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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:47 pm 
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FWIW where does the actual law stand on new fixies being sold in bike shops with no rear brake?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:37 am 
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As far as I'm aware, fixed gear bikes need only a single brake as the speed of the rear wheel is controlled by the riders legs. This is as far as I know the law since time in memorial but a second brake would still be a good idea as an emergency skid brake of the rear wheel is an aquired skill many fixie riders never aquire.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Have read the single spead thread and understand the ethos, couple of guys have got a front shocker, but know seeing them prefer the look of the rigids, search has changed and my thinking has changed, the search has changed.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:47 pm 
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My experiences so far, I agree with the rigid thing where poss, I think that less weight and more simplicity hing really works. All of my SS bikes are like this except my newly built Trailstar and that's a heavy dog at the mo!

I plan to reframe one of mine and see how it feels with rigids should be fun!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:23 pm 
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Dead Rats wrote:
FWIW where does the actual law stand on new fixies being sold in bike shops with no rear brake?


I know you asked this in the context of UK laws but...

FWIW here in the US only track bicycles sold for the sole purpose of riding on a velodrome can leave the bike shop with no brakes. Fixed gear road bikes must have front and rear brakes.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:36 pm 
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Back to the original question

Pre 1990 steel Stumpjumpers have short horizontal drops so you can make a very cheap single speed. I made this one from the parts box under my work bench.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:33 pm 
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It's true, retro and steel does make a good SS bike...

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An old rear mech is a good cheap chain tensioner, and suspension is handy if you plan on using it off-road much...

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:22 pm 
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I'd buy a On One frame and go fully rigid or I'd try to find an old Kona frame and slap a project 2 fork on it if you can't get a set.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:10 pm 
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dirttorpedo wrote:
I'd buy a On One frame and go fully rigid.


This - cheap as chips :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:47 pm 
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Or a genesis IO, I might even be selling one. ;-)


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