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Fixed Gear Touringfixedgearhead
Dec 4, 2002 5:49 PM
Here's a question. Does anybody but me tour any great distance on a fixed gear bike? This summer I am going from central Ohio up to Illinois to visit an old friend. I am trying to get my wife to let me ride from Ohio out to California later this summer. Anybody want to go along? If enough people could be collected, maybe I could get her to drive Sag. You haven't ridden fixed until you have crossed the Rockies. The debate about whether single sided or fixed/fixed is cheating or not will be settled in your mind for all time if you dont take a f/f setup.

youre wifeSteve_0
Dec 5, 2002 6:42 AM
is more caring than mine if shed be willing to drive a car averaging no more than 20mph from oh to ca.
youre wifefixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 7:25 AM
My wife is indeed long suffering in regards my passions for self abuse. You should have heard her scream when I Bought a 25 foot sailboat for use on San Francisco Bay. That is probably one of the most demanding environments for sailing. That little interlude lasted about 2 years when she announced that she was quitting sailing with me as there was way to much swearing involved with sailing. She might be willing to travel with one of her girlfriends and check out the various towns/antique shops and such during the day and then make the sweep run after the day had run it's course. This is all conjecture at this time and nothing is final. I have to ease these things into the conversation casually and then create intrest from her perspective. When I mentioned I wanted to do the Calif Ride she was concerned about me being out on the road alone for that length of time. She suggested that I check out one of the companies that provide support and sag. Big bucks. That is where we have left it for now.
In my devious ways I will see what the situation portends as time goes on.

We rode to Montreal this summer.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 10:15 AM
Here is the ride report. We rode fixed for most of it, SS a bit on the first and last day.

MB1 "Escape from Montreal-Ride Report Part 2." 7/27/02 4:10pm
We rode to Montreal this summer.fixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 10:23 AM
Great stuff. enjoyed it.

Here is the first half of the trip report.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 3:25 PM
MB1 "Lake Champlain to Montreal-ride report." 7/24/02 8:25am
Hey FGH, you also gonna do that Rockies' ride without brakes?timfire
Dec 6, 2002 12:02 PM
Just kidding

Hey FGH, you also gonna do that Rockies' ride without brakes?fixedgearhead
Dec 6, 2002 1:18 PM
I have done it both ways with and without. This time I haven't decided yet. I am thinking of period costume and 1895's path racer with fixed/fixed hub 42/15/20.
no brakes. There is a great book I read called "The Wonderfull Ride" about this meat cutter from Oakland who rides across the country in the late 1800's without brakes on a single fixed gear. When he gets to a long steep hill he takes out a length of rope and ties a branch which he breaks off of a tree or finds along side the road and drags it behing him as he decends the hill to act as a brake. This on the dirt roads of the time. Imagine the cloud of dust that he made. Most of the travel at that time,out west, was done on the side of railroad tracks. Sometime on the track bed itself. I can't imagine what it must have been like to ride for 20 miles on railroad track with the shaking and shimmying that required.
Doing it without brakes takes considerably longer because you can't keep up the pace that is possible with brakes. If time is of concideration use brakes. I remember reading that the year that the Tour de France
changed over from fixed to deraileurs,1937, they cut a large amount of time off of the race, that was about equal in length, to the previous year. It may be faster, but is it more fun?