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Fixed gear, why?

Old 10-25-06, 08:57 AM
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Fixed gear, why?

Okay, so other than track racing where it is a necessity, what is so great about a fixie? I have read many posts about how fun it is, but frankly the thought of blowing out one's knees, not being able to coast, and pedal strike doesn't sound very fun.

Everyone says it is fun, but no one seems to be able to say why? A big wheel is a fixed gear, and what is so great about that? I know, this sounds like a troll, but I honestly don't see how a fixed gear would be fun. Annoying sounds more like it. Just looking for a concrete, specific answer on WHY it is more fun.
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Old 10-25-06, 09:01 AM
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I noticed you didn't post this in the SS/FG forum.

Wise choice.

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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Okay, so other than track racing where it is a necessity, what is so great about a fixie? I have read many posts about how fun it is, but frankly the thought of blowing out one's knees, not being able to coast, and pedal strike doesn't sound very fun.

Everyone says it is fun, but no one seems to be able to say why? A big wheel is a fixed gear, and what is so great about that? I know, this sounds like a troll, but I honestly don't see how a fixed gear would be fun. Annoying sounds more like it. Just looking for a concrete, specific answer on WHY it is more fun.

you seriously never had fun on a big wheel?
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Why do you like the music you do? A lot of people on this board probably think it's crap. Oh well. You listen to what you like, they'll listen to what they like. The same principal applies. Riding fixed is fun, to me at least. It forces one to keep up one's cadence and the headspace cleared by not having to consider shifting is great, too. You just go. I've never had a problem with pedal strike after riding fixed around the city for two years, and the "blowing out one's knees" is a myth.

As for "concrete" answers? We're talking preferences. Concrete is for observational science.
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Fixies are good for early season training. Put a low gear on it and it really helps with your spin when you are doing LSD.

As far as using it in traffic, I think its highly over-rated. The only advantage I can see is that you can track stand at stop lights, but risk of pedal strikes outweighs track standing, IMHO.
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Well if you didn't find big wheels fun, you won't find fixies fun either. Hockey stops, 180's, riding backwards to a 180 to a peel out...it's the kind of fun you had as a kid. You didn't think about cadence, heart rate, or lactate thresholds, you just jumped on and rode.
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Even though this is a troll, i'll bite. Let me just clear up the FUD in the OP's post:

I have read many posts about how fun it is, but frankly the thought of blowing out one's knees, not being able to coast, and pedal strike doesn't sound very fun.
1) You can blow out your knees on a geared bike too, simply pick a really high gear. Granted it's not as easy to change gears on a fix, but it's your damn fault for trying to ride up alpe d'huez on a 53x11.
2) Not being able to coast? Personal preference
3) Pedal strike? If you don't know how to ride a bike you can pedal strike on a geared bike too.

Everyone says it is fun, but no one seems to be able to say why?
Why is riding a geared bike fun? Why is hockey, golf, basketball, insert_sport fun?

I know, this sounds like a troll, but I honestly don't see how a fixed gear would be fun.
You may not be trolling but your questions sure as hell look like flamebait. If you don't "think it'll be fun" then don't try it. Otherwise go ahead and try one and come back and tell us why you hated it or loved it.

Worst thread of the week.
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Old 10-25-06, 09:30 AM
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for me riding fixed adds another layer of fun to riding. it's constant motion, silent running, dependable, and for me much more connected between rider and road. it's never annoying, unlike my road bikes which always seem to need some kind of tuning up. i never have to worry about what gear i'm in and it always keeps me honest in terms of my fitness level. 44x16 is always 44x16. i've never blown out a knee (actually riding fixed has made me much stronger) and never experienced pedal strike. for me, riding fixed was like discovering the joy of bicycling all over again, and like many things, really has to be experienced to be understood. many people equate a zen like experience to riding fixed and i'm inclined to agree. it's kinda like you become a part of the bicycle in motion rather than just riding atop it.
if you really want to understand, find one you can borrow and ride for awhile (give it more than a ride or two) and then see what you think. it's certainly not for everyone.
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Originally Posted by operator
Worst thread of the week.
What about R600's "I dropped a fred in central park" thread?

I think every Monday we should have a poll so people can vote on the best and worst threads of the week
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Old 10-25-06, 09:33 AM
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It's just a different way to train/ride. A different challenge.
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How exactly were you going to blow your knees out on a fixie?
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The three Ss of Fixies
Simplicity.
Spinning.
Silence.

Some people get all excited about spinning in a classroom year 'round.
Now THAT is worth questioning.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
The three Ss of Fixies
Simplicity.
Spinning.
Silence.

Some people get all excited about spinning in a classroom year 'round.
Now THAT is worth questioning.
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This is like asking "why is riding a bike fun?" or "why does broccoli taste like feet?"
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Also good for commuting as it's easy to maintain and unattractive to street people.
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Originally Posted by ImprezaDrvr
This is like asking "why is riding a bike fun?" or "why does broccoli taste like feet?"
Broccoli tastes like feet?...
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I think I'd say something more like "why sail when you could get a powerboat?" or "why hunt with a bow when you could use a rifle?" Sometimes simpler is superior.
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I've got one because i feel more secure locking it up outside of class, and i don't need to maintain much on it. It's also always nice to change things up everyonce in a while.
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It's definetly an urban thing. I like riding fixed because there are less things to go wrong and less things to clean; riding in the city is truly dirty and you'd be surprised at how gnarly the drive-chain can get. In the winter especially, the salt and sand and water and dirt, yuck! This is the sole reason I looked into fixed riding, the low maintanence.
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I can ride no handed and slow down, which makes it a lot easier to talk on a cell phone and drink coffee while riding. This is not for jk. I'm about to do it on my way to school. Oh, no handed track stands while drinking coffee and talking on the cell phone are also an added bonus.

- skidding without hands on bars is pretty fun
- racing your friends up hills gets you strong like russian bear
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until you've spent at least a year on a fixed gear you don't even know how to ride a bike

Riding a fixie is all about flow, momentum, and a mix of finesse and power, and like most worthwhile things in life it takes time, effort, and practice to get good at it. It will make your legs and knees stronger. It will teach you all about the speed envelope of both you and the gear you choose to use. You will learn just how far a half pedal or full pedal stroke translates into distance wise. It also discourages bad habits and helps teach you how to pedal a bike to begin with.

Try it, and give it a few hundred miles, cause it will take at least that long just to get used to it, once your used to it, riding a freewheel bike isnt much fun anymore. Anybody can jump on a freewheel bike and get down the road, but it takes skill to really make a fixed gear perform. Having said that, if your a casual rider that only rides a couple thousand miles a year, dont expect much, you dont ride enough to really get good at it.
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its great for spinning away the miles.. I'll be riding mine almost the whole winter.. I've never struck a pedal with it and my knees are still in tact I think... I like to ride it

different strokes for different folks I guess..
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simplicity.
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(you can also stress your knees with back pedalling, but that's what a brake is for)

it's fun.
it's soulfull (think a cut-n-slash surfer vs. a longboarder. Riding fixed is longboarding.)
I feel better with my $100 fixed conversion locked up outside the bar instead of my multi-thousand dollar geared roadie.

If ya don't wanna, don't. It's not like you have to wear a white belt and roll your pants to ride a fixie. If you do, just remember to roll both legs
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Because doing backwards circles around silly freewheeling roadies makes girlies scream for your hot body.
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