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Re: Ricardo project

Postby .isaac. » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:47 pm

Sweet.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby Quinns Rocks Roadie » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:02 am

What is this modern fixie fascination with heavy wheels ???.
Back in my day I did some of my training on a lightweight frame fixed wheel with Fiamme Ergal rims and light tubulars - that thing REALLY rocketed.
And btw it had front and rear brakes because it needed them - with 88" gear back pedalling did not do much slowing especially when legs were burnt from doing a bunch of intervals.

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I got offered a similar bike the other day - one look the the geometry and the answer was no thanks.
Newer does not automatically mean betterer.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby rkelsen » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:17 am

Quinns Rocks Roadie wrote:What is this modern fixie fascination with heavy wheels ???

It's part of owning a bike that's "bombproof." :roll:
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby aaron » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:02 pm

^ I think you mean 'Street Riding' proof
1- No one much (that I know) rides 88 GI on the street.
2- Get a front brake
3- Level your seat
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby ag23q » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:04 am

the velocity deep v's are quite light...
im not some track racer willing to blow hundreds on some carbon wheels i dont need......
im still learning and testing showtime out in the cycling world

and thank you aaron for the suggestions, i didnt understand the 88gi bit? gear ratio?
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby aaron » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:05 pm

ag23q wrote:and thank you aaron for the suggestions, i didnt understand the 88gi bit? gear ratio?


Gear Inches = GI
Some folks say 48- 16 meaning chain ring teeth and sprocket teeth. Other say it in gear inches. 88 is f*cking HUGE!!!!!
It's a track ratio and not for riding a fixed gear bike in the city. Across the Nullabor maybe :)
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby ag23q » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:43 pm

im running 48 and 17 atm man
it feels pretty nice to be honest
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby yehuwdiy » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:39 am

It just depends on your needs. I run something in the range of 60-63gi for my singles, but that is because I puddle along, go over a few small hills and arrive at work without being a sweaty mess. Could I go higher? Heck yes, but if I realisticly top out at about 20km/h that's fine with me, no need to go faster :)

Just play around with your gearing. As your fitness, terrain and needs change , change your gearing. I'ts part of the fun of single/fixed!
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby rustychisel » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:41 am

yehuwdiy wrote:
Just play around with your gearing. As your fitness, terrain and needs change , change your gearing. It's part of the fun of having gears, since they were invented quite a long time ago now!


There, fixed that for you :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby rkelsen » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:35 am

rustychisel wrote:There, fixed that for you :twisted: :twisted:

I think you mean un-fixed! :lol:
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby rustychisel » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:43 am

gratuitous pun usage. Might be just silly but I'm two posts the better for it. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby yehuwdiy » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:20 pm

HAHAHA! You should see my latest dual-single. Have to stop, loosen quick release back wheel and move chain over to other chainring and cog, but man can I climb mountains now! Does it still count as single speed, or have I finally caught up with times and gotten gears? I'm not sure, but it is made from seven different bikes...enter Frankendingle. Still the 60/31gi is nice to have!
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby aaron » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:36 pm

ag23q wrote:im running 48 and 17 atm man
it feels pretty nice to be honest

I bet it is but it's not 88 G.I!!
You're only running 76 or something like that.
This is a great gear calculator!!
http://software.bareknucklebrigade.com/ ... pplet.html
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby y3ntil » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:56 pm

to be fair, i'm riding 52-16 on my el cheapo fixie build with full steel, which is 87.8 in gear inches
N+1 is nowhere near enough!
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby aaron » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:53 am

any hills in Mosman Park?
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby elStado » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:00 pm

Get a front brake on that least!

And fix that seat, my preference would be to replace it. If you have the cash get a nice leather saddle. :)

Otherwise looking pretty good.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby .isaac. » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:13 am

elStado wrote:If you have the cash get a nice leather saddle. :)

Skinny San Marco would look good on that. Black saddle post looks very out of contrast, silver would go better.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby brauluver » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:42 pm

elStado wrote:Get a front brake on that least!



Don't be a soft Kock!
Ride it brakeless and learn to skid.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby elStado » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:47 am

brauluver wrote:Don't be a soft Kock!
Ride it brakeless and learn to skid.


Not if you're riding it on the street. Skid 'braking' is so ineffective.. you're just asking to cleaned up by a car.

Brakeless should stay in the velodrome and there only. Besides, skid braking kills tires too quickly as well.
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Re: Ricardo project

Postby .isaac. » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:17 am

I know some of my friends ride brakeless along the Tram Tracks, safer but still unsafe without brakes.
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