How much do you like riding fixed?

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What's your experience of fixed

Love it, I'm converted and selling the gears
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I really enjoy it but I'm keeping the gears as well
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What a waste of money, got no idea what those hipsters see in it
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It's the best way to keep up my track skills
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby PeteV » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:55 am

You can get some pretty casual shoes in SPD's. I find them a hell of a lot better/easier than straps & clips.
If the backside is falling out of the fixie scene I am hoping there will be a price drop soon. I would love to start a decent build once my family court woes have subsided. I saw a Kenevans frame on here for $500 which looks damn sweet but can't spare the coin at the moment.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby AndrewBurns » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:57 am

Just a word of caution I crashed my fixie yesterday after pulling my foot out of an SPD pedal during a standing sprint. I've pulled my feet from SPD's before on bikes with a freewheel and was able to recover but not on the fixie, I've also been slowly winding the tension up as I'm pulling harder but clearly not enough. I've never had this problem with my SPD-SL pedals though even on minimum tension setting, that's why I use them on this bike when at the track but I wanted to us SPD's yesterday so I could talk around in the shoes...
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:27 am

AndrewBurns wrote:Just a word of caution I crashed my fixie yesterday after pulling my foot out of an SPD pedal during a standing sprint. I've pulled my feet from SPD's before on bikes with a freewheel and was able to recover but not on the fixie, I've also been slowly winding the tension up as I'm pulling harder but clearly not enough. I've never had this problem with my SPD-SL pedals though even on minimum tension setting, that's why I use them on this bike when at the track but I wanted to us SPD's yesterday so I could talk around in the shoes...

i've heard this before, but it's yet to happen to me in 5 years of use. I like to keep my cleats looking good and have replaced them once in that 5 years, as insurance.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby AndrewBurns » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:43 pm

BRLVR.v2 wrote: i've heard this before, but it's yet to happen to me in 5 years of use. I like to keep my cleats looking good and have replaced them once in that 5 years, as insurance.


Cleats have less than a year on them and look new other than having the blacking worn off them a bit, pedals likewise and are about half way along the tension scale. All I can think of is that when I'm sprinting and the bike is rocking back and forth maybe I twist my feet a bit too? But I've done the same thing with the SPD-SL's at least as often and never pulled my foot out of them.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby GaryF » Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:57 pm

I commuted on fixed wheel track bikes for years and absolutely loved it. No brakes though - didn't need them.

I've still got a couple that I love and can't part with. I still look forward to an occasional quick ride around the block on them:

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The one at the back does have brakes - it's my shopping bike.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:35 pm

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Mulger bill wrote: I don't want to put SPuDs on as they go against the whole casual jump on and go thing I want from this bike, more practice?

SPD's I'm afraid. You will enjoy it more anyway.

:( I'll give it a go tomorrow.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Oxford » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:05 pm

I used Time Atacs for my fixie, a little more forgiving than SPDs which are either in or out, no half way. The Atacs allowed some float in the action so no surprise clip outs.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby HLC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:37 pm

If you are running any clip less system on a fixed gear on the street you should have the tension wound to max.

I've used SPD's which I've pulled out of skidding. Sucks. I've since swapped to Look Keo's on max tension and they are amazing. If I'm just riding to the pub or socially then cages and straps all the way.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:53 pm

HLC wrote:If I'm just riding to the pub or socially then cages and straps all the way.

That's pretty much what I'm planning on keeping this bike for, any tips on easy entry?
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby HLC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:07 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
HLC wrote:If I'm just riding to the pub or socially then cages and straps all the way.

That's pretty much what I'm planning on keeping this bike for, any tips on easy entry?


Practise practise practise!! Getting some pedals with a lip on the back makes the, easier to flip over and slide your foot in! But practise makes perfect!
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:55 pm

Thanks, been doing lots of that lately. Me other bikes have been getting jealous :D Never had a problem with getting in before I went to SPuDs years back but that was freewheeling

The pedals I'm running are these, the only clip and straps in the LBS. The flip is very small and shiny, might hit them with a file to give them some grip.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby bychosis » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:21 pm

Went out fixed today, had a shocker, but not quitting yet but learned a couple of lessons.
1. On the run down the hill from home snagged a shoelace on the left shoe after forgetting to tuck them in (not onto SPDs yet), luckily not in the chain.
2. A little further down the road the chain quick link came apart - luckily running brakes and nothing caught in the wheel so I stopped safely. Wandered back up the road and found the missing link then reinstalled it.
3. Lockring came off the BB half way along, couldnt get it to thread back on while on the side of the road, prayed everything would stay together until I got home (it did)
4. Hit a bumpy patch in the road and somehow kicked myself off the pedals. Managed not to have a forced dismount, but took prob 50m to get the feet back on. I think I stood to coast over the bumps and... 30 years of freewheeled riding will do that.
5. Pulled up at the destination into a carpark and didn't see the bump-stop at the end of the parking space and had to ride over. This is easy on MTB, apparently it requires a completely different technique while fixed, one I haven't mastered so I must've looked like a right muppet to the people inside the building.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:49 am

1 through to 4 are all you own fault ,and have nothing to do with riding fixed. Your mechanical failures and lack of foot retention rest squarely with you. How can you not stop if you have 2 good brakes and a you legs as well. :roll:
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby bychosis » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:27 am

BRLVR.v2 wrote:1 through to 4 are all you own fault ,and have nothing to do with riding fixed. Your mechanical failures and lack of foot retention rest squarely with you. How can you not stop if you have 2 good brakes and a you legs as well. :roll:


Fair cop. There were no problems stopping, the mechanicals could have happened on any bike.
1 was a reminder not to ride with loose items that could potentially snag and stop the wheel.
4 was definitely fixed related, need to learn the technique of riding over a rough section while pedalling properly, foot retention will be installed soon.
5 partially fixed related, was concentrating on slowing down to stop without using brakes and didn't look where I was going properly. Need to train muscles that riding fixed is not an automatic response yet, some aspects are not 'just like riding a bike' yet.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Oxford » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:00 am

like anything, it will take a little time for muscles to adjust, just wait til you've ridden one more often than any other bike and you forget you can free wheel and just keep pedaling all the time. :mrgreen:
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:42 pm

bychosis wrote:
BRLVR.v2 wrote:1 through to 4 are all you own fault ,and have nothing to do with riding fixed. Your mechanical failures and lack of foot retention rest squarely with you. How can you not stop if you have 2 good brakes and a you legs as well. :roll:


Fair cop. There were no problems stopping, the mechanicals could have happened on any bike.
1 was a reminder not to ride with loose items that could potentially snag and stop the wheel.
4 was definitely fixed related, need to learn the technique of riding over a rough section while pedalling properly, foot retention will be installed soon.
5 partially fixed related, was concentrating on slowing down to stop without using brakes and didn't look where I was going properly. Need to train muscles that riding fixed is not an automatic response yet, some aspects are not 'just like riding a bike' yet.


Yeah, sorry to be blunt, but as someone who had 3 stitches in his shin from a rush to get a ride on a new build going , I'm qualified to comment. Links in chains, and loose BB's are things that should be double checked before a maiden run, as are crank bolts , headsets and brake tuning. Stick with the fixed thing and use the brakes as much as you need, brakeless is not for everyone.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby bychosis » Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:52 pm

BRLVR.v2 wrote:
bychosis wrote:
BRLVR.v2 wrote:1 through to 4 are all you own fault ,and have nothing to do with riding fixed. Your mechanical failures and lack of foot retention rest squarely with you. How can you not stop if you have 2 good brakes and a you legs as well. :roll:


Fair cop. There were no problems stopping, the mechanicals could have happened on any bike.
1 was a reminder not to ride with loose items that could potentially snag and stop the wheel.
4 was definitely fixed related, need to learn the technique of riding over a rough section while pedalling properly, foot retention will be installed soon.
5 partially fixed related, was concentrating on slowing down to stop without using brakes and didn't look where I was going properly. Need to train muscles that riding fixed is not an automatic response yet, some aspects are not 'just like riding a bike' yet.


Yeah, sorry to be blunt, but as someone who had 3 stitches in his shin from a rush to get a ride on a new build going , I'm qualified to comment. Links in chains, and loose BB's are things that should be double checked before a maiden run, as are crank bolts , headsets and brake tuning. Stick with the fixed thing and use the brakes as much as you need, brakeless is not for everyone.


Don't know what happened to the chain link, it has been fine for about 4 other 20-30min rides. Its a KMC SS chain wiht the std quick link. A snap on 1/8" like http://www.kmcchain.eu/?en/products/connectors/other_connectors/
The BB seems to be a tad narrow for the frame, the locking didn't have much to thread onto when adjusted properly. Nt sure what I'll do there
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:16 pm

bychosis wrote:The BB seems to be a tad narrow for the frame, the locking didn't have much to thread onto when adjusted properly. Nt sure what I'll do there


A 68mm English BB is just that, if the BB you have is English threaded it should fit fine, is it new or are you using an old one. get a sealed one with the same axle length and the lock ring is no longer an issue. Are there pics of your build on here?

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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby bychosis » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:18 pm

Been out to the shed, I found that the cup had tightened enough that the lockring wouldnt go on. REadjusted and tightened and it appears OK again (exrta tight this time). Re-tensioned the chain too.

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There is another pic in Post your fixie. This is a temporary frame, waiting for a respray on one slightly larger that I also need forks for. The BB is otherwise fine and came off the frame in waiting.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Oxford » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:52 pm

get rid of the snap-on connector, they're the only type that have ever failed me on the fixie. get a uni connector or circlip one, much more reliable. any of the snap on type can snap off under the right conditions, especially on a fixie.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:00 pm

Today marks the seventh consecutive day that I have chosen to ride freewheelfree.

I have discovered the zone has more than one level, yesterdays ride was a revelation. Two hours and seventeen minutes of the day passed in a blur of endorphins and sweat. Reservoir Rd slipped away before I realised how much it hurts. The run to, around and from Diggers felt like a trip to the milkbar and even that hill out back of Menzies Drive that always beats me was looking pretty bloody tired by the time I ground to a halt-60m higher than before. The light has been seen and its warmth basked in. :mrgreen:
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby Oxford » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:50 pm

I may not be able to ride anymore, but MB you're bringing a smile to my face as I live through your revelation and awakening. keep it up, fairly soon it will be like riding without clipless, just doesn't feel right not to be fixed. :mrgreen:
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby PeteV » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:40 am

Last weekend I flipped the wheel and gave fixed riding another go. I have a 5km flat commute to work and there is little traffic given I work the graveyard shift. The weather here (until the last two days) has been perfect except for the nagging headwind I seem to cop no matter what direction I am travelling. With a little caution I made the journey to work unscathed. My gearing seems easier even tho I am running one less tooth on the back sprocket and I must've confused the hell out of the colleagues when I was beeming from ear to ear, telling them how I wasn't using the freewheel anymore. After a couple of days I was going to blame the new set up on my lethargy and aching body but turns out a lurking virus has gotten the better of my immune system. I'm giving it another week with both brakes on the bike for my own peace of mind, then the rear one is coming off. The front will likely stay forever but hey, that's just me. I'm running a comfortable 70GI which allows me to spin at a cadence of 90rpm the whole way to work and home again comfortably, again, that's personal taste. I'm loving it!
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby HLC » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:46 pm

I cut the quick link out of all my chains. Including my roadie.

They always ALWAYS Fail.

But i ride brakeless, and 80gi, so my chain is probably under a little more duress than most.

You should also ALWAYS ride with foot retention. Riding without is just stupid.

Fixed is far easier to ride than a freewheel, and it'll sort your pedalling technique out if you are a pedal masher. Its all about suplesse.
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Re: How much do you like riding fixed?

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:52 pm

PeteV wrote:Last weekend I flipped the wheel and gave fixed riding another go. I was beeming from ear to ear,. The front will likely stay forever but hey, that's just me. I'm loving it!


Winning!

I just purchased a new OTR Fixed gear today for general stuff. Needs a few tweaks and personal parts swapped , but the front brake will remain for commuting duties. Pics to come sometime.
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