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I think I made a big discovery today.(6 posts)

I think I made a big discovery today.Fez
Dec 21, 2003 10:38 AM
I tried poor man's singlespeed riding today. That is, I shifted into 42x16, promised myself it would stay in that gear the ENTIRE RIDE, and just rode.

Surprisingly, my average speed was about the same or maybe a little higher than I would have attained with gears.

More importantly, I had fun.

I think I have been way too focused on cadence (maintaining 95-100rpm) and selecting a gear that was optimal for maintaining that cadence. I suspect many other riders are like this.

With singlespeed riding, I found myself reaching much higher cadences on the flats and downhills. This probably will improve my spin even more and it really kept my legs fresh. So fresh that I really had no problems spinning up the usual gentle hills on the 16 tooth.

I may have gone downhill a little slower, but I went uphill a lot faster. And I don't feel tired at all. I wonder why I didn't try this sooner?

Anyone else (who don't have singlespeeds) ride their geared bikes in this manner?
re: I think I made a big discovery today.mondo
Dec 21, 2003 12:04 PM
That is why Euro teams ride fixed gear bikes in the winter.
I have been doing tempo rides on my mountainbike for a few
months now in a 44x19 gear. Lots of time in 2004 to go fast.
I know what you mean...PEDDLFOOT
Dec 21, 2003 12:34 PM
...I did one ride a week during the summer doing this.Usually it the 39 x 15 combination.I felt the same way you do.It really teaches you how to keep your spin smooth and helps you learn how to climb in a gear that you normally wouldn't be in.My legs actually felt stronger after a single speed ride.I have an old bike that I'm thinkig of converting it to SS this winter.and it is alot of fun!!!!
I know what you mean...Woof the dog
Dec 21, 2003 12:56 PM
It can be fun, but where did you guys get the info that european teams ride fixed gear in winter?

Do they ALL REALLY REALLY REALLY do that?
Do you REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY notice that it helps you, and that all other seasons have been a waste but now you got a single speed and winning big races?

Come on!

Look at it objectively, it is fun, but is it really worth it from the training point of view? Just don't shift your gears on a regular bike, whats the big deal?

Woof the dog

P.S. not that I am against single speeds, but I find that riding single speeds in hilly areas to be very inconsistent because you are either trying too hard up that hill or resting on the way down. As far as I know, base miles are done with a good consistent cadence and without spiking your heart rate.
Maybe....PEDDLFOOT
Dec 21, 2003 7:47 PM
...we just ride for the fun of it and aren't concerned with training and base miles and spiking our heart rate.What big races are you talking about.I don't race .I ride a bike because it's alot of fun.I don't need to compete against others.If thats what you enjoy and you like to train to get the most out of your abilities then more power to you.I just think that rideing SS is a nice change every once in awhile.It's fun and gets you to ride differntly than I normally do.
Correction - my gear is 39x16 nmFez
Dec 21, 2003 9:22 PM