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Flipping Out – Bike Snob NYC


Approach again in 1967 I began this weblog to make enjoyable of people that posted footage of their their fixies on the Fixedgeargallery. Now it’s 2020-something (I don’t even hassle counting anymore), and right here I’m posting an image of my very own son’s fixie on the weblog I began to make enjoyable of fixies:

Should you’d have instructed me again then that not solely would I someday have a son who rides a fixie, however that I’d even have one other son who retains purposely leaping in entrance of the digicam each time I try to take an image of mentioned fixie, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Truly, that’s not true. I’d in all probability have mentioned, “Yeah, that sounds about proper.”

I need to say I’ve gotten a number of mileage out of this bike since Bicycling despatched it to me again in 2019 so I might write this. For awhile I used it as my city runabout, then when my older son was large enough he used it at Star Observe. However now I’ve given him my Soma, so over the weekend I put it in “avenue mode” and he’s now driving it to high school:

Had I really paid for this, I’d actually have gotten many instances my cash’s price out of it by now:

And if my youthful son will get into Star Observe then he’ll get it subsequent.

Other than placing collectively candy fixies, I’ve additionally been tweaking cockpits. (That doesn’t sound good.) Final week I took care of the Normcore Nostalgia Bike, and as we speak I turned my consideration to the A. Homer Hilsen:

This bike is kind of as I obtained it from Rivendell again within the early spring of 2020, and I’ve modified little or no since they bought it so proper. Nonetheless, throughout my trip, I gave a number of thought to the handlebars. Whereas supremely snug, on longer rides, hillier rides, I’ve been pondering the Homer may profit from conventional drop bars, although I’ve by no means been absolutely satisfied, and anyway I’ve a number of bikes with drops already.

One other thought I had throughout my trip is that perhaps I ought to hold the bars and simply flip them. See, the Choco bar will be arrange both manner, and whereas I did specify a Choco bar with Rivendell, I didn’t specify whether or not I needed it flipped “up” or “down.” Because it occurred, Rivendell flipped it “up:”

When climbing or driving “quick,” I usually grip the bars on curved portion forward of the brake levers, and what I’ve regularly come to understand is that this little little bit of “rise” may be higher as slightly little bit of “drop.” The factor is, in an effort to flip them I’d should undo all that exquisitely wrapped material and wire:

Oh effectively, I’d have needed to do it will definitely anyway.

Whereas I used to be at it, I additionally figured I’d as effectively experiment with a brand new shifter place. I’m an enormous fan of bar ends and love utilizing my palms to shift. Nonetheless, I’ve additionally been fairly happy with the brand new shifter place on my Platypus, and I assumed perhaps the Homer may profit from some knee clearance. And within the spirit of experimentation, I made a decision to strive these, which I’d obtained in a care bundle not too way back:

So I set about eradicating the bar tape, which appeared like a disgrace:

Although I bought fortunate and the tape in entrance of the bar levers simply barely made it by means of the stem, so I used to be capable of salvage it:

Subsequent I trimmed the housing a bit and put in the brand new shifters (you’re rattling proper I re-used the outdated cables), and eventually I minimize down a pair of grips and used them to switch the tape I’d eliminated:

Then I went for a experience:

The brand new bar place was a right away enchancment:

My solely minor criticism was that the hand clearance between the bars and the shifter cable was just a bit bit tight. However then I watched this video and realized that I might change the angle of the housing:

In order that’s what I did:

It’s harmful to attract conclusions after only one experience, however thus far all indications are that the brand new configuration is a hit:

Transferring the shifters off the ends of the bars does certainly make it a lot simpler to rock the bike forwards and backwards when accelerating and climbing. The tiny little bit of drop I’ve gained with the brand new bar place could be very pure and higher suited to “spirited” driving. I additionally actually just like the shifters themselves, that are friction however do “click on,” as Rivendell explains:

They click on however don’t index. Out of the bundle and never on a motorbike, they click on about 18 instances. Within the span of shifting over a 9-sp cassette, they click on about 13 instances. This sounds trick or complicated, nevertheless it isn’t in any respect. Like a with a pure friction shifter, you progress the lever til the shift is made.

To date I nonetheless assume the Silver2s are extra refined in each in form and really feel, however not sufficient that I’d take the time to modify again to them, at the very least not but. Plus, aside from the Homer, I’ve bought 4 different bikes with at the very least one Silver2 shifter on them, so if nothing else I might stand to have slightly selection in my shifting. I do like the press, if solely as a result of generally it’s good to get slightly tactile suggestions from a shifter, and whereas Silver2s generally want slightly snugging up over time, it looks as if these could also be slightly extra “set and neglect,” although after all I’ve solely ridden them for about two hours thus far, so who is aware of.

So sure, maybe a little bit of an aesthetic downgrade if solely as a result of grips (although it’s good to have one thing actually delicate and grippy on the ends of the bars), however general this can be simply the tweak the Homer wanted:

Possibly I’ll throw a big chainring on there one among as of late.

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