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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 07-29-05, 03:01 PM   #1
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Has fixed slowed my cadence?

I have been riding a 48x17 for about 1k flat miles. I switched to fixed from a many geared bike. I found in first month I had no problem riding 120rpm constant with peaks to 130. I did find myself a bit slow out of stops. Now 3mo later I rarely cruise over 110, maybe peak at 120. This is slower and I notice it. On the flip side my starts are much stronger.

When I first started riding this ratio I wanted a higher one (like 48x16) for more speed. Now I wonder if a lower one would get my spin back up, but I also don't want to inhibit my top cruising speeds.

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Old 07-29-05, 03:43 PM   #2
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You just need to ride some downhills more to keep that cadence practice up.
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You just need to ride some downhills more to keep that cadence practice up.
I don't have any downhills in town (where I commute), but there is often a nice tailwind. Unfortunately I only get it several miles at a time and not consistenly.

I think I may ride my multigeared bike again for a while. I always used low gearing and shifted constantly for consistent high rpms, even into and out of intersections. I don't get that anymore.

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A lower gearing for more spin will obviously help you out.

I have a 47/16 and usually cruise around 90 rpm with sprints/downhill/tailwinds pushing me up to 130. I can burst as high as 160+, but that doesn't last.

While I don't have a lot of miles on my shifter since I got the cadence counter on there, I've found in my limited time that I feel most comfortable spinning 100 to 120 on there.
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It seems to slow my spin down, but my power goes up. Then on the geared bike the spin come back. The power seems to help the spin a lot. I like alternating fixed to geared it seems to be the best thing for my power. It's so nice it does not seem like training.

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I've been keeping my spin below 30 rpm ever since I switched. it has helped me a lot.
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