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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, 11:16 PM   #1
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Ever Forget You're Riding A Fixie?

I don't know if this has been asked before (tried to search the threads but couldn't find anything, but I'm really tired and ready to go to bed). Please forgive me if it has.

I actually started riding fixed eight years ago but I might still forget I'm on a fixie and try to "coast" and the moving pedals almost throw me off the bike. I usually ride geared bikes and not fixies a whole lot, although I own two of them. It still might happen once or twice a year. Never wrecked because of that, though!
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Old 07-29-05, 11:25 PM   #2
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it only take once trying to stop moving your legs to remind you, but if you ride fixed all the time, doesn't really happen.

what is bad, is if your used to riding fixed and you start to back pedal to slow down / stop at an intersection.

also hello to my home town. i was sort of surprised to find gaansari building bikes (and fixed/track) in springboro.
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Old 07-29-05, 11:35 PM   #3
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Yeah I used to go to Gaansari all the time when he was located in Dayton less than four miles from my house. Springboro is twenty-one miles away and the ride there is horrible (traffic) so I'm not going there nearly as much. I still order parts from Gary and I think I'm going to try the bike rack on the bus and ride the last six miles to the shop.
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Old 07-30-05, 12:02 AM   #4
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Nope, I ride fixed everyday though. Haven't ridden a bike that coasts since last year's Mt. Diablo challenge...
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Old 07-30-05, 12:24 AM   #5
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over the past year i have gotten into biking a lot more. i'd like to get rid of my car, but in reality, it probably won't happen if even just for snow days and trips to my parents in ohio. but i dont know if i would be able to keep up what i am able to do in chicago in dayton, things are much further away and less used to seeing / understanding bikes on the road as transportation.
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Old 07-30-05, 01:29 AM   #6
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theres been a hand full of times its happened to me...when there is a crack or ledge or something in the road to concentrate on ill brace for it and forget to pedal
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Old 07-30-05, 02:02 AM   #7
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I forgot like once when I started riding and have never looked back. Now I forget to coast when I hop on a geared bike.
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Old 07-30-05, 06:01 AM   #8
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I agree I ride fixed most of the time its the coasting that I can't get used to now.

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it happened to me a couple times when I first started riding fixed, and then when I started again after a break. I'd just get up to speed and forget to concentrate on what I was doing for a split second, only to be reminded with a very awful sick stomach turning, heart stopping awareness. the sensation of jumping on an elevator, or walking up an extra stair that's not even there.
never crashed, though.
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once I powered up a hill and at the top tried to coast (to catch my breath). the bike threw me off over a foot. luckilly it went with me so it was more of a hop. only that one time though
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i guess i don't have enough bikes...hasn't happened to me since i first got my lil fixie
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i split time on both. it's when i'm on a geared bike that i have problems. forgetting i can't backpedal when approaching a stop. losing my balance at low speed. fumbling for my brakes. trying to unclip while tipping over. style point deduction.
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No so often. But it has happened.

The best thing is going to ride my friends BMX or 9speed. my legs forget how to coast.
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It goes away if you ride more fix than free, or at least for me it has.
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I've actually experienced the opposite to coasting with a fixie. When one of my geared friends wanted to try my fixie and I had to use his geared bike I almost crashed when I forgot that I had to use my hands to break.
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Yeah, i was gonna say, I don't forget I'm riding fixed, it's when I'm riding clipless and brakeless that I sometimes forget that I need to check my speed, I'm not practiced at skidding, I don't wanna be either.
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i ride fixed and brakeless bmx. they're completely different to the point where the feeling of riding each bike is not even similar at all.

i don't get confused ever.
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i don't get confused ever.
That's a bold statement. I wish I could say the same.
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That's a bold statement. I wish I could say the same.
yeah, i suppose when taken out of context it does become quite bold. more so than intended.
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the other day, after i got tired of trying to explain to a co-worker how stopping worked on my bike ("but where are the brakes?"), i decided to just let him try it. he took off down the street pretty fast (i run a modest 48 x 15), and when he came back, his legs were at a 45 degree angle from his hips, the pedals spinning wildly on their own.

his english is rather unique, something i credit to his ugandan upbringing, and so he said, "but it has such a powerful force."

i giggled on the way home. then i noticed the yellow paint (from a curb?) on one of the cranks.
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