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A fixed gear tour - 450 miles - 6 days...(3 posts)

A fixed gear tour - 450 miles - 6 days...PdxMark
Sep 16, 2003 4:18 PM
The trip was great. The first two days were sub-60 miles each, but the third day was a century into Hells Canyon with short steep climbs (suposedly 10%-14%) and the fourth day had 7000' of climbing over about 80 miles. The gearing was fine for all of the climbing, except those nasty short steep pitches. On one long nice climb I had a chuckle when a woman I passed noticed I was on a fixed gear and told me to come back so she could slap me.

Afterwards, a friend asked I'd do it fixed gear again. I think not. Singlespeed would be the better way to go. Long descents, and a couple long tail-wind assisted rides, make coasting a precious luxury. Long steep rollers are hard when the spin to the bottom of one leaves you beat for the climb up the next. Fixed gear riding works much better in town.

Now I just need to drill out the bridge on my Bianchi Pista so I can mount a rear brake and try singlespeed riding.
re: A fixed gear tour - 450 miles - 6 days...cmgauch
Sep 17, 2003 5:38 AM
Congrats man, thanks for sharing the story. What gear did you run?
switched to 44/18 a couple weeks before the tour...PdxMark
Sep 17, 2003 9:04 AM
previously had been running 48/19, but it was too stiff for my knees. It was interesting to me that the small change in gearing made all the difference.