En fixed gear sykkel (fastnav) er en sykkel hvor drevet bak er skrudd fast på navet uten frihjulsnav. Så lenge hjulet går rundt går også kranken rundt og omvendt. En fixed gear sykkel kan også sykles baklengs...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pedals in tha' house!

Got my set of MK Sylvan track pedals today. Those are made in Japan and pretty cool...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Puma 101 on Fixed Gear!

Download this pretty cool PDF from Pumaville...

“It’s scary when you see someone
who looks like they don’t know how to
handle their bike. If it’s a fashion
accessory, it could be a dangerous
fashion accessory. Riding a bike
is the best way to get around a
city. It’s way faster than the
subway, faster than a car.
But, at the same time,
it can be dangerous. If
you’re riding a fixedgear,
you’ve gotta
be dedicated, and
you’ve got to
understand that
it can be
out there.”

Hang it on the wall...

When I'm not using the Moto' it hangs on the wall in my home office. That way I can see it all the time...

Some updated pics!

Removed the original stickers on the rims...

Here's a close-up of the titanium bolt from car wheels builder Artec!

A new cool leather top tube protector from FreshTripeBikes!

Cool ride!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008


I played with this pic today...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Motobecane catalog from 1984

Motobecane Mirage from 1984 Inexternal lugless frame.

More here:
Motobecane catalog from 1984. Front and back covers.

More words from Terence Green in the UK.
Hello again,

hey! Nice decal. Looks real neat against the black frame. Very slick.

I see you have a new pic of a Motobecane Mirage II on your blog. It looks super cool!

Some time ago I found a scan from a 1984 catalogue which mentions the Mirage and the Super Mirage. I've attached it as I can't recall where I found it. No mention of the Mirage II, but it does state that Inexternal lugless frames are the new technological introduction for 1984 Mirage models.

The Mirage II is an Inexternal lugless frame. If you search the internet for Motobecane Inexternal you'll find quite a few references to models in the higher ranges (e.g. Jubilee) that that predate 1984. If you search for Motobecane Inexternal 2040 (my frame decals specifies Inexternal 2040) there are far fewer hits. This is one of them - <http://velospace.org/node/4055>.
Interesting, huh!

The similarity between that Motobecane 'Super Sport' on Velospace and the Mirage II paintwork is interesting. I wonder whether the Mirage was relabelled for different export markets, maybe as Mirage II in northern Europe? My brother found my bike in Germany.


1984 Motobecane Mirage II (Inexternal lugless frame) Fixed Gear Racer Build!

Cruising the Moto Fixie is pretty cool but also scary...




Not to bad for a rookie... :-)

Here's the "list" so far..!

*Powdercoated frame.

*Sticker set.

*DP18 M Yellow
*Black spokes 3x
*Novatech Yellow hubs
*Respaced to 126mm
*Shimano Dura-Ace Cog & lockring 16T x 1/8
*ACS Freewheel 16 x 1/8
*LV Tubes
*Rim Strips
*Continental Sport Contact 700x28

*KMC Z410 Chain Yellow

*Silver alloy seatpost 25.4mm

*Vintage Stronglight Motobecane French Headset

*San Marco Arami Sadle

*A Motobecane Headbadge.

*Polished old Campagnolo Athena crank.

*Polished old Cinelli Stem.

*Flipped and Chopped origianl Cinelli handlebar

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First testride!!

I was test riding the Moto' Fixie tonight!

And man what a ride. A scary ride at first. There's a lot of hills (downhills) around my house and I was cruising slowly down the first one, and "WOOHAA!" that was f'n scary, the bike did'nt stop at all! I did'nt have the "trick" to stop it so I just gained speed while I was desperately trying to stop the beast. Phu! That was some experience. But after that the cruise was just fine. I can't wait to cruise some more on my first ever fixed gear. But I'm thinking that I definetly need a front brake...

Done deal...

I was polishing the stem and the crank arms today.
That's a big step forward. Pretty cool actually...

Got wheels, tires and a yellow chain from Bell's Bike Shop in Philadelphia, USA today! Getting there now...

Then the yellow chain goes on. Not the best color but kinda' cool though. Here's the polished Campagnolo crank arms and some ugly beat up pedals. The only one I had at the time...

Almost finnished! Test rode it today, awesome!!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

You don’t know CycleHawk…

What year?!

I got this from Terence Green in London. He also got a Mototbecane Mirage II

"Hi Richard!

Excellent choice! Good luck with the project.

Here's my commuter. Single speed rather than fixie. Old knees need a rest
now and then!"

Then I asked him if he know what year the bicycle is.
Here's what he said...

"I don't know the year for sure. I inherited it from my brother who got it from a bloke who was throwing it out so there's no history. I can't find the Mirage II in any Motobecane catalogues I've located online. That leaves the bike to provide dates. It had Weinmann 510 brake levers stamped '84' for 1984 but they could have been a later addition. The bottom bracket is the best indication of a date. It has English threads which places it around the late 1970s, early 1980s when Motobecane started using Japanese parts. That's the best I've come up with so far. I Google every now and then to see if there's more info online which is what led me to your blog."

This is Terence' Mirage II


I got a Motobecane emblem from eBay.
Not sure about what year the emblem is though...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hipster! F**** 'em...

Now it starts to look like something...

Done some more work on the Moto' today.

New bottom bracket...

Shortened the bar...

Mounted a new headset and the Cinelli stem from the Raleigh.
Cleaned up the original chrome fork and put the shorter Cinelli bar on upside down...

Waiting for wheels! Looks like a bike now. I can't wait to testride my first Fixie...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fixed Gear Bicycle

A fixed-gear bicycle or fixed wheel bicycle, is a bicycle without the ability to coast. The sprocket is screwed directly on to the hub and there is no freewheel mechanism. A reverse-thread lockring is usually fitted to prevent the sprocket from unscrewing. Whenever the rear wheel is turning, the pedals turn in the same direction. By resisting the rotation of the pedals, a rider can slow the bike to a stop, without the aid of a brake. A fixed gear bicycle can even be ridden in reverse.

Most fixed gear bicycles only have one gear ratio. Some have a sprocket on each side of the rear hub, giving the choice of using one of two different gear ratios. Such a hub (a flip-flop hub), may have a fixed gear on each side (double-fixed) or a fixed gear on one side and a freewheel gear on the other (fixed-free). To change gear, it is necessary to remove, reverse and refit the rear wheel. Typically, the number of teeth on the sprockets will differ by one or two, for example 19 teeth on one side and 17 on the other, making the latter gear some 11 or 12% higher than the former (for the same chainring).


The track bicycle is a form of fixed-gear bicycle used for track cycling in a velodrome. But since a "fixed-gear bicycle" is just a bicycle without a freewheel, a fixed-gear bicycle can be any type of bicycle.

Traditionally, road racing and club cyclists would use a fixed wheel bicycle for training during the winter months, generally using a relatively low gear ratio, believed to help develop a good pedalling style. In the UK until the 1950s it was common for riders to use a fixed wheel for time trials. The fixed wheel was also commonly used, and continues to be used in the end of season hill climb races in the autumn. A typical clubmen's fixed wheel machine would have been a "road-path" or "road/track" cycle. In the era when most riders only had one cycle, the same bike when stripped down and fitted with racing wheels was used for road time trials and track racing, and when fitted with mudguards (fenders) and a bag it was used for club runs, touring and winter training. However by the 1960s multi-gear derailleurs had become the norm and riding fixed wheel on the road declined over the next few decades. Recent years have seen renewed interest and increased popularity of fixed wheel cycling in the UK.

In urban North America recently the popularity of fixed gear bicycles have attained something of a cult status, and even discernible regional aesthetic preferences in terms of finish and presentation of such bicycles have appeared.

Dedicated fixed-gear road bicycles are being produced in greater numbers by established bicycle manufacturers. They are generally low in price, and characterized by a more forgiving, slacker road geometry, as opposed to the steeper, more aggressive geometry of track bicycles. These too are made in increasing numbers at budget, or entry-level price and quality-points. Fixed-gear bicycles are also used in cycle ball and artistic cycling.

A fixed-gear bicycle is particularly well suited for track stands, a manoeuver in which the bicycle can be held stationary, balanced upright with the rider's feet on the pedals.

Advantages and disadvantages

Fixed gear bicycles are ridden by cyclists for many reasons, such as their light weight, simplicity, low maintenance, or image.
Many people who ride fixed-gear bicycles simply find it more enjoyable than or as an alternative to riding bikes with freewheels. Although the bike has only one gear, the lighter weight of a fixed-gear bike than its multi-speed freewheel equivalent can provide increased performance. Although the rider cannot change to a lower gear, climbing hills on a fixed gear is claimed by some riders to be easier than with a multi-speed freewheel; some claim it is because it is easier to maintain momentum as the cranks are pushed through the dead centres by the chain, other riders say it is only because a fixed bicycle is lighter than its multi-speed freewheel equivalent. In slippery conditions some riders prefer to ride fixed because the transmission gives feedback on back tire grip.
Descending is more difficult as the rider must spin the cranks at a very high speed (sometimes at 150rpm or more), or use the brake(s) to slow down. Nevertheless, the enforced fast spin when descending is claimed to increase "souplesse" (a French word roughly meaning suppleness), which improves pedalling performance on any type of bicycle.
Riding fixed is generally considered to encourage a more effective pedalling style, which translates into greater efficiency and power when used on a bicycle fitted with a freewheel


Because it is possible to slow down or stop a fixed-gear bike by resisting the turning pedals, some riders think brakes are not strictly necessary. However, since the rider can apply braking force only to the rear wheel, the maximal deceleration is significantly lower than on a bike equipped with a front brake. As a vehicle brakes, weight is transferred towards the front wheel and away from the rear wheel, decreasing the amount of grip the rear wheel has. Shifting the rider's weight aft will increase rear wheel braking efficiency, but normally the front wheel might provide 70% or more of the braking power when braking hard.
A rider can also lock the rear wheel and skid to slow down or completely stop on a fixed-gear bicycle, a manoeuvre sometimes known as a skid stop. It is initiated by unweighting the rear wheel while in motion (and usually lifting it off the ground slightly) by shifting the rider's weight forward and pulling up on the pedals using clipless pedals or toe clips. The rider then stops turning the pedals, thus stopping the drivetrain and rear wheel, while applying his or her body weight in opposition to the normal rotation of the pedals. When the rear tire again contacts the ground the rear wheel will skid, which acts to slow the bike. The skid can be held until the bicycle stops or until the rider desires to continue pedalling again at a slower speed. The technique requires a little practice and using it while cornering is generally considered dangerous. As with the technique of resisting the pedals, the maximal deceleration of this method of slowing is also significantly lower than using a front brake. A wet surface further reduces the effectiveness of this method, almost to the point of not reducing speed at all.
Brakeless fixed riding has an almost cult status in some places, based on the perception by some riders of the experience of riding in a state of intense concentration or 'flow' where brakes are thought not to be needed.
Other riders dismiss riding on roads without brakes as an unnecessary affectation, based on image rather than what is practical when riding a bicycle. Furthermore, riding brakeless may jeopardize the chances of a successful insurance claim in the event of an accident and, in some jurisdictions (including the UK), is against the law. It also greatly increases stress on the knees which can lead to injury. Some will have one (usually front) brake for emergencies, for descending steep hills, for safety in the event of a broken or derailed chain, to comply with traffic law, or to prevent knee injury. Others will have two brakes for better control in hills, for slippery road conditions, or for use in the event of a broken or thrown chain, broken brake or brake cable.
In the United States, fixed-gear bikes without hand brakes are illegal in many places. Laws in most states where fixed-gear riding is popular, including New York, California, Maryland, Oregon and Georgia, require that bicycles be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on clean, dry pavement. Still, fixed-gear cyclists and lawyers in those states argue that the rider should count as the "brake" if the rider is able to achieve the same effect. In regulatory terms, the bikes fall in a gray area. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says track bicycles are "designed and intended for use in a competition."They are exempt from federal requirements for standard bicycles, which call for bikes to have brakes at least in the rear. Fixed-gear sidewalk bikes -- the commission's term for one with a seat height of no more than 25 inches adjusted to its highest position, and no free wheel -- are not required to have brakes if they bear a permanent label visible from 10 feet displaying the words "No Brakes." The same label must be displayed prominently on promotional display material and shipping cartons.[citation needed]
In the UK, the Pedal Cycles Construction and Use Regulations 1983 requires that pedal cycles 'with a saddle height over 635mm to have two independent braking systems, with one acting on the front wheel(s) and one on the rear'. It is commonly thought that a front brake and a fixed rear wheel satisfies this requirement.

US and British English Usage

"Fixed gear" is the standard term in the US, whilst "fixed wheel" is used in the UK. The confusion comes about because "fixed", "gear" and "wheel" can have more than one meaning in this context. "Fixed" can mean not able to freewheel (coast), it can also mean not variable. "Gear" can refer to the sprocket or to a gear ratio. In the US, "fixed-gear" is used to mean the gear (sprocket) is attached to the hub without a freewheel. In the UK, "fixed-wheel" is the normal term, meaning the opposite of freewheel, whereas fixed gear usually means one gear (gear ratio). See also single-speed bicycle.


Many companies sell bicycle frames designed specifically for use with fixed-gear hubs. A fixed-gear or track-bike hub includes special threads for a lockring that tightens in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction compared with the sprocket. This ensures that the sprocket cannot unscrew when the rider "backpedals" while braking.For a variety of reasons, many cyclists choose to convert freewheel bicycles to fixed gear. Frames with horizontal dropouts will be straightforward to convert, frames with vertical dropouts less so. One method is to simply replace the rear wheel with a wheel that has a track/fixed hub. Another is to use a hub designed to be used with a threaded multi-speed freewheel. Such a hub will only have the normal right-handed threads for the sprocket and not the reverse threads for the lockrings used on track/fixed hubs. There is a slight possibility that the sprocket on a hub without a lockring will unscrew while back pedalling. Even if a bottom bracket lockring is threaded onto the hub along with a track sprocket, because the bottom-bracket lockring is not reverse threaded, the possibility still exists that both the sprocket and locknut can unscrew. Therefore it is recommended to have both front and rear brakes on a fixed-gear bicycle using a converted freewheel hub in case the sprocket unscrews while back pedaling. It is also advisable to use a thread sealer such as manufactured by Loctite for the sprocket and bottom bracket lockring. The rotafix (or "frame whipping") method may be helpful to securely install the cog.
Bicycles with vertical dropouts and no derailleur require some way to adjust chain tension. Most bicycles with horizontal dropouts can be tensioned by moving the wheel forward or backward in the dropouts. Bicycles with vertical dropouts can also be converted with some additional hardware. Possibilities include:
An eccentric hub or bottom bracket allows the off center axle or bottom bracket spindle to pivot and changing the chain tension. A "Ghost" or "floating" chainring. An additional chainring placed in the drive train between the driving chainring and sprocket. The top of the chain moves it forward at the same speed that the bottom of the chain moves it backwards, giving the appearance that it is floating in the chain. A "Magic gear". With some math you can calculate a gearing ratio to fit a taut chain between the rear dropout and bottom bracket. Also, using a chain half link and slightly filing the dropouts to increase the width of the slot will increase the chances of finding a "magic gear." Separate chain tensioning devices such as the type which are attached to the dropout gear hanger (commonly used on single speed mountain bikes) cannot be used because they will be damaged as soon as the lower part of the chain becomes tight.
Additional adjustments or modification may be needed to ensure a good chainline. The chain should run straight from the chainring to the sprocket, therefore both need to be the same distance away from the bicycle's centerline. Matched groupsets of track components are normally designed to give a chainline of 42mm, but conversions using road or mountain bike cranksets often use more chainline. Some hubs, such as White Industries' ENO, or the British Goldtec track hub, are better suited to this task as they have a chainline greater than standard. Failure to achieve good chainline will at best lead to a noisy chain and increased wear, and at worst can throw the chain off the sprocket. This can result in rear wheel lockup and a wrecked frame if the chain falls between the rear sprocket and the spokes. Chainline can be adjusted in a number of ways, which may be used in combination with each other:
Obtaining a bottom bracket with a different spindle length, to move the chainring inboard or outboard Choosing a bottom bracket with two lockrings, which gives fine adjustment of chainring position Respacing and redishing the rear wheel, where permitted by the hub design Placing thin spacers under the bottom bracket's right-hand cup (Sturmey-Archer make a suitable 1/16" spacer) to move the chainring outboard Placing thin spacers between the chainring and its stack bolts to move it inboard (if the chainring is on the inside of the crank spider) or outboard (if the ring is on the outside of the spider) Placing thin spacers between the hub shoulder and the rear sprocket - only recommended in the case of a freewheel-threaded hub, which has sufficiently deep threads for this

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Cannondale Capo @ Anton Sport, Norway

I was in Oslo today and I stopped by old Sykkeldelisk, one of Norways best bicycleshops. And there it was, the coolest fixed gear bike I have ever seen in Norway... (not to many... )

It was not for sale. It was one of the employees' bike. He had kustomized it little bit. I had a little testride on the beauty in Bogstadveien.

Here's how it looks origianl in the box...

Minimalist machine with an elaborate history. The Capo frame is Cannondale's original track frame from over a decade ago. Winner of Indiana's Little 500 in addition to countless on-time deliveries in major metro areas.