Re: [CR]A nomenclature question

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Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004 21:34:22 -0800
From: "joel metz, ifbma/sfbma" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]A nomenclature question

>"joel metz, ifbma/sfbma" wrote:
> >
>> these days i consider "fixed wheel" and "fixed gear" interchangeable
>> though - if you talk about a "fixed gear" everyone assumes you mean a
>> "fixed wheel". but some of us occassional pedant-types will call
>> people on it if were feeling especially uppity. :)
>Okay, how about this... the word "fixed" (like fixed in place).
>A fixed gear = a gear that doesn't move (won't freewheel).
>A fixed wheel = a wheel that doesn't move (like blocked).

see, ive always thought of "fixed wheel" in opposition to "free wheel" or "freewheel".

honestly, i dont think either one is really more correct than the other, in this day and age.

as sheldon mentioned in the post he just made - i think it largely depends on ones interpretation of the word "gear" - whether you take it to mean "sprocket" or "gear ratio" (as in "1st gear" etc)

and i think defining fixed in the context of "fixed in place" isnt your only option here - "fixed" as an adjective could mean "stationary" as youre reading it, or perhaps "set" as in "a fixed time" or "a fixed amount" - or even "constant" - which is how im reading it (thus my reading of "variable gear" as opposed to "fixed gear", which is NOT incorrect, sheldon :) )

"...lets call the whole thing off!" :)


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