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  • First Fixed Ride

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 11 months ago 7 Members · 12 Posts
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  • hugo15

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Had my first ride on my new fixed wheel Pearson Hanzo today. I had never ridden a fixed wheel bike before and I was a bit nervous about going out on it, would I be able to get clipped in, would I be able to get clipped out when I stopped.

    It was actually not as hard as I thought it was going to be. You just need to remember to keep pedalling!! Oh, and if you forget you soon get a reminder to start again…. it feels like the bike is giving you a kick up the ar$e!!

    The bike was really nice. I only went out for a short ride around Ingleby to get used to it but I had a grin from ear to ear when I got back. Hope the weather is OK on Friday as I plan my first commute of the year on it.

    Will post more when I have ridden it a bit more.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:18 pm

    glad you liked it

    ive always been intrested in fixed and wouldnt mind adding one to my collection of bikes for the winter…

  • Young Un

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:20 pm

    That kick up the arse don’t half scare the life of u. Especially when the first time you get it is going down a hill 😯

  • Gunner

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Come on Hugo, lets have a few pictures of your new “shopper bike complete with hamper basket”……………

    😆 😆

    Glad your enjoying it 😉

  • hugo15

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:31 pm

    That kick up the arse don’t half scare the life of u. Especially when the first time you get it is going down a hill 😯

    My first “reminder” came after approx 2 pedal revolutions while I was trying to get clipped in!

  • hugo15

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Come on Hugo, lets have a few pictures of your new “shopper bike complete with hamper basket”……………

    😆 😆

    Glad your enjoying it 😉

    Pictures will follow soonish.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Random points of information about fixed wheels:-

    All the GB Gold Olympic medals between 1992 and 2008 (apart from one) were won on a fixed wheel.

    The current British 25 mile time trial record was initially on fixed wheel up to the early 1960s. After that it was on geared bikes up to the last breaking which was done by Chris Boardman on a 108″ fixed (about 52 x 13). This record still stands today at just under 46 minutes.

    It is generally accepted that once the initial starting effort is overcome, a heavy fixed disc wheel can be easier to keep rolling on the flat because of the inertia effect.

    You can use a fixed wheel on a standard 1.370 x 24tpi threaded freewheel hub using a lock ring from a standard English bottom bracket.

    Well done, Hugo. 😛

  • Abzz

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Sorry to be totally thick on the subject steve, but is the gearing meant to be low enough to enable you to climb uphill or manoeuvre when starting off etc.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Generally you’re supposed to struggle up hills and spin your legs off coming down. TBH, fixed wheels are really made for the flat. 🙄

    I used to train in a fixed for some of the winter months before January, usually about a 68-inch (48 x 19).

  • hugo15

    Member
    8 February 2009 at 8:18 pm

    One thing you have to remember though is that you have to pedal downhill as well as up, so too low a gear may be good for going up hill but your legs will be whizzing round going down. I have chosen a gear of 48×19 to start with, which is about 68″.

  • tomlevell

    Member
    9 February 2009 at 1:08 pm

    You can use a fixed wheel on a standard 1.370 x 24tpi threaded freewheel hub using a lock ring from a standard English bottom bracket.

    You can but your better off (safer) with a revese lockring on a proper fixed hub as it won’t try to unscrew itself ;0)

    I’ve topped out at 170rpm downhill. Not that I’d want to keep that up for long mind.

    I tend to run a 66″ or so gear. 44:18 or 50:20. Currently down to 59″ gear after some bike changes which is too low for long distances really but I only use it to go into town on now.

    I did manage the Kildale loop on that gear once although I was almost at a standstill a few times

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    9 February 2009 at 2:57 pm

    You can but your better off (safer) with a revese lockring on a proper fixed hub as it won’t try to unscrew itself ;0)

    Of course, but if you’re like me and have to adapt a road wheel …. 😉 😀

    Other cool thing about fixed – learn to do a track-stand at red lights! 😀

    Slightly cooler than staying clipped in and leaning against railings / lamp posts / lorry tailboards / big girls! 😛

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