Thank you for the great description of the bike, its setup, and your feelings about it. I like what you said about the early British bikes. All of those time trials (on rutty roads) were on fixed-gear. It's amazing the times they were able to pull, too.
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Old 11-05-22, 05:50 AM
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How did I miss the July incarnation of this thread?

OK, I admit to being over 40...and apparently starting to miss stuff.

But you gotta admit guys over 40 have some nice bikes, amirite?
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Old 11-07-22, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
How did I miss the July incarnation of this thread?

OK, I admit to being over 40...and apparently starting to miss stuff.

But you gotta admit guys over 40 have some nice bikes, amirite?
I miss lots of stuff, but I don't think mine is age related 🤔

I missed this thread, as I was in my 30s when I first started on the forum and now have matured into an over 40 (where does the time go?!)

Some beautiful bikes on this forum. Gives me a lot of inspiration. I saw a guy on the path yesterday, almost 60, riding a single speed conversion.
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Old 11-18-22, 09:14 PM
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Closer to 50 than 40... just put this together. Got into lacing wheels recently as well... such a lovely ride.
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Old 11-19-22, 09:35 AM
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Kind of a repost from 2011. You'll find the same bike back on page 5. It's been sitting dormant in my garage for awhile, and it was time to dig it back out and start riding again (yah, I'm fighting some post lockdown and continued work-at-home weight gain.) It's a budget-build based on an old Cannondale. Sketchy juggling with a half link, cog size, not quite all the way in the dropouts, and massive torque on the axle nuts. It's not ideal, but it works..



Motivation to keep riding? I really want to build up fixed gear on a classic Itallian lugged frame, quality wheels with an Eno hub, and shiny Italian bits everywhere. I need to get in better shape and commited before I can justify that, though.

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It just dawned on me that not only do I qualify for this (with almost 30 years to spare) but one of my fix gears and next year another qualify. My Peter Mooney has run fixed since 2017 (yeah, only 5 years but it was ordered 44 years ago with horizontal dropouts so if I ever wanted to go fixed, I could). And my workhorse winter/rain/city '83 Trek fix gear, purchased as a frame to replace the just crashed Miyata 610 - 40 years next year. (Frame was probably built by late fall of '82.)

If we re-titled this thread to "40+ Years of Single Speed and Fixed Gear Riding", I'd still qualify. So would the Trek, but now in the context of it being the latest frame of an ongoing bike that simply has everything, frames included, replaced at least 4 times. (The original frame, a '67 Peugeot UO-8, went fix gear in 1976.)
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Add Another One.... 62 Year Old Rider, 38 Year Old Bike

Hi Folks, Just did my first single speed ride in nearly 50 years. Been riding multi-speeds since the early 70's, and I turn 63 next month. The bike is (was?) a 1984 Trek 460 built from various pieces I had lying around. Turning 42 x 19 gears with 700 x 28mm tires, giving me roughly 59 gear inches. I'll probably bump that to around 65 inches in the spring. I didn't really miss the gearing options on my mostly flat 8 mile ride, but standing to climb a couple mild hills took some adjustment time. >>Happy Thankgiving All<<
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I'm 62, recently picked up a '88 Dave Scott Ironman Expert the P/O had converted to ss/fg. It's my first foray into FG and I'm enjoying it so far. I'm a randonneur; we'll see how far I want to go on FG.

I've replaced the flat bars with drops and lowered the gearing to 42x16. That'll do for mods for the time being. When the 25mm tires wear out I'll put on some 28s for long distance comfort. I'd go wider but that's the limit.

If it turns out I like this FG rando thing, I'll have to upgrade. Wider tires, fenders, dyno. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll do a series of 100k ride, and see how I feel about carrying on.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I've already posted this in the regular Post your SSFG thread, but I guess I'll post it here as well, since I'm well over 40 years old.

So, after nearly 6 years, I've finally built a new bike. This time it's an All City Bike Block,
Very nice!
What size frame is that?
I had my eyes set on a Big Block the other year as well - specifically this colorway as well cause I really love it.
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Very nice!
What size frame is that?
I had my eyes set on a Big Block the other year as well - specifically this colorway as well cause I really love it.
Thanks ! It's a 46cm, the smallest size they make.
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