Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Stepping off a Fixie

Old 11-14-18, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
After reading this thread, I really now want to get a fixie and learn to become a master of fixed gear bike control.
$100.00 on craigslist and you can find out whats up. My first ride I knew they were my kind.
Dont overthink it
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Old 11-14-18, 06:40 PM
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It's too late Hffy Addict has already been overthinking it to the point the old brain got so hot it turned to liquid and poured right out ; )

They have no plans to ever buy a bike and if they do it will be another wally-mart special so they can avoid mountain biking like the plague.

When I make plans for bikes I usually try and follow through with them if I have the money or I will at least put parts to use on frames I pick up. I do like to sit around and say "oooh new bike should I do it" but then usually at some point I will have a new bike (or an old bike) In this year alone I have done about 7 different projects granted a lot of it was free stuff that I put a little money into to build up (or the Langster which was a replacement for a cracked frame) and two of those builds I am 100% not keeping because they aren't my size and one build I am probably selling but wanted something extra to play with for this winter. Our Addict in the past three years hasn't done anything. Granted I probably won't take on that many projects again for a long time because it has been overwhelming and hard to get things finished but on the plus I have gotten rid of some spare parts and cleaned up a little(ish)
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Mostly I just fall off awkwardly. Especially if there's a cute girl nearby.
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When I'm doing a standard stop, I like to swing/kick my left foot over the front handler, instead of swinging it back over the saddle. Feels less awkward to me.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
For me it depends.

For clipless...

If I have a brake it's about the same as a freewheel bike because I can stop on the part of the stroke I want.

If I don't have a brake I think about where I want to end up and unclip the planting foot just before I get there while my attached foot is in the down stroke. This gives enough time to plant my free foot before the clipped foot makes another rotation. The upstroke acts as the last bit of stopping force.

I've ridden clipless fixed gear with no brakes, and let me tell ya, it's pretty damn scary at first
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I unclip when my dominant foot is forward (either 3 or 9 o'clock depending on which way I'm facing). I lean my torso forward and unweight my dominant foot as I unclip. Then I placed my heel on the ground (dominate foot still) and come to a complete stop simultaneously. Unclip other foot and voila!
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It's kind of a CX-style dismount, the FG variation being that you have to time it so you neatly disengage when your foot rotates to the 6.
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Originally Posted by bassboy1126 View Post
I've ridden clipless fixed gear with no brakes, and let me tell ya, it's pretty damn scary at first
Thatís how I feel. I need a lot more practice doing this.
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I couldn't tell you how I dismount, never gave it any thought. I ride a fat bike off road. The only time this is a problem, is at a log over. You never know how the crank arms will line up. Murphy's law, they never do. I tried the jump off method, but found myself on the ground a lot. So now I act like I'm going to make it. If things go wrong, my feet go down on the log, and push off. Mostly works, but a little unnerving with the free wheelers behind me.
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I usually slam my brake and do a front flip off the bike.
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Originally Posted by Philasteve View Post
I usually slam my brake and do a front flip off the bike.
Like Tony Hawk at the end of a vert run!
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I really, honestly, never thought about this and it was never a problem.
Then again, I rode with platforms and ONE strap (just the leg that pulls up for counterforce).
So I was always able to move my feet around and maneuver around the bike if necessary.
I would also try to not dismount for as long as possible and that would require lots of hopping on the rear wheel to reposition for a trackstand so I never had that stoplight problem.
Idk man, sometimes I would stand on just one leg and wait until the crank arm lifted me high enough to effortlessly bring my leg to the other side.
You could also "dip" the bike down sideways while you kind of fall onto one foot if you needed to dismount.
Yeah idk, never thought about it.
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