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First ride report....Fuji Track(8 posts)

First ride report....Fuji TrackNPA
Nov 12, 2003 11:08 AM
I'm one of the many new Fuji owners here, thought i'd post some initial thoughts and comments. I've actually been out several times, nothing too long but enough to start getting a feel for it. As others have said, i've found the bike to be very comfortable, the fit is great (56c) and the stock saddle is very nice for what it is. I've already set mine up with brake-only levers (i like the hoods for climbing), front brake, look pedals (got a deal on test ride pedals from LBS),Cateye Astrale, and changed the 48t ring to a 42, 16t cog.
The first rides around the neighborhood were an experience; the counter pedaling set my quads on fire ! Managed not to kill myself, though, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
the first "long" ride, about 18 miles, introduced me to hills on the fixie. going up was easier than i thought, but still a great workout. Coming down....well, let's say i felt like that lady in "Jaws" a few times...the bike being a shark that kept jerking my legs when i didn't keep up.
This weekend i got out in drizzly weather, first time with the computer mounted, for another 20 miles. I'm loving the cadence function; now i know exactly what 120 rpm feels like! i could also really feel the "sure-footedness" of fixed gear in slippery conditions.
In a nutshell, i'm hooked. Haven't been on the gearie since i got the Fuji. Fixed riding is just such a connected feeling, you've got to RIDE the bike every second. Thanks to all on this board for getting me interested and for all the advice I've gotten by lurking here. It made the transition very easy.
you're hooked!cmgauch
Nov 12, 2003 1:40 PM
The same thing happened to me, I've only used the geared roadie twice since August.

Isn't it a kick to have the computer? I got some crap from my riding buddies after giving them the fixed gear "simplicity" speech but I'm happier knowing vs. wondering.
Cool - thanks for the reportSteve Young
Nov 12, 2003 1:44 PM
I remember you saying in one of your earlier posts that you were finding the stock gearing a little tall. How are you getting on with the 42x16 ?

That's pretty close in gear inches to what I am running at the moment (48x18) while I wait for a new 46 tooth crankset. I think that I have convinced myself that this is a better gearing than the stock for me at present but as I get stronger at this (and spend most of the time on relatively flat terrain I finding myself wondering about changing up again).

One thing that has surprised me is how tightly the lockring can get cinched down after just a few miles - I've had a couple of epic battles with the thing when trying to change gear. I finally gave up using the old C wrench and bought myself a more robust tool with three nubs on which affords a much more positive grip on the ring.

If you haven't got one of these I can really recommend one. A bargain at 15 dollars from the LBS (I think it was called a Park HCW-5 or something like that. I can check at home if anyone is really interested).

Finally (while I am here). I measured the width of the chainring at the base of the teeth and compared that with the two cogs I have over the weekend. I forget the precise measurement although I have it written down somewhere. However, I was very careful to take multiple readings with a digital calliper and average readings over several teeth. Measurements were pretty uniform indicating consistent thickness and comparable with the thickness of the cogs too. Actually the chainring was marginally (but not significantly) thicker. I think this eliminates the possibility that the noise from the drive chain is due to the chain being 3/32" as discussed here previously.

Having said all that - it's fairly unimportant in the grand scheme of things - I just happen to be a fairly anal measuring type of person !!

I fully concur with your comments about comfort, fun and fit. The Fuji has been a great purchase for me so far too.

I have been having problems with my cadence sensor but hopefuly have sorted that out too now so will be interested to see what my legs are really doing.

Many happy ridings !

Cool - thanks for the reportNPA
Nov 12, 2003 2:18 PM
re: gearing - I'm liking the 42/16 much better. I didn't do much riding with the 48, but getting started seemed a bit hard, so I didn't want to tangle with any hills on it. Most of the "hills" here in south Texas are of the short, fairly steep variety, about 3/4 to 1 mile. On my normal weekday ride I've had to climb standing most of the time, but able to maintain a good pace,which is pretty much what I wanted to get a better workout with saddle time now limited by daylight and weather. Sooner or later I'll end up with a 44 and/or a 46 to switch things up for super flat rides and roller sessions.
As for the computer no problems so far. I mounted the sensor pretty close to the BB so the magnet could be far enough up the crankarm to be away from my foot. Only glitch is extra wire from the cadence sensor that I need to go back and neaten up somehow.
I thought the chain was 1/8"? (nm)jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 11:28 AM
My bad .. (sorry)Steve Young
Nov 13, 2003 11:32 AM
I meant to write "Actually the chainring was marginally (but not significantly) thicker. I think this eliminates the possibility that the noise from the drive chain is due to the chainRING being 3/32" as discussed here previously"

I am sure the chain is 1/8"

well I guess it's a bit noisy b/c it's a KMC Z410 chain. (nm)jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 1:03 PM
Cool - glad you're having fun. I like the JAWS analogy. =) (nm)jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 9:55 AM