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Fixie or single speeder?(3 posts)

Fixie or single speeder?Juanmoretime
Dec 16, 2003 9:31 AM
I'm looking to buy my first single speed, I found a great price on one that somebody built up. Is everyone here a fixie or single speed rider? I was also thinking about converting it to a single speed time trialer, any thoughts?
re: Fixie or single speeder?LC
Dec 16, 2003 10:48 AM
I like having a free wheel because of the hills and curves where I ride. If I take my SS on a group ride at least I can coast at 40-50 mph down the hills and stay with the group. Getting up the hill with either a SS or fixed is equally difficult. I also really like having a SS when going over those nasty pot holes that seem to appear out of no where when riding behind other riders.

If I rode by myself on relatively flat areas then i would probally choose fixed as an extra challenge to keep things interesting, but I don't ride like that. Just making it up a hill in 42x16 that most riders are struggling up in 30x25 or 39x27 is enough challenge for me.

SS TT is crazy cool! TT's are usually on flat terrain (unless it is an uphill TT) so a smart gear choice won't hold you back too much unless it is windy. Really unless your paycheck depends on good results, a TT is a race against yourself so do whatever it take to challenge yourself.
re: Fixie or single speeder?Fix-ated
Dec 16, 2003 6:19 PM
Fixie here...if I want to freewheel I have 3 other bikes that do that...I just don't shift.