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After two weeks of single speed riding what I notice thechopper
Dec 2, 2002 3:18 PM
most is the change in gradiant. I'm forced to climb some pretty steep, but fairly short climbs on my commute and on my geared bike I would throw it in the 23 and climb it without much thought but with the single speed I know exactly the steepest part and where its going to let up, it really makes me consider my whole approach tgo shifting when riding the geared bike. By the way, I just love riding it and I love not having a computer as well. I also don't seem to mind that its getting pretty dirty. I also don't seem to coast as much? Go figure.
re: After two weeks of single speed riding what I notice theTig
Dec 2, 2002 3:58 PM
Yep, you really do become more connected with the whole riding experience. After several weeks of 100% fixed gear riding, I was pleased with the increased climbing power I had while in Austin last week using my derailleur bike. It was like taking off ankle weights before a running race. The results are getting better and better each week.

I've been riding the fixte on some long group rides that are tame for most of the ride, with a good dozen plus miles of high speeds and city limit sign sprints. I've discovered that I really do have a good amount of fast twitch muscle.
re: After two weeks of single speed riding what I notice thefixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 5:26 PM
After a number of years of riding mostly fixed I have gone over to a completely fixed gear fleet of bikes with the one exception of one offroad singlespeed. The one speed causes you to focus on the terrain much more than you would if you had the option of gears. The uncluttered nature of the bike makes your riding experience somehow purer. I know that sounds kind of flaky but it is quite true. It is hard to convince the geared crowd of this as they often think of us as a retrograde bunch. I am more aware of my surroundings than at any time on a bike since I started riding seriousy in the 1950's.

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