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This is where it's not right. You have to stay ahead of the bike when pedaling downhill.
Originally Posted by sosojeffcc
And that is where the benefit comes because you have to spin fast enough to maintain pressure on the pedals. That means you need a very stable upper body.
People who let the bike take over through the pedals are asking for trouble and won't see any benefit from what they are doing.
you are absolutely correct. I do have to make sure i stay on top of my pedaling. If i don't, that's when I start bouncing, or I start getting out of control and the thing to do for me is to hit the brakes. I guess the thing a fixed gear going downhill teaches me is to develop the leg speed. But on a road bike, the pedals turning on their own and "forcing" you to pedal is absent. The natural thing to do is to shift up so you again fall back into a comfortable cadence range. For me, that is anywhere from 100-120 for spirited riding.
Originally Posted by Rowan
I'm just unsure as to how this exactly translates to a regular road bike. I just know that when I'm on a regular road bike, the overall feel of the bike is much different. I'll need to pay a bit more attention next time I ride my road after coming off a fixed ride.