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    Any other mountain bike fixies out there?

    My friend on his new Raleigh XXIX 29er. He just started riding fixed a few weeks ago. He thinks it's more fun than freewheeling. We are the oldest mountain bike fixie riders I've met. He's 66 and I'm 54. We've been riding together for 18 months.

    I think off road fixie riding will be the next cool thing to do. When all the hipsters get bored riding the road they will start to try it off road. It's very addicting, I prefer riding fixed most of the time. River trails in these parts are perfect for our bikes.

    You are either on the gas or on the brakes on a fixie. No need to grab brakes to make small speed adjustments. We both use disc front brakes for those long steep trails. We prefer simple, practicle and durable parts and bikes. No shocks, no shifters, no rear brake, no hydro hoses. I told my friend he doesn't need that stuff. He agrees, smart guy.

    I always ride with a Ridgerest pad around the top tube lashed on with a road tube. It's got a functional purpose. There's no dry place to sit in the northwet. It protects my stones when I'm scootering along. We're amazed how usefull they are and they weigh next to nothing. We're old and like our comforts in the wet woods.

    Both bikes are set up with two to one gearing, the silver C-dale is a 69er. They are big bikes, we are both 6'4". I like open pedals so I can practice my trials hopping. I can ride any trail I used to ride on my coastie. If I need to coast I can just turn the wheel around and coast.

    We don't understand why more people aren't riding fixed mountain bikes. It's more fun for us, we think you would like it too. My friend can't stop talking about it. I don't think he's ever going back to the freewheel.

    I was glad to see Red Haze riding fixed at this springs BC. Nobody pays much attention to a crazy old dude like me riding fixed. Now I don't feel so alone. Hopefully more of you will give it a try and then get hooked. It sure feels good having my wheel turn my cranks for me. Kinda like an electric motor attached to your bike.

    See ya on the trail........LEF-T
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    Camping with my fixie

    I like to pull a bob or go simple, just lash everything on with road tubes.

    I've been very lucky, I've only crashed once in 70 off road fixed rides. Ride #33 on the crawfish trail. I went over the bars.

    My bike is a c-dale 1FG sans shock fork. I like riding a big wheel up frt, it handles great. I use 32x16 on a surly hub with a qr.
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    Any other mountain bike fixies out there?

    YUP. Not all the time, but definately a big part of my riding. Earlier this year converted my Monocog with a flip/flop hub and love taking it out from time to time. It's made me a better rider. I sometimes do a few laps around my yard on the fixie when I can't get out on the trails just to get some ride time in.

    Great post by the way. I love your bike setups and no nonsense approach to the builds.
    I may need to take my sister in laws yoga pad and make myself a seat on the top tube too!!!

    Oh, and I love your camping setup. Very inspirational!!!! You guys rock.
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    And a good day to you sir!

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    yeah, tons of us are rockin' the scorchers on the trails. many race 'em too.

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    lef-t: We don't understand why more people aren't riding fixed mountain bikes.

    Because we ride technical trails were we would kill ourselves with a fixed gear. Speaking for myself, a fixed bike would just be an excuse to ride less technical trails.
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    im getting a tomi cog, so soon enough ill join the fun.

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    i am working on an offroad fixed gear website: www.muddyfixedgear.com. i just started it a few weeks ago, so it is pretty ruff around the edges. let me know what you think.

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    Nice site, and an even better thread!

    Fixie off road is up an coming here in the northeast.

    off to trade some old road wheels for an origianal surly 1x1 to be made into a 700c monstercross fixie! pictures in the coming weeks....

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    I love techical trails more on my fixie

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    lef-t: We don't understand why more people aren't riding fixed mountain bikes.

    Because we ride technical trails were we would kill ourselves with a fixed gear. Speaking for myself, a fixed bike would just be an excuse to ride less technical trails.

    Sorry I'm not actually riding in these pics. I do know how to ride technical stuff, I relish trails that make others take dabs.

    Last year I really enjoyed riding the upper lava section of the Mr T,aka Mckenzie River Trail and the Heckletooth section of the Eugene to Creast. Last week I cleaned two long log rides on the lower Middle Fork.

    I can hop around switchbacks, climb up root wads and go through mud. I look for difficult obsticles to clean on every ride. Riding fixed as made me a better mountain biker. I'm convinced fixed as many advantages over freewheelin. I can pedal one footed, I can go in reverse, my bike is silent, and it does all the pedaling for me.
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    I think off road fixing is great. I've been doing it for about three years now, on and off, and there's no other type of riding that gives me the same feeling. It's difficult to describe, especially to people who haven't tried it yet, but I would urge every rider to give it a try at least once.

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    Been running MtFx for year or so now. Great fun! But you bring up a point: is it only us older but not necessarily wiser types what do this. 48yo here.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester
    Been running MtFx for year or so now. Great fun! But you bring up a point: is it only us older but not necessarily wiser types what do this. 48yo here.
    Good question. I'm +10 years on you, and Lef-t is in our advanced group.

    These boys in the "Fixin the Shed" tread are young studs though, in more ways than one!
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    Lots of folks do it and have been doing it. http://www.63xc.com/index.htm is now inactive but it brought many of us together a few years ago.

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    I want my Tomi Cog...

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    lef-t: I'm convinced fixed as many advantages over freewheelin. I can pedal one footed, I can go in reverse, my bike is silent, and it does all the pedaling for me.

    Makes sense to me, but these advantages do not make fixed riding easier in technical situations. If they did, we would all be riding/racing on fixed bikes. I love the feeling of a fixed setup as much as you (well, maybe a little less ), but I am just being honest with myself when I say that for me riding fixed off-road would be harder.
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    Fixed Gear MTB is dangerous and stupi......aww I can't even finish typing that.
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    I used to have one but sold it after too many over-the-bars wipeouts. My brain is not wired for fixed I guess. That's probably why I like riding single speeds, there's not much thinking involved
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    Fixed Gear Off Road?

    You guys may be on to something here!! Been at it for a few yrs. now and don't ride much else-only when riding with my son on the back do I have gears and freewheel. I do love those bikes to! Very cool set ups! Keep riding!

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    I hope to ride a fixed mountain bike soon. Just waiting for the bike I've got a set of dirt drops, levers, and a fixed cog sitting on my bench but the bike isn't here yet. Maybe someday.

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    Good and hard

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    +1 in the UK. Been fixed since, err, 2002-3ish? First as a bit of a laugh then pretty much exclusivly from 2004-2007. Fitted the first freewheel in a long time to the bike for a 9day / 700km race in the Himalayas...nothing technical I could not manage but 20km downhills get boring real fast when you are limited by the 34:20 gearing! Now back onto the fixie side as the UK hills are way smaller.

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    I am definitely starting to fall in love with the fixed gear riding. The only thing that scares me are log crossings, I just need to go for broke and stop walking them. Usually with rock I just cross my finger and keep on going but logs get me all aggitated.

    Some day I will conquer all though, just got to keep trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtotheZ
    I am definitely starting to fall in love with the fixed gear riding. The only thing that scares me are log crossings, I just need to go for broke and stop walking them. Usually with rock I just cross my finger and keep on going but logs get me all aggitated.

    Some day I will conquer all though, just got to keep trying.
    Practice hopping the rear wheel to reposition the cranks; we do it for pedal clearance in rocks on a coastie all the time, it just needs a hop to work on the fixed. It is just a little up and forward hop to raise the rear wheel an inch. I practiced it using small limbs, curbs, etc. to get the hang of it. Just another little skill that fixed MTB calls for you to learn.
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    fixed and flat?

    Looks like a lot of you are running flat pedals on the fixed mtb's, from the pics...anyone fixed and clipping in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpka
    Looks like a lot of you are running flat pedals on the fixed mtb's, from the pics...anyone fixed and clipping in?
    Post #5 above, the Inbred has Crank Bros Mallets; the Surly has Crank Bros Egg Beaters. I always clip in, but the Mallets give me a platform that is handy for a revolution or two, getting restarted in dicey situations.
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    I wouldn't ride any kind of rough trail not clipped in.
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    Nice, never would have thought of that. I will start working on my hops for sure. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpka
    Looks like a lot of you are running flat pedals on the fixed mtb's, from the pics...anyone fixed and clipping in?
    CB Eggbeaters here. Already my pedal of choice, and I kept having visions of what it would be like to have fixed-driven cranks whirling about if my feet slipped off a flat pedal. I do enough rough/rocky stuff at "speed" that a little help keeping the feet in place seemed like a good idea.

    Also, pulling up on the backstroke (pedaling circles?) is advantageous on any singlespeed.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    me either

    I can't figure out how guys ride flats, Eggbeaters for me too. I just had to ask because I do see some out there with the flat pedals...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lef-t
    My friend on his new Raleigh XXIX 29er. He just started riding fixed a few weeks ago. He thinks it's more fun than freewheeling. We are the oldest mountain bike fixie riders I've met. He's 66 and I'm 54. We've been riding together for 18 months.

    I think off road fixie riding will be the next cool thing to do. When all the hipsters get bored riding the road they will start to try it off road. It's very addicting, I prefer riding fixed most of the time. River trails in these parts are perfect for our bikes.

    You are either on the gas or on the brakes on a fixie. No need to grab brakes to make small speed adjustments. We both use disc front brakes for those long steep trails. We prefer simple, practicle and durable parts and bikes. No shocks, no shifters, no rear brake, no hydro hoses. I told my friend he doesn't need that stuff. He agrees, smart guy.

    I always ride with a Ridgerest pad around the top tube lashed on with a road tube. It's got a functional purpose. There's no dry place to sit in the northwet. It protects my stones when I'm scootering along. We're amazed how usefull they are and they weigh next to nothing. We're old and like our comforts in the wet woods.

    Both bikes are set up with two to one gearing, the silver C-dale is a 69er. They are big bikes, we are both 6'4". I like open pedals so I can practice my trials hopping. I can ride any trail I used to ride on my coastie. If I need to coast I can just turn the wheel around and coast.

    We don't understand why more people aren't riding fixed mountain bikes. It's more fun for us, we think you would like it too. My friend can't stop talking about it. I don't think he's ever going back to the freewheel.

    I was glad to see Red Haze riding fixed at this springs BC. Nobody pays much attention to a crazy old dude like me riding fixed. Now I don't feel so alone. Hopefully more of you will give it a try and then get hooked. It sure feels good having my wheel turn my cranks for me. Kinda like an electric motor attached to your bike.

    See ya on the trail........LEF-T
    hi,

    any reason for the padding on the top tube?? is it for balls protection.
    i am on ss....looking to try fixed off road.

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    Fat Fix

    I run my Surly Pugsley fixed sometimes. You can swap around the front and rear wheels so I've got a track cog on one wheel and a dinglespeed freehub on the other one. The Pug is pretty heavy with it's 4 inch tyres so I have to gear it quite low to get up the hills and that makes it hard work going down steep stuff. It's more suited to the beach and moderate single-track. I enjoy riding fixed but I have to admit drop-offs and pedal strike are not pleasant and riding down stairs is just plain scary.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/315381575/" title="Fixed_Pug_Hub by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/108/315381575_b81093a84f.jpg" width="500" height="389" alt="Fixed_Pug_Hub" /></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/676967497/" title="le Tour de Poo #1 by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1344/676967497_9cc5dfb482.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="le Tour de Poo #1" /></a>

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    Could you share your gearing on the pugs? this set up is in the back of my mind.....

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    two to one gearing is optimal for our rides

    Quote Originally Posted by jjabkrvt
    Could you share your gearing on the pugs? this set up is in the back of my mind.....
    The Blue one has 29 wheels so it's 32x18, the silver bike has a 26 inch rear wheel so it has 32x16. We both feel like 2-1 is the best for our river and lake trails. Too high a gear and you can't climb, too low a gear and you spin out going down.

    You can ride in a higher gear on a fixie because of the extra boost you feel as the the wheel turns the cranks for you. We don't do long extended climbs with these bikes. It's possible but not very fun for us.

    We use Salsa 32 tooth rings, they are tough and have full teeth. Salsa rings are less expensive than some others. Surly steel rings would be my second choice. We use cheap $8 3/32 pitch chains with two piece master links, it's my favorite chain to abuse.

    Both bikes have EBB's, we replaced the solid 10x1 stock axles for QR axles so we can flip our wheel around to coast if we need to. Sometimes we shuttle up mountains that have long road endings. Lawler, Aubrey, and Cloverpatch all have 2-3 miles of roads to go down. You just have to remember not to loose control when in the freewheel mode because we only have frt brakes then.

    I have no drive train issues, the silver bike has a dura ace fixed cog and lockring. It has never come loose or stripped my hub with my 205 pound body torqing it. The blue Raleigh has a cheap cyclepro cog ($6) and lock ring. After 8 rides it's still is fine, my buddy weighs 215. We really mash the cranks and abuse our drivetrains with our heefty bodies. Fixies are pretty tough, so far so good. The silver bike has been on 70 off road fixedrides sense it's birth. My frt disc pads last a lot longer with my pedal brake in use, the rear brake should last a life time. My knees are fine and my legs are stronger.

    We run lower gears when we used to ride freewheel mode all the time. Then we had 32x20 on our bikes. On a coasty you can under gear and not suffer as much. We feel the fixed cogs help us climb and anyone can use a higher gear fixed than they would on a coastie.

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    Pugs ratios

    Quote Originally Posted by jjabkrvt
    Could you share your gearing on the pugs? this set up is in the back of my mind.....
    I run 32/20T and 34/18T (I have 2 chainrings and two cogs) when freewheeling and 32/19T when fixed on 175mm cranks. I struggle to push 34/18 up steep stuff, even on the road, it's there if I have to get any distance around town or on flat terrain - I don't use it often.

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    I've been riding fixed with 44c tires on my cross bike. I love it, but I think I need some cushier tires, so I am building up a fixed 29er. I am waiting on a fork, but I will post pictures when I get it built up. It should make the Colorado front range a little easier to ride.
    check out my new offroad fixed gear site, tell me your thoughts: www.muddyfixedgear.com

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