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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 10-22-06, 11:55 AM   #1
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I think I get it...

It has taken a while but I think I get the fixie thing.

I built up a singlespeed Centurion in March and instantly fell in love. I wanted to try fixed eventually but decided I would save for a 'true' fixed gear and ride it for a while. I rode it through the summer, probably putting more miles on it than my Lemond Tete De Course. I did a few metrics and my first singlespeed century in August. I've even talked a few of our local riders into going singlespeed and there are now about 5-6 guys riding singlespeed where I was alone earlier in the year.

I finally got my true fixie, a Lemond Fillmore in late Sept. I did a rather hilly century as a singlepeed the weekend after I got it and loved it. I tried it fixed but I just never got why everyone liked it so much. I live in a place where everything is a steep roller and it was hard getting used to the downhills (I'll definitely stick with brakes). I had almost decided that I was going to stay as singlespeed all the time.

Then last weekend I was in downtown Lynchburg and decided to try fixed again. Something clicked and I was really enjoying it. I'm sure the more moderate hills helped. It was setup as 44/16 which I thought was a little big around here so I ordered an 18 cog at the LBS.

I decided to try to do my normal training loop fixed earlier this week and see how it went. I really enjoyed the ride. I found a rhythm and really liked the feeling on the few rare flats and the climbs. I made the decision to leave the 16 on the rear and try a group ride yesterday morning. I really enjoyed the ride and was starting to really like this fixie stuff.

Today was our LBS's local fall metric century. I decided to take the plunge and go for it fixed and and since the shop was closed and I didn't have a lockring wrench I was stuck with the 16. I took off with the pack and was dropped after about 5 miles but I gradually reeled a few of them back in. I hit a few climbs that made me consider switching to the 18 freewheel side but I didnt' bail. I finished 5th out of about 20 riders doing the metric in about 3.5 hours. I REALLY enjoyed it, the feeling of being connected to the drivetrain and the smoothness of it all is just awesome. I think I'll stay with the fixed setup.

I may not be able to walk tomorrow since the muscles used are a bit different than ss, but I'm happy. Thanks for all of the encouragement of you fixed gear riders. I'm heading for the sofa and a beer
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Old 10-22-06, 01:19 PM   #2
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I'm heading for the sofa and a beer

thats what its all about
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Old 10-22-06, 01:20 PM   #3
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thats what its all about
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Old 10-22-06, 03:57 PM   #4
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thats what its all about
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Old 10-22-06, 04:26 PM   #5
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lynchburg VA!?!?!? thats where i grew up!
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Old 10-22-06, 04:42 PM   #6
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Old 10-22-06, 08:11 PM   #7
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Yep, That's the place... I'm actually in Forest... Nothing flat around here as you know...
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Centurions rule. Keep that thing around.
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Too late.. I sold it a couple of weeks ago. The guy that bought it is a friend and now I have another SS convert to ride with. But I do regret selling it a little, riding a hillbilly singlespeed was fun, especially as you passed the guy on the high dollar carbon 10 speed...
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Too late.. I sold it a couple of weeks ago. The guy that bought it is a friend and now I have another SS convert to ride with. But I do regret selling it a little, riding a hillbilly singlespeed was fun, especially as you passed the guy on the high dollar carbon 10 speed...
Anyone who bought a carbon fiber ten-speed
got seriously ripped off.
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Yep I thought about that after I posted, 20 or 30 speeds.
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Anyone who bought a carbon fiber ten-speed
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Component evolution has reached the point where a "10"-speed is now TOL again. The ten are on the back.
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Yep, That's the place... I'm actually in Forest... Nothing flat around here as you know...

Holy crap! i grew up in forest, theres a 95% chance i know you.
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oh hell yes
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Component evolution has reached the point where a "10"-speed is now TOL again. The ten are on the back.
I was in an REI a few months back and one of the guys working there asked if I needed anything. I said I was looking for a chain for my ten-speed bicycle. He gave me one of the super skinny 10 speed chains, and I said it probably wouldn't work that well. What I needed was a chain for a five speed, with two in the front. The guy gave me a weird look and said he'd need to talk to the mechanic. The mechanic said, "Five speed? I haven't even heard of that."

And that's the day I decided the REI mechanics were never going to touch any of my bikes ever.
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