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anyone do fixed mtb'ing?(8 posts)

anyone do fixed mtb'ing?DougSloan
Jan 19, 2004 1:34 PM
Curious. Not single speed, but fixed. Would be tough to gear low enough to climb, but also get down the hills.

re: anyone do fixed mtb'ing?laffeaux
Jan 19, 2004 7:27 PM
Anything remotely technical would be difficult too. How do you lift the front wheel if your feet are not positioned right? How do you not catch your pedal on a rock if you can't back pedal?

While I'm sure it's done by somone, I don't think it would be much fun.
re: anyone do fixed mtb'ing?popdan
Jan 19, 2004 7:42 PM
check out:
Sure, East Coast style.MB1
Jan 20, 2004 6:20 AM
My Gunnar Street Dog is a cyclocross frame with lots of clearance for big tires. It is a blast to ride in the dirt.

About the only new skill I had to learn was how to skid so my cranks would be in the right place to clear rocks and such. I also skid through tight switch-back turns (yes I know skidding is a West Coast no-no).

The thing about East Coast riding that I do around DC is the lack of really long open climbs and downhills. When I lived in SoCal we would climb for hours and go down hills like motorcycles. Here the riding is mostly twisty woods single track with the main obstacles being downed trees and stream crossings.

Still dirt fixed is a blast as long as you keep everything mostly under control.
any DC-area trails you like for FG?pauly
Jan 20, 2004 6:58 AM
I've ridden my SS CX bike in fixed-gear mode at Great Falls and Accotink. (Not well, I should note.) Any other local trails that seem to lend themselves to the FG experience?
Schafer Farms would be #1,MB1
Jan 21, 2004 6:54 PM
The dirt roads around Bull Run Mountain are really great.

The dirt roads around Sugarloaf can be combined with the Schafer Farms loops to get a nice varied ride in.
several guys on MTBR do....SmogRider
Jan 21, 2004 1:52 PM
I went to the "Barbie Camp" gathering in Oregon last fall, and got to test out Bob aka Red Haze's fixed, rigid mtb. Crazy. It was weird enough riding around the campground, but Bob routinely rides over logs and does 2-3 drops on it. MTBR member "JAK" rides a fixed mtb too. Go browse the *new* Singlespeed boards and check it out. (format coming soon to a fixed gear message board near you)

frame builder Matt Chester in CO rides one exclusively as well.

SR aka Hollywood
re: anyone do fixed mtb'ing?velo_junkie
Jan 21, 2004 8:25 PM
i don't have a fixed MTB but i've ridden my fixed converted road bike off road. rode on some dirt paths at the park today (pretty flat). the first time was a while back in SLO, CA. which is rocky and dry, not the best place to be running 700x20's. but it was still fun and scary coming down. i say go for it. but use something meatier than 20mm slicks.
i started with 40/16 but might have already switched to my current 42/16 by then. climbing almost seems easier with a fixed than a SS anyway. but that could be my imagination. i haven't been on any 'epic' offroad trips yet, since it'll only take up 700x25 tires... just a couple short jaunts. i 2nd the above post about checking