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mad aussie
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I am of course the prowd owner of a 5-spot, but it isnt a great commuter. Here is my commuter special that I am declaring an honorary Turner.

Tomassini steel columbus SLX frame PC MattBlack
Chromed steel fork
Fixed gear 45x15/17 drivetrain with a Surly fixed flip flop rear hub
Moustache handlebars with front brake only on the left side
Campy cranks, seatpost, headset

I actually recovered the bulk of this bike from a dumpster, had the frame PC'ed as the paint was in sorry shape. I love commuting on this bike, it makes me stronger because I never get to coast. I have a round trip 35 mile commute to work. The best thing about the fixie is blowing past roadies on their morning training rides and doing downhill trackstands at the traffic lights!
 

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Just Grin and HUCK it...
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Flying Wombat said:
Tomassini steel columbus SLX frame PC MattBlack
Chromed steel fork
Fixed gear 45x15 drivetrain with a Surly fixed rear hub
Moustache handlebars with front brake only on the left side
Campy cranks, seatpost, headset
I've heard that steel is real.
Nice commuter!! I have a great respect for you guys who pound the fixed gear road bikes.
 

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mad aussie
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sometimes the front brake is good

that lone front brake has come in handy on a few occasions. Sometimes I feel I must be on the AARP hitlist, I have blue hair, knuckles and a town car turning right in front of me on regular occasions.
 

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Flying Wombat said:
that lone front brake has come in handy on a few occasions. Sometimes I feel I must be on the AARP hitlist, I have blue hair, knuckles and a town car turning right in front of me on regular occasions.
Ha! Classic. I run front a brake for emergencies on my commute fixer. I've been up on the front wheel a few times - damn what a rush! :eek:

It's cool seeing the bad boys (and girlz) in San Francisco on the STEEP hills running fixed at speed without any brakes. If you haven't yet read "The Immortal Class" by Travis Culley, you'd probably love it.

My fixer is a budget recycled reject too, just not nearly as sweet looking as your. I do have $10 bucks into the handlebars though after dumping the moustache bars. You sure can burn up back tires by skip braking, though. :D
 

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Lovely Fixie!

I've recently converted an old (early '60s) roadbike to a flip-flop single-speed/fixie, also with a Nitto Moustache bar and just love it. It's so comfy, but I've yet to get settled with the fixie option - all in good time :^)

42:16 + 16% gradient hills = pain. I like pain.

:^)
 

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Yeah, I once took mine up to the towers at South Mountain, no 16%, but a few 12% ptiches, I wussed out with a 45x17 tho. The hardest thing was coming down, the pavement is pretty rough and having to brace yourself while pedalling was an amazing upper body workout. The best part was passing a couple of riders on freewheels descending. I was really wishing for my 5-spot by the bottom.
 
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