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Old 02-16-14, 07:15 PM   #1
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106 miles on the fixed gear

It wasn't a century or any organized ride. I went out for 50 or so and got carried away as the weather was perfect today.

I did notice one difference between a longish ride on the FG vs a geared bike. It seems easier to rest/re adjust my rear while coasting down hill or up to a stop. I can easily stand and pedal on the FG but it's not the same. Part of the issue may have been I've not gone longer than 50 miles since July so I'm not toughened back up yet.

I rode a 30 mile group ride on Saturday and the longish ride on Sunday. I choose the F.G. for both, I'm beginning to wonder why I own a geared bike. I think the answer is for all out speed over distance I'm a bit quicker on the geared bike but, I'm choosing the F.G. more and more.

Anyway if you've got a F.G. and haven't taken a longish ride on it, go for it!
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Old 02-16-14, 07:30 PM   #2
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Wow, quite a feat! 106 miles is no joke in itself, on a fixie it's incredible. I wonder if riding the fixie gives you a better pedaling stroke for when you ride the geared bike.
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Old 02-16-14, 07:37 PM   #3
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I'm impressed.

I have only riding a fixie once, at Texas World Speedway in 1973. And it wasn't for anything even close to 106 miles!

Congrats on an epic ride.
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I am glad you are enjoying the longer distances. My fixie is still in storage and I am really missing the opportunities to ride it.

I did a full 12 months of centuries a month, and around 400km of PBP2007 before pulling out for reasons that were not related to the fixed gear.

I found I would spend quite a bit of time standing to pedal on the fixed gear. The transitions between standing and sitting became very smooth, but mostly the standing periods allowed relief for the butt.
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Wow, quite a feat! 106 miles is no joke in itself, on a fixie it's incredible. I wonder if riding the fixie gives you a better pedaling stroke for when you ride the geared bike.
I've got a friend, former National Champion and mulit time State Champion in the 40K points race, who is helping me with my pedal stroke. He has me on rollers and the F.G. so yes while it's not a magic pill it is a piece of the puzzle. He's always telling me "You've got to learn to ride slow to ever ride fast" referring to pedal stroke.
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I used to have my Peugeot set up as a fixed gear. For me, it's just a bike. You turn the pedals and it goes. It's not any harder or easier than the geared bike if you are riding both with the same intensity. What I didn't like about the FG was ripping my legs off on descents and my knees out on double digit climbs. If you live in areas where it's relatively flat those aren't issues.
As far as your rear goes, it is easier to get off the seat on the geared bike but you should be comfy on the fixed gear bike. I have friends who do 500-800 mile races and events on FG without rear end issues. You may be right that you haven't earned your rear yet or you may need to make some minor adjustments.
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