Fixed wheel/gears.........why ??

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Dave7, 10 Feb 2018.

  1. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    I really must finish mine - I've got all the parts I need. (I just have two other bikes in various stages of completion.)
  2. 12boy

    12boy Senior Member

    Casper WY USA
  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Well, the OP started this thread saying he couldn't understand why people rode fixed gear bikes, so naturally those who do or who have done responded with the reasons. Not one of those who replied tried to convince anyone else that freewheels were pointless and they didn't see how anyone could ride them.
  4. 12boy

    12boy Senior Member

    Casper WY USA
    The usual method to adjust chain line is by BB length, often 103 mm. Usually with a 120 rear that will be about 43 mm from the center of the seatpost to chainring. You can always add a couple of washers is the rear is too loose. Most like 42/16 or 48/16 in terms of gearing. Off-road or very hilly or studded tires you may like 63 gear inches or 42/18.
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  5. Old jon

    Old jon Veteran

    A very good idea indeed.
  6. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    MY last experience of a single speed was about 30 years ago when, being sans car, I needed local transport. My inlaws fixed me up with a pre ww2 ladies single speed BSA. It certainly did the job required of it and when they were big enough, my two sons were amazed how fast they could go on it - ! :eek: The only issue I had with it was that the Bowden cables for the brakes were of a fixed length and there wasn't any facility for adjustment. Eventually couldn't get any replacements. :sad:
    Must admit, would like to get another single speed, but with ten bikes in the house already, where would it go - ?:rofl:
  7. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    Some sprockets are "handed", with a lip on one side, giving a few mm chainline tweaking possiblity.
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  8. wheresthetorch

    wheresthetorch Dreaming of Celeste

    West Sussex
    The problem I had with fixed was trying to get my foot into the toe clips/straps while the pedals were constantly turning - just couldn't do it.

    I also struggled with trying to pull away with the pedals in the random position they ended up in when I stopped.

    Finally flipped my flip-flop from fixed to freewheel (see what I did there?).
  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    You can get barrels to screw or solder onto ordinary cables now. I can't remember what they're called, though!
  10. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    I ride fixed, mostly for time trials. These are mostly 10's on a typical flattish course, when you would only use a few ratios if you did ride with gears. A couple of seasons ago, I tried mixing between gears and fixed on two otherwise similar bikes and by the end of the season there was only a 20 sec difference between the two bikes. The fastest was on gears, but it was also towards the end of the season at the peak of my fitness for that year.

    Now if you configure costs into the reasons, the fixed set up wins by a mile. It is difficult to justify the cost of gears just for a gain of 20 secs.
  11. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    An old friend of the parsimonious war generation would repair brake and gear cables that had frayed at the lever end. Cut the frayed part off and re-solder the nipple on to sound cable.
  12. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    When I was about 12 the gear cable on my Vindec Speedster broke. Dad, being both practical and of the parsimonious war generation got out his blow lamp for that very purpose. The nipple turned out to be made of cheese though and instead of becoming unsoldered from the broken end vanished into a pool of molten metal.
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  13. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    One foot down, lift saddle to lift rear wheel off the ground, rotate pedal with other foot until it's in the right place.

    Or learn to trackstand, which also solves the problem of not being able to clip back in quickly.
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  14. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    I believe the trick is to heat the cable a small distance from the nipple, whilst pulling on the nipple (oo-er!) until it comes off.
  15. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    Front brake on, bum off saddle, and lift the rear wheel by pushing forwards & down on the handlebars.

    Solderless Nipples

    for bicycle use, you may wish to look for ones that use a grub screw clamp rather than the normal screwdriver slot or hex head screw.
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