Fixed wheel/gears.........why ??

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Dave7, 10 Feb 2018.

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  1. I see a pattern emerging.
    I'm not entirely sure what I'm missing but I may source an appropriate rear wheel and chainset for my Dawes (which is currently my "ice tyre" bike and has been ridden once in the past 2 years) and have a play around.
     
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  2. Phaeton

    Phaeton Veteran

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    I'm sure somebody will come along shortly saying what a great idea, then somebody will say don't bother it's not worth it, it's like an episode of the Magic Roundabout.
     
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  3. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Time for bed!
     
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  4. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    The version I heard was that you're never in the right gear.
     
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  5. Phaeton

    Phaeton Veteran

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    I didn't know you cared :biggrin:
     
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  6. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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    The really great thing about fixed is that both can be true at the same time.

    #quantumcycling
     
  7. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    I'm bemused by the vociferousness of some of those who don't. It's almost as if they're fearful of something.
     
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  8. Threevok

    Threevok Über Member

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    South Wales
    I'd love to have a go at it, but too hilly here. (single speed is hard enough)

    If I lived somewhere flatter, I could see me being an avid fixie fan
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I'll tell you again, leave the cats alone! ;)
     
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  10. User1252

    User1252 Guest

    The thing that bemuses me is people feeling the need to justify it to them.
     
  11. Phaeton

    Phaeton Veteran

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    Or refute the justification if them
     
  12. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I've ridden fixed at the velodrome where it's entirely appropriate in the same way that brakes would be dangerous. But I would hate it on the road where gears and freewheels make life so much easier, especially on my ageing knees.
     
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  13. If you’re cycling around all day every day for a job, having a geared bike with brakes is a chore. You tire yourself out more on a ‘conventional’ bike, because you’re acceleration / deceleration tend to be less smooth. With a fixie, you tend to find you maintain a much steadier pace. The accel / decel is what tires you out most, so the less of that you do, the better. For example, on a standard bike, you typically tend to approach a stop, freewheeling, without thinking about it, then brake to a stop, then have to start from a standstill, and have to accelerate much more sharply, than you would if you had managed to approach the same point on a fixie. You soon learn to anticipate, and avoid so many ‘dead stops’ on a fixie. The only thing I found scary with a fixie, was turning a corner on an unfamiliar stretch of road, and finding a sharp steep descent. That’s not fun.
     
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  14. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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    You may not be missing anything - maybe it's just not for you. That's fine. Definitely worth giving it a go though, and that would be my advice to the OP - don't rule it out before having tried it, but if you've tried it and don't like it, there's no reason to persevere with it. I can understand why some people would feel a bit afraid of the idea of not being able to freewheel, or not having bail-out gears for climbs, but in truth those are two aspects of riding fixed that you get used to very quickly.

    I started riding fixed at a time when I'd lost my cycling mojo and was looking for something a bit different. It really did the trick and revitalised my interest in cycling. There's a lot of pseudo-mystical guff spouted about 'feeling at one with the bike' or being more 'connected' with the road, but you can probably get that from any bike as long as it's the right bike for you.

    I did find that commuting regularly on fixed did wonders for my fitness though.
     
  15. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

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    No more than a road bike being called a hybrid just because it has straight bars.
     
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