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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 06-13-09, 07:43 PM   #1
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Ways to make a fixed gear faster

What's are some ways I can make my fixie faster. and i mean gear wise, right now my gear ration is 44:16

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Old 06-13-09, 07:44 PM   #2
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get some stronger legs, lungs, and cardiovascular systems
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Old 06-13-09, 07:49 PM   #3
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Aside from getting stronger, you need to make your bike lighter.

A lot of fixed gear bikes are not very light. I suggest getting a CF fork and a lighter wheelset.

Also, if you are used to riding with a U-lock or back pack on, try riding w/o all that stuff. It's amazing how much faster I go when I don't have a backpack on...
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Old 06-13-09, 08:08 PM   #6
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Joke question right?

if not-ride more and get stronger, aerobars for a more aero position, raise the gearing as high as you can handle.
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Old 06-13-09, 08:08 PM   #7
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eat better, lose weight, go faster!
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Old 06-13-09, 08:18 PM   #8
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Nitrous Oxide, low-pro slicks, and a cheap after-market spoiler.

Really though, cheapest way is to just ride stronger, after that, buy a smaller cog.
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Old 06-13-09, 08:19 PM   #9
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or ride your bike down hills only!
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pedal faster, loose weight
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Buy carbon fiber everything. Frame, cranks, seatpost, handlebars, chain, grease, bearings, couch, television, car, iPod, foundation, insulation, pants, comb, watch, wallet, stereo, flooring and on and on and on.

Ideally you will reach a point where you can no longer afford to eat, and that's when you'll see some real weight savings in the saddle.
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Hang out exclusively with people that are slower than you?
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What's are some ways I can make my fixie faster
put gears on it!

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Bikes aren't fast, dip****. Riders are.
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Old 06-13-09, 11:36 PM   #20
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you can actually gain a bit of speed by switching from a crappy tire to something like a michelin race tire.
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Add a Whizzer motor?
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Bikes aren't fast, dip****. Riders are.
So much anger.

Actually some bikes are faster than others, all things being equal, as new disc wheels can generate lift and forward momentum.
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if your bike is sub 20 pounds you won't really get faster by getting lighter components especially if you are just farting around town on the streets. Beyond that really narrower tires will provide less resistance on the road; should convert power to more speed.

Some pro cyclist one said, "don't buy upgrades, ride upgrades", if you want to go faster.
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Old 06-14-09, 12:38 AM   #24
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Intervals. 1 min. on, 1 min. recovery, repeat ad vomitum.
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So much anger.

Actually some bikes are faster than others, all things being equal, as new disc wheels can generate lift and forward momentum.
Lay a bike with a new disc wheel next to a heavy non-disc wheeled bike and tell me when one starts going faster than the other.
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