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One of my goals in moving to California was to put more focus on getting healthy.  Now I'm lucky enough to be able to ride a really nice bike to work each day and get in a little work out each way.

The bike comes pre-configured as fixed (aka you can't coast) and the rear hub is a "flip flop" which means you can easily convert it into a single speed bike.  Currently I'm leaving it as fixed because it results in a much better workout.  I've never gone to a spinning class... but this has got to be pretty close.  Here's a picture:

2008 Surly Steamroller

Currently I've put 196 miles on it, and enjoyed every minute.  I'm really impressed with the bike as delivered.  The only changes I've made were to add a computer, cage, lights, and bag.  The only real mechanical change I intend to make is a bigger gear (less teeth) in the back, as 19/47 is a little too small of a gear for me.  The plan currently is to get either a 17 or 18 for the back - probably 18.  Lisa has tried to ride it, but wasn't really able to get started:

Lisa trying to stand over my bike

So far the longest ride I've taken it on was 20 miles (with Jaisen) and it felt really good.  I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying the fact that it's fixed.  The workout is great, safety doesn't seem to be much of a concern, and I don't miss shifting gears  :)

Handlebars

 It's also handy that the weather here is pretty much always beautiful, so it's always a great day to ride  :)



July 16, 2012 @19:17
Comment by Marcelo:

there is another lady who I see riindg along throsby creek every morning on her way to work at that Joy Cummings center near cafe 2300. I wouldn't call her elderly . Past half way, might be a softer description. Anyway, she is a stalwart. And very cute, as all women on bikes are to my eye. If you see her, do ask her to stop for a photo. I would, but I am too shy.
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June 27, 2013 @08:32
Comment by Philip:

One thing to consider is the dicsnate between the outside of the lock nuts. Traditional fixed wheel bikes have this size at 120mm. If your frame has this dimension then, allowing for chain line, a fixed wheel will fit into your machine.If the frame is made of half decent steel, the rear drop outs can be cold set. Make sure that the drop outs remain square.Talking of drop outs, you will need at least semi vertical drop outs so that chain adjustments can be made. Traditional fixed wheel bikes have track ends that are horizontal drop outs'.You can't use a chain tensioner with a fixed wheel bike.You will also need a single chain ring. These can be converted from a multi geared chain set and I would advise the purchase of suitable chain ring bolts for a single chain ring.Chain line is very very important. It will probably involve a different sized bottom bracket and or chain ring spacers.Don't do it for style as you probably won't enjoy it. Fixed wheel riding is a totally different way of riding a bike that uses different skills and a different mind set.
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