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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 07-13-10, 04:50 PM   #1
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Ouchh

Just went on the worst fixed gear ride of my life. My knees are killing me. I went brakeless like 2 weeks ago, is it just because my knees aren't used to skidding yet, should I just wait for it to wear off?? WHAT SHOULD I DO MY KNEES ARE DYING.
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Old 07-13-10, 04:52 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-10, 04:52 PM   #3
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Try not to skid? Is your saddle position correct?
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Old 07-13-10, 04:53 PM   #4
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What is your gearing and what is your inseam and frame size? Measure the distance from the center of the BB to the top of the seat. Report back.

It's really gearing and fit that kills knees.
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skidding hurts my knees and I ride 63gear inches. Just put on a rear brake and skid with that


but really, I know lots of good riders that are brakeless and they hardly every skid.
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Option 1: Put on some brakes.
Option 2: Keep on riding until you develop some massive quads.
Option 3: Skip stop.

my previous fg was 80gi ( 5) and it was brakeless. I skidded, but skip stopping was more efficient and less tiring. try skip stopping.
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I ride 81 gear inches with no brakes just fine. Saddle height is critical of course.

Seriously, are your knees sore from riding and you feel it when you skid or is it from skidding? Find out.
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but really, I know lots of good riders that are brakeless and they hardly every skid.
likewise; back pedal and easing the speed.
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I do ride brakeless and never skid. My bike fits me, has a comfortable gear ratio and my knees are just fine.
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Old 07-13-10, 07:16 PM   #10
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brakes.

simple.
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