The place for fixies and other rides without gears
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As the title says, has anyone given up the gears altogether?
I got a Wilier fixie at Christmas and have been using it a lot more than my geared bike. My regular rides take in hills and flats and on Monday I rode 52km with plenty left in the tank. This got me thinking about whether I need the geared bike at all or is just going to end up neglected.
Has anyone moved away from geared bikes?
How have you found it, did you go back?
Not me, while there's a place in my garage to keep a fixie, and I was going to try to stick to Fixie Friday I won't be giving up the gears for mtb enduros or longer road rides. Fixie Friday will probably be replaced by Fixie Fursday since Friday is now school drop off day. I like the simplicity but it has its place.
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I commute on gears but the Fix has become the go to scoot for quick and dirty fun blasts, there's three very jealous and lonely bikes in the shed
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I know what you mean about the lonely bikes.
There's something about the fixie that makes it so much more fun to ride. I commute most days on it now, and it does become quite 'addictive'.
I have a geared mountain bike which I'll keep as an 'all rounder' but I may sell the road bike and buy another fixie. Decisions, decisions.
You obviously don't ride in(real) hills much.
I was rolling fixed only (1bike) for awhile but missed being able to climb up To lofty or Norton Summit. A new Caad10 sorted that. I've been commuting fixed for the last 5 months but the novelty is starting to wear off and I'm gonna put lights on the roadie and ride that for bit.
I ride my fixed gear for commuting to work, 50 km round trip. Solo training or slow group rides. Either flat or rolling hills. Any distance up to 100km +.
However if the rides a fast group ride or anything involving some serious climbs I crack out the gears.
I love the fix, but gears have their place.
I'm a Lancastrian (Google Lancashire) if you're not sure. I've ridden many real hills, although I was a bit younger then and had a 10 speed Raleigh, went round most of the UK on that. There were a few real hills.
I agree gears have a place, I guess it depends on what sort of cycling we do. Speed is not the most important thing to me these days, and whilst there are some areas that have pretend hills there is nothing I can't get up slowly. I'm enjoying the challenge that the fixie has brought me, the daily commute is a 32k round trip and since I started it at the beginning of the year I've noticed a rapid improvement in my cycling fitness.
I don't want this to become a 'who's done the hardest, fastest, hilliest etc etc thread, just interested in peoples experiences.
I had an IGH on my commuting bike, but the rim on the rear wheel started developing cracks around the spoke holes after about 15,000km. The bits I had lying around the garage allowed me to convert the bike to a single speed. It was meant to be a temporary measure... that was 1,900km ago... I don't think I'll go back to commuting with gears for a while. It's 48/17. I couldn't go much taller than that, because there are some decent hills close to home.
I feel the need to go the whole way and strip off EVERYTHING except what is absolutely necessary.
And to cost only a couple of hundred bucks for something as light as, ummm, 5kg!
No penalties for riding home after a heavy evening at the bar.
None of those annoying freeloading uninvited drafters. (Of course, you also don't get much company either. )
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Unicyclist's don't need a training wheel
except i don't commute.
Again this word for word
I rode nothing but fixed for about 3 years, mostly due to being unable to afford another bike. Only in the last month did I put together an old roady with a 1x8 set-up so I can tackle the long and steep hills I want to ride.
Three years is some going on a fixie in this day and age.
Your 1x8 is interesting to me. I'm working on a project bike at the moment, it was a 10 speed Europa, it's all stripped down and ready to go to the powdercoaters, I was going to keep it as a single speed but it's tempting to make it a 1X5 for the added flexability.
If its a steel frame then weight saving isn't a factor. So wny not have a second chainring and fd for the extra grams and enjoy a proper range of gears? You already have a solo geared bike. Whzts another coupla hundred grams on a 10 plus kilo 80's roadie any way. Fd prevents chain drop too.
Yeh, the fixie is great. So easy to maintain and so little to go wrong on my commutes. it's surprisingly fast too.
What derailleur are you considering using? Is it old or new? If it's old and not in great condition, I'd recommend going a modern-ish 8 speed if possible. I've got a new SRAM 8 speed cassette and 1980-90s Shimano 600 groupset. Works great.
I'd definitely consider getting something to stop chain drop if you're running a single chainring. Mine's only dropped 3 times in 350kms but it's worth getting one of the little devices available (something smaller than a front der.)
BLVR: I haven't found 'range' to be a problem. 44x11 is plenty for downhill; I easily hit 65km which is about as fast as I ever need to go. 44x28 is low enough for hills. Any lower and I might as well get off and walk.
fixies / singlespeeds do have gears..... 1
I commuted on a fixed gear bike for about 12mths solid few years back, then intermittently .... then not ... but occasionally get it out for fun / a commute / thirsty thursday / bare foot bowls on a sunday / flat track ride to the coast.....
There are too many other bikes for fun and utility in the garage that have gears.
Hats off to the fixed only rider though.
I've still got a geared bike and I still ride it ... when I'm feeling weak (medical issues). I have a 10% hill on my commute, and while the gears make that hill easier, up and down, the steepest part of that climb is the only time I'd like a lower gear. I ride plenty of hills and lots of flats - I haven't given up on gears, but the are the second string choice.
Fixed all the way ... except when I use the geared grid.
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
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