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Old 04-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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My new SS bicycle!

It's not Starting Strength bike, but rather a Single Speed.

Just as described in one of the old CrossFit Journals:

20 or so year old Trek 400 (or 460 - has both stickers in) with 12 gears - converted to Single Speed this weekend. Still need to get the single BMX freewheel (debating whether to go for 18 or 16 teeth), for now the chain is very straight on one of the cassette sprokets.

It's running 52-17 gears now and I'm pretty happy with it.

This thing is a blast. Light, clean, quiet and worry free. It's very CrossFitesque too: When you see a hill you don't lighten the gear but tough it out and grind it out (not that there's too many in florida).

I caught the bug and love it!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2320/...f0ed49.jpg?v=0
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

Leo, your bike looks hot! You need a matching helmet. =)
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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Very cool.
Cruise for a few months, then ditch the free hub, go Fix Gear. Wheels turn, pedals turn. Really forces a nice smooth pedal cadence.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

I'm keeping an eye out for a light, cheap single-speed I can use to ride to the gym and around town - my current "fancy" bike with the clip pedals, etc, is a pain in the butt for commuting. Yours looks perfect! My ideal would be the Bianchi San Jose, but I don't want to spend that much ($600) on a second bike.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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I'm keeping an eye out for a light, cheap single-speed I can use to ride to the gym and around town - my current "fancy" bike with the clip pedals, etc, is a pain in the butt for commuting. Yours looks perfect! My ideal would be the Bianchi San Jose, but I don't want to spend that much ($600) on a second bike.
Check with some of your local Giant Dealers, see if they can find 07, or scratch n Dent Bowery.
See: http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=5748

That's my ride, pretty nice for the price. I think my out the door was 400 bucks. I like the fix'd hub. Makes for a very focused ride.
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

Say you have a fixed gear singles speed and later down the line you want a free hub, is it possible to switch between the two?
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Say you have a fixed gear singles speed and later down the line you want a free hub, is it possible to switch between the two?
They make a flip hub. One side, free hub engages, flip the wheel, other side is fixed hub.

hubs Alloy high flange track style w/flip flop rear hub
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:18 PM   #8
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

One option is that you can get a fixed/free hub where one side is threaded for a freewheel, the other side has opposing threads for a fixed sproket and a nut. With this setup you just flip the wheel over.
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #9
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

Nick - thanks man! My helmet is just plain black. No stripes, lines, anything. Just like I wanted.

Jay
I'll see if I can get a wheel with flip flop hub soon. My friend works @ bike store and hooks me up with almost 50% discount. If he won't have a wheel - I might get it built for me next week.


Eventually I want to paint/powder coat the frame - there's a quite a few scratches.
http://www.cyclofiend.com/ssg/2007/s...smore1207.html (WFS)
Something like that - I prefer red/gold a bit more.
Red is a bit more up my valley or yellow.


The best part about the bike is it's simplicity. I love that!
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:48 PM   #10
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Re: My new SS bicycle!

cool bike, looks fun!

Looks awesome in flat black, minus the death pedals (those with straps for your shoes... bad bad bad, IMO)...would be a killer workout to ride around the hill country here!
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