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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)

Once you've had fixie, do you go back?

Old 11-26-07, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Once you put several thousand miles on a fixed gear it tends to lose its novel feeling and becomes just another type of bike. Most of the time I could care less if I am riding fixed, SS, or geared because they all feel natural to me, and I usually select whichever bike is most appropriate for the ride. I ride fixed gears most of the week for commuting and usually ride my road bike on "serious" rides where I am aiming for speed, distance, and/or conquering huge hills.
this is right.
ride fixed enough and then switch to your geared bike some then soon enough they both feel normal. if it's a fast group ride, it's gears...no way someone on a fixed gear will be as fast a geared bike given both are close to the same caliber rider.
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Old 11-26-07, 02:30 PM
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Originally I got into fixed gears just to try something new. The purported benefits of improved spin technique were a nice plus, but my 46x16 gear is too high for me to do any high-cadence intervals for a long time, except for when I'm on rollers. So, like others here, I get on my road bike for "real training" - high-speed, big-gear, or hill climbs. The fixed gear is mostly for joyriding.
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Old 11-26-07, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by piwonka View Post
this is right.
if it's a fast group ride, it's gears...no way someone on a fixed gear will be as fast a geared bike given both are close to the same caliber rider.
True, but if you are riding with riders that are slower than you, a fixed gear is the way to go. Keeps it more challenging and less boring.
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Old 11-26-07, 02:49 PM
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I can't afford multiple bikes, so my FG is my only ride.
Some day, I'd like to put a nice geared drive train on my frame (a nice, vintage Bianchi crit frame), once I have the spare scratch to build another fixed bike.
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Old 11-26-07, 03:01 PM
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I have 10+ bikes and only one of them is fixed. I ride it about 75% of the time. The times I don't ride it are when it has a flat or some other mechanical issue I haven't gotten around to fixing, if it's rainy (it doesn't have fenders), if I need to pull a trailer, if I'll be riding up a huge hill or for fast group rides.

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Back and forth. But lately, I've been flirting with the idea of, gulp, giving up fixed entirely. Having some knee issues. I'm going to try a bigger frame and mess with set up yet again. If it doesn't work, it'll be all gears, all the time for me......
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Old 11-26-07, 03:13 PM
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Keep twiddling your setup gfrance, it worked for me. maybe consider a professional fitting. good luck!

I find myself loving my geared bikes after riding fixed for awhile, and vice versa. A while back i actually thanked God for a ride i had just taken on my road bike even though i am an atheist. Switching things up keeps life interesting.
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Old 11-26-07, 03:13 PM
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I went back. Next time I build a fg it'll be a track bike. No real interest in building another street fixed.

Now singlespeeds, man ... I'm ga-ga for singlespeeds these days.
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Old 11-26-07, 03:52 PM
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My old Trek 330 has been sitting in the garage collecting dust for a while. The frame is actually on the large side for me, but maybe I'll clean it all up, replace the tires and tubes, and take it on a ride!

I am actually considering spending some good money on a new road bike. If I decide I really, really like it, I just don't think that Trek is the bike for me.
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Old 11-26-07, 03:56 PM
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i'm not sure if i'm going to be riding fixed 'forever', but i'm certainly not working on anything else. the drivetrain and feel is just too solid for me to want another configuration any time soon.
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i really wish we could purge the word "fixie" from the forums...
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The only place I ride fixed these days is the track, or while doing cyclocross (FUNFUNFUNFUNFUN!!!). If I want to get around the city in a flash I'm on a geared bike.
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But if I know there will be a lot of chicks in the group I will ride the constant. I don't mind getting dropped.
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Originally Posted by delicious View Post
i really wish we could purge the word "fixie" from the forums...
Why stop at the forum? This is one of my peeves as well. But I digress...

I have many bikes and I go back and forth daily. Like it was said before, best tool for the job. Although lately I've been dig'n my friction geared 80's touring bike.
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Old 11-26-07, 04:22 PM
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I got fixed, but the surgery was too expensive to reverse once I realized it was a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
Like it was said before, best tool for the job...
But not always..... I frequently take my fixed gear on rides that I know my geared bike or even my ss roadie would be a heck of a lot more practical and easier. I'm sure this is true with many folks here.
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Originally Posted by kmart View Post
Someone needs to invent a derailleur-equipped fixed gear bike. Then you would always have the right gear, and the zen-one-with-the-bike-blah-blah-blah feel of fixed, all in one.
http://sheldonbrown.com/asc.html
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Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
"The ASC is the rarest and most sought-after Sturmey-Archer hub. I have no idea where you can find one, so please don't bother asking. The last one I know of changing hands was sold on eBay for over $300 in May 1999."



Sturmey-Archer needs to get in bed with Bikes Direct and market this thing.
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Keep a bike for every occasion, whats the fun in owning just one bike?
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i like both.
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Originally Posted by kmart View Post
"The ASC is the rarest and most sought-after Sturmey-Archer hub. I have no idea where you can find one, so please don't bother asking. The last one I know of changing hands was sold on eBay for over $300 in May 1999."



Sturmey-Archer needs to get in bed with Bikes Direct and market this thing.
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After several years of riding fixed almost daily for the purposes of commuting, alleycats, etc., I realized that I much prefer gears, and thus parted-out my fixed-gear bike.

The next fixed-gear that I own will be solely for the track. For riding on the road, whether I'm racing, commuting, or training, it's gears.
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I have several bikes, and ride them all, but I put more miles on the fixed in a year than all the other bikes combined.

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Originally Posted by ryand View Post
Yes, you do go back.

I have multiple bikes, geared and fixed.

Each has an application I like to use it for.
All bikes are fun! They all have their uses. I use my fixed in the flat city and close everyday riding. I ride my road on longer rides, or if I feel like coasting.
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