I had a really nice bike ride home from work and head about 8 miles down when I got to a monster hill that’s near my neighborhood. As I was flying down this wall and doing some skips to make sure I could stop at the intersection if I had to, I threw my chain.
Suddenly my bike was silent for a moment followed by a creaking winding sound as I felt the resistance leave the cranks and prepared to re-open my harry potter wannabe scar.
Apparently this bike likes me, and the cog pulled the chain tight around the bottom bracket shell - the excess chain wrapped around the inside of the cog and locked up the back wheel. It worked so well that you might’ve thought I had planned it, the cranks even locked in a neutral position that didn’t bottom out and toss me over the bars. 20 feet later I skidded off the road up a driveway entrance where I fixed it up and before riding home.
And that is why you ride track bikes instead of fixed gear conversions.
Here it is! My fixed gear converted schwinn letour. First picture is when i bought it for $45 at the local shop. The rest are the finished product (though stikl subject to change/upgrade. Beyond happy with it. Special thanks to my pal Eric for doing so much work on it and for doing a fantastic job painting.