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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 07-09-05, 06:33 PM   #1
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So last week, almost a month after I bought it, I finally got my cadence magnet for my roadie's computer (someone had already raided the box for someone else's computer and they only had the speed-o magnets in stock). I took a few shakedown rides today (comprising a total of about 25 miles, I guess I could have let folks know I was going out--sorry!).

Anyhow, two things interest me. Number one, I'm not really any faster on average on the geared ride though I can sprint a bit faster, as you might expect. I attribute this more to the fact that I put in all my miles around town, so I never had the chance to really settle down and get into a good long spin.

More interesting than that, to me, is the fact that I really felt slow when spinning the target 90 rpm. 110 or 120 was a much more comfortable spin for me. This is a little surprising given that my fixed gears are generally setup so that my usual cruising speed is right around 80 or 90 rpm.

This raises a couple of questions for me. I know roadies go fixed for spin training, but they generally push pretty small gears to really drive it home. My 77" is a fairly respectable road gear for actually getting around, no developing technique. Do others who push similarly "large" gears find that they still have improved spin when they go geared?

Secondly, what's a guy to do? Should I really work on staying around that 90 rpm or push my target a little higher and move my shift point around 100+?

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I run 52/17 and when I go over to geared (albiet not that often anymore), I don't find ANY help in spinning...BUT..

When I rode 32/13 on my SS MTB I would spin at 110-130 constantly. When I would go back to geared I would totally notice my spinning had improved...

I was actually thinking about this the other day, and as a result, I'll be using the other side of my Level and putting on an 18T
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