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    New To Fixed Gear

    Hi,

    Riding fixed gear bikes looks like a lot of fun, and I've been interested in trying it. I currently have two single-speed bikes and I was thinking of turning one into a fixed gear.

    I plan on practicing in a place with not much traffic, at first, but I do have a rather puzzling question (at least for me). I live in San Francisco, which is known for its rather hilly topography, so does anyone have any pointers for slowing down and stopping on really, really big hills?

    Thanks in advance!

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    brakes work really well
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    Quote Originally Posted by cessanfrancisco View Post
    Hi,

    Riding fixed gear bikes looks like a lot of fun, and I've been interested in trying it. I currently have two single-speed bikes and I was thinking of turning one into a fixed gear.

    I plan on practicing in a place with not much traffic, at first, but I do have a rather puzzling question (at least for me). I live in San Francisco, which is known for its rather hilly topography, so does anyone have any pointers for slowing down and stopping on really, really big hills?

    Thanks in advance!

    Use brakes. Picking proper gearing is also important, even with brakes, as you do not want the pedals getting out from under you or going uncontrolled. Foot retention is a must.
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    Dunno why people fit brakes to bicycles, they only start arguments.

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    Like they said... brakes. Lower gears are easier to stop and start with because a lower gear = more mechanical advantage. But you'll also max out your RPM's sooner, too. In any case though, you need to have a brake that operates on your FRONT wheel as well as the rear. The drivetrain can count as one for the rear, but not for the front. You have more stopping power in the front, and you have more stopping power and more control when the wheel is rolling, not when it's skidding. In short, a front brake gives you a shorter stopping distance than skidding the rear wheel. If you are on a steep hill and the road is slippery (wet, sandy, oil from cars, etc) and you've gotten a moving start, it is entirely possible to skid the rear wheel for a whole block and still not stop, where a front brake could actually stop you. SF has steep hills and I think it rains their occasionally.

    So yeah, brakes.

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    And there you have it, the ultimate recipe of brakes (front only on a fixed is fine) and a low-ish gear. So I'll add a finer point by suggesting a good starting ratio…..a 46 x 18 will give you a somewhat low 69 gear inches, which would be a good first choice. As you get more adept and stronger, you could go to a 17 which would make a noticeable difference, and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robyr View Post
    Use brakes. Picking proper gearing is also important, even with brakes, as you do not want the pedals getting out from under you or going uncontrolled. Foot retention is a must.
    Once the feet come off the pedals on a downhill there's no getting them back on. I learned that first time out on my fixed gear last fall. Their like spinning friggin weapons.

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    If you don't go for the brakes get good quality straps and try stopping my mid skidding or just pushing opposite way on the pedals. Fairly easy not go super fast down a hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
    Once the feet come off the pedals on a downhill there's no getting them back on. I learned that first time out on my fixed gear last fall. Their like spinning friggin weapons.
    this is so wrong. if you cant put your feet back on those death pedals you need to work on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
    brakes work really well
    I like this post.
    If you get anything from this thread OP, please let it be this before you plaster yourself to the back of a MUNI bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
    I like this post.
    If you get anything from this thread OP, please let it be this before you plaster yourself to the back of a MUNI bus.
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    That works as well as brakes, it's just harder on the front wheel

    (brakes, fit brakes and use them )
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    i agree with the above. brakes imo are a must if you are riding on the street. foot retention never hurts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookypedal View Post
    this is so wrong. if you cant put your feet back on those death pedals you need to work on it
    Not going to work on it because its never going to happen again. The toe clips didn't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
    Not going to work on it because its never going to happen again. The toe clips didn't help.
    There's nothing funner then bombing a huge hill with no brakes and taking your feet of the pedals.. Pure bliss

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookypedal View Post
    There's nothing funner then bombing a huge hill with no brakes and taking your feet of the pedals.. Pure bliss
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookypedal View Post
    There's nothing funner then bombing a huge hill with no brakes and taking your feet of the pedals.. Pure bliss
    Only if you're watching the poor bugger on the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
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    Takes all kinds to **** up a world ... and I don't know who's worse, the idiot shred or those lionizing him.
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    UPDATE: I've now answered my own post (from experience). How to stop/slow down on big hill--a combination of skidding and using the brake! Woohoo!

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    im gonna start wearing snap backs over my hoods. makes so much sense, thats how ill keep hoods from slipping off my hat when im ridding.

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