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Old 05-20-07, 01:50 PM   #1
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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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Old 05-20-07, 02:13 PM   #2
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Why are you posting this under "track"? Gears won't help you much for track training. Stay fixed...

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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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Old 05-27-07, 11:57 PM   #3
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Not to mention if the hills are painful, do them anyway and get stronger.
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Old 05-28-07, 05:57 AM   #4
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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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