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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)

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Old 07-05-05, 01:54 PM   #1
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Do your legs feel freaking amazing too?

All I did was start riding fixed and I feel like a superhero. Why do my legs feel so good? Is it all the spinning downhill? Is it my new egg beaters? What's going on? I'm starting to get suspicious. Shouldn't my knees be hurting or something?

I couldn't help but share. . .
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Old 07-05-05, 01:55 PM   #2
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i'll buy your left knee off of you..
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Old 07-05-05, 02:02 PM   #3
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All I did was start riding fixed and I feel like a superhero. Why do my legs feel so good? Is it all the spinning downhill? Is it my new egg beaters? What's going on? I'm starting to get suspicious. Shouldn't my knees be hurting or something?

I couldn't help but share. . .
Well a lot of it is the fact that on a fixed gear you stretch your legs as you ride as compared to a freewheel where people tend to tense them up when they coast. That and you can't wuss out and go to an easier gear.
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Old 07-05-05, 02:03 PM   #4
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i'll buy your left knee off of you..

Sorry, hon. I'm quite satisfied with the left one. The right knees another story. . . stupid orthopedic surgeons and their knives. . .
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I think it's one of the real benefits of single-kog cycling.

A month or two after I started, I was amazed by the hills I could climb.

It just gets better with time.
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Old 07-05-05, 02:28 PM   #6
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Sorry, hon. I'm quite satisfied with the left one.
First off, I think its spelled Han. Secondly, I can't believe you just refused Han Solo your knee. Not cool. Chewbacca would never do that.
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Old 07-05-05, 02:46 PM   #7
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I accelerate up hills I formerly dreaded.
I arrive home exultant, pounding my chest like Tarzan.
I have LEGS.
My leg strength has finally developed to the point where my lungs have begun to limit me.
Fantastic.
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"Do your legs feel freaking amazing too?"

I just checked. Yep, they feel awesome.
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i'm spending the rest of the night at home, with my legs...

...just caressing the night away.
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Old 07-05-05, 02:59 PM   #10
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Sorry, hon. I'm quite satisfied with the left one. The right knees another story. . . stupid orthopedic surgeons and their knives. . .
My left lung is very weak.. BUT MY RIGHT LUNG IS AS SOUND AS A BELL!
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All I did was start riding fixed and I feel like a superhero. Why do my legs feel so good? Is it all the spinning downhill? Is it my new egg beaters? What's going on? I'm starting to get suspicious. Shouldn't my knees be hurting or something?

I couldn't help but share. . .
it's cuz you ARE a superhero, using your magic powers to transport yourself!
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My only problem was that the increase in leg strength caused me to want to push harder gears at lower cadence on the road bike. I have gotten over that, but it did take conciously thinking about it. I was thrilled this weekend to go on a decent 30 mile ride and find that my spinning was not only back, but far better than it ever was before.
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my girlfriends legs feel better than mine...
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i bought my legs off of jamie lee curtis, she was asking too much for her bosom
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I started messengering on a road bike and my legs grew...I started messengering on a track bike and my legs GREW. I kinda look like a frog now...
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Mine feel like mush today
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My legs feel amazing, but you should see how they look. Especially in heels.....
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Mine feel better when the cartilidge isn't sticking out...but with patience, beer and careful manipulation they feel great on the bike. It's that whole walking thing that ****s me up.
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my girlfriends legs feel better than mine...
See, my girlfriend loves touching mine, prolly because I shave my legs (I guess it's just one of those habits from road cycling I still have (and hey, it sure does make road rash easier to maintain)).

(yes in the picture I had to scan my leg, my digital camera is broken, and yes it's the inside of my right leg )
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The response is overwhelming. Horay for sexy legs.
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Well a lot of it is the fact that on a fixed gear you stretch your legs as you ride as compared to a freewheel where people tend to tense them up when they coast. That and you can't wuss out and go to an easier gear.



Interesting point! I never thought of this. Share more if you feel the desire, please.

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Interesting point! I never thought of this. Share more if you feel the desire, please.

When you ask a stupid question...
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