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The most difficult aspect of riding fixed gear bikes...

Old 04-17-10, 12:25 PM
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The most difficult aspect of riding fixed gear bikes...

Has to be walking them! Riding them feels really natural, but when I walk my bike, the jagged edges of my pedals collide with the back of my leg, causing a slightly painful mix of broken skin, redness, grease, and sometimes even blood. I walk far from the bike but when turning or walking up and down hills, I keep forgetting and the unstoppable pedals go right into my leg. Just was curious if anyone had this problem when they started, I never saw it addressed.
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Old 04-17-10, 12:27 PM
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hold onto the stem...
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Ride more, walk less.
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Old 04-17-10, 12:57 PM
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lolwut

Grab the bike by the stem and walk. Or just stay off fixed gears if you get bruised while walking it.....
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^^ preach son
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Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
hold onto the stem...
this

but what I have trouble with is, when I try and walk my bike through my front door, I wheel it out in front of me by the seat because our doorway is too small for both of us, but my bars refuse to stay straight and jack knife. I usually just hope none of the neighbors are outside to see my struggle.
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Old 04-17-10, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by budahrocket View Post
this

but what I have trouble with is, when I try and walk my bike through my front door, I wheel it out in front of me by the seat because our doorway is too small for both of us, but my bars refuse to stay straight and jack knife. I usually just hope none of the neighbors are outside to see my struggle.
flip the bike up, so that it is only riding on the rear wheel. hold on by stem, saddle. I have the same issue.
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Old 04-17-10, 01:54 PM
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I've never had to walk my bike a full pedal rotation, so I wouldn't know.
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I just pick up my bike
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Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
flip the bike up, so that it is only riding on the rear wheel. hold on by stem, saddle. I have the same issue.
^this + back in the door: unlock it, then use your back to push it open.

it's great when we get these really technical threads going.
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Old 04-17-10, 02:57 PM
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Any time i have to walk the bike more than a few feet, I flip the hub over to the freewheel side.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob View Post
Any time i have to walk the bike more than a few feet, I flip the hub over to the freewheel side.
Nah, I just remove the left pedal. That's easier.
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Old 04-17-10, 03:56 PM
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Sure, but what about the person next to you?! I mean, there's gotta be a reason you're walking it.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob View Post
Sure, but what about the person next to you?! I mean, there's gotta be a reason you're walking it.
Yeah, you're right, how inconsiderate of me.
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back pack mode I made custom straps, Just wear it.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob View Post
Any time i have to walk the bike more than a few feet, I flip the hub over to the freewheel side.
I'm thinking this is signature material.
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Old 04-17-10, 05:34 PM
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Hold onto the saddle. What's wrong with that?
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Originally Posted by Noir Lethal View Post
Has to be walking them! Riding them feels really natural, but when I walk my bike, the jagged edges of my pedals collide with the back of my leg, causing a slightly painful mix of broken skin, redness, grease, and sometimes even blood. I walk far from the bike but when turning or walking up and down hills, I keep forgetting and the unstoppable pedals go right into my leg. Just was curious if anyone had this problem when they started, I never saw it addressed.
Holding the stem, the handlebars or leaning the bike slightly will give you more clearance.

A few times of getting whacked by the pedal will learn you quick enough.
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Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
flip the bike up, so that it is only riding on the rear wheel. hold on by stem, saddle. I have the same issue.
ahh you're right, I'll wheel it out backwards from now on
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Old 04-17-10, 07:19 PM
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lol OP is kinda right...

I have banged my legs up more than a few times whilst walking my fixie.
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Your girlfriend's pants are too tight, and constricting your leg movement. Buy some Dickies, and swing free.
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I'm pretty sure this is the most difficult aspect of fixed riding.
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Originally Posted by WoundedKnee View Post


I'm pretty sure this is the most difficult aspect of fixed riding.
Didn't work

but seriously? I whacked my leg once and was like "oh yeah with some basic ingenuity I can avoid this ever happening again" and then, I use my basic ingenuity and don't get whacked.
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Old 04-17-10, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
lol OP is kinda right...

I have banged my legs up more than a few times whilst walking my fixie.
Ha... btw I forgot to say its only a problem while wearing shorts.
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I just stand beyond the rear wheel and push the bike with my hand on the saddle. Even when I hold the stem I'm along side the handle bar and far enough from the pedals in two directions. Never have banged my legs.

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