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First (real) ride report - biked to work today on the Fuji..(2 posts)

First (real) ride report - biked to work today on the Fuji..jtferraro
Oct 24, 2003 7:11 PM
Short ride - only about 9 miles RT but w/traffic, buses, etc. Anyway, I'm already looking forward to my next ride! Riding fixie is definitely different, but in a good way - I had fun! I noticed the first significant difference when coming to stops at traffic lights, etc. - getting into those pedals can be tricky!! I had a hard time clipping in taking a left onto a downhill and ended up having to brake (nice to have that brake!) and just about stop in order to get my shoes clicked in! I am definitely impressed at how much easier it is to slow the bike down now that I'm running clipless pedals and smaller gearing (from 48T to 42T). You really have more stopping power than you think you do when you use your forward leg to resist the downstroke and simultaneously use your rearward leg to resist the upstroke!! I actually heard the rear tire almost skid a few times!! I also can see how this will improve your spin. As I went downhill a few times, I noticed you really have to keep up w/the bike as far as RPM's are concerned, otherwise it is rather "jerky". You can't just pedal on the downstroke when descending - you must really "make circles" and stay ahead of the bike to keep it smooth! Another thing I noticed - the steel frameset is definitely smooth and solid. It feels kinda like a tank underneath me (compared to my OCLV TREK road bike and aluminum C'dale mtb). I do, however, hear some drivetrain noise and I believe it might be attributable to the think chain, thick cog, but with the 3/32" chainring. The stock on was also that size - I just went from the stock TruVativ 48T chainring to a Salsa 42T chainring. Both, however, are 1/2 x 3/32 rather than 1/2 x 1/8 like the chain and cog. I kinda wish I was able to find a 42T or 44T, 130mm bolt pattern, 1/2 x 1/8 chainring. Actually, it doesn't matter much, but I do hear the chain "going-round" noise, etc.

Can't wait for my next ride,

-Jeff
re: First (real) ride report - biked to work today on the Fuji..cmgauch
Oct 27, 2003 9:01 AM
Excellent! Glad you had fun. I hear you about clipping back in after a stop, soon you'll be staying in @ lights. Sounds like you're feeling the braking action already.

Some driveline noise is inherent, but when it becomes excessive I check my chain tension. Pedal to the spot where the chain is tightest and adjust if needed.