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    Road riding single speed / fixed gear

    Hello all. When riding the road on either a single speed or fixed gear, how do you get a proper warm up? Also, how do you cool down and recover between harder intervals when you only have one gear? I am wanting to buy a single speed road bike and had these concerns. Thanks.

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    If you want a warm up period, then don't ride as hard in the begining.
    If you want recovery, then don't ride as hard after a sprint.

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    To warm up before a ride, take a good, long hot shower, without scalding one's self. Seriously. Warm up those legs well. After drying, put on leg warmers to maintain the muscle temperature. Stretching is no good. That'll damage muscle tissue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfloyd
    Hello all. When riding the road on either a single speed or fixed gear, how do you get a proper warm up? Also, how do you cool down and recover between harder intervals when you only have one gear?
    I just ride real slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    I just ride real slow.
    Exactly. Duh. Since you only have one gear, effort is directly correlated to speed and topography. There is no "just chilling out, 25 mph".
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    I just drink. Before that, I did a lot of speed.

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    i only bike as a meens of getting from bar to bar without getting sober .
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    Thanks everyone. I guess I should have figured to just use different rpm's as means of intensities.

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    throw on some comfortable clothes, do a quick stretch, and just ride. forget about intervals, leave the cyclocomputer and hrm home and just enjoy yourself.

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    Don't overthink it. I know a lot of guys like to train on fixed gears, but its the fun and simplicity of the bikes that draw most of us to them.
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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    As a warm up, I pray to the fixed gear gods to make my journey safe. For special events or long rides I sometimes sacrifice small mammals or try to have sex with non-fixed gear believing virgins.

    Sometimes the gods will bless my heart rate monitor so I can endure intervals and recover more quickly.

    As for recovery… you never really recover from a fixed gear ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g4dhatch2
    i only bike as a meens of getting from bar to bar without getting sober .
    heh, funny, the ride is what keeps me (more) sober.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sivat
    Don't overthink it. I know a lot of guys like to train on fixed gears, but its the fun and simplicity of the bikes that draw most of us to them.
    Good statement, thanks.

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    i do laps around my apt complex (thanks to divorce - haha) for warm up and cool down.

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