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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 05-24-05, 08:09 PM   #1
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What type of fixed-gear riding do you do?

Mine is a little of everything...urban, rural backroads, club rides with roadies, greenways, and single track.
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Old 05-24-05, 08:21 PM   #2
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i got nothing but street and laps around various parks around here.. & still too much of a a wuss to do kissena
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Old 05-24-05, 08:40 PM   #3
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Mine is a little of everything...urban, rural backroads, club rides with roadies, greenways, and single track.
My fixie gets used primarily for my 15 mi. small-town/suburban daily commute and around-town transportation.

I'd get dropped if I rode with the roadies around here on a fixie. There aren't too many flat rides and I can think of no gearing that would allow me to keep up on the climbs *and* in the flats/downhills. Plus some of the roadies around here would probably get pissy if I showed up to a group ride on a fixie. So any longer road-rides fixed are done solo.

I've done one century on it (an easy, mostly flat one) with some other fixed-gear riders, and I did the Rosarito-Ensenada fun-ride on it.

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Old 05-24-05, 08:43 PM   #4
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<8 mile suburban getting around
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Turd we will get you there..
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Old 05-24-05, 08:49 PM   #6
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my 15 km RT commute. and some weekend errands.
and maybe the long way home some days.

I'm hitting the velodrome this fall though!
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Old 05-24-05, 09:43 PM   #7
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Plus some of the roadies around here would probably get pissy if I showed up to a group ride on a fixie.
As a long as you've got a brake why would they care? Plenty of "roadies" train on fixed-gear bikes. No offense, I just don't understand why people perpetuate these stereotypes of various cycling cultures.
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Old 05-24-05, 10:00 PM   #8
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soccer-mom dodger, suburban lolly-gagging, urban linefinder, paved trail bolter, whatever, whenever - I just love my bikes. And I love the experiences, the insights and the friends I have made on them.
They are always my milemarkers. I have worked hard to draft old men on lugged steel, spring-heeled jacks. I have crushed a suburban triathlete paceline and then laughed with them. I have been run over, hit, and tossed about the narrow confines of cityspace.
Halos of acrid fumes. Sharp winds delivering icy daggers.
I have visited the dead, and brought life to old friends.
Kids smile at people on bikes. Kids rarely smile at people in cars.
The neighbors giggle at my riding style and how I can "stand still" in the pedals.
I smile more on my bike - inside and outside.
Time passes in a richer state on a bike.
And it is my time. The world drops like a cheap curtain and shows me it wares.
To me, there is nothing like riding a bike. The most beautiful sense of separation and connection.
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Old 05-24-05, 10:11 PM   #9
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Nice post [165]. And I meant to answer the question: all kinds--urban, suburban, daytime, nighttime, sun, snow, slow, fast, to the grocery store, for 100 miles--but sadly no racing yet. It's late.
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As a long as you've got a brake why would they care? Plenty of "roadies" train on fixed-gear bikes. No offense, I just don't understand why people perpetuate these stereotypes of various cycling cultures.
I'm not just pulling that out of nowhere and assuming that 'cause they're "roadies", that someone would object.

I say that 'cause I'm a regular on the local road-racer training rides, and I know the group well enough to know that there's a couple uptight riders who, for whatever reason, would probably get pissy if someone showed up on a fixed-gear.

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Old 05-24-05, 11:28 PM   #11
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Hey Trevor, where in the 909 are you? I'm in Rancho Cucamonga.
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if i leave my house and it is more than a block and less that 10 miles one way, i'll be on the fixie. that is assuming i don't need to haul more stuff than i can cram in my bag or otherwise strap to my body. anything other than that, i'd rather not do. i don't do group rides or races ... unless it is a group heading for a bar and the last one there has to buy.
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Kids smile at people on bikes.
This is so true(and I love it)
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Old 05-25-05, 02:53 AM   #14
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I'm not just pulling that out of nowhere and assuming that 'cause they're "roadies", that someone would object.

I say that 'cause I'm a regular on the local road-racer training rides, and I know the group well enough to know that there's a couple uptight riders who, for whatever reason, would probably get pissy if someone showed up on a fixed-gear.

-Trevor
That's because they are fricking noobs. I for one wouldn't care if a fixie showed up. I wouldn't care if 50 fixies showed up.
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Old 05-25-05, 03:41 AM   #15
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Everything from my 7 rt commute to group rides to 50+ milers on the weekend.You should ride your fixie on group rides.It's fun to pass the hardcore roadies(they do anything to get back in front of you).
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My fixie is a commuter bike and an errand-running machine. I bought it in DC when I rode it to work 5 miles a day. I moved to Chicago and I ride it 18 miles a day on the current commute. It's a beast -- steel frame, wrapped in innertubes, pursuit bars and a front brake. It has crappy WTB clipless pedals on it and it's beautiful. It probably gets about 75-100 miles a week, all told.

I just bought another bike (#3) this week though . . . so the fixie is going to get some rest (not rust . . . just rest) for a bit, while I break the newbie in!
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Old 05-25-05, 10:06 AM   #17
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...To me, there is nothing like riding a bike...
ooh yeah, me too. i ride one or the other fixed gear bike anywhere and everywhere. having a more rugged commuting setup gets me to places my track bike really ought not to go. i guess i'm recommending that everyone have (at least) one of each.
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Training. To put the hurt on when the nordic ski season is off. I ride a 48/17 with an odometer (and a front brake). 20 plus miles daily during the week and about 80 over the weekend. Time dissolves on this bike. The only comparable experience for me is how five or six hours pass in a (photography) dark room unnoticed.

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Old 05-25-05, 10:23 AM   #19
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work mostly, occasional alleycat race or group ride with rec riders
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I ride my bike mostly for fun and to and from work, on the road, up and down curbs, on the dirt, over rocks, all on the same wheels with 700x23 tires. i'm totally guilty of wheel abuse.
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17 mile RT urban/suburban commute on my Mercier track bike. My hybrid conversion is my winter commuter, grocery getter, and kiddie trailer puller. Long rides are still for the recumbent.
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Old 05-25-05, 11:03 AM   #22
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all city riding, anything else would require leaving london. i don't know how to do that yet.
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Mostly urban(SanFrancisco) and suburban(SanJose) commute, brakeless.

Weekends, I ride primarily in the city (because I can't stand rides in the country, it's so boooooring) and occasionally on the velodrome.

Offroad has no appeal to me, if I want to see the wilderness I'll go hiking.

I own three bikes, one dedicated track bike(the Don Walker), one dedicated commuter(IRO MarkV), and one inbetween bike(KHS Aero).
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Training.. I have an iro MarkV and and its awesome to see the progress I've made on the regualar{geared**bike while riding fixed.

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