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Well, I finally got around to flipping the 'Mount to fixed(6 posts)

Well, I finally got around to flipping the 'Mount to fixedHumma Hah
May 3, 2003 1:04 PM
... The Paramount is officially a fixie now. I just rode in to work, 5 miles, that way. Piece of cake, except crossing the first set of RR tracks, when I stood up and then tried to coast. Nothing BAD happened, but it felt like it coulda.

This was my first time riding fixed on the street. On the velodrome, they almost always had us doing assorted high-speed and sprint stuff, so I never had a chance for a relaxed ride, never got to try hills, never played in traffic, etc. I must say, its different.

How much practice do you figure I'll need to ride one of MB1's No-Shifting-Allowed Or-Coasting-Either centuries?
Well, I'm not MB1....OverStuffed
May 3, 2003 5:27 PM
but it was only a few days before I stopped trying to coast. Of course, I haven't been riding as long as you. It seems, though, that once I get into a good rhythm, I can go all day, and it won't occur to me that I'm never coasting until I hit a nasty downhill.
re: Well, I finally got around to flipping the 'Mount to fixedukiahb
May 4, 2003 5:17 AM
I've only been riding fixed a couple of months, but am confident enough now to ride in most situations...the main thing I've learned is to use the brakes rather than my legs to slow the bike on longer rides, or I have sore knees the next day....haven't tried a FG century yet, but plan to soon.
depending on where you are locatedbuffalosorrow
May 5, 2003 10:13 AM
I have been thinking of setting up a know guided ride between NYC and Philly about 90 miles going north a liitle out of the way. All of course would be invited, although I would be more than willing to ride either singlespeed or fix. Did the ride two years ago, a DIY/ punk rock thing.
Anyone game?
depending on where you are locatedSpiderman
May 12, 2003 8:56 AM
I'd definately be game. I think it is pretty tame btw nyc and philly. I come from Princeton, NJ and there are only a few hills that i wouldn't be able to handle. Maybe late june sometime?
you could right awayDougSloan
May 5, 2003 7:44 PM
As long as you are up to a century, no problem doing it fixed, assuming there aren't any big hills. Even then, you'd have the advantage after 30 years of hauling 45 pounds up the hills. 99% of the time it's not much different than any coaster/derailleur bike.

If you slip and forget, you get immediate feedback, don't you? Just remember to never stiffen the rear leg, unless you are prepared to elevate off the saddle.