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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 01-22-08, 10:09 PM   #1
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How does riding fixed affect you on other bikes?

I have been fixing my mountain bike up over the winter and riding fixed to stay in shape and get around. I must say, I have tons more raw power and can pop wheelies and bunny hop with little effort but the freewheel thing is screwing me up big time. When I am accelerating and stop pedaling to take a turn my muscles kinda freak. I'm loving the new raw power, but hating the mountain biking skill that seems to all need to be relearned. I think a lot of it is the geometry that is screwing me up.

How does riding fixed affect you all?

Either way I've decided I am going to ride both more equally now that I have the mountain bike pseudo working again.

P.s. gears are awesome, but derailleurs suck.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:31 PM   #2
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I had a similar reaction when I first started riding fixed. I found myself forgetting that coasting was an option on my road rides and powered down descents spinning all-out. I also took hills in a higher gear and I didn't shift nearly as often as I had been previously. I also felt really heavy when accelerating. I still coast a lot less than I used to when I am on a freewheel, and find myself looking further ahead for potential obstacles to dodge.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:38 PM   #3
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Only other bike I ride is a pedicab, and they're too different to really say.

Actually, today I was on a MTB for like 45 seconds today, diagnosing a problem, and that was fun, so I'm building one now.
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Old 01-22-08, 11:02 PM   #4
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i'm way less lazy. i was up to 19/21 gears in no time and i kept spinning.
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Old 01-22-08, 11:46 PM   #5
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i always forget i can coast.
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Old 01-22-08, 11:59 PM   #6
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Riding fixed makes my pedal stroke lazy. When I finally get my road bike repaired, I will have to remember to push/pull through the whole stroke instead of just letting the pedals carry your foot over the top.

I'm feeling the whole raw power thing, though. Massive quads.
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Old 01-23-08, 12:31 AM   #7
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i went out mountain biking awhile ago, and i got stuck in some roots and spent a second thinking about how much it was going to suck to put my foot down- then i remembered that i could trackstand. It was sweet.
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Old 01-23-08, 12:32 AM   #8
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my cadence has increases significantly on my road bike and i rest less
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Old 01-23-08, 01:01 AM   #9
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Riding fixed has made me much, much faster on my road bike. My pedal stroke is cleaner and I only coast when I absolutely have to. I also appreciate how nice it can be to bunny hop, drop off curbs and corner super super tightly without having to worry about keeping the pedals moving. Still, though, I find myself pedaling when I don't need to at all, like when braking before a red light.

The one thing that gets me in the first 30 seconds or so that I'm on a freewheel is the inability to slow down using the pedals. I almost crashed into a curb over the weekend because I started to backpedal rather than reach for the brakes.

My mountain bike just feels like riding around on a couch.
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Old 01-23-08, 01:14 AM   #10
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I levitate slightly off the ground since riding fixed. It has cut down my rolling resistance by heaps.
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Old 01-23-08, 01:22 AM   #11
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I definitely freak out the first time I coast on a freewheeled bike after "coasting" (not resisting or pedaling) on the fixed for a few weeks. Then I remember I have brakes.

It has improved my timing/flow more than anything, whether in traffic or on the trail. I don't know so much about my cadence/power, I always feel really weak on my other bike--2.35" knobby tires vs. 23c slicks will do that.
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Old 01-23-08, 04:43 AM   #12
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i actually mountain bike alot slower now. I spin in a lower gear now i ride a 42 x17 on my fixed so every time i get on one of my mountain bikes i spin like a mad man! And i rarely stop peddaling to...unless im rideing a place thats real techy ..
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Old 01-23-08, 05:26 AM   #13
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after getting a fixed gear bike and only riding it for about a month, when I went back to my mountain bike I nearly fell off by over compensating the pedal stroke and subsequently it felt like I was riding trough quicksand. two minutes later I was fine
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Old 01-23-08, 07:52 AM   #14
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My pedal stroke is a lot worse and much more square. I guess I'm very lazy on my fixed. It only takes about a mile on my mountain bike for things to smooth out again though.
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Old 01-23-08, 08:36 AM   #15
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When going back to my geared bikes from riding fixed alot, I'm always slower and my pedal stroke sucks.
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i don't think i've been on a free wheeled bike since i went to riding fixed
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Old 01-23-08, 08:47 AM   #17
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don't really notice much of a difference when going from fixed to road. However, for the first year of riding both fixed and road i almost fell 3 times attempting to coast after a hard effort... i'd usually do a 2 hour ride on my road bike before going to work, then commute on my fixie and do that. Probably looked ridiculous.
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Trying to get my feet in the cages on my mountain bike is harder (no tab on the pedal). After I'm in, I feel stupid because I realize I can coast.
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2 points I notice....

1. Going from mamchari (tombo-slightly more manly version of mamachari!) to Keirin I sometimes forget to pedal, maybe this happens on 1 or 2 occasions per week.
2. Going from Keirin to Tombo I can not help but pedal constantly, it just feels awful to coast, and inefficent.
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Old 01-23-08, 09:58 AM   #20
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My mountain bike just feels like riding around on a couch.
Best explanation of how I felt last night. It was also the first time I rode on bike with suspension in a few months and man did I feel like everything was extra plush. I really missed being able to float over rock gardens.
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Old 01-23-08, 10:58 AM   #21
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The only difference I notice is that chicks don't really pay as much attention to me when I'm on my geared bike.
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Old 01-23-08, 11:01 AM   #22
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What other bikes?
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I've ridden nothing but fixed for the past two years. I just built up a single speed and I hate riding it.
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Pros: my cadence is improved and my power band is widened, meaning that when there's an acceleration I can stay seated, spin up the gear more, and then pop it down a cog.

Cons: Tends to square up my pedal stroke when I get lazy.
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I have trouble around chicks. When I see them I try to bust a foot over the bars no-handed skid while lighting my Parliment and end up just passing them by while looking like a total tool.
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