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Anyone switch to a geared road bike?

Old 07-03-08, 09:59 AM
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they require more lubrication and don't complain when you ride them?
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Old 07-03-08, 10:51 AM
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But their bottom bracket is not quite as accomodating...
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Old 07-03-08, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I use the fixed gear bikes for the same things their geared counterparts do ... and once the ss mtb is done it will go everywhere the geared mtb does.
So what you're saying is you never really do any serious climbs.
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Some of us have bikes with gears AND bikes without.

"Gasp!" I know.
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I can ride all day (150miles+) on my road bike at 80% maxHR but I get tired after 60miles on fixed gear. The difference is the varying use of fast and slow twitch muscles between geared and fixed.. Fixed requires more torque (fast twitch) and it's difficult to sustain effort over a longer time window - for me. This may also be because I ride lots of hills.
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Old 07-03-08, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dutret View Post
So what you're saying is you never really do any serious climbs.
So what I am saying is that I use my fixed gear bikes for everything I use my geared bikes for.

Lots of folks have had that same notion that because a bike only has one speed that it can't climb and many folks have been stunned to find that not only can one climb on a fixed gear...they can climb quite well.

I plan on touring in the fall and will take my geared bike as there is a mountain range involved but could see myself doing this on a fixed gear as well.

The gearing I use for touring is much lower than what I run on a straight up road bike and both touring bikes have flip flop hubs with a lower fixed gearing.
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Traffic = fixed.
Long rides = geared.
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Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
True......but for some, bikes are like girlfriends.
satisfies needs != creates limitless problems
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Old 07-04-08, 07:37 PM
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My girlfriend is a whole lot cheaper then my bike.



not to mention easier to ride.
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Old 07-04-08, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by dutret So what you're saying is you never really do any serious climbs.


Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
So what I am saying is that I use my fixed gear bikes for everything I use my geared bikes for.

Lots of folks have had that same notion that because a bike only has one speed that it can't climb and many folks have been stunned to find that not only can one climb on a fixed gear...they can climb quite well.

I plan on touring in the fall and will take my geared bike as there is a mountain range involved but could see myself doing this on a fixed gear as well.

The gearing I use for touring is much lower than what I run on a straight up road bike and both touring bikes have flip flop hubs with a lower fixed gearing.
Have to agree with dutret. You either don't do any real climbs, or don't do anything but climbing. Sure you could gear you bike 22-32 and climb the same hill I do on my geared mt. bike, but you're not going down the other side. And don't bother saying you can climb the same hill I do with my 22-32 with your 42-20 fixed. Not happening.
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just did!
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maddy...Thanks for pointing out the obvious that someone running a 42:20 won't be able to climb as well as someone running a 22:32..

My hardtail runs that gearing although I rarely use the granny for anything but the most insane climbs and that would be one place I don't have a fixed gear equivalent (my bad). I do have a rigid SS in the works that should go just about anyplace the geared hardtail goes.

I love climbing.

I could do it all day.
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Old 07-04-08, 10:41 PM
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heres a good road bike for you!:
I am wiling to trade my 1994 Eddy Mercx Corsa Extra with Columbus SLX tubing for a Surly Long Haul trucker or a Cross Check in good shape. I want a 56cm size, with racks and panniers, but am flexible in this respect (not the size though)
I realy love the Merckx, but I am not a racer, and I want to ride from BC, Canada (where i currently am) back to Mexico, and I dont want to force this beautifull racing bike to be something it is not.
It is set up as a fixed trainer, as I havent been able to afford a nice road group for it, but those who know these bikes will know this is a good deal, so if you are located in BC, or close enough, and would like to trade in your Surly for my Merckx, just let me know!
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sweet hotness.
xrl build.

bought most of the components used and had a lot lying around for it... frame, rear wheel, cassette, chain, cables, seatpost, pedals n shoes, left crank arm are all new.

i know this probably doesn't qualify since so much was used, but it's still a cheap build and other than being too small for me, it rides really nicely and i am able to set it up well for my body.

i even painted over the logos so it's a scat x.

it's finally really a geared road bike, front and rear shifting.
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Old 07-13-08, 10:17 PM
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Preemptive Caveat: ride what suits you -- these are generalizations and not intended to put anybody down.

I've heard a lot of people speculating on what the next big thing would be after fixies. In terms of their social function, I always thought of the fixed craze as a perfect storm of rising fuel costs (and therefore interest in non-car stuff in general), and a desire to distinguish oneself from the "spandex biker" (and therefore no gears or techy frames).

The fixed thing, at any rate, is a kind of forced monasticism. I think that 80% of the people who may have stepped on a bike for the first time since elementary school because of the craze, will ultimately develop a more moderate attitude about bicycles and realize that a lot of recent technological innovations make cycling more practical and more fun (and therefore an activity they partake of more often).

I suspect that the trendy machines to ride in 3-5 years will retain the stripped-down ethos of the "hipster" fixed-gear culture (and there will be a large aesthetic infusion from the hipster set to the mainstream bike world to boot), but that "hipsters" will switch to rugged "urban assault" type cycles with less than 10 gears and strong brakes. I suspect the frames will be mostly steel (perhaps some aluminum), and that most of the desirable bikes will be hardtails.

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Old 07-13-08, 10:21 PM
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So alot of you guys started riding bikes because it was considered cool??

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Old 07-13-08, 10:31 PM
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It doesn't matter why they started.
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Old 07-13-08, 10:38 PM
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Eight bikes and counting...the only thing lacking variety is my wallet.
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Originally Posted by ryansupak View Post
It doesn't matter why they started.
true...still funny to me though

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Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
therefore one should not stick to just one type of bike. Add a little variety. Get a mountain bike. A single speed. Whatever....
+ all sorts of 1.

(My geared bike is a Lemond Poprad that I ride both on road and on 'cross-compatible trails; effectively two bikes for the price of one! )

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