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first commute on a fixie

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by neslon, 1 May 2008.

  1. neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    A Carlton Corsair I bought second hand in 1982 has been propping up a shelf in my sisters greenhouse for years, until I reclaimed it, threw away all the rusty bits & moss, then took it to the lbs for fixie conversion (all hail to Edinburgh Bike in Newcastle). Got it last night and (ambitiously) used it to go to work in Cramlington (about 10 miles north). Unfortunately, I forgot I had to go to meeting in Morpeth (6 miles further) then cycle home from there.
    It's a bit hilly, and the whole fixed thing took some getting used to - i think I love it, but my thighs are stinging!
     
  2. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    It's great, isn't it?

    Don't forget to keep pedalling though.
     
  3. well done keep it up It just gets better
     
  4. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Mine gets delivered tomorrow.

    I think I'll practice riding it at the weekend before commuting in though, as I plan to ride it fixed.

    I don't want to learn how to ride the thing and watch out for London traffic at the same time.

    But I can't wait.
     
  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Just remember to keep it slow and smooth for the first few weeks. It's when you go fast and something unexpected happens that makes you need to brake quickly that it's more likely you'll have a stop-pedaling moment.

    I'm a fan of clipless pedals for fixed, because if it goes wrong at least your feet stay attached to the pedals most of the time, and that gives you a small chance of recovering and carrying on, rather than having your feet slip off and having a crash.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    Its a strange business - I went out at the weekend for a big (60m+) round Northumberland on the road bike and enjoyed it, but I'm still getting more of a buzz commuting on the fixie. All that guff you lot spout about simplicity, purity & Zen might be right:ohmy:
     
  7. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    That's right. It is guff! It's just a bike, not the meaning of life.
     
  8. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    No, it's the essence of bike. :evil:
     
  9. peejay78

    peejay78 Well-Known Member

    cycling is not a metaphor for life, life is a metaphor for cycling.
     
  10. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I do about a quarter of my riding on fixed and after ten years still cause myself the occasional shock - it's always when I try to stand on the pedals to look back at a junction or something I've just passed. Haven't quite been thrown into the road yet, but I won't be surprised if I am.

    Apart from that it has been Zen all the way.

    Oh, and don't forget the Chain Brute and a few spare links. On a fixed, that is "walk home from here".
     
  11. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Maybe it's the standing to look back that needs changing? I'm sure it must be hard to look back often enough if you have to stand every time!
     
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I seem to love my fixie more and more every time I ride it. It just goes like its on rails, so fast, so nimble, so agile, so manoeuvrable. It is just a dream, a real pleasure to ride, I love it!
     
  13. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    I'm going to ride mine for the first time this weekend. I put it together last Saturday but wanted to take it for a spin in Richmond Park before commuting. Prob is that I tend to only really drink on Friday and Saturday nights so always have a hangover Sat and Sun mornings. Exactly when I went to take the fixed out onto the quiet roads into the Park. So it's stayed in the shed all week whilst I've used my hybrid.

    But I'll deffo do it this weekend to get used to it.

    It's not the falling off / getting hurt thing that scares me.

    It's the looking like a total incompetent poseur prat thing.

    But I'm going to start this w/end.

    So if anyone sees a nervous langster (08) cyclist in Richmond Park this w/end, look away.

    Edit:

    My Plan. Wake up at 5 on Sunday. And then down to the park!
     
  14. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    But I'm not old enough for a recumbent yet; and I can't cycle in sandals. :eek:
     
  15. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    LOL! I don't have a beard or an aerobelly either, and I don't drink real ale. Oops!