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How to ride a fixed gear without sweating profusely?

Old 07-21-09, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by brandontw View Post
You realize that you kind of undermine your point when you make an post that is offensive and nonsensical. Not to mention that, for the love of god, there isn't one punctuation mark or capitalization in your entire post!

I would argue that you are the problem with people; instead of learning how to write effectively, or contribute to society, you spent all your time bullying fat kids and stealing chocolate milk... you "complacent little puke".

/end angry rant.

Anyway, bottom line... just don't ride so hard and you wont sweat as much, i always take it easy on the way into work, then push hard on the way home, it works out just grand for me.
I was going to say something similar.... but his sig says he's dyslexic... so I refrained.

However, I've taken to riding to work with an extra T-shirt so I can change there and be fresh.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:14 PM
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thanks brandon I got what I wanted

as always Ken Cox drops in with the science behind it

My real advice is bring a clean shirt to work in your bag and change when you get, there a small towel helps too one of those small microfiber ones or a shamwow!.
Also pack a can of axe or whatever flavour body spray you prefer coupled with a spare stick of antiperspirant IMO the gel type just make a damn mess when it get jumbled so go solid YMMV.

that is how I generally do it and I ride year round with summer temps topping 120 on the black top some days.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:15 PM
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what does this have to do with fixed gears?
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
what does this have to do with fixed gears?
You can coast on freewheel bikes, during which time you aren't doing any work and would presumably be sweating less.

On fixed gear bikes you are always doing work, and thus are more likely to sweat given the same distance traveled.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:31 PM
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i think it just has to do with the fact that its been hot lately.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by hairnet
what does this have to do with fixed gears?
Cadence.

The same reason we write about hills and knees and fixed gear bikes.

An acquaintance at work said he would ride bikes, except he didn't like arriving at work all sweaty, even though I never come to work "all sweaty."

And, what doesn't this have to do with fixed gears?

I only have fixed gear bikes, and so if I write about bikes and sweating I can only write from experience about fixed gear bikes and sweating.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:48 PM
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The possibility exists that the OP is just one of those people, like myself, who sweats a lot regardless of fitness/activity level.
I can barely walk outside from one end of our building to the other without needing to dab my brow with a paper towel. It's hot (for Seattle) today and I'm going to look like somebody tossed me in a pool by the time I finish my 20 mile commute home.
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Originally Posted by Syncmaster View Post
I was going to say something similar.... but his sig says he's dyslexic... so I refrained.
Meh... if i put something in my Sig that says "I'm an *****hole, so bear with my posts" That doesn't mean i can say whatever i want...
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Old 07-21-09, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
The possibility exists that the OP is just one of those people, like myself, who sweats a lot regardless of fitness/activity level.
I can barely walk outside from one end of our building to the other without needing to dab my brow with a paper towel. It's hot (for Seattle) today and I'm going to look like somebody tossed me in a pool by the time I finish my 20 mile commute home.
yup I am one of those guys too... I have to press my helmet down on my head to ring out the pad every 5 miles to keep sweat out of my eyes.


Originally Posted by brandontw View Post
Meh... if i put something in my Sig that says "I'm an *****hole, so bear with my posts" That doesn't mean i can say whatever i want...
maybe I should, that would work well wouldn't it.
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Old 07-21-09, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Retem View Post
yup I am one of those guys too... I have to press my helmet down on my head to ring out the pad every 5 miles to keep sweat out of my eyes.
Have you tried the Halo headbands yet? They used to be pretty uncomfortable a couple years ago when they came out, but the new design is good. It's essentially just a flat silicone bead (like the leg gripper on shorts) on the front inside of a headband or helmet liner, keeping sweat from running down your face and channeling it back toward your temples.
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Old 07-21-09, 04:06 PM
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I started packing a fresh shirt for when I do a short run in the park and then go to work. You can get some pretty nifty, really breathable shirts made of wicking fibers and the like to make your ride there pretty bearable. I'm definitely a sweat bomb just waiting to go off. Oddly enough backpacks don't really help with keeping you dry.
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Old 07-21-09, 04:28 PM
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This is guy is like the best troll ever. Same OP who posted about best front tire for skids...
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this may be very relevant to fixies.

google "downwind fast than the wind". fascinating stuff. basically a machine that uses drive from it's wheels to push a propeller.

http://www.flixxy.com/sailing-yacht-research.htm
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Old 07-21-09, 05:05 PM
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just sweat. holy ****.
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Old 07-21-09, 06:36 PM
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Babe Ruth (bicycle riding expert) put a cabbage leaf under his hat during games in hot weather. He changed it out every other inning.

Give it a shot....
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Wear clothes that ventilates and breathes more. Cotton is very absorbent but bad at wicking away sweat so it just stays soaked. Maybe wear a performance wicking shirt like a workout shirt and change when you get to the party.

They also make casual shirts that have side vents and quick drying fabric at camping supply stores like REI or EMS.

http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...4302888955#top
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If you're wearing a backpack or messenger bag, a switch to rack or a basket would cut out the swampback.
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Old 07-22-09, 08:54 AM
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I like sweating. Cools me off.
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Damn some BS gets posted on this forum.

Huzzah! Call me Captain Obvious!
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Originally Posted by dudezor View Post
Damn some BS gets posted on this forum.

Huzzah! Call me Captain Obvious!
how about captain DND nerd with a remark like that your magic missile must do like 5d12 damage
or are you captain renfaire pants with you tights and leather britches
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Originally Posted by Retem View Post
how about captain DND nerd with a remark like that your magic missile must do like 5d12 damage
or are you captain renfaire pants with you tights and leather britches
Are you speaking in tongues?

OP, you should ride shirtless bra
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