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Training with a fixed gear.(7 posts)

Training with a fixed gear.hayaku
Oct 19, 2002 6:34 PM
It seems that it is highly recommended by coaches and others that seem to know their stuff. My question is why?

Also, how come on the track a fixie is reputed to shave 2-4seconds off your 1km time? How can they make that much difference?

Thanks for you help.
re: Training with a fixed gear.merckx56
Oct 20, 2002 2:13 PM
1-It teaches you how to spin more efficiently. A 42/16 0r 17 will make you turn your legs over very quickly at 20 mph!
You also cannot stop pedalling. It teaches your legs to go around and around for extened periods of time.
2-The drive is direct. No wrap of the chain thru the r/d.
3-As for the time Q, you'd start in a gear that feels WAY too big to get going but once you are on top of it, assuming of course that it's not too big and you can get on top of it, you can stay on it.
re: Training with a fixed gear.UofAracer
Oct 21, 2002 12:20 PM
I think some of these coaches are misinformed on this.
I've been riding a fixed-gear commuter for four years and it's done more harm than good.
If you're trying to smooth out your spin or get rid of "dead spots" in your pedal stroke, a fixed-gear won't do it. It will actually create a dead spot.
The pedals will turn around in perfect circles on their own. When you're rolling along, the cranks are essentially being driven by the rear wheel. Your foot has no motivation to pull up and over the top since the cranks will travel around even if you take both feet off! Your leg learns to relax and let the pedal carry it through. Your foot is just along for the ride.
There's a difference between being able to spin smoothly and being able to spin smoothly WHILE APPLYING PRESSURE to the pedals. Single-leg drills or roller riding are the ticket to an effective, smooth pedal stroke.

If you want to be able to pedal at 170 rpm, then get on the fixed-gear and ride down a 2 mile slight descent in a 40x16 gear.
This guy's right onSherpa23
Oct 21, 2002 12:52 PM
I hate to sound like a broken record but fixed gear riding absolutely does not help your pedal stroke. UofA racer is right on the money. The reason people really do it is because it maximizes the amount of pedalling for a given riding time.
Try a single speedmaurizio
Oct 21, 2002 2:36 PM
I've used a fixed before and it does give your legs quite the workout. They are somewhat dangerous in traffic since your mind is telling you to coast at times. If you're not careful, you can launch yourself over the bars.
If you're really interested in strict spinning without the temptation of shifting gears, try a single speed cog (or one cassette with a number of spacers to fill up the gap) instead.
Oct 21, 2002 4:27 PM
fixie on rollers?
Too easyStampertje
Oct 22, 2002 1:42 AM
Riding fixed on rollers is actually easier than riding free, in my experience. It's helped my fixed gear riding a little but not my roller-riding. Freewheel on the rollers did most for my control.

As for riding fixed on the road: it may not help your stroke but it's a fantastic workout in rolling hills - push up, spin down. And it's fun, especially when you're passing all the gearies uphill :)