Things learned on the way into work today and other muses by Tequila Joe
1. Your face will hurt after one hour of continuous smiling.
2. Brakes are a must for Fixie newbs. I wound it up and was descending at a high speed down from my neighborhood, eventually I realized that my legs were going to blow apart like piston rods in an over revved engine. I must’ve looked like the Road Runner when he drops Willie Coyote with a blurred circle of legs underneath me.
3. Bunny hopping sewer grates and road debris is difficult on a Fixie. I need to practice doing it in various pedal positions.
4. The 48x16 ratio is a bit high. I could spin it forever at 90 rpm & ~21mph on flat ground but as soon as there was an upward grade, my cadence dropped. I could push it back up to ~90 rpm in most cases but I’d quickly surpass LT and couldn’t hold it for the entire hill. I suppose this is the training I was looking for…. since this is early season for me, I’ll keep the 16 fixed for now. I’ll try a 17 on the freewheel later.
5. Skidding is difficult to do the first few tries. I need to ensure the shoes are on tighter next time.
6. A Fixie is really quite. I couldn’t hear the drive train over the noise from the tires or traffic.
7. I started to look down upon folks riding geared bikes. Is this a normal reaction?
Feel free to add your experiences when you first started riding your Fixie.