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Old 08-28-10, 12:10 PM   #1
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Whats the longest fixie ride you have done?

I think so far mine is abot 10 miles. However, one of my jobs is 16 miles one way and I might end up doing that one soon.
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Old 08-28-10, 12:13 PM   #2
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~30 miles, slow paced fun ride with my friends.

The weather is starting to get nice, looking to get a couple of my friends to do a metric century soon.
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~45 miles pushing pretty fast with a few short breaks
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Somewhere around 50... been thinking about doing a century however...
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60 miles at about 3-4 hours

I think I'll keep the fixie for shorter rides though
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Old 08-28-10, 12:37 PM   #11
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104 miles, to Kokomo, Indiana and back.
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Old 08-28-10, 12:44 PM   #12
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100 miles... seems that the old guys still have some good legs.
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Did you guys ever hit hills you couldn't do on those rides? I find it nearly impossible to do the hill by my house which is an incline of 20-25 %
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My longest was 85. I was planning to do the full 100 of the century but my butt was hurting too bad towards the end so I took a shortcut. One of my fastest solo rides was on a fixed gear. I was doing an organized metric century that I rode solo the whole way and ended up averaging just over 21. I had a nice tailwind the last 15 miles or so and that really kept the cadence up.
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25 so far but ive only had my bike 3 weeks x]
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I was doing long distances on a touring set up so was usually carrying 20-30 pounds of gear and rocking a much lower gear with an even lower fixed cog on the flip side.

If it ever gets that steep there is not shame in getting off and walking and nearly impossible id something that is possible... used to climb a 22% grade on my fg when I was a messenger and that was a killer.
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I did a metric the day after Thanksgiving last year. Maybe this year I'll try for a century, not. 60 miles was long enough for me on the fixie. I'll keep the centuries to the geared bikes.
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Old 08-28-10, 02:21 PM   #18
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my butt hurts just thinking about it. 25-30 miles
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On the CrossCheck I've done 80-90 mile rides up into the Adirondacks. Geared down around 42-19, mostly country roads, trails etc.



On the GT its been limited to 40-50.
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I think so far mine is abot 10 miles. However, one of my jobs is 16 miles one way and I might end up doing that one soon.
Last fall a friend of mine and I did a century on moderate terrain...12% hill was the toughest...and it was TOUGH! Had some health problems earlier this year from which I'm just starting to recover and I did a couple of 30s last week. Working my way back to 100. I've only been riding fixed about 1.5 years now, but it's my primary bike. 48/16 gearing.
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Old 08-28-10, 03:13 PM   #21
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65. Offseason base miles, just an easy spin up the American River Bike Trail to Folsom and back.
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Just did about 55 miles on thursday, geared 48/17. It was ok, there was only one hill that really killed me. In retrospect:
-make sure to eat a good breakfast, stay hydrated, and have some snacks while on epic fixed rides. Honestly, I didn't do any of these well enough, and I was certainly feeling it on the ride and after.
-I could probably do the same ride much easier, or push myself a bit farther with better eating/hydrating.
-messenger bags are good for many things. Long rides are not necessarily one of them. If you have stuff to bring with, it won't be terrible, but I really didn't need mine. Considering the amount of heat I could have dumped, and back sweat I could have avoided, I'd say leave a mess bag at home if you can, in favor of a hip pouch/jersey pockets/frame bag/zip-tying things to your frame.

Doing long distances fixed does feel like an accomplishment, and if you're like me and it's your only bike, then you gotta do what you gotta do. But as you start putting serious long mileage on your fixed gear, you'll quickly find where you start wishing you had gears. I'm not kidding myself, gears would let me ride longer, faster, and more consistent (power output, HR, etc, if you're into that kinda stuff), and a geared bike has quickly shot up on my list of stuff to buy...
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Old 08-28-10, 04:29 PM   #25
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I did 30 miles. From Echo park to Venice, then did a group ride around there and took the bus home.
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