Lord of the Manor
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Originally posted by captsven
I did my first century on my fixed gear. It was the 100 Grand ride in Grand Rapids Mi. I had a great time!! Weather was good, the route was very flat and I knew it would be a good match for a fixed. I didn't draft because I wanted to see what I could do.
I recorded the whole ride on my heart rate monitor so the numbers are:
Total time - 5 hours 55 min.
Ave speed - 19.2 mph (30.9 kph)
Ave cadence - 94 rpm
Max cadence - 150 rpm (new high for me)
Total acsent - 1581 ft (482m) ( I told you it was flat!)
Wow, that's wonderful!
I'm only at the point where I'm riding my commuting route on a fixed gear, 21 miles round-trip. I've wondered how much I want to push it up, though, on some recreational rides that will take me on some hills.
There's one that I do that's only 26 miles, one way, ending at an old New England inn -- well, at the pub at an old New England inn.
I sometimes work this into a 63 mile loop, but other times the wife does come out to meet me in the cah for drinks and a free ride home.
There are two short, steep climbs along the way that I want to get the fixie onto. One is a little nasty because it requires a left-turn across an oncoming traffic lane while climbing, but I've done it often enough (on a geared bike) that I'm not worried about it. The other is just a glacial esker of the type that occur in large numbers here, no big whoop.
Your message is inspirational. Maybe I should try to ride a century, fixed? The Naragansett Bay Wheelmen (in Rhode Island) run "The Flattest Century in the East" in September, tho' Little Rhody has big winds that sometimes make up for its hills.
Here's what the NBW say about it --