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Fixte riders: How come you don't fall over?(14 posts)

Fixte riders: How come you don't fall over?cory
Oct 28, 2002 8:59 AM
Spent the weekend in Yosemite with the singlespeed, just to ride around the valley and look at the leaves. The rest of the group was mainly kids and twice-a-year riders, and I've been thinking of building up a fixed-gear bike from garage parts, so just for fun I tried to ride the SS as much like a fixte as I could--no coasting, keep the pedals turning at all times and see how I liked it.
So here's my question: Do ALL you guys fall down when the pedals hit the pavement in corners, or is it just me? And if you have to get up, dust yourself off and straighten the handlebars every few minutes, doesn't that lower your average speed quite a bit?
Are you kidding, what kind of POS were you riding???MB1
Oct 28, 2002 9:16 AM
Fixtes are generally built with higher than road bike bottom brackets. Additionally it is unusual to run cranks longer than 170mm. I don't think my cranks would hit the ground except in some odd offcamber corner taken really hard.

Sometimes when riding my fixte off road I do hit my cranks-so what, just keep moving and you are fine.

There is nothing odd about riding a fixte (unless you try to coast).
Are you kidding, what kind of POS were you riding???amflyer
Oct 28, 2002 9:38 AM
Piece of Shit, huh? Man, that's both classy and helpful. Good job.

Steve
POS=Point of sale, you maroon...nmLone Gunman
Oct 28, 2002 10:06 AM
Pretty old Schwinn. ;-)....nmMB1
Oct 28, 2002 10:12 AM
pathetically objectionable setup nmbigrider
Oct 28, 2002 10:32 AM
Peugeots over Schwinns nmDave Hickey
Oct 28, 2002 10:33 AM
Princeton Ornithological Society ... NmSpirito
Oct 28, 2002 10:41 AM
Birds? ... NmDave Hickey
Oct 28, 2002 12:57 PM
Hmm...Gregory Taylor
Oct 28, 2002 10:55 AM
Did you actually hit a pedal on your little test run, or did it just feel like you would if you persisted?

I've banged pedals on my fixie, but only under extreme provocation. I've found that it can feel like you will bang a pedal when, for example, you go into a corner hard. Most of the time you have plenty of room. True, I once nailed a pedal hopping down off of a kerb (this was highly entertaining to those around me -- it actually pulled the wheel out of the dropouts), and I have grazed pedals while riding rather agressivley.

As for your second question, when we do take a tumble, the retro wool knickers and jerseys that we single speeders wear tend to absorb the blood rather well so, no, it doesn't really lower your average speed at all.

Oh, I run 175mm cranks on an elderly lugged touring frame. I've never been able to figure out who made it -- the headbadge is marked "POS".
I have hit pedal to pavement a couple times, it doesn't....rwbadley
Oct 28, 2002 12:16 PM
always have to do with the bb height or crankarm length, tho' that will make a diffence.(or if the bike is pos or not) I run 170mm on the fixie, and what I found to make THE biggest difference was the pedals. I will assume you are using rats & straps

Take a look at your pedals and see how wide they are, and how they are designed at the ends, and underneath. Look at several sets of different pedals if you have 'em. The pedals I have been using with great luck on the fixie are the old Suntour Superbe. You will need to find what you can, but look for ones that are narrow on the bottom and shaped to give the greatest lean angle...They need to have an angle from bottom of pedal to outside axle that encourages ability to lean. That should help quite a bit.

After riding a bit you get the feeling for how far over you are able to lean,, before the bike gets popped up off the ground. Tho' you do need to touch pedal a few times to learn where that point is, and sometimes it seems unavoidable.

Good luck

RW
D'oh! Of Course! Much Wisdom Here... (nm)Gregory Taylor
Oct 28, 2002 1:13 PM
Not a problem on my POSDad Man Walking
Oct 28, 2002 8:51 PM
Second the more thoughtful replies here...I am riding a mid-80's Italian lugged steel road bike converted to fixed gear, with first-generation Mavic (a.k.a. Look) clipless pedals, on 175's. Decals are long scrubbed off, but has "POS" cast into the bottom bracket. No major cornering clearance in that setup. I hardly ever think about pedal clearance in the corners. While the more daring among us would probably have a different opinion, I find that my speed (and hence my lean through corners) tends to stay in control just because I am on a fixed gear. I tend to save the spinning like a squirrel on crack for those straight downhill sections. If the road is going left and right, my cornering speeds are lower and I am not generally in danger of dragging a pedal.

At least so far. I know that if I push [ENTER] I will crash tomorrow. Damn you.
Or mine.look271
Oct 29, 2002 4:14 PM
I have a similar set-up except I have 170's on mine. Haven't touched down yet. "Squirrel on crack."Like that!