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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 11-18-08, 01:26 AM   #1
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How long riding fixed? How far do you ride?

Because I have senioritis /am avoiding studying, and am tired of lurking....

How long have you been riding fixed? Do you commute or just play?

I just put together my first conversion a month and a half ago and am hooked. Haven't touched my other bikes and have barely driven since. I commute as much as possible and try to ride 10-15 miles/day (not much, I know).

PS: any other girls out there??
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Old 11-18-08, 01:46 AM   #2
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yeah ever since i put my bike together about 8 months ago ive hardly driven. wow time flew out the butt. about 124 miles a week now.
have any pics of your conversion?
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Old 11-18-08, 01:56 AM   #3
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10 miles a day in the school year. when schools out i ride about 40 miles a day.

been riding fixed for like 5 years.
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Old 11-18-08, 02:06 AM   #4
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40 a day. damn cant wait to work up to that.
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Old 11-18-08, 02:08 AM   #5
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seriously, that's rad. no pics yet... there is so much more i want to upgrade but i'm out of money. this **** is addicting!!
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Old 11-18-08, 02:44 AM   #6
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its like 15+ to work, then after work its barhopping. days off are spent riding to the beach/ everwhere else thats worth spending the day off going to.
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Old 11-18-08, 02:52 AM   #7
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I put down 30-50 km a day (18-30 miles) and rode my fixed gear bikes over 8000 km last year (5000 miles) which was half of my total miles.

I built my first fixed gear in May of '07.

I work as a messenger and the fixed gear bikes get a lot of play although I also use a geared bike for work.
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Old 11-18-08, 02:58 AM   #8
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I've been riding fixed for six weeks or so, and I ride around 15 miles a day on average.
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Old 11-18-08, 03:03 AM   #9
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fixed since april of this year. used to do maybe 100 miles a week between commuting and social rides. now i do maybe 100 a month tops, mostly commuting and solo rides.

i grew up in west san jose- know of any good rides in the south bay area?
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Old 11-18-08, 05:34 AM   #10
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How long have you been riding fixed? Do you commute or just play?
Riding fixed for only a couple months. I usually ride about 100 miles a week but since it is dark and cold here that number is quickly dropping.

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I just put together my first conversion a month and a half ago...
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Old 11-18-08, 05:56 AM   #11
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put my first fixed gear together this past summer. go out for rides from the burbs into toronto[35-40km one way] now im wondering what the **** i was doing previously.
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Old 11-18-08, 08:50 AM   #12
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I've gone carless for 2 years now, but only riding fixed for a few months. Decided to throw in the towel and take my friends' advice on riding fixed.

I don't bike that far every day, since I live close to my job, probably about 3 miles total commute. After work I run errands and stuff, so maybe 7-8 miles a day?
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Old 11-18-08, 09:26 AM   #13
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I've only been riding fixed since late June, and I commute into work each day, but it's only a 4.25 mile round trip here in Brooklyn. I ride on longer trips on weekends typically, and it seems more fun than my previous freewheeled bicycles.
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Old 11-18-08, 09:30 AM   #14
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Think it has been a little over three years or so. Used to ride 25-30 miles of hills a day (rain, snow or shine) for first two years fixed (finishing college), now just 5-10 miles (working from home has its disadvantages). I do try to go out on a longer ride every week or two.
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I don't ride fixed. This is also the single-speed forum, doncha know.

I think we need our own forum so we're not associated with these twitchy-bike riders with their girl pants and their white belts and their Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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Old 11-18-08, 11:46 AM   #16
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about a year. Got back into bikes like a year and a half ago and wanted to get a road bike, tried out my friend's conversion, then eventually bought my IRO.

On a typical day I only ride like 3 miles tops because I'm a full time student and I work, so most of my riding is regulated to and from campus/work. I live less than a mile from campus, but it seems like it's really far because this town is so hilly.
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Old 11-18-08, 11:54 AM   #17
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I don't ride fixed. This is also the single-speed forum, doncha know.

I think we need our own forum so we're not associated with these twitchy-bike riders with their girl pants and their white belts and their Pabst Blue Ribbon.
My bad, how long have you been riding SS? How far do you ride?

ps: i don't drink, don't own a white belt, and only wear girls pants because... well.. i'm a girl.
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Got my fixed gear at the end of September. Have had days where I just ride it around the neighborhood for a few minutes, but also have had 40 mile days as well. It is getting too cold for my liking (I know, I'm a wuss, HTFU and all that jazz) but on days where I do ride, it is always over 10 miles, and usually over 20.


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seriously, that's rad. no pics yet... there is so much more i want to upgrade but i'm out of money. this **** is addicting!!
Pics are a must, even if it isn't anything special. And yes, this habit will eat through a wallet just as fast, if not faster than your local dope fiend.
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Been riding fixed for about 1 year --

Daily commute is 15 miles -- plus messing around town. Longest ride is about 40 miles -- legs were fine but I definitely need a new saddle for that type of ride.
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I don't ride fixed. This is also the single-speed forum, doncha know.

I think we need our own forum so we're not associated with these twitchy-bike riders with their girl pants and their white belts and their Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Well, considering the OP's named this thread "How long riding fixed?" ...
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It is getting too cold for my liking (I know, I'm a wuss, HTFU and all that jazz)
Suck it up, Frank. Winter riding is fun after you adjust to the cold as long as there's no ice or wet leaves on the road, or both, and you fall and f up your knee.
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I nearly froze into a popsicle on my way to work today. Thankfully I had bought new gloves for cycling at Dick's Sporting Goods which kept my fingers from chipping off.

I am thinking about getting those Under Armour garments to keep me warm during the winter ... in fact imma make a thread about that to see if anyone has used them before.

I am tired of freezing my ass off on my way to work.
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i grew up in west san jose- know of any good rides in the south bay area?
Not really, I pretty much just ride to get where I need to go, or head downtown/on the Campbell trail with friends. There is bike party once a month, and a fixed gear group at SJSU but I haven't ridden with them.
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One year fixed, had a junky singlespeed for a few months before that, been riding in general ($10 10-speeds from Salvation Army for the most part) since fall 2002 (when I got turned onto bikes through the cooperative house I lived at for a while during college).


Generally I ride 20-40 miles per day, depending on the weather and my mood. I have been on public transit once in the past two months, and carfree for the past three years.
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I nearly froze into a popsicle on my way to work today. Thankfully I had bought new gloves for cycling at Dick's Sporting Goods which kept my fingers from chipping off.

I am thinking about getting those Under Armour garments to keep me warm during the winter ... in fact imma make a thread about that to see if anyone has used them before.

I am tired of freezing my ass off on my way to work.
I would get bibs + tights + arm warmers before I went with under armour, only because it is cycling specific, and from what I hear, way more comfortable.
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