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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)

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Old 04-06-10, 07:03 PM   #1
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Dairyland Dare: 300K, 22K feet, one day... on a Fixie

He did it on a fixie
By Tom Held
Wednesday, Aug 15 2007, 04:40 PM

Sam Huntington was crazy enough to ride the Dairyland Dare on a fixed-gear bike and sane enough to reach this conclusion at the finish:

Laura Alvarez - Artistic Eye Photography"I'm not doing that again, ever."

That he did it once is mind-boggling.

Covering the 300 kilometers on a fixie is one of those efforts that draws comments like, "can he still walk."

The 181-mile ride, on a course that has 22,360 feet of elevation gain, is challenge enough on a bike that coasts downhill and offers lower gears when the uphill grades reach double figures.

With his 40 by 17 gear ratio, Huntington had to spin the pedals at more than 160 rpms to maintain 30 mph downhill and he created his own switchbacks and rocked from side to side on the steep climbs.

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damnnn i did the RW 24 hr bike race on my fixie w/o brakes and said the same thing! My kneecaps wanted to pop outta their sockets the next day... next yr a brake is in order
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