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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 07-30-14, 01:51 PM   #26
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I got cut off by someone in traffic today. He was African American. Based on the OP's logic, I guess my response should be, "oh African Americans, you never disappoint"
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Old 07-30-14, 02:26 PM   #27
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I got cut off by someone in traffic today. He was African American. Based on the OP's logic, I guess my response should be, "oh African Americans, you never disappoint"
Alright, it was a silly rant fueled by a few beers and boredom.

Case closed.
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Old 07-30-14, 03:29 PM   #28
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and for the record, climbing on a fixed gear is easier than SS because the weak spot in your pedal stroke is compensated for by drivetrain momentum.
Please explain this for me.
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Old 07-30-14, 07:11 PM   #29
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Your pedal stroke is kind of pushed by momentum as you move forward.

You keep going forward via yo legs and weight that'll push you through to the next stroke instead of losing energy via gearing mechanisms---around the 6 and 12 o clock of the crank.
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Sounds far fetched to me but if you say so, possibly on flats and mild rolling hills.

Even if that was the case I don't think that there'd be any momentum-assist in your pedal stroke on the kind of hill that forces some people to walk.
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Old 07-30-14, 09:59 PM   #31
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So much pretension...

OP's post sounds super stuck up. Stuck up about his friend, stuck up about friends bike, stuck up about foot retention, stuck up about mileage, stuck up about roadies, stuck up about roadies talking, stuck up about existing...
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Your pedal stroke is kind of pushed by momentum as you move forward.
If this were true one would expect to see the top run of the chain go a bit slack and the bottom run go taut at the 'dead' parts of the crank rotation on a fixed-gear bike and the chain is pulling the crank around rather than the crank pulling the chain.

Although there's very little slack in the chain on a SS/FG, it's still enough to usually be evident when the rider chooses to coast on a SS or start to brake on a FG. But I don't see this happening during normal pedaling - either on level ground or when climbing.
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There's definitely a difference/dead spot in my pedal stroke when I go to a freewheel bike after riding fixed for a while. It actually feels like I'm stopped or backpedaling around the 12/6 oclock points when I'm actually just expecting the momentum to push the crank through.

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walking hills is not acceptable. if you absolutely must get off, HTFU. if that doesn't work shoulder the bike and run cyclocross style.
Yup. Or stop, recover for a minute, and get back on.
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So much pretension...

OP's post sounds super stuck up. Stuck up about his friend, stuck up about friends bike, stuck up about foot retention, stuck up about mileage, stuck up about roadies, stuck up about roadies talking, stuck up about existing...
That is quite a lot of presumptions from reading one rant that I've already deemed as silly. The info that I included was just to give an idea of what my friend had gone through up until he decided to walk a hill.

Again, I agree it was a silly rant and that I really shouldn't have given a damn.
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Old 07-31-14, 09:50 AM   #35
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Whaaaa? Hasn't everyone wanted to laugh at a fixie rider who has had to get off the bike? Seems kinda counter productive? Same reason I hate cyclocross.........
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Old 07-31-14, 09:52 AM   #36
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You are supposed to get butt hurt when other cyclists don't wave to you. get with it man!
I get butt hurt that other cyclists don't wave to me. But I think they don't want to associate with someone who's riding in a shirt and tie.
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Your pedal stroke is kind of pushed by momentum as you move forward.

You keep going forward via yo legs and weight that'll push you through to the next stroke instead of losing energy via gearing mechanisms---around the 6 and 12 o clock of the crank.
LOL...the fixed gear doesn't create special magic energy.
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It's the feels.

Creates zen with the bike, lulling one uphill in constant motion.
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Your pedal stroke is kind of pushed by momentum as you move forward.

You keep going forward via yo legs and weight that'll push you through to the next stroke instead of losing energy via gearing mechanisms---around the 6 and 12 o clock of the crank.
That's an old myth. In fact, pedal stroke pushed by momentum = cranks resisting chain travel = backpedalling = slowing down. As mihlbach says, the fixed gear doesn't create special magic energy.
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So much pretension...

OP's post sounds super stuck up. Stuck up about his friend, stuck up about friends bike, stuck up about foot retention, stuck up about mileage, stuck up about roadies, stuck up about roadies talking, stuck up about existing...
Yet seethingly jealous of Colnago riders.
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Yet seethingly jealous of Colnago riders.
I was waiting for someone to call me out on it....I do secretly want one
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My friend and I got over it pretty quickly.
sure sounds like it.
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My, uh, friend, uh, had unprotected sex with a girl and now it burns when he pees, what should I, I mean uh, he, do.
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I was waiting for someone to call me out on it....I do secretly want one
Are you 50 years old?
Cuz that's their target market from the looks of the majority of their riders... badum-tiss
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Are you 50 years old?
Cuz that's their target market from the looks of the majority of their riders... badum-tiss
Hahaha luckily I am a few decades away from my mid-life crisis and the urge to spend thousands on something.
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Old 08-01-14, 03:41 PM   #46
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I would resist the urge to think a nice bike was bought by their parents. 80% of the time you're wrong, and the other 20% of the time you're a jerk.
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