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    How did you learn to ride F/G??

    I'm still a noob, and only have a SS.

    I'm holding off until the Kilo Pro arrives (if it does) but am a little worried because I ride a lot of hills.

    I use my bike everyday because it's my transportation to work. Some of the hills are BIG and I get some speed goin.

    Advice?

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    ^^^ Obvious answer, but true. If you want to try and get used to it, ride a friend's fixed gear or just try riding your single speed without coasting. It takes some getting used to (especially around tight corners/hills- for me at least) but then at least you'll have a decent idea of how it should feel when you get a fixed. Oh, and use a front brake to help regulate descending speed.

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    Umm, just by getting on my bike and doing it. First night I had my first fix, I was bombing hills immediately including a real big one that still sketches me out sometimes (stoplight at the bottom but I started out with a brake).

    I'd say it takes a good 2 weeks to a month to fully get used to the not coasting thing without having to think about it, and a good 6 months of doing it straight to the point where it becomes so natural and imprinted on your subconscious that it feels no different than riding a regular bike. At this point in the game, the fixed drivetrain is 100 percent regular to me and I couldn't imagine it any other way.

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    Well, thanks for the obvious answers : /

    But yeah, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skooongie View Post
    Well, thanks for the obvious answers : /
    i mean, c'mon man.

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    Yes, just get on and ride. Always remember you cannot stop pedalling. It'll only take a couple of times forgetting to make you remember.

    When you order your new bike, get the flip-flop hub. Riding a lot of hills on a fixie gets a little tiring, especially if the hills are long. Brakes really help you on the hills; my descents have me tap-tap-tapping the brakes all the way down to scrub speed even while doing ~130rpm.

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    FlipFlop

    I rode mine s/s for 3 months and found it did not help much, if any once I changed to Fixed. My friend who builds a fair number of fixed gear bikes wanted me to join him on a flat Century....I flipped over the rear wheel and rode it 3/4 times during the week and went for it. By the end of the 100 miles things started being more "natural". I doubt I will EVER ride it s/s again. My suggestion would be to run a front brake and find a place to ride w/o much traffic for your first efforts - enjoy!

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    Just ride it FG and it will become natural reaction in time. I don't think I've rode SS since my BMX days before I could drive a car.........and now I'm just not interested in SS enough to install a freewheel and flip the wheel over. Go figure?

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    initially, i rode my brother's fixed gear (w/ front brake) around his neighborhood a few times and enjoyed the feeling of the pedals not allowing you to coast.

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    My trike was a fixed gear when I was 3. I got used to it then. Granted, I didn't have foot retention.

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    I trained heavily in a fixed gear simulator, designed similarly to the Boeing 747 simulator for pilots or NASA simulators for astronauts. I quickly mastered every style of riding tarck bikes in a closed environment without enduring bodily harm. Now that I trained in a simulator I can do 5000 foot skids down SF hills... BACKWARDS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
    I trained heavily in a fixed gear simulator, designed similarly to the Boeing 747 simulator for pilots or NASA simulators for astronauts. I quickly mastered every style of riding tarck bikes in a closed environment without enduring bodily harm. Now that I trained in a simulator I can do 5000 foot skids down SF hills... BACKWARDS!
    Did you train on the XR series or the LX series? I was on the XR, but I had a friend who trained in the LX series and even though he's a great rider, his legs involuntarily lock up into a skid position every week or so. Poor guy, he's already gone through 3 cars, 15 desks and 2 wives...

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    Training wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabba Degrassi View Post
    Did you train on the XR series or the LX series? I was on the XR, but I had a friend who trained in the LX series and even though he's a great rider, his legs involuntarily lock up into a skid position every week or so. Poor guy, he's already gone through 3 cars, 15 desks and 2 wives...
    I actually trained on a super-secret version of the XR that is in a hidden bunker in a non-disclosed location of the world. Sorry!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
    I actually trained on a super-secret version of the XR that is in a hidden bunker in a non-disclosed location of the world. Sorry!!
    Did you like it? I was quite proud of some of the advancements I'd made in the super-secret XR version. The guys that designed the LX series were total hacks; I had to straighten out so many of their kludges before the super-secret XR version would work properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krusty View Post
    My trike was a fixed gear when I was 3. I got used to it then.
    Big wheel?

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    I thought that this was a trick question.

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    The only thing I did differently than my other bikes was that I drop the seat more than normal so my knee was never close to being locked. I was afraid of forgetting about the fixed gear and being bucked off. I did it for a day or so. I highly doubt this is correct or if it will help you at all but I was cautious. But that was 5 years ago and before I found this place or knew anyone else who rode fixed.
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    it takes two minutes to get how the fixed drivetrain works, two weeks to become comfortable riding it in traffic. it's not rocket science-- remember, children learn by riding this type of bicycle..
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    Road [racing] is one of the only sports where adult men can compete in a non-scholastic setting, so inevitably 8/10 racers are fiercely-competitive nobodies. It's fun as hell, but it's also the foremost refuge of defeated and aging jocks, turned middle-management types.

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    Here's my real answer:

    *gets on fg bike*
    Tralalalala, I'm riding my new bicycle!
    *tries to coast*
    Woah! I won't be doing that again.

    ~fin~

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    I have been riding bikes forever. I am 37 years old and I just got my first fixed gear! and you know what it was second nature. When I was young all my bikes where not freewheel, so when i started to venture into the fixed wheel and saw the skidding that everyone does I was like wow that takes me back to being a kid. Anyways skidding and all the good fixed gear stuff was like breathing for me.

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    By riding (on the streets), with a brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabba Degrassi View Post
    Here's my real answer:
    *is diagnosed with down syndrome*
    *gets on fg bike*
    Tralalalala, I'm riding my new bicycle!
    *tries to coast*
    Woah! I won't be doing that again.

    ~fin~
    fixed.
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    Road [racing] is one of the only sports where adult men can compete in a non-scholastic setting, so inevitably 8/10 racers are fiercely-competitive nobodies. It's fun as hell, but it's also the foremost refuge of defeated and aging jocks, turned middle-management types.

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