Single Speed Giro “FIXIE”I had my new bike with me at the fall Bacchetta Cat Trike Rally and a few people notice the set up. At that time I had it set up as just a single speed with a single freewheel cog. Finally got around to getting a 3/32 track cog and set up my flip flop hub with the single freewheel and track cog. Last night I took the Giro fixie and did a ride put on by our local Bacchetta dealer Bicycle Outfitters, http://bicycleoutfitters.net/, . Diana, Jerry, Adam Belander and the Outfitter crew put on a great X-mas light ride though Lake Park neighborhood that decorates up their streets and accepts donations to the Hospice. A good spread of treats with hot cider and cocoa at the store was well appreciated on the chilly Florida night (come on it was like 54 degrees).
Oh back to the fixie, she worked great and it is very interesting riding a high bottom bracket recumbent with a fix gear and reclined. I recommend keeping the extra brakes and not to depend upon leg braking. Other then that it works well, some planning on starts maybe required more, “Pinto run” the duck run launches to get going as you though your feet up on to the pedals.
More on the bike, I had my builder Cam “the man” Millet take a 2007 Giro 26 frame add in some track drop outs, clean off a few extra housing stops and stubby the front del. Post and his choice of color, which seems to be liked by a lot of people. I picked up a set of Surly single speed hubs built on to a Mavic Open Sport 700c rims and put on a pair of Maxxis 700c x 25mm Re-Fuse tires for banging around on. Added in a some Kore rear dropout adjusters you get a Fixie Giro. Note I ended up going with a 3/32 cog and chain to fit though the Bacchetta idler wheel, Tried a heavy duty 1/8 KMC chain and it was to wide for the idler wheel.