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A shout out to all you fixies...(8 posts)

A shout out to all you fixies...The Human G-Nome
Nov 17, 2002 9:27 AM
on my group ride yesterday (30-35 riders), one guy road a fixie and he was absolutely dominating everyone else. we has some pretty decent riders there including the ride leaders, some workers from the LBS, and a handful of racers. this guy told us he had never raced in his life. he had an early 90's cannondale that he had converted and wore MTB shorts and a camelback. the guy was an animal out there. the only time he couldn't keep up was on the 40-5 mph decents, but even still he was cranking out some serious cadence going down those hills.
Heh ... heh ... heh ....Humma Hah
Nov 17, 2002 9:43 AM
.... I'd LOVE to see a graph of how fast fixed-gear and singlespeed are growing in popularity. Back in the 70's I was considered a throwback, a hopeless relic in an age of modern geared bikes. Now, heck, I'm a member of the singlespeed movement.

You're ALL gonna be riding 'em in a couple of years, at this pace. The more of 'em are out there, the more of you are gonna get embarrassed by one, and then try it yourself!
I hear yatrekkie1
Nov 18, 2002 7:46 AM
That's great, but just think what the guy might have done with gears. It's not the bike.
I hear yaThe Human G-Nome
Nov 18, 2002 10:11 AM
yes, i know. that's the point. the man did all this and he was only riding a fixie. most of the riders in our group were riding Calfees and Sevens and the like. it was absurd. i talked to him before the start of the ride and he made a comment like "i can't believe so many people can afford these $6,000 bikes. mine does just fine." with a 9-10spd, this guy would be unbelievable. i just like the fact that he coupled the coolness of his fixie with the fred factor of the camelback and MTB shorts and managed to make all of the style roadies look foolish.
Those natural talent types always get my respect! -nmTig
Nov 18, 2002 10:40 AM
He's what they call "A wolf in Fred's clothing" ...Humma Hah
Nov 18, 2002 2:42 PM
... down in Australia, according to one rider I met.
He's what they call "A wolf in Fred's clothing" ...The Human G-Nome
Nov 18, 2002 5:02 PM
nice! i'm going to remember that one.
Maybe not as well.look271
Nov 18, 2002 5:12 PM
I did a loop today on my SS that I have done many times on my geared bike this year. Today was the 1st time on the SS. I rode it faster today than I have all year and I'm not at the peak of my conditioning (whatever that is!). Couple that with the fact that I was dealing with stady 15-25 mph winds and it gets even more surprising. The kg is staying indoors for a while! What I am getting at is if you have the gears, you'll use them and probably go slower, especially climbing. With 1 gear, you're stuck. You mash that gear up and down hills because you have no choice.