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maiden voyage: some impressions

Old 12-05-05, 02:40 PM
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maiden voyage: some impressions

Rode the new fixie it in the snow/blizzard to school this afternoon and I have to say:

-fixier is better than FW in the snow in some ways, but stopping on snow/ice is scary at best (w/ slicks that is, w/ studs it would be the whip)
-no one at my school has ever seen a fixed gear
-coasting with your feet on the down tube is fun
-front brake=good, because drivers are idiots
-skidding isn't as easy as I thought
-trackstanding is easier than I thought
-standing up to climb/sprint/go over bumps is no different than on a FW, despite what I've been told
-supposedly I'm running a 40x16 (the track cog was given to me and I never checked it out, really), but it feels like the 53/12 on my road bike. I tried and tried and tried and I could not spin the bike out, save for one really long downhill.
-my hamstrings hurt
-North Road bars are the whip
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Old 12-05-05, 04:10 PM
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So the slicks are surviveable in the snow? So my threaded would not be so bad ...


Congratulations on getting "fixed" and maiden voyage ... It is always nice to have an adventure without having to go broke or on a 1 year sabbattical.
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Simple enough to count the teeth on your cog and chainring.
40x16 is a pretty easy gear, surprised you weren't able to spin it out.
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Easy gear for flats you mean.
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that's weird...i always use the fixed gear fever gear calculator for this, and 40/16 on there looks waaaaay different than 53/12...that one is, what, 116 inches or something? i don't have the table in front of me anymore.
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He means that the 40x16 gear in his road bike feels heavier than in the fixed
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53x12 and 40x16 are not even close.
It should be fairly easy to spin out 40x16, even on flats.

I think 40x16 is an easy gear, period.
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Seely, I like your language,son. I will be adding the usage of whip as a modifier to my lexicon. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by hyperRevue
53x12 and 40x16 are not even close.
It should be fairly easy to spin out 40x16, even on flats.

I think 40x16 is an easy gear, period.
I think my rear cog must really be a 14 or 13t? The friend that gave it to me swore it was a 16t, and I never checked, but thinking about it, it does look awful small compared to my 16t Shimano DX cog on my singlespeed. I had a 42x16 on my freewheel singlespeed and used to spin it out on the flats easily and was able to keep a good cadence up all but the longest hills in the area. I was really mashing today on the fixie.
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Originally Posted by seely
-fixier is better than FW in the snow in some ways, but stopping on snow/ice is scary at best (w/ slicks that is, w/ studs it would be the whip)
get some CX tires:
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I always rode a mountain bike on 2.1" knobbys in the Wisconsin winters. Stopping was still a challenge.

I'd probably be out there on my fix right now. The fix got me to slow the **** down on ice and snow-- your best defense.
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Originally Posted by hyperRevue
53x12 and 40x16 are not even close.
It should be fairly easy to spin out 40x16, even on flats.

I think 40x16 is an easy gear, period.
yeah, for sure. i guess i mis-read the post. i thought he was comparing them as similar gears.
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Originally Posted by humancongereel
yeah, for sure. i guess i mis-read the post. i thought he was comparing them as similar gears.
Nah, just commenting that my supposed 40x16 feels like when I am sprinting in my 53x12 on my roadbike.
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