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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:56 am 
rider | rBoTM Winner
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I'm hoping to acquire an Ellis-Briggs track bike shortly which I would like to have a go at time trialling on. I haven't ridden fixed for years but at one time it was all that people rode in the winter. A geared winter bike was unheard of. 62" gear with great heavy 27" wired-ons, mudguards, dynamo, rack, saddle bag full of tools and cape. Talk about weight training!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:11 am 
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Location: Bristol, England
pirate wrote:
butchering it and turning it into a fixie!


It doesn't have to be butchery (ok I'm quite happy to hack off cable guides etc.) keep all the old parts & you can convert back if you don't like it; but I think you will. Foot retention is the key, then you can keep a grip on the pedals down hill. (If you use a very low gear foot retention is less of a problem for skids etc. but limits the bike's usefulness) I use mtb spd's, but many still use clips & straps.
Good luck!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:22 pm 
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I have a new hand built (By well known (at least in Denmark) Copenhagen builder Banani) Columbus SPX track frame on its way to me.

The Rossin's history.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:30 pm 
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1) run a brake to feather your speed.

2) use foot retention to keep them planted at high rpm.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:25 pm 
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Just built up and test rode my track frame... Full on late 70s/early 80s Campag apart from the rims and wear-and-tear parts....

Sweet. Very sweet. 48X16 - it's staying brakeless.


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