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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 09-25-06, 11:49 AM   #1
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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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Old 09-25-06, 12:01 PM   #2
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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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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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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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Old 09-25-06, 07:32 PM   #6
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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.
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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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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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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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