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Old 03-31-09, 07:16 PM
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Fixed gear training. Who does it!

Planning on purchasing one for my training and fun riding routine.

Who trains on one and if you can cite cool example that would be sweet.

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i commute to work and school on a fixed gear.
i dont necessarily 'train' on it though
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Old 03-31-09, 07:58 PM
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arghh gotta train.
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Rowan rides a fixed gear.

He uses it for commuting to and from town for groceries etc. (~50 km round trip), and for centuries, and for brevets, and things like that.
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Use my mountain bike fixie for quick runs to 7-11 and for commuting to work. I also keep a road fixie on a trainer for indoor training when weather stinks. Usual workout is 90 to 120 minutes watching basketball or other sports like football on TV. I alternate climbing (standing) and sprinting (seated) with each timeout or commercial break. Sometimes, I'll throw in 30 second sprints with 90 second recovery for 10 to 15 hard sprint intervals thrown in near the end of a training session. For some reason, I like riding a single speed on my trainer than any of my geared rigs.
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I have a fixed gear bike. I ride it in November at the start of base training. Mostly for a change of pace.

I think the value of fixed gear for training is overstated. My coach is not big on it.

One asserted advantage is developing a spin. However, the nature of fixed gear helps you through the dead spots, and arguably defeats the purpose of drills designed to improve your spin.

Probably the biggest advantage is it forces you to develop power over a wide band.

My personal take is that its a pleasant diversion, and if gets you more TITS it will help your training, but don't expect any magical improvement.

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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
... if gets you more TITS it will help your training, but don't expect any magical improvement.
Expand on this.

I "train" on a fixed gear, if by "train" you mean "commute, grocery-get, and dick around on"
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TITS. Time in The Saddle.
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Most of my weekly miles are commuting. My commute bike is a fixed gear.
Consequently, many of my workouts are on my fixed gear.
Sprint intervals with a tailwind are ..... interesting.
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I use mine for commuting mostly but every once in a while I love to go on a long training ride with it. Totally changes my routine and how I approach things like hills, descents, and corners. Plus you don't get to coast.
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I love TITS
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I practically stopped riding my fixed gear. I didn't get the pleasure that some people seem to derive riding fixed. However I feel it did help me develop a smoother pedal stroke.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
tits. Time in the saddle.
noice.
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Originally Posted by TONYKART125 View Post
I love TITS
Best handled in large quantity
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Originally Posted by travkat View Post
I use mine for commuting mostly but every once in a while I love to go on a long training ride with it. Totally changes my routine and how I approach things like hills, descents, and corners. Plus you don't get to coast.
Did one century on mine. Not sure I really want to repeat that experience.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
i commute to work and school on a fixed gear.
i dont necessarily 'train' on it though
Same for me. It's also the rain bike.
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Originally Posted by bikeybikebike View Post
noice.
If you think TITS constitute Noice (sic) you have serious issues.
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I enjoy TITS

Particularly when the wife is pregnant. This is true on multiple levels.
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I enjoy TITS

Particularly when the wife is pregnant. This is true on multiple levels.
pics or ban
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I bought this bike for a change of pace and to take to the track every once in a while... (still haven't gone)... but i do find myself loving this bike.. my tri bike rarely gets any love these days.. Awesome bike... love riding it...
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I ride weekly on a singlespeed/fixedhub bike with brakes and a 44/16 gear ratio. Flats, hills, anything and everything I ride. I have noticed that my stamina and endurance is greater then some of the other guys I ride with and I honestly think its because of this bike. Its set up with drops, brakes and clipless. It looks more like a road bike then some city street stomper.
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I race at the velodrome, and so should you. I would buy one that is track appropriate, and add a brake (and a smaller chainring) for riding around.
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Originally Posted by TONYKART125 View Post
Who trains on one
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Originally Posted by TONYKART125 View Post
and if you can cite cool example that would be sweet.
hills, big ones.

I did several training blocks focused on power by riding up mesas and in the mountain foothills around New Mexico on a FG. It hurt, a lot.... think "gut this out or die" kind of hard. I can't name another exercise that has single-handedly raised my power like that one.
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i use mine on slower group ride ,so i can train harder...i love fixed
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I converted an old 12 spd to one that had room for fender. It let's me get out when the roads are wet or slushy. It's OK for base, spin and strength. Having gears is better for training as it gives you more control over resistance and cadence.
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