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NICE TO SEE FIXED WHEEL RIDING IS POPULAR IN THE USA!(3 posts)

NICE TO SEE FIXED WHEEL RIDING IS POPULAR IN THE USA!Welshboy
Dec 30, 2002 11:28 AM
Hope you don't me posting this extract from our newsletter (from late Jan 2002) regarding fixed wheel riding in my local club.

FIXED WHEEL FOLLIES?

Late last Autumn, fixed wheel riding become very popular with several PTW riders getting fixed up. Will is, of course, the Club's fixed wheel guru and has always ridden fixed but he was joined by Skippy, Jugs and yours truly and we're still hooked on fixed wheel riding.

Skippy bought himself a cracking little aluminium frame with proper rearward facing track ends and mudguard clearances, spoilt only by not being drilled to take a rear brake (I know you don't need it but I think it makes sense). He was looking really good on it until last month when he had a bit too much speed on and crashed on a sharp bend. Predictably, this came a few days after I was proudly telling everyone just how good he was at handling his new bike! Sorry Gary!

Juggsy (Jeff Tobin) unleashed the ‘Pink Panther' last year and started getting the miles in. Jeff is a long term fan of fixed wheel riding and reckons that it is a good way of getting fit - fast! Jeff's bike is an old Argos road frame with horizontal drop-outs and mudguards and Jeff sensibly rides with both brakes. Apart from a little extra weight, having two brakes gives you the ability to take the edge off your speed coming down the bigger hills and stopping your b*llocks from chaffing too much. In any case, the second brake lever gives you somewhere to rest the other hand doesn't it? Jeff's on 70" (42x16) gearing and will ride the Pink Panther until the forthcoming Majorca training camp but already many riders are commenting on how well Jeff is going thanks to his fixed wheel training.

My fixed wheel is one of those cheap Tange training frames from St. John Street Cycles with horizontal drop-outs, mudguard eyes and big clearances (I started off with beefy 28c's before switching to 25c's recently). By a complete fluke I stuck a Chorus bottom bracket in it and stuck on an old RX100 chainset and the chain line is perfect, you can't get a Rizzla paper between the crank and the bottom bracket shell. RX100 deep drop dual pivots and old Record levers look after the braking. I started off with 69" gearing (46x18) and somehow managed to get up Dr. Richard's hill (Tondu) on it but found it too light on the flat and downhill.

I've moved up to 73.5" (49x18) and it's the dog's dangly bits! This year I've ridden my mountain-bike twice, my road bike four times and my fixed wheel fourteen times! It's perfect for a quick blast and my regular one hour circuit feels like one-and-a-half hours worth of training. I endure strength training on the climbs and get my legs spinning away like mad on the downhills. Fixed wheel riding is brilliant and I can't recommend it highly enough.
we're fixed but our nicknames just don't hold up to yours.desmo
Dec 30, 2002 3:33 PM
carry on lads!
re: NICE TO SEE FIXED WHEEL RIDING IS POPULAR IN THE USA!fixedgearhead
Dec 30, 2002 4:00 PM
I'm well aware of the long standing involvement of the British Isles in fixed gear riding. They have kept the flame alive thru the dark years of multi geared developement and have a very active fixed gear road time trials scene. I wish people over here on the other side of the "pond" were so lucky. Carry on and you are most welcome to advise us on the splenders of riding on the rain covered country lanes of the British Isles.

Fixedgearhead