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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    But there really is nothing quite like a fixed drivetrain.
    Yeah it's a constant pedal nightmare.
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    Especially on the road, I pedal almost all the time anyway. Actually, that makes the track bike a little sketchier in some ways - it doesn't feel any different than what I do all the time anyway, so it's easier to forget I can't coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Especially on the road, I pedal almost all the time anyway. Actually, that makes the track bike a little sketchier in some ways - it doesn't feel any different than what I do all the time anyway, so it's easier to forget I can't coast.
    C'mon now. I'm calling BS. NOBODY pedals all the way down a long descent, UNLESS they are on a fixed gear. It ain't natural to spin out pedaling if you have a freewheel. Its natural to coast. It's a huge strain to keep
    pedaling on a fixie while descending. Resisting the urge to coast is a mindf ***. Bless you if can do it. Me , I have to pull rear brake to slow the bike down to a speed where the cadence is manageable, if not comfortable.


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    I have a fixed gear with a front brake that I used to commute on and it is fun to ride. Simple, nothing can really go wrong with it. When I lived in a Winnipeg I started riding a single-speed on the trails in the city but swapped it ti fixed to make it more interesting. A fixed gear mtb makes the same old trails seem new and exiting. I wouldn't do it where there are long steep hills though. Fixed gear is just another way to have fun.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    C'mon now. I'm calling BS. NOBODY pedals all the way down a long descent, UNLESS they are on a fixed gear. It ain't natural to spin out pedaling if you have a freewheel. Its natural to coast. It's a huge strain to keep
    pedaling on a fixie while descending. Resisting the urge to coast is a mindf ***. Bless you if can do it. Me , I have to pull rear brake to slow the bike down to a speed where the cadence is manageable, if not comfortable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    I liked the movie about the fixie couriers in New York a year or 2 ago. That's as close as I will get to riding one.
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    Probably going to age myself here, but when I first read your post I assumed you dropped a zero and were talking about Quicksilver...LOL The first fixie fad movie.

    I will have to check that one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yep I'm with dirtjunkie on this. "A constant pedal nightmare"
    "Nightmare" is a bit extreme. Think of it as "constant pedal challenge". Yes, you are locked into pedaling, but brakes do make it manageable. What could be a better fitness , leg strength builder than being forced to pedal?

    Off road use , however, is beyond my powers of imagination.


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    Kindof surprised no one has posted this yet: Post Your Fixed Gear MTB

    I use mine on the tame singletrack that's around, but it's pretty terrifying.

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    I hate fixies.

    There's a fixie/single speed forum on road bike review. One of the regulars put it like this:

    For most riders, it's kind of an all-or-nothing thing: if you don't hate it, you'll get addicted to it.
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    You can put your feet on the top tube if you really want to.

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    I hate fixies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    You can put your feet on the top tube if you really want to.
    You also can get off your mountain bike and hike a section you think is too gnarly, but it is not exactly a badge of honor.


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    You want to see some crazy fixed gear riding you should check out Line of Sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    You also can get off your mountain bike and hike a section you think is too gnarly, but it is not exactly a badge of honor.
    Yeah, I know what you mean. Machismo can be entertaining, when it can keep itself from telling you how much it can bench press.

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    It's funny how it's always a rider with gears telling people they couldn't ride a singlespeed bike, and an SS rider saying he couldn't ride a fixie. People are quick to limit themselves. They are not sure they can do something, so they won't. It's safer to stay within the boundaries you set yourself, especially if you know you can reach them. But where's the fun in that?

    I find it very important in life to do things even if I'm not sure I can do it.

    And there's a little secret: it is easier to ride with just one gear if that's all you have. Forget simulating it with a geared bike on one gear - it's just not the same. Also the constant pedalling is easier on a fixed bike. It can't be mimicked by just doing it on a bike with a freewheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    Yeah, I know what you mean. Machismo can be entertaining, when it can keep itself from telling you how much it can bench press.
    Heh

    Reminds me of this joke: Q. How do you know if a guy rides a fixie?

    A. He'll tell you
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    Right? I suppose that joke could translate to anything from how do you know if a guy rides a fixie to thinks he's buff, loves guns, races motorcycles, can fix anything, is an idiot chauvinist, etc.

    Seems like a lot of guys are 'funny' like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    Right? I suppose that joke could translate to anything from how do you know if a guy rides a fixie to thinks he's buff, loves guns, races motorcycles, can fix anything, is an idiot chauvinist, etc.

    Seems like a lot of guys are 'funny' like that.

    Maybe so. The fixie joke is well known among roadies
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Maybe so. The fixie joke is well known among roadies
    Ive heard that joke but with two other groups.

    with triathletes and firefighters..
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    I've heard the variation with vegetarians.

    Here's a new one: How do you know if a road cyclist hates fixies?
    - You tell a joke and he doesn't laugh. Turning to more serious subjects, he explains that too much saddle-time on a narrow saddle has made him impotent, which has made him bitter and unable to see or enjoy fun things in life.

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    I've also heard that joke concerning apple fanboys. Here's another Vege joke or more of a saying I suppose:

    Vegetarian is an old indian word for bad hunter.

    Now, of course, this is a terrible joke and is insulting not only to vegetarians but meat eating native americans as well. The real joke is that my dad went on vacation a few years back and got me a t-shirt with that boldly printed on it, not only that but he got one for himself as well.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Rethinking your approach ...
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    There's always craftsmanship beyond words.

    Thonet Bike – An amazing wooden fixie bike
    “Thonet Bike” is a concept of wooden fixie bike created by designer Andy Martin in collaboration with Thonet. Equipped with carbon fiber wheels, this fixie bikes first strikes by its clean beech wood frame made through a process of steam bending developed in the 1930s. Beautiful.
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    ^ 10/10 would ride.

    I don't care if it is a fad or what anyone thinks. I love riding fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    ^ 10/10 would ride.

    I don't care if it is a fad or what anyone thinks. I love riding fixed.
    +1 And I'm not hesitant to tell anyone/ everyone I do.


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    Rode 45 miles last night with a group, 20 miles or so at a slower group pace, and then the rest as a small group terrorizing the town with sprints, cruising, etc. Was a blast, and I pedaled the whole way! The horror!!!
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    purely aesthetics but i think fixies look anemic. the frames can be beautifully done but that single cog at the back makes me think: "where's the beef?" one of the nice things about gears-gears-gears is the ease they gives your knees.
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    That is pretty funny, because I look at a geared bike, and think to myself, man that looks like a hot mess with the derailleurs and the extra cables and then shifters or whatever. And then when you are in the biggest gear, the derailleur hangs way down like that and the chain looks really stretched out. If you remove all of that, wow, the bike looks really clean!

    This thing is beautiful!!



    Yeah, I get to ride it every day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    This thing is beautiful!!

    Yeah, I get to ride it every day!
    Pardon me sir but isn't that one of those road thingamajiggys.
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    It sure is! Having a blast on the road on it and not looking back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    It sure is! Having a blast on the road on it and not looking back.
    there's no denying the "bare essentials" appeal of a fixie but for those of us equipped with less than olympian knees, a big, fat, bulging rear sprocket, loaded with options is just what the doctor ordered.

    like that old joke about a young bull and an old bull standing on a hill overlooking a herd of heffers. the young bull says "let's run down and screw 'em all" and the old bull says "no, let's walk down."

    that 18th gear is myyyyyy buddy.
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    Nope, the young bull - Penn says " let's run down and screw one of them" and the old bull - Duvall says " no, let's walk down and screw `em all. From movie Colours...

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    My car has no shocks/springs or brakes and has only one gear.

    Said no one ever.

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    I am running a front brake because I am not crazy. Cars and bikes cannot be compared here.
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    Check out my high-end (ehm) single speed. What is not to like about it? It even has bells ffs!



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    Fixie don’t stop, fixie don’t care.


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    yes ... a picture is starting to emerge here of nilistic curmudgeons with a (singular) cog loose ...

    i think we may be able to relate after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Fixie don’t stop, fixie don’t care.

    HAD to google and find the source..

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    Follow a truck that closely at that speed, and you are bound to wreck. Rider is an idiot.
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    Re: I hate fixies.

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I am running a front brake because I am not crazy. Cars and bikes cannot be compared here.
    Comparing vehicles? Its crazy talk right?

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    I hate fixies.

    My "regular" road bike has compact chainrings and 11-30 ten speed cassette. My mtb is a 650b 1X10 with 30T chainring and 11-40 cassette. Generally, like most mormal people, I prefer the geared bikes. Though I also have an old school 26'er mtb SS, geared at 32:17. I do prefer having low gears. My fixie is geared 42:16. Considered low in the fixie world where 44T is the default ring.

    What is surprising to me and others who don't ride SS, much less fixed. is how quickly you adapt to climbing in higher gears that you normally would. All except extreme grades, that is. Very steep terrain requires an animal on a SS or fixie. Of which there are many, present company excluded. But in moderate terrain it's easier than it sounds, even for regular riders


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    It isn't that hard to climb...especially when you know that you only have one gear. Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
    Sounds like a woman I once knew.
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    I hate fixies.

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    It isn't that hard to climb...especially when you know that you only have one gear. Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
    Reminds me of pro road racer, Jens Voigt, with his famous mantra. "Shut up, legs "

    I climb seated in that one gear up grades I didn't think I could. Only stand when the grade starts hurting the knees too much. My standing stamina isn't peak yet, though. I'll need another season of practice, meaning "wait till next year."


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