What single/fixie do you ride?

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby drossall » 23 Jun 2012, 10:27pm

Like Vorsprung, my main fixed is based on an old SJS Tange frame, although I bought mine for the purpose. The original white finish didn't last too long, so I had Argos respray it. Now, it's rusting again and the BB thread has failed - I've fitted a threadless BB. Don't think it will go on too much longer:

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I've got an On-One as a replacement:

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby Ugly » 23 Jun 2012, 11:03pm

Down to two fixed machines, bike is a sjs frame with 50 chain wheel x 20/21 sprockets. Trike a 1965 Allin bronze welded frame with a 1950s Higgins con axle running 50 x 21.

Please fixed or fixedwheel NOT horrid americanisms

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby alanesq » 24 Jun 2012, 6:27am

songsforpolarbears wrote:I watched the Mash SF movie. I understand I got a rather distorted view of riding a fixie :shock: , but I know I want one.
Would a horizontal dropout or a track fork be more suitable? If I'm a 56/57cm frame on a road bike am I the same on a fixie?
Thank you very much. Enjoying looking at the beautiful bikes on this thread.


go for it :-)
have a look at Sheldon's info on them: http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby drossall » 24 Jun 2012, 9:30am

Ugly wrote:Please fixed or fixedwheel NOT horrid americanisms

+1.

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby phil parker » 24 Jun 2012, 9:52am

Si wrote:Fred Williams Light Weight Special, 653 tubes, fixed
GT Zaskar SS.


I met Fred Williams on a training ride in Spain about 4 years ago - a very nice man and very interesting cycling history too with some great stories. He carried on racing until he was about 68 and told me he handed the shop over to his sons a few years later - "How old are you now, Fred," I asked - "76" (that was 4 years ago!) and he was still enjoying a nice cycle in the Costa Blanca sun.

My fixed/single speed (trade with a CTC forumite) is a Gazelle 531 currently on 73" soon to be 76" S/S and 72" fixed for the summer!

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby Si » 24 Jun 2012, 10:50am

I met Fred Williams on a training ride in Spain about 4 years ago - a very nice man and very interesting cycling history too with some great stories. He carried on racing until he was about 68 and told me he handed the shop over to his sons a few years later - "How old are you now, Fred," I asked - "76" (that was 4 years ago!) and he was still enjoying a nice cycle in the Costa Blanca sun.


Yes, he was always a nice chap when I used to go into the shop. When in a computer shop a while ago I got to talking about bikes with the sales man for some reason...turned out that he used to be one of Fred Williams' main frame builders back in the day (and did some for SJS), and probably did my fixie too (although it was actually originally a 14spd). Very sad that he'd found that a career change was forced on him by the arrival of Alu and far eastern bike factories.

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby hashtag » 24 Jun 2012, 7:32pm

heres a picture of my quella
its my first fixed wheel bike, i rode a couple and this was the best/most comfy/coolest looking imho
you can get them online from http://www.quellabicycle.com

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby sully op » 25 Jun 2012, 4:25am

vorsprung wrote:I was riding an audax in Cornwall on one of those cheap Tange Frames that SJS used to do
The bike had an 8 speed triple but then a stick flicked into the drive train took out the derailluer, broke a couple of spokes
I converted it to single speed and carried on riding. I got lost and lost a bit of time so didn't complete the audax but I managed to make it back to the hall

After this the bike had to stay a single speed as the derailluer hanger had rusted out. Now, you know that you always keep those old 8 speed chains and cassettes and stuff "just in case they come in handy"? Well make a single speed like this and suddenly all that crap is handy! I never ran out of chains or sprockets!

I used a 66" or 70" gear and it was fine in Devon as long as I was careful with the route to avoid the really steep stuff
One winter I did do occasional 70 mile round trip commutes over Exmoor on it.

Alas, after a few years of riding in all weathers with my causal attitude towards maintenance the headset froze and I couldn't change the headset bearings
The headset got stiffer and notchier. I bought another bike to do the commute on. I took the wheels off and sold the brake levers.

Eventually the frame with the frozen headset went to the dump. I offered the frame to friends but a 24" rusty frame has limited appeal. Maybe one day I'll have another 1 speed bike, but I doubt it. My knees aren't getting any younger

Here is a picture of it on a sunny day. You will notice from the picture that it still has the triple chainset on. Funny, the middle ring kept wearing out.

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single speed by vorsprung2009, on Flickr


looks well nice

my charge is the same one as here

Single Speed Bikes

is loads of them about but i love it

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby s1965c » 25 Jun 2012, 2:28pm

hashtag wrote:heres a picture of my quella
its my first fixed wheel bike, i rode a couple and this was the best/most comfy/coolest looking imho
you can get them online from http://www.quellabicycle.com

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Too cool to have brakes, eh?

12Kg.
TIG welded Hi-Ten? Really?
And only £30 more than a Triban three....

Bargain.
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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby Ash28 » 26 Jun 2012, 10:31pm

This is my hack bike gets me to work, I also use it when the weather is bad (quite a lot lately), shopping etc.
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This one is for fun.
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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby JordanCarroll » 8 Jul 2012, 1:10pm

This was my first build, when I was first getting into road cycling and needed a commuting bike

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Now this is my fixed commuter (has SKS mudguards when the weather dictates)

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby jonbott » 10 Jul 2012, 8:14am

used to ride a flying scott fixed back in my youth,did a 200k randonee in high wycombe
and had a fred dean fixed that used for training and winter riding,it had a bottle type dynamo that told people if I was accelerating
I brought it back to use last year but found it scary riding as one day on my long down hill to work the chain came off :oops: so sold it to someone on here,I believe its in London,
I`m def too old for this!

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby pedalpower2 » 10 Jul 2012, 10:12pm

I have a Paganini frame from Byercycles. The same frame with different transfers is sold by at least two other dealers. I built it up with various parts, some of which were quite old. I usually use a 57" gear, sometimes a 64". I have been up to 158rpm(but not for long). Big gears kill me. I think the longest ride I've done on it is about 70 to 75 miles. That's a bit less than my age. Must do a few more to beat my age.

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby cyclingvirtual » 16 Jul 2012, 6:13pm

Pearsons Touche

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Re: What single/fixie do you ride?

Postby manotea » 16 Jul 2012, 8:55pm

A touche for me. In fact I have two. Same bike, different gearing.