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My new fixie...(8 posts)

My new fixie...SS_MB-7
May 10, 2002 5:14 AM
After racing (Expert/Elite) on my rigid MTB disc singlespeed for over 1 year, I just had to try a singlespeed/fixed-gear road bike. So, in preparation, for the last 4 months whenever I would go out for a training/group road ride, I forced myself to stay in a single gear and to keep spinnin' -- no matter the terrain. It seemed that either 39x14 or 53x19 was the gear of choice (both 73.3 gear inch).

Well, on Wednesday, I finally bought a fixed-gear road bike:

It's a 2002 Fuji Track. I swapped the saddle and pedals and installed a front brake. I then took it out for a quick spin-around-the-block that night. WOW - amazingly efficient! I was caught a couple times trying to coast, but the bike rudely reminded me that this is a fixed-gear - no coasting allowed! This is going to take some getting used to.

After the commute into work this morning, I'm going to stick with the stock gearing (48x16) since it appears to be ideal for my terrain (generally flat with a few moderate, sustained climbs thrown-in for a little leg-burn). It is a tad steeper than I am used to when forcing myself to stay in a single gear on my geared road bike (either 53x19 or 39x14, which are both ~73.3 gear inches), but I think it will be fine.

Interestingly enough, the frame geometry is nearly identical to my custom Seven road frame, so the bike fits-like-a-glove.

Ride Hard,
Mike (feels like a newbie) B.
Tres Cool...welcome to the clubGregory Taylor
May 10, 2002 5:38 AM
Once you ride fixed, you never go back.

My fixie ("Trixie the Fixie") was built out of a collection of old parts that I had laying around, and a frame that was picked out of a dumpster. She's a mongrel, but she can fly... I'm running a 46x16 setup, which gives about 75 inches.
Tres Cool...welcome to the clubSteveO
May 10, 2002 6:28 AM
thats the best kind of fixie, imo - flying by the big boys on an $80 rig is the best.

(post not intended to diminish the excitement for the new fuji - congrats)..
Tres Cool...welcome to the clublook271
May 10, 2002 3:44 PM
Yep, that's the way to go. Mine's a 80's Bianchi that I bought off a co-worker for $75. (It was immacculate.) Bought a flip-flop wheel set on e-bay and I had the other parts. Love to ride that thing.Set it up with a 42x16 combo-it's a little hilly around here!
Are you going to stick with the bars?onespeed
May 10, 2002 5:52 AM
Or are you going to swap them out for bullhorns?

Is it steel or aluminum?

Looks nice.

It is a different world riding a fixed.

Mine again:

This was originally a road frame that I sent back to have modified (filled in all the holes and took off some hardware)-hence the water bottle cage. It is seamless now.

You will go down at least once. Be prepared, wear a helmet.
May 10, 2002 6:34 AM
Yes, I'm going to stick with the stock bars, which are aluminum, BTW. But, I'm going to swap the 0-degree stem for a -17 stem to get the bars a little lower.

The frame is steel, 4130 cromo. Nothing fancy.

Lastly, I always wear a helmet.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
skid stopsGeko
May 10, 2002 12:54 PM
Are any of you fixie veterans able to do the skid stops? I was just wondering how to do them. It looks sort of risky to attempt.

Weight shift forward....Gregory Taylor
May 10, 2002 4:52 PM
...and lock the cranks at 3 and 9 (or 2 and 8). Try it on grass first. This is an excellent way to get an appreciation of the concept of stored energy and the physical forces at play when you ride a bike.