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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:53 pm 
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As above, want to build a little single speed bike, but where to start? A light frame, front shock, rear brake

What do you guys recommend?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:23 pm 
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I recommend having a front brake as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:26 pm 
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highlandsflyer wrote:
I recommend having a front brake as well.



Compromise-
Just a front brake :D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:15 pm 
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If you can't have both, certainly.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:06 am 
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i got a klein rascal frame with rigid forks, 1 v brake on front. old shimano crank with single ring (middle). plastic pedals....cheap and light!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:49 am 
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As a precaution.
Buy knee supports :wink: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:50 am 
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dyna-ti wrote:
As a precaution.
Buy knee supports :wink: :lol:

or gears????? :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:07 pm 
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Go rigid, the whole ethos of single speed is supposed to be stripped back simplicity. If you dump your gears but maintain a suspension fork it kind of seems you dont get the simplicity idea at all. Plus 2 independent brakes if using a freewheel is the law, only one brake needed if a fixie as your legs control the rear wheels speed.
Choose a gear ratio that works for you, the terrain you ride. Cranks that give you enough leverage and bars that feel comfortable to pull on as you'll be out of the saddle lots when climbing, acelerating. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:42 pm 
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the law? when was the last time anyone got pulled on a pushbike? coppers used to shout "geroff the path" when we were kids.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:40 pm 
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Never said you had to obey the law, just said it is the law, your choice :wink:


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