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    Stopping/Starting with Grace and Style?

    I'm a very experienced road rider. I recently purchased a SSFG, flipped the wheel and rode fixed for the first time today.

    Pedaling along felt very normal but is there a technique to starting and stopping with grace and style?

    I've seen fixed riders do a little jump off the saddle just as they come to a stop or come to a complete stop while still in the saddle and extend the unclipped foot "tippy-toes" to the ground. Picking up the bike by the seat to rotate the cranks before starting and walking the bike with one foot while the other is still clipped to turn around are all things I have seen fixed riders do. I totally get why after trying FG for the first time today.

    Coming from a road background, starting and stopping like this (I had enough self-respect to not pick up the back of the bike by the seat) made me feel like an uncoordinated fred at best. Isn't there a technique to starting and stopping which leaves a rider with some dignity? Or is looking like a clutz part of the "track bikes are supposed to be difficult to ride" allure of fixed gear?


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    I usually just stuff the bike into the back of a car or panic-crash into curbs. That way all of the things you described seem more graceful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
    (I had enough self-respect to not pick up the back of the bike by the seat)
    I don't understand what that means.

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    Everything about you is awesome.
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    You're not supposed to stop.
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    thanckx.
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    Can't stop, don't want to.

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    Oh good, another episode of When Roadies Ride Fixed is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
    I don't understand what that means.
    I think it is personal and he does not like you! Maybe he heard about you having issues with the WI cranks???? You know, it is possible....

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    I wonder what it's like living life so worried about what strangers think about you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kindaslow View Post
    I think it is personal and he does not like you!
    I don't understand what this means either.

    Maybe he heard about you having issues with the WI cranks???? You know, it is possible....

    You haven't gone out in public with your bike dressed like that, have you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
    I don't understand what this means either.




    You haven't gone out in public with your bike dressed like that, have you?
    Just road her this morning! Only the extreme bike nerds have issues with the WI style. My only question is whether you take that as a compliment or not???

    by the way, smooth as silk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kindaslow View Post

    by the way, smooth as silk!
    That's what counts most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andersper View Post
    Thank you.


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    Coming to a stop, time it to have your clipping out foot at the bottom/clipped in foot up top. Hold your front brake, lean forward, rotate the crank to where you want it. Or be a baller and just track stand. Or do whatever works at the moment and forget about it.
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    If I want to really impress the high school girls, I sit on my top tube and as my right foot comes to the 3 o'clock position I come to a stop and unclip my right foot then casually lean my forearms on the handlebars.

    Works everytime.

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    Sometimes I think people make aspects of riding too complicated. It's like snowboarding, skateboarding, and so many other hobbies...you will most likely look/feel like a goofball at first but figure out what works best as you become more comfortable.

    I've been riding road and mountain bikes for many years and just started riding fixed gear last month....in all honesty, if someone asked me the proper way to mount/dismount a bike, I would have no clue. It's just one of those things I've never paid attention to...things like "That guy angles his foot really strange when dismounting!" has never crossed my mind.

    Just do what feels comfortable/natural..who cares what looks "graceful." As you get more comfortable you'll begin to make small changes without noticing. Sometimes I think people worry about stuff that 99.99% of the population isn't even aware of or cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
    I don't understand what that means.
    Me neither. I do it all the time. I guess I lack self respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
    Picking up the bike by the seat to rotate the cranks before starting and walking the bike with one foot while the other is still clipped to turn around are all things I have seen fixed riders do. I totally get why after trying FG for the first time today.
    Much easier to come off the seat, squeeze your front brake while stopped and push forward on the handlebars. The raises the rear wheel off the ground and you can easily spin it into a good location for when you start.

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    style, grace, and dignity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Oh good, another episode of When Roadies Ride Fixed is on.
    You'll be a daisy if you do.

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    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

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    As I approach the light or stop sign, get your feet where you want them, and then just skiddddddddddd the rest of the way. Lock the wheel up and slide on that rear tire for days. 5 feet, 500 feet, doesn't matter. Skidddddddddddd. Whip it side to side for more wow and street cred. The last whip I did ended up with me sliding and whipping it into a 360 front wheel manual with one hand on the bar, the other snapping a mad pic to post to the Instagramz.
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    You wouldn't skid in your tidy whiteys, why would you skid on your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafesuada View Post
    Me neither. I do it all the time. I guess I lack self respect.
    Ha ha. I as well. I don't have front brakes so almost every stop requires me to push or pull a pedal with my ankle, shin, or calf. I don't even think about it, it's just been programmed in my head since childhood.

    And unlike Sheldon Brown, I've never "ruined" a Brooks saddle by using it to lift a bike. WTF's up with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
    I don't understand what that means.
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    Ha ha. I as well. I don't have front brakes so almost every stop requires me to push or pull a pedal with my ankle, shin, or calf. I don't even think about it, it's just been programmed in my head since childhood.

    And unlike Sheldon Brown, I've never "ruined" a Brooks saddle by using it to lift a bike. WTF's up with that?
    Yeah. Not really sure how a saddle would be ruined by lightly lifting it up.

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