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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 03-13-09, 08:19 PM   #1
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My first 30+mile ride fixed...

So I took a trip to Florida last weekend where, in and around the St. Pete area, it is very cycling friendly and flat as hell. Here in Baltimore I ride maybe 5-6 miles at a time, 10-12 on a good long day. Its pretty mellow... Pretty casual riding but there are hills and grades and horrible roads with no such things as bike lanes and traffic to negotiate and blah blah blah... its undoubtably hectic compared to St. Pete. There is a pretty big fixed gear scene down there... I can see why.

Anyway, I've only been riding fixed for less than 2 years and after riding over 30 miles on Saturday, I now remember what saddle soreness feels like haha. I need to get some Pearl izumi shorts to go under my casuals. I took my Steamroller down and was running 47x16 which could have been even a little taller.

Back in Bmore now and cruising around downtown to the bar and such seems like such childs play compared to last weekend. I will never poke fun of people who ride in flat areas again


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This little fish was smiling at me in Tampa airport near baggage claim 15. It ruled...
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That's awesome, man.
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The ride was kinda boring really... even next to amazing waterfronts and several-million dollar homes... but it had no action, no suspense, no certain risk like we have in Baltimore LOL. Nah, I loved it down there really. I should get a winter cottage on the beach in St. Pete LOL
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holy crap... for $69k look what you can buy in St. Pete!

1926 Historic Bungalow:
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holy crap... for $69k look what you can buy in St. Pete!

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Sweet i bet there would be just enough room in there to fit all my bike crap haha
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Haha... perfect! Bed, TV, microwave, bike crap... done!
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I know, i would totally rock that house. I would make it to where i could just pull the tv through the window and set it oustide for when i work on my bike or rollering at night
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It's not horribly small... its larger than a 1br apartment... plus its got a parking space and a little yard

Hey Carleton! I think I'm gonna try to come down there with Ed sometime. He mentioned visiting you and his other buddy who moved down to ATL. Wanna buy the benz back? I want a different car LOL
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Hey! Welcome to my neck of the woods. Next time you're down, let me know; we'll do a ride. By the way, I love the tampa airport fish tank.

Also, St. Pete has some really really really bad areas.
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Right on, thanks.

I'm sure every town/city has its areas... I live in Baltimore... nothing about St. Pete strikes me as bad LOL.
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I did 50 miles this week, mainly out of boredom! haha. The roads around here aren't too bike friendly so I went to a 2.5 mile walking/biking park and rode up and down the same stretch of path 20 times.
The only redeeming part of this situation was that since there was no traffic, I had my ipod.
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dear god that sounds horrible. Nevermind i thought you did it all at once, but still haha
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no it was all at once. haha.
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I'm visiting the old guy in Kissimmee (right next to Orlando) now. Total cycling unfriendly. Everything is big roads or state highways and gated communities...
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going for rides in vacation towns is awesome. my girl and i did daily morning rides (no computers... guessing thirty-fifty miles average?) on our cape cod vacation two summers ago.. early am. it was fun. we rode early enough to see the transition between the fanatics getting their fast rides in before the families hit the paths to the couples on tandems who smiled and waved at everyone they saw.

track bikes away from home get so much attention...
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Hey Carleton! I think I'm gonna try to come down there with Ed sometime. He mentioned visiting you and his other buddy who moved down to ATL. Wanna buy the benz back? I want a different car LOL
Man, I was talking about that car to my riding buddy 2 days ago. The conversation ended with, "What the hell would I do with 2 cars?". That car is sweet. Really sweet. But I got nowhere to put it and my R32 is still awesome!

Come down with Ed for sure. You are always more than welcome. You don't ever even have to ask. Just don't bring your crazy ******** dogs. You should really try to get on that show "It's me or the dog". Let me know so I can come meet that chick. She can train me to do all kinds of tricks.
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Where I live, $69k will get you a pretty nice door leaning up against a tree. There must be no work down there.

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Where I live, $69k will get you a pretty nice door leaning up against a tree. There must be no work down there.

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Hahaha. Likewise here. In my town, they're selling condos the size of closets, putting marble and stainless steel on everything, then asking 1M. That little house is great.

Long rides are awesome if you're wearing chamois.
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It's pretty bad here. In my county, which is about a half hour south of St. Pete, the unemployment rate just hit double digits.
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Lazy floridians LOL
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