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

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

  1. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    That's advanced skillz!
  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I do this, or in fact just stop slightly further back so my cranks are parallel to the ground (assuming I am not doing an awesome trackstand).
  3. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry
    I've alway lifted the saddle.
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  4. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    It occurred to me today that another thing I like about riding fixed is that because I have to go up and over the ridge, both there and back, I have two brief periods every day when I am working as hard as I possibly can. And I suspect there's a benefit to that. When I'm riding a geared bike around town I never work at my actual limit. Going uphill in particular - I'll shift down and 'spin not grind'. But if you're climbing a hill in a high fixed gear, you have to push as hard as you possibly can. (I compound it by having a thing against standing on the pedals. A cad may stand; a gentleman remains seated. If it's steeper, push harder.) And that's a particular kind of exercise, which I suspect is actually part of your balanced riding diet. A bit like circuit training.
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  5. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    I did that on my Raleigh Trent as I couldn't source the correct cables at the right time. Still fine several years later. The thing to bear in my mind is that most brakes cables today are stainless steel. You'd need to deliberately find the plain galvanised variety if you need to solder your own ends.
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