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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 03-15-09, 08:50 PM   #1
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What's a long ride for you?

I know the people ride fixed/SS for different reasons - roadies for training, commuters & messengers for simplicity, the fashion-conscious for chic, etc., etc. I've picked up that it seems like a lot of cyclists in this forum admit to mostly doing shorter rides on their fixies, which gets me curious. What's a long ride for you when riding fixed? 20 miles? 30? 50? How many folks here have ever done a century ride on a fixie? How many do them regularly?

For those of you who don't do longer rides - how come? Is it because you're more interested in sprinting, or it just isn't what you use a bike for?

I've got a couple of moderately long rides planned this spring/summer - a 180k day, and a round trip that would be ~130k twice in 3 days. I'm very happy with my Sputnik and I'd like to work up to doing 40-50 mile rides on it, but for those longer rides I'm planning to stick with my geared bike - not least because it has much more relaxed ergos and it's set up for touring with a rack, panniers, bottle cage, computer, etc.
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Old 03-15-09, 08:53 PM   #2
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Long rides take time.
Most of my rides are 85 plus miles
100 miles is still hard.
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Old 03-15-09, 09:05 PM   #3
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Anything over eleven miles or so is getting pretty long
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I've only done 30-35 mile rides on my fixed gear, but I've only had it since September so I haven't had nice enough weather to really go any longer.

Now that the weather is getting nicer I'm planning on putting my fixed gear through some much longer rides [50+]
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Old 03-15-09, 09:13 PM   #5
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20+ for me is long on my fixed. The only fixed gear bike I own is a TK2 and it isn't the most pleasant ride on the road so I don't try anything farther than 20 miles. Anything over 20 I use my road bike.
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50. I'm one of those roadies mentioned above.
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On my fixed gear, over 40 miles would be long.
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I stop having fun after about 35 miles on the fixed. Road bike gets the tough miles.
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Old 03-15-09, 09:19 PM   #9
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At around 40 miles, I've usually had enough. I usually do at least 20 everytime I go out for a 'fun ride'.
I did a 75 mile ride on my road bike once which was boring and not very fun at the end.
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Start feeling it around 50 miles on my track bike. Haven't pushed it further yet. I plan on flipping the stem and going for a century once the roads are clear of ice/sand/salt. On my winter bike, 25 miles is where I start to feel fatigue, but am running studded tires and usually riding hills/trails/frozen streams/rivers.

If I hop on my road bike, a century is pretty easy as long as I stop for beer and some food halfway.
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i usually go on group rides that are 20-35 miles at a brisk pace. on solo rides i do 15-25 most of the time but a few times i was close to 40 and it was no longer pleasant.
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I'd call 25+ long. I usually go on about a 10 mile ride every day after classes.

Once it warms up and my school's cycling club starts doing rides I'm planning on seeing about joining up with them, which probably means that number is going to go waaay up.
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I did a 50 saturday, best exercise I've had in a long time. Flats are no more of an issue than on my road bike, but the small uphill sections (2-5% sustained for a few miles, so very small uphill) started killing my legs after about the halfway point.
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over 40 is long for me. I probably do at least 20 or so everyday.
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sixty and above
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I measure ride difficulty in feet of climbing; Miles are secondary.
- Under 3000': Easy
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Old 03-15-09, 11:32 PM   #17
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Just about all of my riding is in the city. After about 20 miles I'm tired of dodging potholes, cars, drainage grates, and debris. My legs could do more, but as "i r yo" put it, I stop having fun about that time.

I'd like to zone out and listen to the iPod for a long ride but I haven't found the long routes in the area and riding with headphones in the city is too dangerous for me.
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Old 03-15-09, 11:50 PM   #18
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i haven't had time for pleasure rides since school started back up but i'd do 20 or so miles all the time over the summer when i had free time. I'd go longer but i'd always go on rides with my friends who aren't int hat great of shape and they'd start getting pissed if we'd go more than like 7 or so miles and not turn around.
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30-40 on the fixed gear. I'm such a wuss when it comes to battling the delta "breeze".

On my road bike 80 miles seems to be the point at which every mile after that point is a serious effort. I probably need to dial my fuel intake though...
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In South Florida where there are no hills (especially US27 where traffic lights are uncommon) I could ride 60 miles or more per day. A 100 mile ride would be a ride to Southbay and back, not a bad ride, except for the rumble strips on the road which run from the painted line to the grass on the shoulder and were spaced about 50 feet or so apart.

Here in Tokyo, a 30 kilometer ride is pretty tiring. Bridges, hills, and lots of traffic. Out in the countryside I take my roadbike out for 50km or longer rides in much more comfort.
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I have done a few +80 rides on the fix. Comfort is an issue with track geometry. I keep trying to get some good miles in lately but without someone else to ride with I usually end up bored and quit at about 40. That's if I'm sticking to the paved bike trail. It's great to not have traffic and I can zone out with the ipod, but the scenery sucks and I think that has a lot to do with the boredom. If I don't stick to the trails, I get bored from not listening to music. I just need people to ride with and keep me motivated. I did manage 50 today because I was having such a great time at my usual turnaround point that I just kept going and exploring new routes.
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I usually don't recall rides shorter than 30. So I guess that's my number.
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if it's flat and not incredibly windy (socal) i feel like you can ride forever. just keep spinning...
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In the city (SF), 20 miles feels long, but back in Davis, I've done 30+ and it's fine (as long as I have a riding buddy). Like a lot of the others, I don't have as much time as I'd like to ride with school and all, so the longer rides are fewer and farther between.
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On my loaded long haul trucker, a long ride is 60-80 miles.

On my old motobecane fixed gear, I've only taken it for a 16 mile~ ride. Partly because it can't currently carry water. But now that I'm borrowing my brother's camelbak I might try to venture out some more when I return back to my bikes after my stay in China.
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