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Montauk Century on a fixed-it wasnt easy(6 posts)

Montauk Century on a fixed-it wasnt easyonespeed
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.
CongratulationsRay Sachs
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