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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 04-10-11, 10:19 PM   #1
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So I need to work on my spinning...

Did goldsprints for the first time today. Was super fun! However I lost which sucked. I actually couldn't spin any faster (its not my strong suit). The bikes were 53x13 and I still could have used more gear inches. Another guy who raced with me had the same problem. I think I might drop down my gear inches on my bike and hit some more downhills and stuff to try and get my spinning better. Carleton or TT want to chime in on any other advice?
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get a bmx crankset and a 25 tooth ring. 22 cog. commute everyday.

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Did goldsprints for the first time today. Was super fun! However I lost which sucked. I actually couldn't spin any faster (its not my strong suit). The bikes were 53x13 and I still could have used more gear inches. Another guy who raced with me had the same problem. I think I might drop down my gear inches on my bike and hit some more downhills and stuff to try and get my spinning better. Carleton or TT want to chime in on any other advice?
Rollers offer very little rolling resistance. Any resistance you feel is actually the spokes cutting through the air.

Do you wear cycling shorts or jeans? Jeans are minus 20RPM off the bat.

Saddle height and position are also very important. 1cm can make a huge difference.

Get some rollers (with or without a fork stand) and practice. You can do it on the road, but it's easier in the livingroom where you can stop and micro adjust.
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I had mtb shoes the first time I did gold sprint, and I pulled out of the straps...took big chunk of my ego out. Otherwise they are super fun because I could spin, but not as well as some other people.
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well I am not trying to train to be good at goldsprints though that will be a perk. It was more of a reminder of something I need to work on for track this season. I know I am not the greatest as spinning after a certain RPM.
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though i'm still not spinning very fast, i improved most probably on rollers. keeps you on your form, what with the risk of falling off, and you don't have to swap between a spin and commuting ratio (or find a decent hill, which is hard in davis)
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yea i guess if im tapping out 107gi on rollers i can keep my bike set one way... man i never thought id see the day i would do shopping for rollers/trainer... damn you fixed gears, damn you all to hell!! whats a good but cheap one?
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though i'm still not spinning very fast, i improved most probably on rollers. keeps you on your form, what with the risk of falling off, and you don't have to swap between a spin and commuting ratio (or find a decent hill, which is hard in davis)
+1. There's seriously like 4 or 5.
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