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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 11-03-05, 05:18 PM   #1
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fixed for rehab

anyone here use fixed gear riding for rehab or have in the past...??

I stopped running track because of a groin injury and haven't been in comptetitive shape for a while now due to inactivity. I love bike riding, and it has always been the preferred method of leg warm-up (espec. for injuries) in athletics. I'm building up a fix, in part because I've wanted one for at least 5 years now, but also because I think a fix (specifically) will be a great way to get serious about rehabilitating my leg strength (in conjunction with localized exercises and training). I always felt that riding fixed I got a more overall workout on my whole legs.

anyone have similar experiences or anything?
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Old 11-03-05, 05:39 PM   #2
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I thought this was going to be about something entirely different...



I wouldn't try rehabbing a knee injury on one.
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Old 11-03-05, 05:55 PM   #3
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I read a great article, that i wish i could find again, about rebuilding knee muscles by riding fixed on a really low gearing, and of course, using brakes, specifically a back brake. The higher RPM, lower strain is supposedly good to build up strength again.
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Old 11-03-05, 06:16 PM   #4
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Rehab is for quitters!

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I've known several people who have ridden fixed trainers pedaling backwards for rehab following knee surgery.
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no fixing in rehab dude
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i use the track bike for rehab for my knees.

don't use to big of a gear or too little.

If you get a 47,46,45x16 ,17,18 that will do it.


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I kind of have a similar thing. I started riding fixed as crosstraining for running, since I stopped running competitively after college. Now I commute on it, and run errands occassionally, and it's managed to keep me in fairly decent running shape for when I do go back to race. After riding 5-6 days a week for 2 months, with about 3 days of running, I could still drop an 18-minute 5k on a rainy day.
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