My LBS finally finished building a fixed gear rear wheel for me, and its installed with a chain tensioner.
I've never ridden a fixie before, and I plan to do the daily commute on it. THe plan is it'll help in the build up for PBP in August.
I just tried a quick practice on it and it is so weird and plain wrong!
Normally, when mounting a bike you swing the pedal round to bottom, or maybe a bit higher so your weight gives it al a push, and coast for a bit as you swing your leg over the saddle. Then you frewheel for little bits as you click your shoes into the cleats.
But how the hell to you get going on a fixie? You either have to lift the back wheel to get the pedal to a sensible place, or just damn well push off in whatever unfortunate pedal position you stopped in.
And you have to keep pedalling while battling with cleats.
I also never realised hat when if I've been standing to pedal, I freewhell for a fraction as I get back down to the saddle. No can do on a fixie!
I'm full of fear for tomorrow's commute! I'm going to see my ringpiece a few times I reckon. I'd better leave earlier and take it nice and slow.
Any top tipes for a fixed gear newbie?