General Discussion: Cycling


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Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

19 Sep 2008 15:08
guffer wrote: i just think they are dangerous and you are asking to get killed by a bus riding with no brakes

i'm no way ready for no brakes, dont know if i'll ever be.
andydavidleeroth
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1691 posts since 30/11/03

19 Sep 2008 15:16
andymakesglasses wrote: how can people only use one gear on bikes with 24+?

one low gear would leave me wanting to go faster all the time

one high gear would piss me off getting away slowly from traffic lights

you can choose your own gear. most people have a quite low midle gear. too low for me, but you get used to it. fixed gear bikes (rather than just any old single speed) do have some definite advantages over normal bikes, and once you are used to it, i think they are supposed to be more efficient in the end.

id be happy with a 3 gear bike, maybe 5
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 15:16
if I didn't have brakes I would have had 3 (bad) crashes this week already, and that's "just" in Edinburgh, never mind London
Jason789
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6210 posts since 2/1/07

19 Sep 2008 15:16
billy ray valentine wrote:
guffer wrote: i just think they are dangerous and you are asking to get killed by a bus riding with no brakes

i'm no way ready for no brakes, dont know if i'll ever be.
surely you can add a brake to a fixie
andydavidleeroth
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1691 posts since 30/11/03

19 Sep 2008 15:19
of course, a single front brake would do
Best
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9855 posts since 21/10/05

19 Sep 2008 15:20
yeah but the purists like it simple, from what i've read its acceptable, just, to have an emergency front brake

i see the aesthetic appeal fixed gear bikes but i just don't see the point, im happy with my bmx
moog
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577 posts since 18/3/07

19 Sep 2008 15:21
project skoolyard - £300 for a Charge Plug, retail is £400 but I got a oner off in the evans cycles mega sale because it had a few scratches on it. It's not a particularly light bike but it is bombproof, a new wheelset on it should make it bags lighter though if you really want a light bike.

Andy - I was always in top gear and you don't get away that slowly at the lights, just need to push a bit harder.
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 15:28
moog wrote: just need to push a bit harder.

I'm aware of that Laughing out loud

I just meant that when you have more than one gear why not use them? it's easier, more efficient, and gets you in front of the buses / cars quicker Cool
berk
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2118 posts since 24/3/08

19 Sep 2008 15:28
cunts the lot of ya
Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

19 Sep 2008 15:29
Jason789 wrote:
billy ray valentine wrote:
guffer wrote: i just think they are dangerous and you are asking to get killed by a bus riding with no brakes

i'm no way ready for no brakes, dont know if i'll ever be.
surely you can add a brake to a fixie


yep.. which is what i have, but i initially thought that sooner or later i would progress to no brakes.
which i cant really see happening.
berk
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2118 posts since 24/3/08

19 Sep 2008 15:31
ooooooooo i love bikes ooooooo wankers
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 15:32
get back in the drugs thread
andydavidleeroth
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1691 posts since 30/11/03

19 Sep 2008 15:38
andymakesglasses wrote: I just meant that when you have more than one gear why not use them? it's easier, more efficient, and gets you in front of the buses / cars quicker 8

apparantely, on a fixed wheel bike you are forced to cycle better - more efficiently, using more of the stroke, and with a better cadence i suppose. as awkward as it feels, once you are used to it, its supposed to be better.
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 15:47
when you're up and running it's more efficient, yes, but surely moving through the gears while moving off is a more efficient use of energy?
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 15:50
moog wrote: project skoolyard - £300 for a Charge Plug, retail is £400 but I got a oner off in the evans cycles mega sale because it had a few scratches on it. It's not a particularly light bike but it is bombproof, a new wheelset on it should make it bags lighter though if you really want a light bike.


looks sweet as mate… will prob pick up one of these, did yours come with back brake as standard?
will prob get a re-spray, new wheels, handlebars and stuff…

out of interest anyone know the best place to sell a bike? apart from ebay….
Seaside
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63 posts since 16/9/08

19 Sep 2008 15:53
fixed is bollocks, it was just an extension of the singlespeed revolution that happened a few years ago, i rode singlespeed a few times on epic Peak district loops, while managable it was shit and hard work

gears are not for queers
moog
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577 posts since 18/3/07

19 Sep 2008 16:05
project skoolyard wrote:
moog wrote: project skoolyard - £300 for a Charge Plug, retail is £400 but I got a oner off in the evans cycles mega sale because it had a few scratches on it. It's not a particularly light bike but it is bombproof, a new wheelset on it should make it bags lighter though if you really want a light bike.


looks sweet as mate… will prob pick up one of these, did yours come with back brake as standard?
will prob get a re-spray, new wheels, handlebars and stuff…

out of interest anyone know the best place to sell a bike? apart from ebay….

Yeah back brake is standard but if you are using the fixed sprocket then it's pointless. I going to cut the bars down on mine as I never use the horn bits of them. One thing I have noticed about it is that the paint is pretty easy to scratch, I think I'm going to look in to powder coating.
seenmy
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6581 posts since 17/6/06

19 Sep 2008 16:07
sell on gum tree i sold mine in like 10 mins on there a month ago
Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

19 Sep 2008 16:08
i couldn't even ride a fixed up hampstead hill, what's the point of riding it in the peak district?!?!

project skool - take a few road bikes on a test drive, they can look as good as a fixed.. plus you're not limited on where you can go and what you can do. i bought a bad boy urban recently, shaved the handlebars down to 18", wacked some blue continental 4000s on them, sprayed the fizik seat cuffs and seat clamp and mudguard blue, put some blue odyssey pedals and blue grips on and it looks pretty bad ass if you ask me.
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 16:10
so the back brake is pretty easy to take off then?
im just gunna put on a 1/2 meter handlebar…