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I was thinking about getting a fixed gear...

Old 02-20-09, 09:45 AM
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I was thinking about getting a fixed gear...

talk me out of it?
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With a handle like "captnfantastic" it's too late.
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Do it, they're great fun and will make you a stronger cyclist.
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I was thinking about getting a fixed gear...
Think again.

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They're cheap, fun, and can be used in a variety of ways. I train, commute, and run errands on mine. Go for it.
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Low maintenance & fun to ride while providing fabulous training benefits;
- Smooths out you spin
- Develops power
- Develops your pedal stroke at different cadences
- Easier to track stand

Also, Hipster wanna be chicks bow down at your feet. (Not that this has actually happend to me... yet)
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Funny... I had a similar conversation with my friends about purchasing a firearm.

It didn't work.

Don't forget the madness of skidstopz yo.

Is tarck still an banned word? Guess not.


Get 1. There is NO reason not to.
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Old 02-20-09, 10:14 AM
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wait....how old are you??
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Old 02-20-09, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe
Also, Hipster wanna be chicks bow down at your feet. (Not that this has actually happend to me... yet)
Not if you do your commute and some errands wearing Liquigas bib tights. That seems to scare them away right quick. (This has actually happend to me...)
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Why do you want to be talked out of getting one?
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Originally Posted by captnfantastic
talk me out of it?
just get one with a singlespeed flip flop hub and a set of brakes. There is nothing wrong with working your spin and getting stronger faster cadences. Also, great for getting around town, bad weather, beer/coffee runs, and you get some hipster cred.

Seriously, I love mine, I ride it with brakes, and I am in the process of turning it back into a singlespeed rather than a fixie. I got into fixed gear bikes a few years back and now I just use it for training or commuting so I figure being able to stop and not wreck my knees is a good thing.
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Unless you are getting a track bike for the track, don't do it. A fixed gear is in the wrong gear 95% of the time and you can't go around corners fast because of pedal strikes.

Only exception is to train on long straight stretches of untraveled roads, it does improve your spin and stregnth.
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I'm 43 and have 5 fixed gear bikes, 2 singlespeeds, and one on the way.

I am what you would call an enabler.

Do it.
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I use a fixed gear bike (with breakes) to train with and it has helped me alot.
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Originally Posted by travkat
just get one with a singlespeed flip flop hub and a set of brakes. There is nothing wrong with working your spin and getting stronger faster cadences. Also, great for getting around town, bad weather, beer/coffee runs, and you get some hipster cred.

Seriously, I love mine, I ride it with brakes, and I am in the process of turning it back into a singlespeed rather than a fixie. I got into fixed gear bikes a few years back and now I just use it for training or commuting so I figure being able to stop and not wreck my knees is a good thing.
What is the relative merits of single speed v fixed. and is single speed basically with the freehub but no shifters and derailleurs?
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He said he wanted to be talked out of it.

With a 20sp. bike you are 19 times more likely to be in the correct gear.
Have you ever tried to adjust the straps on your shoes on a fixed gear?
Just try to readjust your chamois while on a fixed gear.
Uphills are tough on a fixed gear.
Downhill are even tougher.
Headwinds force you into a slower cadence than normal.
Tailwinds make you pedal like mad.
You will obsess over chainline.


Go ahead and get one. You know you want to.
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make sure you budget for skinny jeans and hair products
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Do It! It's alot of fun. I started out on a fixed gear, then picked up a road bike. Spend a little time learning to track stand and skid stop. If you've got some extra money, pick up some Fixed Shorts from Rapha, they're on sale until Feb 28th for $120 (not bad considering a decent pair of cycling bibs are $150+) so you can ride it a little more casually. I ride it mostly for barhopping, or to pick up some hipster poon.
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Originally Posted by coasting
What is the relative merits of single speed v fixed. and is single speed basically with the freehub but no shifters and derailleurs?
fixed=no coasting, ever. single speed=freehub, one gear in front, one gear in back. fixed gear just takes a different skill in riding. it's definetly a fad now, but it's fun. fixed gear riding (esp. without brakes) can be hard on the knees.
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Fixed shorts ?

$ 120.00 ?

Good lawd.
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Do it. No man can have too many bikes. Great for training, commuting, 7-11 runs for dip and coffee. My two SS have flip-flops and front and rear brakes. Huge weenie that I am, I ride mostly free.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Fixed shorts ?

$ 120.00 ?

Good lawd.

https://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=169

A bit hip for some, but it's a comfortable way to ride without gearing up. Riding in casual wear sucks after about 20 minutes, and when I'm off my bike in my gear, I feel like I need a towel or an adult.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Unless you are getting a track bike for the track, don't do it. A fixed gear is in the wrong gear 95% of the time and you can't go around corners fast because of pedal strikes.

Only exception is to train on long straight stretches of untraveled roads, it does improve your spin and stregnth.
Lol @ username and this post
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Originally Posted by captnfantastic
talk me out of it?
Do you look good in girl pants and a wool cycling cap?
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Originally Posted by Bluechip
He said he wanted to be talked out of it.

With a 20sp. bike you are 19 times more likely to be in the correct gear.
Have you ever tried to adjust the straps on your shoes on a fixed gear?
Just try to readjust your chamois while on a fixed gear.
Uphills are tough on a fixed gear.
Downhill are even tougher.
Headwinds force you into a slower cadence than normal.
Tailwinds make you pedal like mad.
You will obsess over chainline.


Go ahead and get one. You know you want to.
To this I'll add you can't take sharp turns fast. Well you can but your quickly learn a lesson.

They used to be almost a critical thing for racers and the belief was they made you stronger, faster and develop a smooth cadence. Other things have been found more useful to do the same like rollers, one legged drills on trainers, power intervals, power taps, etc.

However they are fun and a nice diversion from regular riding.
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