Fixed Gear Musing....

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Jim Edgar, Mar 9, 2003.

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  1. Jim Edgar

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    With necessary components from Sheldon, and a few select bits from the parts bins, the fixed-gear
    project is a real bike now.

    So, I'm rolling around on a beautiful sunny Saturday, and as I gradually become more aware that
    there's no real need for a freewheel, I begin to wonder when they became widely available.

    My question(s) is(are):

    When did folks start using a freewheel mechanism on the bicycle? I've seen references to the first
    derailleurs, but not when freewheels were widely used. In the biography on Major Taylor, it seems
    that he's using a fixed-gear system. But, his racing was generally on tracks.

    Did the Tour racers in the 20's use a freewheel, or were they fixed? I've got a few pictures from
    this period, but can't quite tell.

    Since I've become fixed, I tend to sit around and stare like my neighbors cat (also fixed). I seem
    to recover after a while and become more active, but is this a problem I need to worry about?


    -- Jim

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