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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 03-07-11, 08:16 PM   #1
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need some help

Hey my names chris.

Okay Im wondering if a fixed gear / single speed would be okay for group rides. Im thinking about building a project road bike for some group rides. The group rides range from 10-12 and 14-18 mph average speeds. (different groups) and the terrain is rolling hills to flat. My cadence I would like to use is 80-90. I have never ridden a fixed gear bike but I heard it alot more demanding then a multi gear bike. Plus I think getting over a hill without using a granny gear feels amazing from a mental standpoint.

What should I know about single gear vs fixed gear? All in all im very curious about fixed gears and I have no means to ride one until I can build my own project bike soon. Any info/insight/tips would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-07-11, 08:20 PM   #2
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This will give you a general primer. Taken from the gospel of Brown.
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