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    Hills

    Hi,

    I've just moved to Hobart and am living on campus at Utas. For those that don't know the city, basically I'm on the side of an enormous hill.

    Coincidentally, Surly Steamrollers are selling out at $599, less than half price. Very tempting. Am I insane for considering it given my location and the hilliness of the city in general? I've never ridden fixed before. I'm assuming it's relatively simple to change the ratio, but I don't want it to feel like granny gear on the flat.

    Harry.

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    ^ No, you are not insane. Sydney is hilly with heaps of fixters, likewise San Francisco. Plus you have the benefit of being in close proximity to the Bottles & Chains crew, represented on this forum by user Sekt, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week.

    I run 72 gear inches and find it strikes a good balance between climbing without spinning out of control on the descents. Check the Hobart section in 'Meets' for upcoming events, and welcome to the forum.
    You are the morals you act upon - not the ones you hold

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    I run 64 inches and ride all round Hobart... Including a commute over the bridge and stuff pretty much every day...
    64 is good for climbs and a good all round gear for Hobart...
    Try it, you'll rate it.

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    what goes up must come down, hills are rad!

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    you are insane, yes

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    Your name is Harry and your nickname is Hermione Granger. +1mil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravity View Post
    Your name is Harry and your nickname is Hermione Granger. +1mil.
    And he's talking about Hills LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by nikcee View Post
    but then im old and need all the help i can get to keep up with the young whippersnappers.

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    Riding fixed on hills is a skill that takes a while to learn. I'm talking about going downhill. Loosing control of a fixed gear bike on a steep hill will turn your pants a nice shade of brown. If you're going to do it dont expect to be bombing down hills straight away. Learn on the flat. Most importantly, make sure you have a good quality brake set up.

    Going up hills will only get easier the more that you do it.
    ..... I'll freak a funky beat like that shit was in a blender

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermione Granger View Post
    Surly Steamrollers are selling out at $599, less than half price. Very tempting.
    tempting indeed - where is the sale?
    Quote Originally Posted by supermarketoflove View Post
    This would have been a test of marriage moment for sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by spirito View Post
    It's always been the way for us Aussie's to go all gaga and become sycophants about European frames when our own Aussie builders were just as good, maybe better.

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    Any dirtworks dealer...get on the dirtworks website and email them to find a dealer in your area, then they can order them in for you.

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