First road bike. Single speed build
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    First road bike. Single speed build

    Started it today. Canít wait to ride






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    Sweet, looks nice. Keep us posted on the components you choose and your progress

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    Gravity Comp 58CM frame aluminum with a carbon fork
    Tektro brakes
    Shimano levers
    Cheapo bars stem and seat post
    Not sure what saddle Iíll use but itíll be one I already have
    Aeromax wheels (cheap ones from amazon)
    FSA GIMONDI SINGLE SPEED SQUARE TAPER TRACK FIXIE CRANKSET with 44T chainring
    16t cog
    eBay chain tensioner

    I think thatís pretty much everything.


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    nice, like the orange.

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    More progress.



    Need to run the cables and mount the tires and throw bar tape on and itís rideable. Got lucky with the chain line and picked the right set of spacers on the first try.


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    And itís done. Needs to stop snowing/raining so I can test drive it and make final tweaks




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    Looks very nice. Enjoy.

    I'm curious whether you considered going fixed rather than freewheeling SS, or had you decided on SS from the beginning.

    Are you going to be riding in basically flat terrain? For hillier rides, many people would choose a lower gear than that. Your 73-inch gear is typical for FG. With a SS, being able to coast down the hills obviously lets you get away with a lower gear to help on the climbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Looks very nice. Enjoy.

    I'm curious whether you considered going fixed rather than freewheeling SS, or had you decided on SS from the beginning.

    Are you going to be riding in basically flat terrain? For hillier rides, many people would choose a lower gear than that. Your 73-inch gear is typical for FG. With a SS, being able to coast down the hills obviously lets you get away with a lower gear to help on the climbs.
    I never wanted to go fixed. Just not something I was interested in. I have a 18t cog for the rear I just put this one on there to start


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    Ha... JCavilia - I was thinking the gearing was too SMALL! I live in Atlanta (hilly) and run a 53:15 on my SS. I also went SS and never considered fixed. I do a lot of group rides on my SS and need the bigger gear to keep up and couldn't imagine hovering 8" off a back tire at 25 mph on a fixie!

    vartz04, your Gravity looks great. I am digging the color scheme. But, maybe I'm biased?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Ha... JCavilia - I was thinking the gearing was too SMALL! I live in Atlanta (hilly) and run a 53:15 on my SS. I also went SS and never considered fixed. I do a lot of group rides on my SS and need the bigger gear to keep up and couldn't imagine hovering 8" off a back tire at 25 mph on a fixie!

    vartz04, your Gravity looks great. I am digging the color scheme. But, maybe I'm biased?

    53/15 is impressive. I got the Alfine tensioner yesterday still need to put it on and ride it some. The tensioner I had on there didnít work well and I had lots of chain slip


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    Let me know if the next tensioner doesnít do it. I have a few - Iíll send you one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Let me know if the next tensioner doesnít do it. I have a few - Iíll send you one.
    Will do. Thanks. Itís finally warming up so Iíll be riding.


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    After you ride it for a while and are sure that's the right gear - it took me a few before I had the one I liked - you can play with different cog/chainring combinations to net the same gear inches (or close to it) that result in the "magic gear." That's why I have a few tensioners I'm not using. ;-)

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