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Old 07-30-11, 11:42 AM
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I have not ridden my fixed gear in several weeks. Currently, I have just been riding my road bike and haven't really even given thought to my fixed gear. I don't dislike fixed gear but the desire to ride it has diminished (that's what it feels like since I went ten speed) Today I put a rear brake on my fixed gear to try and get myself to do something with it.

I have had my share of times when I had to exclusively ride fixed because I broke something on my road bike. It now feels like I haven't ridden my road bike in ages or i haven't had enough saddle time on it.

How often do any of you go through phases like this? If ever.



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Old 07-30-11, 11:45 AM
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Personally I haven't ridden my FG in a couple weeks as well. I've been glued to my cdale lately and I have to say I really like it.
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Changing up a routine is always good; as soon as you will know it you'll be back on your fixed gear.

You can things to your fixed gear to spice things up/ make it more attractive/ appealing to ride. I.e. upgrades/ borrowing parts from your roadie.
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Old 07-30-11, 12:16 PM
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the only bike i own is a fixed gear, so i dont really have the option to ride anything different. that being said, i really have no desire to ride anything else. i feel so much more in control on a fixed gear, plus i love being able to ride no handed and still control my speed.
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Old 07-30-11, 12:47 PM
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I've recently only had seat time on my Madone. About 200 miles in the last week. I've ridden my T1 about 6 miles. I used to love riding that bike, but now that I'm used to the quickness of my Madone, I really dont want to ride my t1. Guess i'll have to throw some parts at it to get me excited to ride it again. I love love love my T1 btw. As you said, just going through phases...

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over the long run, it all evens outs... but if i drill down into smaller sample points... sure phases

but, i like bikes
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Old 07-30-11, 01:02 PM
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I want to go through this phase. :sadface:
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The guy I've been riding with rides around 14mph average. I find that if I go out on my road bike, I tend to spin quite a bit but I don't quite feel like I am getting the work out I would prefer. When I take out the Prez it feels much better, and I definitely feel like I can concentrate on my pedal stroke a lot more. That being said, I feel quite good passing people but the momentium from passing takes quite a while to slow down to a comfortable pace.

They each have their own pros and cons, I'd definitely say I am enjoying riding my fixed more than my road, but things will change soon.
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Originally Posted by ImChris
I've recently only had seat time on my Madone. About 200 miles in the last week. I've ridden my T1 about 6 miles. I used to love riding that bike, but now that I'm used to the quickness of my Madone, I really dont want to ride my t1. Guess i'll have to throw some parts at it to get me excited to ride it again. I love love love my T1 btw. As you said, just going through phases...

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I dont even ride my bike. :|
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Originally Posted by hairnet
Currently, I have just been riding my road bike and haven't really even given thought to my fixed gear.
Me too, but I still hang out here cause roadies suck.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear
Changing up a routine is always good; as soon as you will know it you'll be back on your fixed gear.

You can things to your fixed gear to spice things up/ make it more attractive/ appealing to ride. I.e. upgrades/ borrowing parts from your roadie.
The FG is the bike I make most changes on. Bars, pedals, seats, wheels, levers, cranks

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the only bike i own is a fixed gear, so i dont really have the option to ride anything different. that being said, i really have no desire to ride anything else. i feel so much more in control on a fixed gear, plus i love being able to ride no handed and still control my speed.
I had periods of months where I could only ride my FG and I dreaded those times. The riding was never bad but I hate being stuck on a FG because I use my bikes for everything and FG just isn't ideal for that. I feel the same amount of control with either bike, maybe less on the FG when i have to spin downhill and i don't feel up to it.


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I don't quite feel like I am getting the work out I would prefer. When I take out the Prez it feels much better, and I definitely feel like I can concentrate on my pedal stroke a lot more.
I am the opposite

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I never even considered riding a fixed gear seriously, I just use it to go around town and commute, any real riding is on my cannondale.
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it is either one or the other for me, someday's I want to ride my steamroller and other days I want to ride my cyclocross. I just finished my summer project two days ago which will probably replace all of the other bikes for now.
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