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Fixed Gear On Rough Roads?

Old 05-24-12, 10:52 PM
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Fixed Gear On Rough Roads?

I'm going camping with family and I'm taking my fixed gear bike. I don't expect the roads to be that bad but I just want to be careful anyways.

Is there a threat of wheels or a frame cracking? What should I watch out for?
Advice riding on roads like this?

Thanks
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Old 05-24-12, 11:02 PM
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Just like with any road bike on an off-road surface, you'll have to deal with the narrow tires slipping and the uneven terrain.

What problem will taking your bike solve?

Advice? Use a mountain or cyclocross bike.
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Old 05-24-12, 11:04 PM
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Hm, I'd give advice, but first I think a picture of your bike would help.
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Advantage: converted mountain bikes.
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Going at slow speeds will be a little bit tough. Unless you have thick tires, be aware of sharp items puncturing the tires as well.
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The old girl likes it rough... 700:35 cross tyres help smooth things out a great deal.

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Old 05-24-12, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Advantage: converted mountain bikes.
Also a good idea... used to ride a fixed gear mountain bike for winter messenger work.

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I've noticed that's it's not as easy to get off the saddle for potholes, etc. as it is with a freewheel. But that may just be me.
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hm, I'd give advice, but first I think a picture of your bike would help.
Dammit. Beat me to it
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dammit. Beat me to it
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No "Post pics maybe" poems, Jay?
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Originally Posted by hank0604 View Post
I've noticed that's it's not as easy to get off the saddle for potholes, etc. as it is with a freewheel. But that may just be me.
It is.
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Originally Posted by AKang269 View Post
I'm going camping with family and I'm taking my fixed gear bike. I don't expect the roads to be that bad but I just want to be careful anyways.

Is there a threat of wheels or a frame cracking? What should I watch out for?
Advice riding on roads like this?

Thanks
Hey I just met you,
and this is crazy,
so post pics of bike
and we'll help you maybe


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Hey this is stupid,
and this is stupid,
so its stupid
its stupid.



Am I doing this right?
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Old 05-25-12, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hey this is stupid,
and this is stupid,
so its stupid
its stupid.



Am I doing this right?
i may have to block him until he changes it
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Hey this is stupid,
and this is stupid,
so its stupid
its stupid.



Am I doing this right?
When did you change your name to Mark?
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Old 05-25-12, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
When did you change your name to Mark?
You mean to ask when I changed my name back.

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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
You mean to ask when I changed my name back.

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You're actually a burrito and you have no name.

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I have no problem going over rough pavement on 700x23's. Trick is to stay loose and float.
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^^^ I've ridden single track and fire roads with 23c tires, a low 60s gear inch makes everything easier to roll over
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
The old girl likes it rough... 700:35 cross tyres help smooth things out a great deal.

Please stop posting pictures of your bikes. I don't like to feel covetous.
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