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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 07-10-07, 06:23 PM   #1
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do you commute fixed?

this might be a dumb topic for some, but i'm wondering how many people here use their fixed rig for daily commuting to work? my commute is 24 miles each day and i have to carry a buttload of stuff, like a change of clothes, lunch, water, lock, tools, papers, so i use panniers and a rack. then, when old man winter comes around i have to carry rain gear and lights. so, i'm really interested to know how others commute, how far do you go, what do you carry and how?
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Current commute is quite short at 11 miles round trip, old commute was closer to 54 miles round trip. Fixed at 46x16 and carry everything in a mess bag. I have showers at work, which helps and generally leave a pair of pants there so I can just carry a shirt and gotch enroute. I would occasionally leave a lock at work as I found I'd rarely stop on the commute routes. That helped lighten the load some.
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8 miles commute with 900 ft of elevation gain each way.

Commute 1x week with 48x18T fixed. I am a corporate lackey so I can only do this on Friday when we have "casual Friday." TGIF!!! ;(
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Old 07-10-07, 06:42 PM   #4
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Yessum.

If I don't feel like cycling, I tend to ride my skateboard. My commute is only like half a mile though haha.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:43 PM   #5
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8 miles commute with 900 ft of elevation gain each way.

Commute 1x week with 48x18T fixed. I am a corporate lackey so I can only do this on Friday when we have "casual Friday." TGIF!!! ;(

900 ft gain each way?

sounds like one of those grandpa stories... when i was your age, i walked barefeet uphill both ways in the snow... all for a nickel!
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900 ft gain each way?

sounds like one of those grandpa stories... when i was your age, i walked barefeet uphill both ways in the snow... all for a nickel!
It's 900ft going back. Something like 300 on the way back. I live on the West Hills of Portland. Everything I ride to results in a climb back home. I have a GPS watch so my word is the bible.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:48 PM   #7
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Whenever I start to feel smug about the fact that I ride my bike everywhere, I remember that I live within two miles of... well, pretty much everything in town. When I can't ride, I usually walk.
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It's 900ft going back. Something like 300 on the way back. I live on the West Hills of Portland. Everything I ride to results in a climb back home. I have a GPS watch so my word is the bible.
i live on the other end of the willamette valley so everything is uphill on the way home for me too!
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Old 07-10-07, 06:50 PM   #9
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i commuted to the train station and back every day. it was maybe four miles or so each way. fixed, fat tired and fendered. carried only a lock and a mini timbuktu bag, which usually only contained whatever book/magazine/gba game i was into at the time.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:52 PM   #10
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When I ride my Madone to work (at a Trek dealer) I can put it in a rack inside. When I ride my Eimei (which I prefer to the Madone) they make me leave it locked up outside.

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18 miles round trip. commute every day. got my clothes at work. can't start the day without riding.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:55 PM   #12
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46 mile round trip-- on a 48x18 fixed-- carry a fanny pack in the summer, and a backpack in the winter-

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I commute daily on a 48x17 conversion, but only about a mile, with a brief uphill bit. I usually bring just my messenger bag, sometimes lunch, sometimes a laptop, sometimes groceries or water, sometimes yoga mat and pants. The gf (nakedsushi on here) rides her fg the 1 mi to work as well.

I also ride about 5 mi each way to yoga 2x a week or so.

I see other folks riding around my area on fixed gear bikes fairly frequently, and some of them seem likely to be commuting or doing errands.
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When I ride my Madone to work (at a Trek dealer) I can put it in a rack inside. When I ride my Eimei (which I prefer to the Madone) they make me leave it locked up outside.

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HAHA. I prefer my $500 Pista over my $3000 Cannondale CAAD8 road bike too.
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I commute maybe 9 miles round trip. I carry everything in my messenger bag (which is a pain in the summer due to extra sweat). I leave "business casual" shoes at work, and just bring a shirt to change in, gym clothes, my lock, and random bike stuff (lights, pump, spare tube, etc.). I try to buy lunch for the week at a nearby Trader Joe's so I don't have to bring lunch in everyday.
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6-7 miles each direction. Don't commute in winter or when I need an auto for work. Carry change of clothes in messenger bag and have "emergency suit" in my office.
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my saturday commute is a really nice a 15km ride each way, and i can bring my bike inside (and they have more tools than i do so, i can deal with anything i can't at home. nice.)

my wensday/sunday commute is a little longer and usually do bike-train-bike on the way there then ride home.

i just got a day job kind of job too, which is a really short commute and i can't really bring my bike into the office... i'm still debating if it's worth riding. Riding would deffinatly shave 10minutes off the commute... but i really don't like leaving my bike outside all day.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:07 PM   #18
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I mean, I guess it's a commute... it's not even two miles from my house to the coffee shop. My roommate (who works with me) rides fixed, and another girl at work rides a SS.

Small towns are kind of nice sometimes.
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Right now my commute is 3 miles round trip. I just carry a spare shirt since I only have about 10 min of sweaty time. Lock and lunch are in my bag and depending on which fix I ride I carry non clipless shoes to change out of if I ride with the bike with clipless pedals. Hopefully if I get my new job next week my commute will be 12 miles round trip (which is a good thing). Ill have to carry a spare set of clothes but luckily the job has showers. In winter ill wear cold weather gear and just keep it in a locker or something while at work. Ill keep work shoes at work and ride the clipless bike as that is going to be my winter bike. I like commutes!
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Yeah I commute fixed. that is why I went fixed, to minimize maintainance. But it is also a lot of fun and a good way to make a 6 mile commute into a decent workout (lots of hills). I spin out at 42 17 but it's good for the knees.

I have a grocery pannier and fenders on my old conversion, just drop in my backpack (usually 15lbs or so) and go. I'm addicted.
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14 miles round trip, rain or shine.
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I take mine on the Yolo Causeway when schools in and it's not too windy. 14 miles each way.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:30 PM   #23
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6-7 miles each way.

no clothes requirements, so i just sweat it and forget it.

i have a crappy little nylon "briefcase" i found at a thrift store for $3. it carries my notebooks, some tools and when it gets colder, my jacket or longsleeve shirt. and occasionally a sandwhich in my crayola snack packer!
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I commute around 11km each way, carry my clothes in a backpack.
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I usually ride either a SS townie or trackbike daily, but my commute is just over 2 miles.
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