Join Date: Mar 2005
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Single to Fixed?
Just a little background, I live in Boston and commute to work in Canton. Jamacaway to VFW to Route 1 for those of you familiar with the area. I also row on the Charles every evening and 2-3 times a week in the morning. In total, I log 35-45 bike miles a day depending on how many practices I have on the water. I currently have two bikes, a cdale with DA/ ultegra mix and a Specialized Allez which has been converted to single speed.
I prefer to ride the single speed, and am thinking about making it fixed. First though, I have a couple of questions/ issues about riding fixed. My current setup is 52-16 (Vert drops w/ half link). Even at this, there are a few hills that I have to coast some on the way down. At 30+ miles an hour I just canít keep up. How will this effect me on a fixed bike. Will I have to brake in order to keep from spinning to fast?
Also, I like my 52-16 ratio, and I have no problem starting up at that gear on a single speed. However, with fixed I will not be able to rotate the crank every time I come to a stop to get a good leverage position. Should this be much of an issue? Finally, there are several points in my daily commute (pot holes, curbs, etc.) that I routinely need to bunny hop. How the hell do you do this if your legs are still spinning?