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    Senior Member Briareos's Avatar
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    Fixed/Single-Speed or Gears for Road Training?

    Right now I have a GT road bike converted to fixed/single, and its fun to ride. But I've mostly kept on the flats, riding uphill (did it once) was painful. The bike is ready for gears and whatnot, since it was a road bike to begin with. I could use my single-chainring crank (Sugino RD) with a road chainring and I don't think that would be a problem (I don't want a "double" up front). I use the campy ripoff brake levers by Tektro, and I wish to take the right one off, replace it with a Veloce brifter and slap on a derailleur and a new rear wheel.

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    I am wondering if its better to train with gears since I can experiment (I'm new) with gearings and how long I can sustain riding them, etc. I'm running 48/18 right now, and it works well enough, but it's definately not a gearing I try to skid with. Am I just better off staying fixed?

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    Why are you posting this under "track"? Gears won't help you much for track training. Stay fixed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Briareos
    Right now I have a GT road bike converted to fixed/single, and its fun to ride. But I've mostly kept on the flats, riding uphill (did it once) was painful. The bike is ready for gears and whatnot, since it was a road bike to begin with. I could use my single-chainring crank (Sugino RD) with a road chainring and I don't think that would be a problem (I don't want a "double" up front). I use the campy ripoff brake levers by Tektro, and I wish to take the right one off, replace it with a Veloce brifter and slap on a derailleur and a new rear wheel.

    Anyway...

    I am wondering if its better to train with gears since I can experiment (I'm new) with gearings and how long I can sustain riding them, etc. I'm running 48/18 right now, and it works well enough, but it's definately not a gearing I try to skid with. Am I just better off staying fixed?

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    Not to mention if the hills are painful, do them anyway and get stronger.

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    My cycling improved 10 fold when I started doing about 90% of my training on a fixed gear.

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