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Old 09-20-11, 06:20 AM   #51
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I'm 55 years old and I ride a fixie with a front brake only. If you don't get it, it's because you haven't tried it and you never will. No big deal. It's a little like surfing. If you don't feel the calling, you will never feel connection......
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If you don't get it, it's because you haven't tried it and you never will.
i have tried it.. i even built one myself. i didn't like riding it.. i guess i didn't "get it"

one thing i realized after i tried fixed gear is how much i love coasting
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i have tried it.. i even built one myself. i didn't like riding it.. i guess i didn't "get it"

one thing i realized after i tried fixed gear is how much i love coasting
Same here. I tried it. It's kinda neat for tricks and whatnot (You can do some cool tricks on a fixie). But for riding, I just "don't get it". Doesn't mean it's a bad ride, just that I don't like it.

To each their own, as long as they're not drinking PBR, I'm fine
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And, to each their own, I say. I don't ride fixies. They just don't do it for me, and I think they're kinda silly, but I'm sure avid fixie riders think my 24 speed bike, with cables flopping all over the place, and the worrying about being in the right gear, with the proper cadence kind of silly too
Dont forget that energy robbing chain slap, too. That will be your ruin, no doubt.
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Fixies seem cool but they're definitely not for everyone. I like fixies myself, but am so lazy I went with a coaster brake rear instead so I can still coast. And yes I'm dummy with no front brake, but in my own defense I still haven't rode the damn thing more then down to my nearest neighbors house yet. No reall hills immediately around, but it does get up to speed very fast so maybe I should add one.
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I understand fixies. I don't understand no brakes.

Why? Two reasons. First, I don't care if you're Eddy Merckx, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong, etc., you cannot, and I repeat, cannot stop as fast by backpedaling as you can with good brakes. And I've had more than a few occasions where I've needed to make a quick stop. Secondly, redundancy. If your chain snaps, you have no brakes. I always want at least two ways to stop the bike, fixed or not.
Ridding fixies without a brake deserves the darwin award:-)
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I'm sure avid fixie riders think my 24 speed bike, with cables flopping all over the place, and the worrying about being in the right gear, with the proper cadence kind of silly too
The only time I think fixies are silly is when the rider is one that refuses ride geared bikes. In that case, those riders tend to be on bikes for fashion. Other times some people dont care one way or the other about their drive train; if it gets them where they want to go, then it works well enough.

Many fixed riders also ride geared bikes, including myself. I don't care about how advanced the 10 speed drive train is and now electronic shifting. I like working on bikes and riding them. Different bikes ride differently, and I love how fixed gear road bikes feel.

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The most important but overlooked benefit is that fixies "teach" your legs and knees to spin circles. Many Pro racers have known this for years and make it a part of their yearly training program. If you don't get it, no big deal. Its kind of like snowboarding, why should I work so much harder to go so much slower than I can go on skis?
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Fixed Gear bicycles are nothing new. They're just something fashionable, like skinny neckties, a trend that will come and go. That being said, some on this board have been riding fixed gear for years now, and without brakes.

Try a riding century on a fixed gear...say Solvang....with a brake of course.

Henri Desgrange founder of the Tour de France puts it best:

"I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"

!Enough Said!
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Old 09-21-11, 03:50 PM   #61
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Fixed Gear bicycles are nothing new. They're just something fashionable, like skinny neckties, a trend that will come and go. That being said, some on this board have been riding fixed gear for years now, and without brakes.

Try a riding century on a fixed gear...say Solvang....with a brake of course.

Henri Desgrange founder of the Tour de France puts it best:

"I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"

!Enough Said!
But wait... there is NEVER enough said.
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It "Looks clean" without brakes. These are future organ donors. The chain snaps, you lose braking force; and rear braking is crap, I've panicked and accidentally tried to do an emergency stop with rear brakes and just blown right past stop signs, lucky the traffic stopped for me. We're talking like I could go straight down to stop 2-3 carlengths before the sign, and I still managed to stop almost all the way across the intersection.

Fixed gear bikes also became a hipster thing, so they're ridden by clueless idiots that have no idea what they're doing but think it's cool. Kind of like investing in a penny stock dying company: you're like, "I got into it before it was big," but in reality it's just going to go bankrupt.
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Henri Desgrange founder of the Tour de France puts it best:

"I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"
All of which proves that fixed gear bikes are only temporary. As a rider who still has and rides a bike they bought while a youth, now that I am well north of 45, it is still a stable and dependable mount, 10 speeds and all.

I have to disagree with M. Desgrange's comment about "Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles...". We didn't get on top of the food chain by the strength of our muscles. It was by using our brains. And if muscles are the criterion, the true athlete should be running, leaping, skipping and doing cartwheels to compete in the Tour de France, not employing the artifice of using a bicycle.

But each in it's place. Fixies are perfect for velodrome racing. In my hilly neighborhood with a full load of groceries, they would be silly. But no one is making me part with my derailleurs, so I feel no need to criticize anyone who wants to ride a single speed. Vive La Differance!
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Troll Alert... 1 post and you haul out Darwin? Why not go for the throat and invoke Godwin, too.
I voiced my opinion, and about 28 yrs of riding a bike on my first post. My first bike was my cousin pegas with coaster brake, then moved to a 20 inch same setup but removed the front brake since was a cheap caliper and did not think i needed it and wanted to be cool like the kids in ET. My chain did not brake but my bolt that hold the coaster braking did, and had bent fork and wheel and damn big gash on my right elbow and scrapes on my left side from the slide in the turn. If you want to experience the same be my guest, too bad we can not past experiences by DNA, the world would be a better place, maybe:-)

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It is an entirely different experience riding fixed. The bike feels much more like an appendage or extension of yourself riding this way. The power transfer is noticeably better as it is more mechanically efficient. If you have never tried riding fixed you would be amazed at how much it feels like the bike is pedaling itself for you. It does force you to be more aware and in tune with your surroundings, some people describe it as a zen-like state. The fact that the drive train can be completely silent is a beautiful thing as well.
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the concept isn't anything new, fixed gear comes from track bikes and got reappropriated in the 80's by bike messengers in the big cities as a fast, simple, and reliable alternative to geared bicycles, which we all know have a tendency to malfunction and breakdown often.
Hmmm, I've got thousands of miles on my geared bike without any malfunctions. What is this breaking down often you talk about???
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If you've gone thousands of miles without any malfunctions then you probably have a high quality bicycle and a rigorous maintenance schedule. I think all he's saying is: less parts, less to go wrong.
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It is an entirely different experience riding fixed. The bike feels much more like an appendage or extension of yourself riding this way. The power transfer is noticeably better as it is more mechanically efficient. If you have never tried riding fixed you would be amazed at how much it feels like the bike is pedaling itself for you. It does force you to be more aware and in tune with your surroundings, some people describe it as a zen-like state. The fact that the drive train can be completely silent is a beautiful thing as well.
congratulations on a totally stereotypical answer to this question. bonus points for including the word "zen".

on your last point, i've ridden with some fixies that were way noiser than my geared bikes. and i gotta say, having ridden a fixed gear, coasting is WAY more zen-like
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The most important but overlooked benefit is that fixies "teach" your legs and knees to spin circles.
They help to develop a high cadence, but pedaling circles is better achieved with one-leg drills and other practice.
I find fixed gear makes me pedal squares as the momentum carries my feet, not my legs.
But pals are surprised at how fast I can pedal down hills.

I use a brake, brake pads are cheaper than tires and knee surgery.
Plus I'm lame at skip-stopping.
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If you've gone thousands of miles without any malfunctions then you probably have a high quality bicycle and a rigorous maintenance schedule. I think all he's saying is: less parts, less to go wrong.
or he doesn't drop the bike on the drive side and had it assembled and tuned well the first time.
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I thought fixed gear and singlespeeds were a curiosity and nothing more.
I never got why people rode and raced them.
Geared bikes are so much more superior.

Then I got a singlespeed. Day in, day out. My only bike. Did everything with it.

Now I'm hooked. Absolutely love them.

fixed is the most "pure" in that it's the most simple and clean.
singlespeed is right there, except you have to run a front brake and freewheel. So, that's two added pieces of maintenance and possible failure.

I ran a flip flop hub so I had the choice. You can also use it to run two different cogs for different gearing.
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singlespeed is right there, except you have to run a front brake
.. and if you value your life, you should run a rear brake as well, in case that front brake fails. riding fixed without a brake is also pretty nutz. if the chain breaks, you have no way at all to stop. unless you're ted shred

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So, that's two added pieces of maintenance and possible failure.
yeah, i think this is why most fixie riders are moving onto unicycles.. fewer parts to maintain and one less wheel to worry about

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They will Age Out of it.

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less parts, less to go wrong.
Hmm. I don't know about fixies in particular.. the only drivetrain problems i've ever had was with the IGH bike I have, that keeps throwing it's chain and has taken me to wits' end.
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