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Single Speeds

Single Speeds

Back for the first time in a while.  2011 will be the first year I've had a single speed since I was about 8.  I saw a Cannondale Capo (2009) at an LBS, which I think would be perfect, and also had the important (for me at least in these times) "Handmade in the USA" sticker.  Unfortunately, there was only a 54 and a 58, and not the 56 I need.  The shop is diligently searching for a 56, and huge kudos to them for doing so, but in the meantime I'm soliciting tips for a substitute, with a strong preference for a US-made product, or, if not, European.  Caveat: $800 budget.  The new Capo has two spec levels, one at $900 and one at $1,500, so that counts those out.  I'd prefer a drop bar, but that can be switched out easily enough.

Any hints?

Bigger Older Uglier

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Re: Single Speeds

http://cgi.ebay.com/Cannondale-Capo-56c … 45f7ed8162

Hi Tim :-) ! !
( Have you considered buying a used bike ? )

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Since I can't answer off list, try the Whistle Stop Bike Shop in New Freedom.  They had a few of them a couple months ago, I can't say what sizes.  They also believe in BUYING AND SELLING American, and are moving to other brands of bikes since Cannondale started outsourcing their frames to Taiwan.  I test rode one in my size, and though it wasn't the set up I like, it seemed to be a nice bike.

On a single speed or fixed wheel bike, I don't think weight is nearly the important factor as the right gear if you're just riding for fun.  Check out Sheldon Brown's website for gearing ideas, but expect to maybe invest in a couple cogs or even chain rings to get the gear right for the roads and terrain and how hard you like to push.  Single speed is OK, but you should try riding fixed.  It's addictive, helps you get supple as you spin madly down hills.

Happy trails,

Dan Artley

"Spinning will help the muscles develop elasticity.  This is the quality which permits you to change the rhythm of your legs instantly, something that is essential for success in racing.  Spinning is an individual thing.  It should be at a rate you can comfortably maintain.  But no matter how fast you spin it is incorrect if your foot loses the sensation of the pedal."
- Francesco Moser

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Dan Artley wrote:

Since I can't answer off list

Dan

I know I must sound like a broken record--remember those black, round things?--but you CAN answer off list IF the poster has taken trouble or time to enable you to do this.  Or if the poster wants to allow the reply off list.  Maybe "bigger older uglier" Tim does not want to get an off list reply.

But if anyone wants people to be able to reply to them off list, that person should make his email address part of his "signature". 

To do this:

1) Go to the "Forum" Tab
2) Click on the "Users" tab under that and then click on "My Profile"
4)  Click on "Personality"
5)  Go to the "Compose your signature" section and enter your e-mail address and whatever else you want to appear on ALL of your postings.

Tim could have his signature be "Bigger Older Uglier" AND his email address.

I have my "signature" set so that my email address is always  present in my postings.

I hope this is something that Will goes over at the member meeting.  I don't think there are a lot of people out there who are aware of this.

(And one last poke, Dan, I would have sent you this off list--if you had put your e-mail address as part of your signature. You can reply to me off line!)

later

ed

(Got to find something to do while the snow comes down.)

Ed Hopkins
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"Single speed is OK, but you should try riding fixed.  It's addictive, helps you get supple as you spin madly down hills. "

Thinking of Tank Road on a fixie...

A couple of years ago there were 2 guys doing the Civil War on fixies.  I didn't see them at the finish.

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I've been on many, many rides with our Website designer, Will Hudson, on a fixie and he never had a problem that I saw.  I couldn't understand it.  I was awed. We were out for 60 or 80 or a century, it was going to be a tough 5K or 7K feet with 13, 14, 15% grades up and down.

I think his prized DeBenardi fixie came to a sad end (cracked or something) but it was humbling with me unable to keep up with 20 gear ratios!  I'm sure he did a CWC back then on it.

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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I've been on many, many rides with our Website designer, Will Hudson, on a fixie and he never had a problem that I saw.  I couldn't understand it.  I was awed. We were out for 60 or 80 or a century, it was going to be a tough 5K or 7K feet with 13, 14, 15% grades up and down.

Several years ago Will and I did the Blue Ridge Summit Century together. For those who haven't done it, this one's tougher than the CWC. I rode a triple with a 30x27 low gear of which I made ample use. Will was on that old DiBernardi fixie. Watching Will stand on his pedals and pump his way up the climbs was like seeing "The Triplets of Belleville" again.

Janet L. Goldstein, BBC Forums Moderator
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I'll still stick with the freewheel (to start)  I'd like to do the Sea Gull on it, and maybe perhaps the "Ride to See" over on the Shore.  I'm quite caught up in the Buy American thing, and I'd love to see if that's possible.  I couldn't find a website for the shop in New Freedom, but, wow, they have a phone too.

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Like Janet said, it was like he had a stair-step machine attached to his feet and lifted himself and the machine up each steep hill, step/lift, step/lift and somehow kept enough momentum not to fall off.  I can't imagine the heart and strength it took to do the BRSC without ever stopping (fixie).  I was in awe.

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Seagull on a fixie can be fun.  I ride a Masi fixie on the eastern shore a lot with 43 * 14 gearing (80+/- inches).  There generally isn't much of a need for derailleurs over there unless it is really windy or if you want to keep up with a fast tandem or an even faster washing machine.  I would be interested in one of those multispeed fixie hubs.  Thus far have not seen any need for the freewheel, but it is there as a bailout.

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