I'm Barry from Wellington, New Zealand and this is my first fixie. It's an On-One Inbred 29er mountain bike, setup for multi-day all mountain epics in wet and gritty conditions. Wheels are Velocity Dyad touring rims, IRO fixed hubset (very nice), butted stainless steel spokes and a 16t 3/32 On-One cog. Cranks are Middleburn RS7s 170mm with a 32t ring, giving a 60" gear with WTB Exiwolfs. Bars are Nitto moustaches, with Dia-Compe 287V levers and mid 90s Deore XT v-brakes. Saddle is a Selle Italia Octavia gel.

This bike was a fun build and it's even more fun to ride. I'm slower than most my my friends riding geared squishies, but I reckon I get the best deal because on any given adventure I'm *riding more than they are*, therefore I'm having more fun.

The 60" gear is good for hilly New Zealand conditions, and it's high enough to be able to cruise at acceptable speeds on the smooth flats. Brake suck is an issue in mud. It can mean the difference between just being able to turn the pedals over and getting mired (literally). If I were doing it all again I'd put discs on it, though getting a disc compatable fixed hub is problematic without spending up large. Of course, I could just leave off the back brake but there have been times when having one has saved energy, skin and embarassment so I'm inclideds to keep both.

I'm a fan of weird handlebars. I've had On-One Midge drops on this bike which are great, but I have really long legs, so I need high bars and even with a 12" steerer tube I still couldn't get them high enough. Moustaches win slightly over midges, even though Midges are wider, because it's easier to reach the brake levers on the moustaches.

The bike handles really nicely on road and off. Best thing is not having to use the brakes when negotiating tight singletrack. Lots of old South Island mining trails are not that steep but are extremely wiggley. The fix is perfect - no more sore hands after days of descending.

Thanks to Matt Chester for the challenge!

-- Barry Bryant Service Desk Analyst barry.bryant@gen-i.co.nz www.gen-i.co.nz <http://www.gen-i.co.nz/>

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