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Carlos and his fixed Triax
Triax is a brand of Dynacraft bicycle sold at Target stores for about $150 in the United States. Carlos here converted it to fixed. I love the Jesus picture in place of the headbadge on this bike.
I never noticed before, but the Triax road bike has a stamped derailleur hanger that's actually suited for fixed or singlespeed conversion because it's nearly horizontal and forward facing.
Because the components on a Triax are so junky, converting to fixed is probably a good idea. Upgrading the wheels and tires and replacing the drop bars with those bullhorns makes the bike a little cooler, though it's probably overkill. Those bars are possibly worth more than the frame. The wheels certainly are.
Carlos doesn't speak English; I was surprised to see a recent immigrant Latino riding a fixed gear bike. In the Bay Area, many "fakengers" are comfortable white people with steady income (like me).
He obviously has some pride in the bike and he told me he built it up himself. I imagine the frame was probably acquired used with non-working components.
Seen on Caltrain during my evening commute.
Two Geared Fixed Gear
I recently converted my touring bike into a fixed geared bike. Since my touring bike was the *only* bike I have that had gears, I didn't want to lose out on all the places where a really low gear comes in handy - mainly riding around in the mountains and when haulin' stuff with the trailer. I really like this compromise between simplicity (w/low maintenance) and flexibility
The cog in back is in fact two stuck together. It's pair with double chainrings up front - changing gear ratios doesn't affect chain line in this way and also allows you to run the same amount of chain for both, very different ratios. The axle will basically be in the same place in the dropout.
The difference in ratio would be quite difficult to attain - especially with horizontal dropouts, with just a flip/flop hub. I also have the option to run *another* ratio on the other side, or even a twin singlespeed thing.
The setup currently affords me a 2:1 ratio (low) and a 2.7-ish:1 ratio for general riding about.
Cogs in back are a 17/21 rings up front will be a 46/22
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