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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Just spotted this thread and I mainly ride fixed, so here is a selection of my fixed-gear bikes. All in daily use.

Late 70's Viscount. I got this from an old lady on Freecycle. It was wearing 5 gears and moustache handlebars when I got it and she was convinced it was junk. It was worn out but still useable. I re-built the wheels with new stainless spokes and a vintage flip-flop hub at the back, then steadily dressed it up with narrow alloy drop bars, drop-brakes with suicide levers, 1979 Brooks saddle and the quill pedals. I regret selling this one because it was a really nice smooth ride and had amazing aggressive geometry:

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Late 70's Peugeot, the 'Yellow Peril'. This was given to me and was thought to be a Peugeot. Closer inspection of the lugwork identified it as a late 70's Pug which matched one of the lower-end models in the catalogue. I never got on with the steering geometry and the 40H rear wheel made finding a new chrome rim a nightmare, so I donated it to my girlfriend's brother instead of ploughing £££ into building a new set of wheels.

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Late 70's Bob Jackson TT. I got the frame from Old Ned on here. When it arrived I was convinced it was going to be too small, but I mocked it up with some spare components and it turned out to be *just* ok. It's a small frame but the bottom bracket is very low so it was a lot bigger to sit on than it looked. I was aiming for that retro pursuit bike look. It's a joy to ride and this is my most-used bike at the moment:

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Raleigh Twenty lookalike. This poor bike started life as a Universal shopper. I cut it up and turned it into a chopper and it went through various guises until I decided to put it back to an upright small-wheel shopper to live at work. I built the frame to fit me, so it's tall and short and great for getting round town on. It was single-speed in the photo but it's now got a 13T fixed gear at the back:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:38 pm 
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Some Guy wrote:
Cheers.
I'd seen a link for Gibbs on LFGSS very recently. Seems interesting and I found some easily on Ebay. Although I havn't used it long enough to know if it actualy works yet..
www.roadsters.com/gibbs


Saw the Gibbs product over on there too... Please report back once you've had enough time to experience it SG... I'm interested to hear a review! And to hear if it's as good as they claim it is!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:25 pm 
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^That Raleigh 20 looks fun. It's on my must ride before you die bike list.
All I've done with the Gibbs so far is spray it on and wiped with a cloth, a good few times. Bit like Mr Sheen! It's not like spraying paint, much easier.

Not sure how often I'll have to reapply it?


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What gearing are you guys using out of interest? My older bikes had 52/18 and the Bob Jackson has 48/16. It could do with longer legs but the vertical drop-outs limit my range of ratios.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:21 pm 
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I forget the number of teeth at the moment and my bike has 27"wheels. But it gives 70 inches on one side of the (fixed/fixed) hub (and a very low 60's on the other side, which I havn't tried yet).


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:31 am 
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I'm running a 44/15, gear inches work out at 78.5. Suits me fine for Yorkshire riding.

I did try a 13 on the back but that was effort!

Jonny69- You could go for a half link chain, would give you more chainring choice. Or if you have time and chainrings at your finger tips you could play around to find a magic gear?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:36 pm 
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Banashapan wrote:
Jonny69- You could go for a half link chain, would give you more chainring choice. Or if you have time and chainrings at your finger tips you could play around to find a magic gear?

I have actually tried a half-link because I have a 15T cog in my box o' bits. I couldn't get the wheel back in the drop-outs though, so I think the either the 16T cog is slightly undersize or the 15T cog is a little oversize.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:09 pm 
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i love that Raleigh shopper, i had one once, 3 speed with a box on the back, clunky and hardly worked but i loved it


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This is my 2000 Specialized Allez Sport. Not as retro as some but it's 12 years old so it's getting there.

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It's an aluminuim frame with the original wheels - Ritchey hubs and Mavic rims, the original Specialized crankset, a knackered white Rolls saddle, the original stem (which gives me a lovely riding position), some unknown-brand bars, Dia-compe brake levers and Campagnolo calipers. Lovely to ride, very light. It has vertical drop-outs but the chain tension seems spot-on, I thought I might need a half-link but it doesn't seem so.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:55 pm 
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Thanks for sharing Rich34- that looks incredibly comfortable 8)


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