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Need info on fixed gear(5 posts)

Need info on fixed gearturtlemoye
Dec 20, 2001 11:52 AM
There has been alot of discussions about fixed gears on this forum and it has sparked my curosity. Obviously many of you love it and I'm sure others may view it as a fad or the latest new thing. Help me justify getting one. What are the training benefits? Should I ride the same size as my road bike? I did check the archives but didn't find the answers I was looking for. Please let me know what you think and what I should consider when making my purchase.

Thanks in advance,
--turtle
this is what I likeDog
Dec 20, 2001 12:05 PM
I like them for these reasons:

*It's very simple; almost nothing to mess with, which is particularly good for short night, cold, and bad weather rides; jump on and go

*They force you to work the whole time - even down hill; I experimented with gearing a little, and settled on a 42x18 combo; this forces me to pedal 100 rpm at 18 miles an hour, 110 rpm at 20 mph; even a gentle descent will get you pedaling like crazy - 25 mph is almost 140 rpm

*They are something different - something to be said for a little variety, especially in the off season - while flat ground is pretty much the same as a geared bike, everything else is different - set it up in a gear that makes you pedal really fast - it's entertaining

*I think they size up pretty much the same

*They are far from the "latest thing" - quite the opposite - they are the oldest thing

Dog
I love it...Greg Taylor
Dec 20, 2001 1:48 PM
...for a lot of reasons.

Training: it seems to cram a lot of workout into a shorter period of time. No rest - you pedal all the time. I've geared mine about 75 inches to give a decent cruising speed at 90+ rpm. It also gives a good power workout going up hills.

Technique: spin, spin, spin. A fixie will fix square pedaling motion. You get fluid and smooth. I've also found a benefit for my MTB'ing in that you get into the habit of pedaling through stuff as opposed to backing off when you hit a techical section.

Fit: mine is sized the same as my normal bikes. I have set the seat back a bit to "push" a gear up hill.

Fun: riding "fixed" is different. Cornering, stopping, pedaling, braking are all different. You have to get into a different groove where pedaling everywhere is automatic.

Pretty Bikes: I think that the uncluttered look of my fixie is neat. Simple. Efficient. It is the prettiest bike that I own.

I'm presently intigued with a bike built by Kavik (www.kavikbicycles.com) that has replacable rear drop outs. It allows you to swap over from a fixed gear set up to regular geared operation fairly quickly. The bike got rave reviews in this month's Procycling, and their dirt frame received similar glowing marks... Looks neat. Anybody seen one yet?
Enjoy the intangible benefits, tooStraightblock
Dec 20, 2001 2:14 PM
like riding up to a group of riders at a rest stop, & having people walk away from their high-end exotica to check out your bike & ask a million questions.

An interesting anecdote: Local legend tells of a former area rider back in the '70's who caught an thief trying to steal his Paramount track bike. The bad guy looked like he was riding a bucking bronco as he tried to get his feet in sync with the pedals. The bike's owner, in addition to being a skilled cyclist was also a champion bodybuilder, and was able to physically "persuade" him to give the bike back.
re: Need info on fixed geartr
Dec 20, 2001 5:13 PM
they have pretty much covered it and i agree with all their reasoning. I have been doing it for 5 or 6 years and can tell you that you will be stronger in the spring if you ride a fixed now in the winter. Believe me, it is a no brainer that it helps.