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Feels weird getting back on the geared bike(5 posts)

Feels weird getting back on the geared bikeLC
Nov 21, 2002 9:37 AM
After 3 weeks of exclusive SS riding I took out my regular bike. I felt strong up the hills and could turn a good cadence on the flats, but I think I lost a little speed on the flats. I tried a short 3 mile TT to see where my fitness was at and found I had a hard time sustaining my usual pace on the flats for the whole duration. It felt kind of like my legs were not used to pushing hard for more than a few minutes and in only 1 mile into the TT my legs were blown. I need to retest to make sure it was not wind or illness or other unknown factor that was holding me back, but I wonder if this is a drawback to SS riding?
Strange that you feel your fixed hampered your overall fitnessonespeed
Nov 21, 2002 2:26 PM
I feel that the fixed gear has brought my riding to levels. On my last 3 day ride (275) on my fixed I maintained a 20 mile stretch at 24-25 mph. I had riders strung out behind me 20 deep. No one wanted to take a turn and I was fine with it.

If you using only a SS instead of a fixed, that could be your problem. A fixed forces you to keep moving, a SS allows you to slack off.
Strange that you feel your fixed hampered your overall fitnessdesmo
Nov 21, 2002 5:06 PM
you may have lost some fitness due to lack of "recovery", if you are out hammering a high single gear every day or so for a few weeks. I know my fixed riding screws up my training at times but I can't help it cuz it's so much fun.
re: Feels weird getting back on the geared bikemicha
Nov 21, 2002 6:53 PM
Riding low-gear SS for 3 weeks, your body learned to produce peak power at a high cadence. If you rode your 3-mile TT in a gear significantly higher than the one on your SS, your body wasn't ready for it. It "forgot" how to produce peak power at a lower cadence. Try running a litle tougher cog on your SS a few days before you return to riding geared.
re: Feels weird getting back on the geared bikeLC
Nov 22, 2002 9:42 AM
I think your right. I was riding 40x17 too get up the hills, but on the flats there was no resistence felt. I never coast, other than starting and stoping and maybe a bad pot hole, so I was cranking out some pretty high rpms on the down hills. I increased my spin but lost some power, which maybe a good thing for this time of year. By the end of December I think it might be best to transition back to only 1 SS ride a week.