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    So hard to get used to riding free wheel

    I can't get back into riding freewheel. Anyone else have this problem? I just can't stay focused on pressing down all the time, because fixed style my feet are forced to move, so I move them, but without the force, I tend to do a lot of coasting. I also feel really weird while I ride a free wheel and almost feel like I'm riding on clouds (in a bad way). Anyone have a solution to this?

    Also, I can't ride fixed full time because I plan on touring in the near future.

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    Going back to a freewheel for the first time is weird but once you switch back and forth a few times you get used to both and can instantly adapt.
    You might consider working on your pedaling technique...with good technique, a fg and ss should feel the same while you are actively pedaling.

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    ^ Totally agree. I find that riding fixed all the time can really make me lazy and weaken my pedaling technique.

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    I don't find that I have any issue with switching between free and fixed and if anything, I seem to have forgotten how coast and am always putting a little power to the pedals.

    On touring... I am planning to ride across Canada on a fixed gear and this isn't something that already has not been done.

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    the first few 10x miles or so on freewheel, i have an odd tendency to pedal through my braking. Makes things feel "right". After awhile though, i'm right back into it. When there's nothing to slow down for, though, there's no difference.
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    It makes more sense to me that riding freewheel improves pedalling technique. I agree that downhill fixed riding does increase cadence, at least we're forced to keep up with the pedal-wheel rotation. However, with freewheel, you can actively concentrate on both the up and downstrokes, pulling on the upstroke on each rotation without the upward pedal force generated by the wheel rotation. When I ride fixed, I tend to hammer on the downstroke, relying on the fixed drivetrain to generate all the force on the upstroke.

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    If you ride both regularly transitioning from one to the other should be no problem.

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    I sometimes forget that I can coast when I switch back to freewheel, but othertimes it just feels like I have dead legs if I'm not riding fixed.

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    Yeah, dead legs is definately the issue. I coast too often with a freewheel now. I was also riding a Kona Smoke after a decent 10KM fixed sprint. So maybe that had something to do with it, considering the Kona Smoke is the heaviest bike to ever hit planet earth.

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    People argue that fixed gears will benefit your spin. Thats only true if you put some effort into it. Pedaling it like a lazy drunken hipster will do you no good, and probably make your spin even worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    People argue that fixed gears will benefit your spin.
    Only if you're running a low gear. Fixed gear tends to **** up your spin. Allows you to be lazy from the 6'oclock to the 11'oclock position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    On touring... I am planning to ride across Canada on a fixed gear and this isn't something that already has not been done.
    okay, i've read that sentence three times and i'm still not sure what it means. are you saying it has already been done? if so, i'm impressed: i can't imagine descending the coquihalla on an fg with full panniers. yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Only if you're running a low gear. Fixed gear tends to **** up your spin. Allows you to be lazy from the 6'oclock to the 11'oclock position.
    I agree that running a lower gear may improve your cadence, but regardless of your gear, its really not difficult to spin a bicycle crank smoothly in a circle. The entire freewheeled cycling population can do it without racheting the freewheel mechanism every pedal cycle. A good cyclist will generally pedal a fixed gear and SS the same way, so it shouldn't really make a difference. If a fixed gear is fing up someone's spin, it because they are being exceptionally lazy about riding.
    Last edited by mihlbach; 02-02-08 at 01:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    If a fixed gear is fing up someone's spin, it because they are being exceptionally lazy about riding.
    True, but it makes it that much easier to be lazy. I focus more during freewheel rides, but that may be b/c I ride freewheel on those 60+ mile rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    its really not difficult to spin a bicycle crank smoothly in a circle.
    Tell that to novice cyclists who are stuck at 60rpm. Higher cadence requires practice or you get bounce-o-rama in your saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryansexton View Post
    considering the Kona Smoke is the heaviest bike to ever hit planet earth.
    I thought that the heaviest bikes ever on planet earth was either a 70's schwinn varsity or continental

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Tell that to novice cyclists who are stuck at 60rpm. Higher cadence requires practice or you get bounce-o-rama in your saddle.
    QFT. Better spin=higher cadence. When I max out, if I'm pedaling squares, or just mashing, it really shows. if, at the same speed, I really concentrate on full pedal stroke, everything is smoohter and I pick up 1/2 to 1 mph. like magic.


    edited- the most recent time I rode a freewheel, i needed to slow down, and started resisting the pedals. Well, that didn't work, which threw me into a panic for a second thinking "OMG, this bike is broken!? where are the brakes?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryansexton View Post
    ..but without the force, I tend to do a lot of coasting.
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    not hard to switch fixed/free at all. yall must be ********

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    I went for a spin on my Phillip's folder one day was riding it like I was on the fixed gear... I felt pretty ******** when I skipped the pedal off the pavement and almost bought it.


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    If anything, I have issues going back to fixed after a while (few weeks) riding only a freewheel bike. But even then, I get back into the swing of things after 100-200 feet. Over the summer, I generally do mountain rides tues/thurs, though, and commute on my fixie with no issues.
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    [QUOTE=xsdg;6099131 But even then, I get back into the swing of things after 100-200 feet. [/QUOTE]

    yeah, but that first 100 fett can be a killer. after a summer on gears i took the fg "bad weather" bike out and on the first corner down from my house automatically tried to coast through the turn. nearly threw myself over the bars and received an ovation from the highschool kids waiting for the bus on the corner. ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thelung View Post
    not hard to switch fixed/free at all. yall must be ********
    I would tend to agree with this assessment.

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