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Century On A Fixie??(24 posts)

Century On A Fixie??Wiggins
May 15, 2002 5:41 AM
Has anyone ever tried it?

I'm looking to get a fixed gear for commuting and shorter road rides. Every year I do one charity century ride that I usually borrow a bike for. The terrain is east coast, pretty flat

This year, I'd like to try it on a fixed gear, but don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I'm hoping that with enough time in the saddle, I can build the strength to keep up with the geard riders. keep in mind that it isn't a race.
re: Century On A Fixie??brider
May 15, 2002 5:47 AM
Well, it's definitely doable, but you'll need more endurance than the others. Fixie riding does command more attention, so you'll fatigue quicker. I remember an article several years ago, I think in Bicycling, written by one of the editors who rode a high-wheeler (penny-farthing for the Brits) in a century.
Do a search forSpinchick
May 15, 2002 5:49 AM
the NCA/OSE (no coasting allowed/or shifting either) century on this site. MB1 and his wife lead them on their track bikes a couple times a year. I have yet to try it but plan to this fall if I can work it out.
I haventonespeed
May 15, 2002 5:51 AM
I do 70-80 mile rides on my fixed on a regular basis. I can actually keep a good 20-22mph pace on the flats and gut out any hills that I come across.

I do my best to avoid any huge hills on my fixed. I am sure a century wouldnt be too much of a problem, I would just get a bit bored spinning the same gear for that long.

You are putting an idea into my head though....
re: Century On A Fixie??justina
May 15, 2002 5:59 AM
It's doable, but riding fixie with a group on a century could be a problem. They'll climb faster, and descend faster. As long as they put up with you being outgeared in certain situations should be fine. I wouldn't do it without a freewheel cog on the other side of the hub, geared real easy in case you blow up.
never have been outclimbed while on fixieKgB
May 15, 2002 7:22 AM
downhnills,well thats another story,cadence around 160 while everyone is blowing by coasting.

I have done three fixed centuries,my time is about an hour slower if it is hilly.

It is very hard to keep pace with a group but it makes a boring ride more interesting.
The climbing may surprise you ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2002 3:50 PM
A fixie is kinda limited on downhills, but uphill they can surprise the heck out of you. Fixies and singles learn a great secret of climbing: get the misery OVER WITH! The longer you stay on the side of a hill struggling along, the worse it is (think of a rocket hovering on its tail but going nowhere). With no gears, you learn to climb as fast as you can sustain. With gears you tend to get lazy and downshift. So fixies and "onlies" tend to climb with more power.
I'm tossing around the idea of doing one...look271
May 15, 2002 6:15 AM
Two friends of mine and I are thinking of doing the Seagull century in Salisbury MD on ours. It's flat as a pancake and definately doable.
Now I am considering the Montauk Century this weekendonespeed
May 15, 2002 6:19 AM
It is a definite century with rest stops and it is all flat.

Anyone up for it?
I've seen people riding 400/600km brevets on fixiecyclopathic
May 15, 2002 6:22 AM
there was also a brit who did BMB on fixie a couple years back. That is insane 740mi with some good climbs in Vermont.
There is a guy that used to post hereColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 7:04 AM
that does centuries on a cruiser with balloon tires. Hummah Hah was his handle...haven't heard from him here lately though.
he's aroundDougSloan
May 15, 2002 7:06 AM
He's posted in the last few days. But, his is a single speed, not fixed. That's cheating. :-)

Yeah...not a fixed, but can you imagine riding that cruiser (nm)ColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 9:42 AM
Yeah...not a fixed, but can you imagine riding that cruiser (nm)DougSloan
May 15, 2002 9:46 AM
I rode 85 miles on my "cruiser" Bianchi Milano once, including about 7,000 feet of climbing, and the Milano has 7 speeds (internal). Nonetheless, coasting is far easier than spinning at 130 rpms down long hills on fixed gear.
not to belittle that accomplishment, but..SteveO
May 15, 2002 10:42 AM
I saw a guy in the '96 ironman who raced a basket-toting coaster-braking beach cruiser, BAREFOOT (both bike and run). o yeah, he wore (what looked like) a loincloth too.

That guy finished well, too; under 12 hours if i recall correctly.
Great Responses. Here's the bike...Hal Brain
May 15, 2002 7:31 AM
...that I'm currently scoping out. I'm pretty unfamiliar with road componentry, but I'm looking for a quick "hacker." What do you think this one is worth? I'm longing for a fixie!
Great Responses. Here's the bike...tronracer
May 15, 2002 7:52 AM
I'd pay up to 350 for it considering you can get a brand new fuji for under 500
Guy did the Wine Country on a scooter a few years ago...cory
May 15, 2002 7:34 AM
An acquaintance around town rode a century on his fixie last year. He's a very strong rider, a tireless climber, and whipped it out in a decent time, well under six hours.
In the Wine Country Century (Napa) a few years ago--before those Razor Scooters came along--two guys did the metric course on homemade scooters. They had 16-inch bike wheels on pretty nicely made tubing frames, with hand brakes front and rear. They climbed slow, but I coasted along behind one on a downhill at 40+.
these 2 guys did Ride the Rockies on KickbikesColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 10:27 AM
That's kind of a scooter with larger wheels and brakes.
May 15, 2002 8:03 AM
In 1993. A fairly flat one here in Sonoma County. Maybe 2,500' elevation gain.
I rode it on my ibis Scorcher town bike. Oh what a feeling!

Go your own pace!
I commute on a fixie and have a 50 mile loop I ride on a...Djudd
May 15, 2002 9:46 AM
fix once a week. I've done a few flat centuries on a fix I have set up for just such a thing. I know a few people who have tried to ride distance on a fixed and have failed. All have failed for different reasons but the thread that I've noticed that runs through is bike fit. I am very picky about fit and even more so on a fixed gear. Small problems are magnified on a fix especially after a lot of miles. I love riding fixed gear and would recommend it for everyone. Just be aware of fit
It is no big deal.MB1
May 15, 2002 10:43 AM
Miss M and I have done quite a few fixte and SS centuries.

A moderate course is not much different on a fixte than on a geared bike. The downhills wear me out after a while if it is hilly. SS is easier for a hilly route but not as fast overall as fixed.

Gears are overrated.
Gears are over-rated.Spinchick
May 15, 2002 12:27 PM
I was waiting for you to say that.
MB1 and his wife do it routinely ...Humma Hah
May 15, 2002 1:40 PM
... and I did it singlespeed about 5 times last year, ranging to as hilly as Solvang (5900 ft of climbing).

Centuries have been around since something like the 1880's, and were originally done fixed-gear and on dirt roads. Fixed-gear is the way God intended us to ride centuries.

I'm looking for a special old retro fixie, and I'll probably not only ride centuries on it, but try a brevet series.

You must do this thing!