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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 03-17-09, 12:43 AM   #1
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Do you view your fixed gear differently than a road bike?

I see my fixed gear as just another type of road bike to ride. I ride mountain, cross, road, and I commute on a bike.

I mostly view my fixed gear as a fixed gear road bike. I take it out on road rides just like I take out my geared road bike. That said, I also love to ride it around town. This is not something I would do with my road bike, even though I have a similar setup in terms of reach and saddle to bar drop.

What do you think?
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Old 03-17-09, 12:51 AM   #2
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For me each bike, I have several, is unique. My Fixed Gear is my work bike. I often have to work to get it up a hill, or a pass and coming down is often work too. I live in the mountains and just plain love to ride. My FG is wonderful for conditioning. On the valley floor it's pure, quiet joy.
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Old 03-17-09, 01:05 AM   #3
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I dont view road bikes any different, I like the road bike that I had before, but I am definitly liking my new fixed better. Its exciting, and Im getting vigorous workouts from it. Im severly out of shape, I think I can only do 4 push ups (wah!), and riding fixed is really kicking my ass, but no pain no gain, thats what I like more about it.
I also like the customization of having a fixed gear. Whatever. I dig gold rims.
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Old 03-17-09, 10:27 AM   #4
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Not really, only when I want more speed and cant do it because I only have one gear, but thats why I have a geared bike.
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Old 03-17-09, 10:33 AM   #5
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i ride my fixed bike on the road but i feel like i am limited as to where i can ride because of hills...looking to fix up another bike as the geared road bike for the bigger adventures
riding the fixed bike on my commutes and around town is wonderful
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Old 03-17-09, 12:07 PM   #6
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My fixed is like a pair of shoes. It can be compared to walking places around town.... just very, very fast. I try not to take it on excessively long rides when I've got a geared road bike that's better for that.
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Old 03-17-09, 12:15 PM   #7
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I'm the same as OP. Although my fixed gear is becoming my gateway drug to cycling, I view it as just a stripped down, and light road bike. I may be a semi- hispter f**k, but I'm really getting into it. I'm joining the school cycling team, just got a computer today, started weight training, and am going to buy a schwinn paramount 5 series from someone for cheap and a beginner road bike.
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my track bikes are my urban bikes, though when I go to the beach I take a track bike to ride - don't miss gears down there.
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Old 03-17-09, 01:07 PM   #9
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At first I found it at as a cheap way to get into cycling but then I quickly realized that the money I already spent could have gone for a kick butt carbon road bike already.
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fixed = short distance/within city
road = long distance

Otherwise they are pretty much the same.
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Old 03-17-09, 03:46 PM   #11
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Although my fixed gear is becoming my gateway drug to cycling, I view it as just a stripped down, and light road bike.
This for me too, my fixed gear IS a road bike. It's also my only proper bike.

I was attracted to fixed gear because of the simplicity of it, and I still like that about it although I am now lusting for a normal road bike so I won't be at a gearing disadvantage when I start riding with the roadies in my school's cycling club this spring. I don't want to get a cheap one right away though, I figure I'll just wait a few years until I can afford something high quality and use the fixed gear to build up a solid engine until then.

I think, though, that my ideal bike would have the gear options of a normal road bike but still with the fixed drivetrain, which I like a lot more than a freewheel/freehub. With that in mind, I'm finding myself increasingly tempted to go for the S3X whenever that finally drops and change my gearing to something like 53:13 to give me competitive top speed with a couple lower gears to accelerate in. I really don't think I need many more gearing options than that. And even better, no @&!%ing annoying derailleurs!

Best of both worlds, anyone?
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Old 03-17-09, 03:52 PM   #12
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fixed = short distance/within city
road = long distance

otherwise they are pretty much the same.
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Old 03-17-09, 04:34 PM   #13
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it's different, that's for sure.

it's not as capable, it's less everything, and it's a little quicker while being a whole lot slower. other than that, no... it's a lot like a road bike- same tires, same general seat position, same lightweight, lateral stiffness build, though maybe a little more vertically stiff.
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Old 03-17-09, 05:16 PM   #14
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since i'm looking to start racing this summer, I always know my bike as my track bike not my "fixie" or beater. I only ride it when it's nice, otherwise i ride the road bike. I also don't strain myself going up hilly areas or on very long rides with my track bike. I prefer to ride my 16 lb track bike over my 20 lb road bike though.
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Old 03-17-09, 05:42 PM   #15
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My FG bike is my road bike.
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Old 03-18-09, 12:01 AM   #16
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Nope, I think of my fixed gear/single speed conversion as a road bike which is missing the shifters. Good riddance! I've yet to find a set of drop bars/brifters as comfortable as a nice set of bullhorns!
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Old 03-18-09, 12:21 AM   #17
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I'm starting to prefer road bikes with gears and brakes/hoods, personally.
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Old 03-18-09, 01:37 AM   #18
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Might sound weird, or dumb, but I feel like a can't even really ride a non-fixed gear bike anymore. I mean, I can, but I just feel really awkward on one like I don't know what I'm doing. I feel like I'm just sorta floating on it.
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Old 03-18-09, 05:14 AM   #19
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i ride both. riding fixed has made me never coast on my road bike. some of the guys i commute to work with comment on it regularly. im at 120rpm and they are like 'dude, relax'
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My IRO is a commuter and workbike - very, very different from a road bike. I've had it set up as a fg road bike, but riding it like that is unrealistic considering the size and content of what I carry for work, so closer flat bars are what I need. I also have clips and straps, having finally come around to laid back riding and placing a priority on walkability in my shoes (I've worked all day in clipless shoes and do not like it). If my life were different - different job, different city - this bike would be kind of obsolete. I'm probably going to swap it for a cross bike that can do more double duty - geared, fixed, knobbies, etc. Year round commuting, autumn racing.

My Felt is a track bike. It's for racing and fixed training. I do plenty of 30+ mile rides on it, but most of my training is on my road bike, since, well, I'm training for the ongoing road season.
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I consider fixed-gear bikes that have 700c wheels and fall into the spectrum of road geometry (touring/sport/race) to be road bikes.

Fixed-gear bikes with track geometry are not road bikes, but track bikes.

Fixed-gear conversions of MTB frames and hybrid frames are not road bikes either.


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Old 03-18-09, 01:08 PM   #22
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i feel like i'm cheating on a road bike when i can go down a hill without pedaling.
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Old 03-18-09, 01:59 PM   #23
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I just like riding bikes, Whether it's my road bike, track bike or my dad's old Specialized Hardrock it is all fun.
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i feel like i'm cheating on a road bike when i can go down a hill without pedaling.
I feel like I'm flying.

That's usually around 48mph.
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fixed gear = fun!
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