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Riding With the R**dies :o)(5 posts)

Riding With the R**dies :o)toonces
Jun 28, 2003 8:32 PM
So I did this thing called the Dam(n) Loop here in Austin this morning with three riders on geared road bikes. It's rolly polly 31 miles and didn't have a huge amount of flat terrain so I got dropped bad on the downhills. While they did 40, and 50+, I topped off at like 34 MPH in my usual crack hampster style. There were three nutty climbs the first of which I had to, errr, walk near the top. Anyhows, I almost caught one of them on the second and longest hill. It was steep so I had no choice but to crank and crank. So anyone else ride alot with geared bikes on ups and downs and can keep up? I feel my gearing is good but the downhills put too much distance between us for me to make up on the climbs.
re: Riding With the R**dies :o)snakedust
Jun 29, 2003 4:15 PM
i ride most of the time with people on geared bikes. they do tend to decend downhill faster but i can beat them on the flat and climbing. i would say we would have a quicker group run if everybody was on fixed. my bike just takes off on the flat and hills. i usually use gears between 72 and 78 inches on group runs. when im riding 78 the bike sails along at 20 mph+. its brilliant.

do some work in the hills to get the hill climbing power in your legs for next time. also do sessions where you drop the gear size by 5 to 10 inches. in these sessions you will be spinning faster which will help you to spin when you gear back up.

go on show them what us fixed gear riders are made of!!!!
i still consider myself as a roadiesnakedust
Jun 29, 2003 4:17 PM
you are still a roadie on fied gear. its the purest form of road riding.
Toonces. What is your gearing?pswann
Jun 29, 2003 8:26 PM
Just curious.
48 x 19toonces
Jun 30, 2003 6:34 AM
see above