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I posted about this over on the other forum that I visit, so my apologies for those that visit both sites. Due to a little misunderstanding, I ended up with two new fixed gear bikes for my birthday. I'm running the other one mostly as a single speed, but this one is staying fixed for now.

It's a Windsor The Hour, from Bikesdirect. I just added Eighth Inch cranks, Profile bullorns, DiaCompe TT levers, and Tektro brakes.

The bars arrived late yesterday, and it was all together last night, but I was still pretty stoked when the FedEx guy showed up this morning, in a Budget Rent A Truck, with a package from Wheel & Sprocket (Eighth Inch) that included my new cranks and their axle nut, bottle opener tool.

Here's it is, waiting on pedals. I'll whack some old ones on if it doesn't snow today, and take it for a ride.
 

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Interesting brake level placement. Digging the bull horns?
They're TT levers, that's where they belong. So far, I have no complaints. If anything, they'll need an adjustment as I ride it more. But I'm currently limited to about 15 miles at a time.
 

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Sorry to dredge up an older post, but although i am for the most part a mountain biker i was considering a fixed gear for the endurance building benefits i'd get from not being able to coast while riding. Any thoughts on the Windsor Clockwork? Ever since i saw an orange one at a small race here in Tampa i've been lusting after one.
 

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Sorry to dredge up an older post, but although i am for the most part a mountain biker i was considering a fixed gear for the endurance building benefits i'd get from not being able to coast while riding. Any thoughts on the Windsor Clockwork? Ever since i saw an orange one at a small race here in Tampa i've been lusting after one.
Get one! I have the Motobecane Messenger which is similar to the Clockwork and I've been nothing but happy with mine.

Absolute worst case scenario, you buy the bike, ride it for a bit and decide fixed gear riding isn't for you (although I have a hard time imagining someone not having fun on a fixed gear) you can sell the bike on craigslist for most of what you paid for it. With very little "opportunity cost" there's no reason not to try one out.
 

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I never understood the whole fixie craze. I'd flip to the flop and use the single gear.
 

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I never understood the whole fixie craze. I'd flip to the flop and use the single gear.
Fixed has its place, like on the track, but I'm with you, Nigal. I prefer single-speed on the open road. It's safer for new riders and it allows easier seat position changes and nursing of any nagging leg injuries. For me it's single-speed on roads, fixed on the track. What I like best about the whole fixed/single-speed scene is the spartan look of the bikes. Less is better in my mind.
 

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I thought you did but then took them down.

Have you got many miles on the Wabi yet or not with it being Winter?
The Windsor is for winter riding, the Wabi is for nice weather. Sadly, even though it's warmed up into the mid 30s, we've been told to avoid outdoors due to the inversion layer causing really bad smog. The majority of my winter miles lately have been on my new trainer.
 

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Hack, what's the gearing on the Windsor? Looks bigger than 70 inch. Maybe 50x15? Anyway, I like the bike's looks and the bigger gear than what you usually see on a fixie.
 

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It's like 46x16 or something like that. I have a bunch of cogs and freewheels, and don't recall what I'm running right now.
 

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Fixed has its place, like on the track, but I'm with you, Nigal. I prefer single-speed on the open road. It's safer for new riders and it allows easier seat position changes and nursing of any nagging leg injuries. For me it's single-speed on roads, fixed on the track. What I like best about the whole fixed/single-speed scene is the spartan look of the bikes. Less is better in my mind.
I too love the simple looks of the fixies. It's funny because whenever i see someone on a bike the first thing I look for is a rear derailleur. LOL!

I think the big point of irony about the whole hipster/fixie craze is the fact they show their coolness by wearing...girl's skinny jeans? Bahawhawhaw!
 

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I too love the simple looks of the fixies. It's funny because whenever i see someone on a bike the first thing I look for is a rear derailleur. LOL!

I think the big point of irony about the whole hipster/fixie craze is the fact they show their coolness by wearing...girl's skinny jeans? Bahawhawhaw!
Careful. I made fun of them once, and things got ugly quickly. Do a Google search for brianforums.net.
 

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Get one! I have the Motobecane Messenger which is similar to the Clockwork and I've been nothing but happy with mine.

Absolute worst case scenario, you buy the bike, ride it for a bit and decide fixed gear riding isn't for you (although I have a hard time imagining someone not having fun on a fixed gear) you can sell the bike on craigslist for most of what you paid for it. With very little "opportunity cost" there's no reason not to try one out.
The Hour comes with a flip flop hub so you can change it to a regular free-wheel pretty quick. If anyone's interested, you can read my in-depth windsor the hour review.
 
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