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Carlos and his fixed Triax | by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious
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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 dérailleur 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.

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Taken on September 11, 2007