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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-03-16, 04:28 PM   #1
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Fixed Gear Riding Then Back to Geared Riding

So, Iíve been into the fixed gear thing for a few months now. However, I got the itch to do one of my more hilly longer distance rides on a geared bike. It was obviously easier coasting/pedaling downhill, changing gears to make the ride easier but overall relatively boring. I guess I was trying to talk myself into thinking geared riding was better for hilly long distance riding. For the seasoned fixed gear rider, do you get urges to give it up and go back to gears and find it not very much fun or even that much more efficient for longer rides?
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Riding fixed is fun. Riding geared is fun too. If your geared rides are boring you, make them more fun. Go farther, faster, hit bigger climbs, etc.
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Nope. I enjoy both my geared and fixed bikes. If you found riding the geared bike boring then try to find a more challenging route. Any mountains or canyons around you? Cornering on a road bike down fast winding descents is super fun.
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I find my geared bike rides to be different. Not better or worse, just different.
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If you found riding the geared bike boring then try to find a more challenging route. Any mountains or canyons around you? Cornering on a road bike down fast winding descents is super fun.
For me, the fun geared road rides are the ones I couldn't do fixed (or really wouldn't want to) -- long climbs, canyon descents, etc. (both of which are a lot of fun). Different tools for different jobs.
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It all depends on the terrain and who I'll be riding with.

I can ride fixed on the flat lands with a fast group, but I would get killed trying to ride hilly rides on the fixed gear.
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You don't have to talk yourself into it, geared riding IS better for hilly, long distance.
Whether that's the kind of riding you enjoy is something else. For shorter, less hilly, or just casual rides I prefer fixed. My weekday, after work rides I go fixed. When I go longer, sometimes I just rest more frequently or don't worry about keeping my speed up. On my geared road bike, I find by the end of a long ride, I'm coasting more. Yes it's more efficient, but not boring. Instead I work on cadence, or hills I wouldn't take on the fixie.
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I rode fixed exclusively for around 10 years mostly urban riding, some longer rides and two centuries.

When I started training harder and going on longer, more hilly and faster rides I found my fixed gear to be a bit of a hinderance, I was tensing my bodies on hills to grind out the larger gear and end up with some neck and shoulder pain. Also I was 10 years older. So I got a geared bike and that's what I use for those type of rides.

Around town, I ride fixed. If you can afford multiple bikes, a geared bike does have it's uses.
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