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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 11-29-08, 10:32 AM   #1
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Fresher legs with fixed gear

After 35 years of freewheel riding I took up fixed gear about 2 weeks ago. My legs feel fresher after a fixed gear ride than after a similar freewheel ride. I wonder if the constant leg movement on the fixie results in less blood pooling in the legs than when coasting? Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 11-29-08, 10:36 AM   #2
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that sir is what the French call "souplesse"
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My theory: fixed gear riding makes "maintenance" pedaling much easier. You're expending less energy to keep the bike going at one speed (particularly that speed that your gear ratio is best at). Thus, your legs feel fresher at the end of a ride.
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Old 11-29-08, 12:31 PM   #4
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You're doing active recovery throughout - same as on a road bike if you hammer really hard in a big gear, and then shift down to a much easier gear and do some high RPM spinning to relieve the 'burn'.
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I think your body will adjust and your legs will eventually feel as dead as ever. I find no real difference among any of my bikes.... other that the fact that a change of pace is always nice.
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I noticed it too. I think the reason is that because you're constantly moving your legs, you clear the built up lactate from your muscles much better than if you were to coast. After noticing this, I stopped coasting on my road bike unless necessary and I found that my endurance was greatly increased.
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There's also the through-the-dead-spot effect of riding fixed. I find you expend a lot of excess energy when accelerating on a SS at the point when your cranks are vertical.
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Like someone said above it has more to do with the fact just the momentum of riding is pushing the pedals more than you think you are pushing the pedals.

Ride nothing but your fix gear for a month and hop on the road bike and go for a ride, it will kick your ass.
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Old 11-30-08, 01:08 PM   #9
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I find no real difference among any of my bikes.... other that the fact that a change of pace is always nice.
Same here.
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