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fixed gear funfixedgearhead
Dec 7, 2002 7:26 AM
I just want to say that I realized I have been having more fun riding fixed gear than at any other time of my bicycle riding life. I have owned some pretty interesting multi geared road bikes and they were great. But when I discovered fixedgear, I was hooked. Do other people feel that way or am I "on a mission".

fixedgearhead
re: fixed gear funtronracer
Dec 7, 2002 7:57 AM
Its hard to say. When I'm riding fixed gear, its usually though city traffic, and yes its a lot of fun. Mtbing is equal but different fun and the same goes for long road riding. I rode a long ride on the fixie once...maybe 60 or 70 miles and at times I was wishing I had my rode bike.

As long as I'm on a bike, I'm a happy camper.
Agreed, just give me some wheelsmadstork
Dec 7, 2002 12:00 PM
and somewhere to ride. I tend to like the long road rides best, especially with friends, but it's great having a fixed, road and mtb from which to choose. I'm blessed to live in a good area for riding, to have a spouse that supports my cycling, and to have the time and health to ride. It's all good to me!
re: fixed gear funfixedgearhead
Dec 7, 2002 12:56 PM
A number of years ago when I got my first fixed gear bike built up I had MTB's and many Road Multi's. Some very high end. As the years went on I found that I rode the others less and the fixed more. In the last 2 years I seem to have made a commitment to fixed gear that is to the exclusion of all else. Maybe that is just my Monomaniacal personality or some other such psycobabel. I have converted or sold off all the other bikes but fixed gear and one single speed mountain bike( I gotta cut myself some slack), and have never looked back. I rarely ride the single speed Mtb though my wife does because she dosn't ride on the road out of fear of cars. I don't say it is the way for everybody else to go but it works for me. I truely don't miss all those gears. I don't race nor have I for many many years so the need for the multi's is not driven by competition. Like I said it is just more fun. When it stops being fun, I will do otherwise.

Fixedgearhead
I can't explain itTig
Dec 7, 2002 8:27 PM
All I can say is that riding fixed gear is a pure pleasure. Maybe it's the simplicity, the oneness, or perhaps the unique sensations. No matter what it is, each ride is fun! I'm considering converting my MTB to a singlespeed. I can feel the hooks digging in deeper...
I can't explain itfixedgearhead
Dec 8, 2002 7:27 AM
Yea, I sometimes feel like an evangelist on a mission with my enthusiasm. I gues I am just a true believer.

fixedgearhead
just reading this stuff has given me the bug!trout_bum
Dec 8, 2002 3:30 PM
I never ridden a fixed before in my life-but I see people riding them daily where I live in NYC. After this thread started and after reading sites like Sheldon Brown, 63XC, Bikecult, etc. I realized I have to give this a try. I like the meditative quality of riding a bike and if all the fixed gear Evangelism I'm reading is true, I expect it will enhance this feeling even more. I ordered a 2003 Bianchi Pista over Thanksgiving weekend from a shop near my folks house-and I probably won't be able to pick it up until Xmas because of work and out of town family obligations-but I cannot wait! Thanks for the inspiration.
PS. expect to hear from me in the near future as I expect I will have some technical questions regarding modifications to my new bike!
just reading this stuff has given me the bug!fixedgearhead
Dec 8, 2002 3:48 PM
You won't be sorry. The Pista is a good way to get into it. Just take it easy the first time that you ride it. Remember, you can't coast. If you aren't careful, you forget that you are riding fixed and launch yourself over the handlebars faster than you can think. Especially when you would normally coast, like thru intersections or over railroad tracks, ect. After a short while it becomes second nature to you. Good luck and let us know how it goes. And, Welcome to the club.

fixedgearhead
just reading this stuff has given me the bug!Macho Man Savage
Dec 9, 2002 7:19 AM
I can't wait to give this a try. The whole thing totally appeals to me. I think I might have to pick up a fix gear in the spring. It just seems so basic... I love it.
just reading this stuff has given me the bug!fixedgearhead
Dec 9, 2002 3:46 PM
One gear in front
One gear in back
What's not to love?

fixedgearhead
You already had the bug...Dad Man Walking
Dec 14, 2002 9:11 PM
You already had the bug. Why else would you have been wasting your time reading these posts, instead of doing something more productive with your time?

I had the bug for years before I finally built up a fixed gear. It took retiring my old road bike, and not wanting to part with it, to give me the final push I needed to reincarnate it as a fixed gear road bike.

And I love it. I spent over $4K on a space-age Calfee, and it is without doubt the finest road bike I have ever ridden--it is unbelievable. But when I am heading to the garage for a ride and don't have a specific route already planned (and plan on doing 90 minutes or less), the fixed gear wins every time.

I can't explain it...it's just the way it is.
dependsSteve_0
Dec 9, 2002 8:11 AM
on what im doing.

Racing generally Conti 1000 x23s.
Trails/fireroads 'ruffytuffys'
Everday riding Conti 27X1 1/8 (schraeders are nice in urban enviros).