Saturday, November 3, 2007
why i love my fixie.
This is my fixie. Skid mark brown, ala the old Surly Karate Monkey, with a little flare added by Bottke. Actually, He did it via a frame from Ted via Mr. 24. It's old name was Pink Panther, pretty self explanatory but when first asked what I'd call it now, I jokingly responded with Brown B#*$!... but doesn't really set to well with me, any ideas?
As far as what I've got it outfitted with Mavic Open Pro hoops with Surly Track Hubs with a flip flop hub topped off with a Diggle Cog just to give it some flare. I stumbled upon a 105 crank at the shop that a customer didn't want because he had stripped out the drive side crank bolt, needless to say he didn't want to pay us to take it so just asked for us to throw out the frame/crank. I'm also sporing a sweet Brooks B17 saddle, which is new, but surprisingly comfortable. Trust me, I've gone through my share of saddles lately and wouldn't kid if I didn't like it.
Now besides how simple sweet my fixie looks, the last two days have really given me another reason just to love it. As I mentioned before that it's been rather cold here in the mitten and that's why I choose the fixie for the commute. I'm a coaster at heart, just plain like to chill. I love to push myself now and again, or bring the hurt, but until I got this bike I did not realize how much my cadence was all over the map. By having control and be constantly aware of it, I'm finding that I'm staying warmer with winter fast approaching. I've also found rather humorous ways to entertain myself while riding it but I'll save that post for another day, maybe I'll figure out a way to video it. Let's just say, it involves what we'll call 'happy feet'.