'04 Giant OCR2, '87 Schwinn World Sport F/G conversion, '85 Schwinn Super Le Tour, '92 Trek 820
Fairly fast fixed ride
Just to see if I could, I took the fixed gear out on a moderately fast (18mph +/- for 25 flat miles, with occasional 20mph stretches) club ride last night. It was great! Even with a bit of a headwind I just got into the drops and kept going. It still amazes me how the fixed gear can be less tiring at speed because of the way the bike pushes your legs through the stroke. With my gearing of 48/15, 18mph is a nice cruising speed. I can soft pedal along seemingly forever as long as it's flat and there's not much of a wind.
Sometimes I worry that I will regret spending the bucks on my roadie, but then I get on it and realize, no, it's just another kind of fun. But fixed is a whole 'nother dimension, and not at all as difficult as I thought it would be.
'04 Giant OCR2|'87 Schwinn World Sport F/G conversion (6,129)|'92 Trek 820 MTB|'85 Schwinn Super LeTour
"People who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who are nearly half people and half bicycles." - Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman