The King of Town
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Richmond, VA
Bikes: Haro Backtrail 20" (MISSING), Fuji Berkeley fixie, Huffy cruisercommuterdeathmobile
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As already mentioned, you can get a shorter stem so you won't have to reach as much.
For going down hills, don't try to go too fast too soon. When you ride a fixed fast down a hill, it feels like you're "floating" on the pedals and doing it requires a lot of concentration to make everything smooth. Basically you just concentrate on what the joints in your ankles and knees are doing, and you just move with the pedals so your butt remains perfectly still on the seat. I know that sounds stupid, but you'll get it if you bomb some hills. Also, don't be afraid to use the brake.
For going up hills, just grit your teeth and ride all out like you're charging an opposing army somewhere in Mongolia.