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    Touring Fixed

    I'm planning on riding the Pacific Coast this summer fixed. Has anyone done fixed gear touring before? Any suggestions?(besides taking a geared bike)

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    Use a flip flop hub with a freewheel so you can relax on the long downhills.

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    Sheldon Brown has some info on Sturmey Archer 3 spd fixed. I know there is also a club in Mass. that runs them too. I've done a few shorter trips, about 120 miles on a weekend, but that was pretty flat. I would suggest running somehting a little lighter than what you run on the street now, assuming you do, and pack as light as you can. Brakes are a must.

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    Wouldn't that be a knee killer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfront
    I'm planning on riding the Pacific Coast this summer fixed. Has anyone done fixed gear touring before? Any suggestions?(besides taking a geared bike)
    I've done some light touring around MA on a single speed with a saddlebag and staying at friends or motels, worked out well with 67" gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemp
    Wouldn't that be a knee killer?
    Possibly, but with a lowish gear and conditioned legs it could be alright. Not reccomended for very hilly areas though as it could eventually strain your if you're mashing uphill all the time.

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    definitely ride brakes...having to slow all that weight down hill will wear you out in half the time
    also, i might suggest either bringing extra cogs or doing the miche cog/carrier system so that if you know you have a day of hill climbing or a day of flats you can adjust your gearing appropriately
    i forget his name on here but i know there's a guy who has done a bit of fixed touring..he's in here and the singlespeed/fixed forums...im sure he'll pop up on this thread

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    If you're expecting any kind of sustained climbs forget about riding fixed. Loaded touring can be hard enough as is, you don't need to amplify that struggle by removing gears. However, if you're traveling by credit card and going relatively flat, short distances, it will likely be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigmrT
    definitely ride brakes...having to slow all that weight down hill will wear you out in half the time
    Be careful about riding the brakes. A long downhill will seriously heat up your rims and may lead to a blow out.... If you need to use the brakes use the back and then the front - by alternating each rim will have some time to cool down.

    BTW - check out Kent Peterson's webpages he has some tour reports from fixed gear tours.
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    Met a guy recently doing a world tour on a penny farthing bike. He'd already ridden through Europe and Australia and hilly Tasmania. He happily admitted that he had to walk his bike up many a hill. If you tour fixed, swallow your pride, save your knees and walk up some of those hills. The Pacific coastline isn't exactly flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik
    Be careful about riding the brakes. A long downhill will seriously heat up your rims and may lead to a blow out.... If you need to use the brakes use the back and then the front - by alternating each rim will have some time to cool down.

    BTW - check out Kent Peterson's webpages he has some tour reports from fixed gear tours.
    I think that by "ride brakes" he meant not to ride brakeless, not "ride" the brakes.

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    Kent Peterson's trip reports are a great way to cheer up a crappy day. Things I've noticed about his style is that he uses a pretty low gear and he travels very light.

    I've done a few weekend tours around Austin, TX (where there are hills) on a 48x16 and I loved it but would definitely gear down if I still lived there and was planning on doing more. On fixed, you feel every extra ounce when you're going uphill so be ruthless! Don't be afraid to utilize a very sparse or nonstandard load of gear. You're probably going to want a front brake for extended riding, if you don't have one already.

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    The Pacific coast highway is effectively a never-ending series of drops and climbs as it hugs the coastline, especially in Northern Calif and Southern Oregon. None of them are more than a few hundred feet high, but it is constant. Of course if you go north to south you will benefit from a tailwind, but I still can't imagine doing that on a fixed-gear bike, especially with a load.
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    Get used to walking up hills....if this doesn't get you down, and you're ok with low daily milage and pokey slow pace...what the Hell? Have fun.

    People have done much, much crazier stuff.

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    I just did an unsupported race/ride/brevet across PA with a fixed rider, we finished in slightly under 48 hours for 400 miles.

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