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    Quote Originally Posted by sosojeffcc View Post
    What about the idea of riding fixed-gear to supposedly help out your ability to spin at high cadences? It definitely forces you to spin and work on not bouncing, but the bike is doing the work, rather than you (assuming you're going downhill).

    I'm still unsure how I feel about riding fixed helping with my regular cycling. I try and get a 40mile ride in once a week on the fixed gear that includes some hills that I can hit 40mph easily on a regular road bike. Obviously I have to hit the brake before getting anywhere close to that speed, but I do try and spin like a madman as long as I can. However, I feel like riding a fixed gear works against you. I feel as if my legs get lazy and become accustomed to the pedals pushing your legs. Once I hop back onto a regular road bike, more often than not I almost feel slower and less efficient.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?
    This is where it's not right. You have to stay ahead of the bike when pedaling downhill.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    This is where it's not right. You have to stay ahead of the bike when pedaling downhill.

    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.

    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.

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