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

Old 11-26-07, 12:57 PM
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Once you've had fixie, do you go back?

I went on my first fixie test rides about a month ago. Soon after, I took the plunge at a LBS that specializes in used bikes and has quite a few fixed options...and a couple of employees who ride ss/fg a lot.

I spent less than two hundy on a Schwinn World Sport conversion and it has been a GREAT bike so far. Easy to ride, easy to handle, lots of fun. Great entry into fixie riding, for sure.

Before I bought the fixie, I had ridden a geared mountain bike pretty much exclusively for a few years...and not really ridden all that much. I've been riding a LOT more in the last month and I'm really enjoying a couple of things...one, just how much less rolling resistance a slick road tire has (even at 28mm!), and two, the added power on climbs that is generated, I guess, by the fact that the rolling tires move the cranks.

I've been commuting (short) three or four days per week since I got it. In the last week, I've taken several rides of 30+ miles with plenty of hills and it has been a pleasurable experience. I'm actually considering what makes it so fun...and maybe I'd enjoy a geared road bike, which I haven't ridden in YEARS. But I think I actually like the simple drive train and the connection one gets with the fixed gear.

My question...do many of you go BACK to geared riding from a fixed? Or do most people ride pretty exclusively fixed??? I've been on my geared mtb for a couple of short trips on the street in the last two weeks and it felt absolutely bizarre to coast. Felt like the bike was broken.
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Old 11-26-07, 12:58 PM
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Yes, you do go back.

I have multiple bikes, geared and fixed.

Each has an application I like to use it for.
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Old 11-26-07, 01:07 PM
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keep and ride both
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Old 11-26-07, 01:12 PM
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I always cringe when people say stupid **** like "If it ain't fixed, it's broken," or how half of the FFG posts say "This is my first fixie and I'm never going back!"

You wouldn't eat grilled cheese every day for the rest of your life, so why limit yourself to one type of bike?
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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.
What he said.
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Old 11-26-07, 01:13 PM
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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.
Same here. Every time I hope on a road bike, though, it feels 'broken'
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Old 11-26-07, 01:17 PM
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Old 11-26-07, 01:18 PM
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I still have my roadie and I still ride it on occasion but it feels really weird. I dont really like it.
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i haven't owned a geared bike in around three years, but soon that will change. i still don't see moving through city traffic on a geared bike the way i see it on a fixed gear, but it most certainly has plenty of applications that its about time i started getting into (road racing, touring).

i'm also learning how to ride a unicycle. that's more of a party trick, though.
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Old 11-26-07, 01:24 PM
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yeah i go back because I discovered that:

for maximum training and speed

a fixie doesn't do it. it just rides around and then you are hoping for more of a workout and it never comes

I s'pose if you don't care about being the local fast guy, it doesn't matter
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Depending on the type of ride and/or who I'm riding with, I regularly use my geared bike as well...
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Originally Posted by edzo View Post
yeah i go back because I discovered that:

for maximum training and speed

a fixie doesn't do it. it just rides around and then you are hoping for more of a workout and it never comes

I s'pose if you don't care about being the local fast guy, it doesn't matter
+1

I get fastest on my geared bike.
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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.
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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.

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I like bikes. The drivetrain is of somewhat less importance to me overall, actually.
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Originally Posted by edzo View Post
yeah i go back because I discovered that:

for maximum training and speed

a fixie doesn't do it. it just rides around and then you are hoping for more of a workout and it never comes

I s'pose if you don't care about being the local fast guy, it doesn't matter
I partially agree with this. A fixed gear can be a useful training tool, but riding a fixed gear exclusively will not make you into the best possible road cyclist that you can be.
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I tried fixed, it wasn't for me, so I went back to SS. I ride exclusively SS, so from that I'm not going "back".
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Yup. It's hard to ride mtb trails on a FG. Not impossible, but too much skill required for me.
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Originally Posted by barba View Post
I like bikes. The drivetrain is of somewhat less importance to me overall, actually.
+1. I never "left" as I have SS and geared bikes. I probably drive fixed more often just because it's my usual commuter, but I like bikes and all bikes are good.

And I'd eat grilled cheese all the time if I could. Mmmmm.... grilled cheese.....
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^it depends, can i put tomatoes in my grilled cheese some days, maybe ham others?
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Mmmmmm. My wife makes grilled cheese on 7 grain whole wheat with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar and real butter. In a cast iron pan. It's what the angels eat for lunch on Fridays.
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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.
+1 million. When I first started riding fixed, I rode it exclusively for several months. Took the road bike out and it felt really weird. But now that I've been riding for a couple of years it's lost the novel aspect of it and I switch more regularly with neither bike feeling particularly weird.
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i make a mean grilled cheese 'n tomato soup meal.

the secret is bread crumbs in the soup!
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Mmmmmm. My wife makes grilled cheese on 7 grain whole wheat with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar and real butter. In a cast iron pan. It's what the angels eat for lunch on Fridays.
TILLAMOOK FOR THE FUKING WIN.
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take a nice big whiff of the air next time you drive through tillamook and reassess your love
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