|Montauk Century on a fixed-it wasnt easy||onespeed|
May 20, 2002 6:19 AM
|108 miles (I missed a turn on the cue sheet)
Started at 7AM
Finished at 12:27PM
Hit 2 of the rest stops for very short breaks.
It was a mainly flat course with a lot more turns than last year. The fixed gear situation didn't start to wear me out until around mile 80. It was the fact that I couldn't get up off the seat to change positioning more than anything. I was out of the saddle on every hill, there were just too few of them to break up the positioning problem. I was toying with the idea of doing the 140 mile ride but decided against it, I am glad that I decided on the 100.
It can be done, but for any ride longer than a century I would throw my old training cog with freewheel back on. At the end my legs were just screaming for a chance to coast. I had to maintain a cadence that brought my average speed somewhere a little under 20mph. I couldn't ride with other people because I wasn't able to stop as long as them or my muscles would start to cool down too much.
I am noticing some pain on the outside of my knee-caps. I did some stretching, took some Advil and the subway in today and I think it will be fine tomorrow. It was a good time, I cant imagine doing BMB on a fixed though.
May 20, 2002 6:24 AM
|I've never ridden more than 50 (somewhat hilly) miles on a fixed. Can't even imagine doing a fixed century unless flat or gently rolling and all with the wind :)
|Dude, judging by your time you did great...||Djudd|
May 20, 2002 6:33 AM
|What gear did you run? re: the knee thing maybe you need to fool with your position on the bike. On longer fixie rides, especially with hills I had a tick on my outer left kneecap and soreness after. I went to a friend who is a physical therapist and was told there was nothing obviously wrong. I raised my seat a little, pushed it back a little, just trying to find a really good position. After a some playing and some pre-ride "Flex-all 454" the tick and soreness were gone.
|Welcome to the Fixte Century Club!||MB1|
May 20, 2002 6:58 AM
|Trust me, it will be easier the next time you do one.
BTW you just scored major style points with everyone who saw you on that ride.
|Did you do the ride?||onespeed|
May 20, 2002 7:07 AM
|Did anyone see the two-speed fixed gear hubs...||Djudd|
May 20, 2002 7:31 AM
|Bikesmith in Seattle has one and Sheldon Brown has one on his website. Interesting|| |