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whats your longest fixed gear skid?(14 posts)

whats your longest fixed gear skid?SSstumpy
Jan 16, 2003 7:37 PM
hey- been riding fixed for a little over a month and having a blast (converted old raleigh i found in the trash) last week i finally figured out how to lock up the back wheel and skid. just wondering how long you can skid your fixie. how fast are you going when you lock it up? seems like i'm gonna go through a bunch of tires if i keep this up, riding around campus and through town...any suggestions for tires? -jw
are you 12 years old?DougSloan
Jan 17, 2003 7:35 AM
I haven't skidded on purpose since I had a fat slicked tired Schwinn with a banana seat and sissy bar.

How do you skid on a fixed, anyway? I assume you don't have any rear brake, right?

Doug
no rear brake...SSstumpy
Jan 17, 2003 8:00 AM
just lean all your weight forward and apply a bunch of back pressure and you can lock it up. messengers do it in traffic and such. and no i'm not 12 years old.
I value my teeth too much :-) nmDougSloan
Jan 17, 2003 8:24 AM
That is really stupid...I wish I could do it. nmContinental
Jan 17, 2003 2:22 PM
is that Lambchop in the pic? (nm)minneso
Jan 21, 2003 8:40 PM
are you 12 years old?JBergland
Jan 17, 2003 1:15 PM
I saw this the other day. I work on an urban campus which has a good amount of students that bike to school... many on fixies. This guy had just finished unlocking his bike as I was walking by. He was dressed in kinda a 'grudge' look... bell bottoms, dreds, big chops, etc. Didn't peg him for much of a cyclists type. Fixies are pretty common mainly because they require so little maintenance... and this is where I though this guy might be coming from. He hops on his bike and starts going down a wheelchair type ramp that is 40 yards long. It was icy from the snow a couple days ago and I think to myself, "this guy is gonna bite it for SURE!!" He gets to just about the bottom when he stands and does some goofy looking pedal stroke. All of a sudden his rear wheel locks up, starts kicking out to the side, he counter steers and leans, stops skidding for a second... then starts again, rear end starts sliding around, again stops skidding for a second, then starts again. This guy did skidded his bike around 180 degrees on ice, snow, gravel, salt and concrete, the whole time staying clipped in and looking in control the whole time!!!! I was even more impressed as he rode away like it was nothing, realizing he had to have his cranks in just-the-right-position or else he would have rubbed them on the ground as he leaned/turned. Makes me wonder how this guy would do it a crit??:)

Take Care!!
re: whats your longest fixed gear skid?ctisevn
Jan 17, 2003 3:20 PM
its easier if youve got fat tires on. Not having a brake, thats the quickest way to stop. the tires Ive got on now cost about 40/tire though so I try not to skid real far. if youre planning on making a practice of stopping that way Id look at the specialized hybrid tires with the "flack jacket". theyre a bit heavier but theyll take a few more skids.
No skids, just unplanned nose wheeliesTig
Jan 17, 2003 4:44 PM
I never stop peddaling except maybe once in the first few minutes when I forget I'm on a fixed and try to coast over tracks or a bump. The resulting stiff legged launch forward that we all know too well can lift the rear wheel a little. On one occasion I'm sure the rear wheel was a good 6 inches up, but no skids. I don't think I'd want to force a skid. I like getting all the miles I can out of my tires.
re: whats your longest fixed gear skid?toonces
Jan 17, 2003 8:03 PM
Is that pic at the top a skid or nosewheelie thing? I saw a guy do something like that but while he was horsemounted on one side of the bike. Looked like he was lifting the rear wheel oh so slightly off the ground to roll without peddaling.
Downhill fixed gear skidStampertje
Jan 18, 2003 11:10 AM
I didn't do it on purpose but I think it saved me from a somersault into the back seat of the SUV right in front of me that suddenly decided to apply the brakes. It was trailing another group of cyclists and I was trying to pass and join them but I couldn't see around - until I suddenly noticed a pair of rapidly approaching brake lights. I hit the brakes, then realized with horror that I had stopped pedaling for sure was going to be thrown over the bars... nope, it locked and I skidded to safety about 3 inches from the rear window. Must have had my weight too far forward :)
Use old knobbies...phlegm
Jan 20, 2003 6:11 PM
Yeah, I know they're not exactly road tires, but I have a bunch of cheap old knobbies (some were given to me for free) that are either too cheap or worn out for offroad use. I use them on my fixie. I don't skid very far. I probably could go farther if I had slicks. The best place to skid is on wet pavement, or skidding while going downhill on an urban dirt trail is fun too. Notice, I said "urban" - I don't suggest ripping up those national forests with your fixie skids. ;-)
Tire recomendationstronracer
Jan 21, 2003 6:04 AM
for fg riding w/ no brakes: specialized armadillos got everyone beat hands downs for how long they last.; I use one in the back with a nice gummy tire up front.
my roomate did about 150ftvelo_junkie
Jan 23, 2003 10:00 AM
after his chain derailed and locked the wheel while going down a steep hill. needed a new tire after that, worn down into the threads. i don't recommend trying it that way though. he was running some cheap michelin axials at the time.