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2021 Post your Single Speed and Fixed Gear Thread

Old 02-02-21, 05:53 AM
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Very cool bike, love the maker and love the colors.
Thanks! It's kind of low budget compared to some of the beautiful bikes in this thread.
I was going to paint it, but after building it up, I kind of like it.
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Old 02-02-21, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 1incpa View Post
Thanks! It's kind of low budget compared to some of the beautiful bikes in this thread.
I was going to paint it, but after building it up, I kind of like it.
Up to you and I haven't seen it up close obviously, but there is a lot to be said for patina. The bike has earned those scars, yes? Just address any problematic rust spots and keep going.
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Nice pic! The Dura Ace hubs rock.
Thanks! ..and yea I agree, Dura Ace rocks. Lol
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Picked this Wabi Lightning SE up this week, put on a new set of 28 gatorskins and a freewheel 16 T rear. This feels real good coasting around the shop, I think I'm about to go to the local MUP and put a few miles on it to find out how much I have left to change.

Not wild about the bars, may go to a flat bar next week.

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Originally Posted by j_e_r_e_m_y View Post
Very cool. Finding (and finding a way to afford) a cool big wheel bmx/klunker has been a borderline obsession this winter. How are you liking that one?
Thanks, Jeremy! It's a solid bike right out of the box -- really nicely done. Not being one to leave things alone, however, I replaced the tires, chainring, seatpost, saddle, grips, pedals, and cranks. I am loving it! I have a 26" Sycip Superboy that's my take-to-the-grave cruiser, but this one is definitely seeing a LOT of ride time, now that I've got it dialed the way I want it. The Shimano hydro discs are sublime. Good luck finding one, though. WTP had orders for every one they made, and the retailers sold out quickly.
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New for 2021. WTP Avenger 27.5


I just had to look for one out of curiosity. Found a couple LBS that show they have them in-stock. $1400.00CDN
Nice bike Rolla and liked what you did to it!......Enjoy

Here's my Cruiser....a fatter version

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Old 02-06-21, 11:40 AM
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I bought this PX-10E in 1971 when I was in high school in Hayward, California... Got it from the original owner for $125... I was making $2.10 an hour at the time at my after school job...It, like nearly every other PX-10E at the time had sew ups and all French parts...

When I could afford better, I went to Witt's Cyclery in Hayward and upgraded to Campy record derailleurs, bar-end shifters and a French thread Campy headset... At the time I didn't have a car and rode the bike all up and down the East Bay... From Berkeley to Fremont, and as far east as Mount Diablo regularly... It was my sole means of transportation other than riding in the Chrysler with my mom...

After a few more years, and now moved to Santa Cruz, and with more money saved, I had a Phil bottom bracket installed (and kept the original Stronglight 93 cranks)... At the same time I had new wheels built, at the now long gone bike shop next to the Rio Theater... Phil hubs and Mavic rims... 20 mm up front and 25 rear with tie and solder on the non-drive side... Still rolling with those... Never touched with a spoke wrench...

I rode it as a ten speed for close to 30 years... In the late 70's the seat tube broke at the bottom bracket so I had Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster in Santa Cruz replace it and at the same time added cantilever bosses front and rear... Mafac Criteriums went on the bosses... Big improvement... Around that time I got a Kestrel 4000 that became my go fast bike...

About ten years ago I simplified the Peugeot to be a single speed... Went from drop bars to flat bars replaced the brake levers and put on a Campy Athena crankset with a single chainring... I then stripped the components off the frame and had it powder coated a glossy Basic Black... I also replaced the original Brooks Professional saddle for a new one, same model...

Last week I put new Schwalbe Marathon tires on (not in the pictures below) ... 700 x 35 rear, 700 x 32 front... So after 50 years it is still my forever bike and I do at least a few laps on it daily, rain or shine, around our 1/4 mile long smooth asphalt loop street just to feel the purity and beauty of a simple bike working well...




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Old 02-07-21, 05:30 PM
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P.L., that's a great story! That bike has served you well and you took care of it.
Mount Diablo, Jamaica?......
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Old 02-07-21, 09:53 PM
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Mount Diablo, Jamaica?......
Oh no....

This Mount Diablo is in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco Bay Area...
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These shots are from tonight. Yay negative degree riding! First time riding brakeless in at least half a decade. I now am reminded why I don't do it. Damn right scary with the snow/ice. Don't worry, will be adding calipers and levers soon once I get a longer stem figured out. Yeah, I know saddle angle. I was so excited to be "done" I didn't even care. Stupid stiff, especially for it likely being from the late 70s. Toe overlap, oh my! Should be good for urban riding, or short high intensity rides. Will also need 23mm tires which is a bummer. Was hoping these would fit. Should I stick w/skinwalls or go w/red? Decisions, decisions. Nice to have the fleet coming together for Spring though!


Approx 4mm of clearance
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Old 02-09-21, 02:58 PM
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Oh yeah, that's the good stuff
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Old 02-09-21, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Senrab62 View Post
These shots are from tonight. Yay negative degree riding! First time riding brakeless in at least half a decade. I now am reminded why I don't do it. Damn right scary with the snow/ice. Don't worry, will be adding calipers and levers soon once I get a longer stem figured out. Yeah, I know saddle angle. I was so excited to be "done" I didn't even care. Stupid stiff, especially for it likely being from the late 70s. Toe overlap, oh my! Should be good for urban riding, or short high intensity rides. Will also need 23mm tires which is a bummer. Was hoping these would fit. Should I stick w/skinwalls or go w/red? Decisions, decisions. Nice to have the fleet coming together for Spring though!
Approx 4mm of clearance
Looks great! I'd stick with skinwalls for sure, but I've never been a fan of colors other than tan or black
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Old 02-09-21, 05:23 PM
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Oh yeah, that's the good stuff
Thanks, neighbor!
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Old 02-11-21, 01:31 PM
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Don't want to overshare this pic but, hey, that's what this thread's for ;o



Still waiting on the Headspace stem, may be lost in customs covid-purgatory D;
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Here's another one of mine, a 2015 Fairdale Parser, sadly a discontinued model:


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HVZ Meteor 1979

Nice. Also rode xb3 today. Bit Less snow (and I need a brake as Im old and wussy)

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Brakes have nothing to do with "wussy"ness. Unless you are riding on a velodrome exclusively brakes are quite crucial as you can only predict what you will do and cannot accurately assume what any other driver or pedestrian or whatever might do or not do. You cannot magically control the world but you can control your braking when you can actually do so with a brake. Having seen enough fixed gear "youts" get hurt in crashes because they cannot stop but there bike looks so sick leads me to the very real conclusion brakes stop you skidding ruins your undies and if it doesn't slow you down quickly enough it can ruin your day and sometimes many days after that.
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Old 02-12-21, 10:32 PM
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In ways for me going brakes was more just a laziness thing lol. Like I ride with front and rear brakes on the road with my (Wabi) fg, but solely for laziness. I do think it's a bit cluttered.

I started riding exclusively brakeless fixed in college (starting 05), but hurt myself running too much within a year or two, and bought a road bike. I joined the intercollegiate road team and the rest is history, but I've always kept some fixed gear riding. I've raced track and otherwise been involved with the SDVA (velodrome) since moving home in 2010. The Wabi is actually a somewhat recent addition as of 2017 or so when Scrod/Retrogression was still in San Diego.

But breaking with my legs??! Ain't nobody got time for that! It's too difficult lol.
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Old 02-13-21, 05:50 PM
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But breaking with my legs??! Ain't nobody got time for that! It's too difficult lol.
This. And my bike and therefore riding is better with brakes. And I like my tires. More reasons to have them, than reasons not to.
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Love it. What frame is this?
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I've posted this before, but here it is 100% donezo. Rides great, smooth, and ability to adjust GI for wind or hills. Will be trying to get a bunch of miles on this once the weather eases up.
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Love it. What frame is this?

Thx, it's a Steamroller.
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