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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 09-19-05, 08:57 PM   #1
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fixed triathlon

So this weekend at the dewey beach triathlon, some young guy did it on a fixed. It was actually a perfect course for something like that. All flat, one short hill. 16 miles. I always think about doing one on my fixie,but since I suck so bad at running I always wimp out so I have as much left in my legs as possible.

He pulled a good time too.
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Interesting. My wife is an excellent swimmer and a good runner. She rides the road bikes, too. Yet, she refuses to even touch FG. After my own road vs. fixie experiences I will try to make her try one for Tri.
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There was another guy on here who did a couple this summer on a SS. His doctor recommended he not run though, so he walked it in a chili pepper costume. For real.

I will probably do a couple on a fixed either next summer or the following season. I just don't have the cash right now to be dropping $60+ on a weekend.
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most tris have a relay category. sounds like you need to find yourself a buddy who runs.

fwiw - although ive done many tris on my FG, and as much as i espouse the need for 'needing' only one bike if you want to be somewhat competive in tris you've gotta have gears. Not that you cant be a strong force fixed on any given day, but if anything goes wrong in the swim, its nice to have a bail-out gear(s) so you can save your legs on the run. Its the run that makes the race.

If your wife isnt into FGs on her own, it could only make her tri experience worse.
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my friend did the one in boston like a week or 2 ago with his IRO, complete with riser bars and a bell. he placed like 18th too.
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most tris have a relay category. sounds like you need to find yourself a buddy who runs.
Actually, I've done three relays, and I'm the runner . Sadly, the entance fee for a relay team member is the same as a regular triathlete. AND I don't get to bike or swim. Hence, waiting until I've got a little coin.
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I really wanted to do one this summer on my Pista, by USAT rules require two brakes (and they won't count "legs" as a rear brake.) I've been tempted to build a fixed rear wheel for my Cervelo P2K but I don't think the fork ends are deep enough to adjust the chain tension.
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"Sadly, the entance fee for a relay team member is the same as a regular triathlete. AND I don't get to bike or swim."

yeah, but (at least around here) there's usually only 2 or 3 relays teams in any given race. Your almost a shoe-in to place!!! Pay 30 bucks, get a winner's t-shirt!
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I did a sprint this weekend on my SS cross. Not too bad. I tried to check the altitude change beforehand and it was 60'. Unfortunately, that was the delta between endpoints, not accounting for the rolling hills in between...DOH! A little slower than I hoped but I was able to hang the 11 miles w/ a 44:16.
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Yeah, this one had about 1000 people in it so the check in was pretty cursory. I told him to throw a towel over his rear wheel just in case they went around checking. There was also a guy that ran it in a giant pirate hat (2 days early for talk like pirate day).

I keep saying it would be cool to do one on a fixed, but my running is so poor that I need every bit of leg I have left.



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I really wanted to do one this summer on my Pista, by USAT rules require two brakes (and they won't count "legs" as a rear brake.) I've been tempted to build a fixed rear wheel for my Cervelo P2K but I don't think the fork ends are deep enough to adjust the chain tension.
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