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    Anybody here riding a fixie?

    well i finally broke down & bought a "road" bike to use for commuting in place of my mtb.
    since i got away from gears & ride a singlespeed off-road & it is flat as can be here, i went with a ss for commuting too. it has the flip-flop hub that also has a fixed cog. since it is there on the bike anyway & i was curious to see what is the attraction to riding fixed, i have been trying it occasionally.
    lemme tell you...riding fixie is hard!!!
    i am not quite getting it & am wondering if anybody here can give any pointers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch
    i am not quite getting it & am wondering if anybody here can give any pointers?
    Don't stop pedaling. It's a painful mistake that you generally don't make twice, but it's better not to make it at all

    Like single-speed MTB, pick an all-around gear...I ride a 45x16 on a relatively flat commute. If you're not the smoothest pedaler, try a larger gear until your legs get used the to pedals pushing your feet through the dead-spots in your pedaling motion.

    And, finally, just put some miles in and get used to it. Good luck and have fun!

    (my trusty commuter...)

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    Fixed gear is awesome. I started commuting on one a while back because I liked the workout it gave me on the commute. Then I started doing long rides, then centuries and some singletrack.

    I am for 70 gear inches for skinny tires. I can get up most hills with that ratio and downhills certainly teach me to spin.

    Fatter tires I aim for 65 gear inches because you lose momentum so damned fast. If you are commuting with fat tires, I support SS, because then you can rail the snot out of the downhills.

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    thanx for the replies...
    i am running very typical 46x16 ss/46x17 fixed & have yet to find anything that i couldn't get up. like i already mentioned, it is mostly flat here, i have to go out of my way looking for a couple bridges that have a challenging incline.
    i have absolutely no problem going anywhere on my bike when it is set-up as ss & when i've swapped it to fixed do not have tooo much trouble once i get rolling.
    but...
    so far i can't get really "comfortable" riding fixie. am always a little nervous about putting my feet down when stopping, or once i'm stopped getting going again without putting a couple new holes in my shin & the downslope on those bridges can be pretty exciting(?) when i'm riding it fixed.
    i guess it is hard to change habits of a lifetime but i just feel a bit better when i can coast

    anyway, here's a pic of mine when i was building it:

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    Are you using foot retention?

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    hi unharmed...
    yeah, i use sorta low-rent mini toeclips. i always preferred platforms on my mtbs but learned real quick you got to have some retention riding a fixed gear bike.
    i've been working at it & think i am finally catching on & in fact am worried that it is becoming a bit addictive.
    the nimbleness and manueverability i feel on my bike when it is set-up fixed sometimes astonishes me & i just got to where i can skid a little, hop & skip some & almost do a real trackstand
    i recommend fixed gear for anybody that wants to bring something new to their bike-riding. lately i've been using it more than ss & i think it even enhances my off-road capabilities.

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    Good stuff. It is addictive, isn't it?

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    I prefer a harder gear for fixed so I would reverse your set up and run a 46/17 coastie, 46/16 fixed. Or if you like the 46/17 coastie, try a 15t fixed cog.

    I've ridden fixed and SS quite a bit and I like them for a change of pace but wouldn't go with either exclusively...

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    Normbilt...all 3 of those bikes are fixed? you really are committed

    Originally Posted by SteveF
    I prefer a harder gear for fixed so I would reverse your set up and run a 46/17 coastie, 46/16 fixed. Or if you like the 46/17 coastie, try a 15t fixed cog.

    I've ridden fixed and SS quite a bit and I like them for a change of pace but wouldn't go with either exclusively...
    SteveF...i won't go exclusive either. now i ride fixed more often but generally on my shorter rides. i flip the wheel to ss when i plan on putting in the miles. the bike came with the 17t fixed cog & since i wanted ss too & wanted to try a different ratio i added the 16t freewheel. to be honest, i don't feel that much difference.

    i do want to continue experimenting more with my gearing. but it looks like it could start getting expensive to buy more freewheels & similarly sized cogs, or chainrings, & chain to work with the changes. when i was shopping around i ran across this:

    http://www.sram.com/sram/trekking-co...ngle-speed-hub

    i know i'ts not new, in fact i think it was even mentioned somewhere on mtbr a few years back. but i am thinking that beyond the ease it gives in switching between ss & fixed, since you don't need freewheels anymore & decent cogs don't cost all that much, it will save someone like me more than a few $ in the long run.

    does anybody here have any experience using sram's torpedo hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch
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    I'm having a hard time seeing the brakes
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    the breaks are in the cog............

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    Quote Originally Posted by erickB
    the B-R-A-K-E-S are in the cog............
    exactly

    btw, how do you still misspell brakes when responding to a post with the actual word in it?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Any time you're not feeling the love you can respond with:

    "I love the bike. It's my meditation. I think I'm bike-sexual." -Robin Williams

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    yeah, in a way you guys are right...as a fg, that cog is a brake.
    but i just don't have the stones to go completely without brakes & i do ride it ss quite a bit.
    that pic was taken before i finished, i did put a front brake on...


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    atta boy
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    now i just gotta get me some tight jeans & cute lil cap

    & i still am looking for info re that sram torpedo hub

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