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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 08-12-07, 07:05 PM   #1
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first metric century fixed

Did my first metric century fixed (well, first ever) yesterday. The description of "gently rolling country hills" was a "tad" misleading; however, I managed to make it up all of them but 1 running around 70 gear inches on my Pista. Things I learned:

1. Nothing beats bullhorns for climbing

2. camelbacks aren't so comfy for 5 hours in 85 degree heat (just bought some profile aero seatpost cages to remedy that)

3. Your body can do a lot more than you think it can--there really is a lot to the "mind over matter" saying. After 15 miles of hills, I truly didn't think I could make it, especially with the problems I've been having with my knee.

4. Peanut butter sandwiches keep you going

5. Huge downhills on a fixed are a lot tougher than the huge uphills

6. Horses don't like bikes

7. A day after recovery ride really helps your muscles recover

8. pushing your body to its limits is a much better way to relieve stress than bar hopping; but beer helps with the muscle soreness afterwards--"the amazing healing power of beer"

9. Nothing else matters when it is just you, the bike, and the road

10. My Pista is the best material possession I have (but I do want a roadbike)
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Old 08-12-07, 07:33 PM   #2
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i did a 165k fixed mostly flat in the pouring rain a few weeks back, truly amazing
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i did a 165k fixed mostly flat in the pouring rain a few weeks back, truly amazing
don't need to be an a-hole. I had never ridden this far before and was a big deal for me having quit smoking a pack a day three 1/2 months ago
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Inspiring. So what did you wear, bike shorts and a cycling jersey or what? Also how'd the track geometry work out for you, and what was the previous longest ride you've done?
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are you a f@*!-wadd????
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Inspiring. So what did you wear, bike shorts and a cycling jersey or what? Also how'd the track geometry work out for you, and what was the previous longest ride you've done?
Previous longest ride was probably 45-50---but almost all flat. Big difference between 45 flat and 60 "rolling country hills." The geometry seemed to work ok---it was actually great for power transfer to get enough momentum to make it up the hills. The hardest thing was controlling the really steep descents the last 20 miles or so.
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Old 08-12-07, 08:06 PM   #8
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Wow, what an inspiration! Do you ride all year?
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Wow, what an inspiration! Do you ride all year?
No.., actually, I just ride when I want 12-yr old as$ clowns on the web making snotty remarks.

I apologize. I thought doing 60 miles of really steep fracking hills on 80 degree heat on a fixed while still coughing up tar from smoking was an accomplishment and would make for an interestign story. Apparently I was mistaken. Maybe my story would have been more to your liking if I had aerospoke wheels with a white, star-speckled top tube protector, platform pedals, and jeans so tight I had to scrape them off at the end.

I guess its not acceptable to talk about actual fixed-gear riding on this forum anymore. Henceforth, my posts shall be confined to irrelevant racist discussions about scraper bikes
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No.., actually, I just ride when I want 12-yr old as$ clowns on the web making snotty remarks.

I apologize. I thought doing 60 miles of really steep fracking hills on 80 degree heat on a fixed while still coughing up tar from smoking was an accomplishment and would make for an interestign story. Apparently I was mistaken. Maybe my story would have been more to your liking if I had aerospoke wheels with a white, star-speckled top tube protector, platform pedals, and jeans so tight I had to scrape them off at the end.

I guess its not acceptable to talk about actual fixed-gear riding on this forum anymore. Henceforth, my posts shall be confined to irrelevant racist discussions about scraper bikes
Hold up.. I think the only guy being a dink was "dmotoguy", and the other comments you've taken the wrong way. Kol.klink was just saying that he did a long fixed ride too, and the other ppl were saying it was inspiring. Maybe you know something I don't, but I think you should take it at face value....

I've done quite a bit road riding and I've thought about going on some distance rides fixed to see how it feels. I imagine it is brutal
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luvthemas and I did our first metrics on 4-day-old track bikes, it was so much fun. Congrats, it's a good accomplishment.
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It's inspiring to me, don't worry about the hecklers. You set a goal, went for it and reached it. That's something to be proud of whether you're on white aerospokes and wearing pin leg jeans or not. I'm an ex-ultramarathon mountain biker who enjoys the torture of post-wall aerobic activity more than (most) drugs and almost as much as beer, but riding a fixed gear a long ways is, in a way more difficult. Never, ever being able to stretch while on the bike is difficult, as is getting your numb balls back to life whilst maintaining a high cadence.

Good work man.

P.S. Along with peanut butter sammies, Spray can "cheese food" (like cheez whiz in a can) is the ultimate super secret long distance racer food trick. High in sodium, high in calories, no chewing to interfere with your ability to breath.
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that's pretty uncalled for...
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I think he's used to being abused by the forum bullies. I get a lot of heat from them as well, being a meat eater/PC user/motorcycle racer/car owner and all. I love everybody though.
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I think dmotoguy is just looking for some luvin'.
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luvthemas and I did our first metrics on 4-day-old track bikes, it was so much fun. Congrats, it's a good accomplishment.
A lot of people gave me crazy looks when they figured out what I was riding.

To me, the best part was making it to the top of each hill. Each time I would crest a hill and see another coming I'd swear under my breath and say out loud, "there's no way I can make this one;" but, everytime (but 1---3 major ascents right in a row) I was able to dig down, attack and get to the top. Although at times I wished I had gears, it was kinda nice blowing past all the guys on 5K carbon bikes who were spinning in places up the hills.

All in all, not a bad way top spend a saturday (although I did sleep for 15 hours afterwards). I plan on doing more of these. I just joined my state's bike federation, so I have a nice booklet with all the organized rides throughout the state listed ( I had no clue there were so many)
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i don't think i've ever seen anyone more defensive with less reason to be than the OP.

They were giving you compliments man. Chill.
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i don't think i've ever seen anyone more defensive with less reason to be than the OP.

They were giving you compliments man. Chill.
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wow, this thread derailed really fast...and after only one post (which, ironically, i also think, was not intended as a slight...).
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I know what it's like to ride with huge hills everywhere. Good job man!
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I was going to compliment you on a job well done but I'm afraid that if I did, you would remove my proverbial scrotal sack.
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Relax guy, afaik no one is putting you down here. Yes long distance riding rules and LD fixed riding is ****loads of fun intermingled with the pain. A metric is just the beginning, keep pushing yourself and you'll be truly surprised by how much you are capable of. Forum member Vireo recently completed RAAM in the team category on a fixed.

Oh and add banana to your PB sandwiches, the added potassium converts it from a food to a superfood.
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omg you started a thread for 100km
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come back when its 1000
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Relax guy, afaik no one is putting you down here. Yes long distance riding rules and LD fixed riding is ****loads of fun intermingled with the pain. A metric is just the beginning, keep pushing yourself and you'll be truly surprised by how much you are capable of. Forum member Vireo recently completed RAAM in the team category on a fixed.

Oh and add banana to your PB sandwiches, the added potassium converts it from a food to a superfood.
No he didn't. He brought three bikes. One was fixed. He never rode the fixed. He still completed though, which is difficult enough to do.

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i wasn't knocking your ride, i did up 160k in the rain hung over, half way through the ride, i felt like death and 40k out, my legs cramped, i hated the ride for a few days after but now a few weeks later im glad i went
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