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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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    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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    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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    i'm way less lazy. i was up to 19/21 gears in no time and i kept spinning.

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    i always forget i can coast.

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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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    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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    my cadence has increases significantly on my road bike and i rest less

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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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    I levitate slightly off the ground since riding fixed. It has cut down my rolling resistance by heaps.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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
    derailleur? I hardly know her
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by deadforkinglast View Post
    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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    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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    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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