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  • Is "FIXED" for you………….

     hugo15 updated 11 years, 7 months ago 6 Members · 8 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Tuesdays ride at the Industrial Estate was fun, and slightly different.

    1) It showed that there’s no problem with MTB’s doing the course if you’re after fitness gains. Ralf was present on the ride on his MTB and was doing an admirable job of being at the front of the pack for the time he spent with us. 🙂

    2) It opened my eyes somewhat to the concept of riding a “fixed wheel” bike.

    Fixed wheel bikes are well known for the possible fitness gains that they can bestow on riders who use them to their full potential, and I haven’t ridden one since my youth.. 😳 and certainly never in anger.

    However, Hugo had turned up for the evenings ride on his “fixed”, and it was interesting to see how he coped with the group ride. As the evening wore on and our mileage and pace increased, Hugo and I found ourselves at the front of the pack with a slightly clear margin on the other guys. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I found the relief of being able to freewheel occasionally a pleasant experience, and thought that Hugo must be putting a brave face on the lactic acid build up that must have been going on in his thighs. 😕 😕

    I know I had been doing a leg session in the gym earlier in the afternoon, squats/deadlifts etc.,etc., but that’s no excuse, I’d like to think I’d be able to get away with a fixed but they’re definetely a whole different ball game.

    Would you ever consider riding a “fixed”.

  • krusty

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t think my lungs or legs could take it! But it’d be fun trying to ride backwards 😆

  • HarryB

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve been debating getting a fixed for a while. I haven’t ruled it out but I just don’t think I’d ever use it.

    Could I really leave a nice carbon road bike in the house and go out on a fixed?

  • Gunner

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Could I really leave a nice carbon road bike in the house and go out on a fixed?

    These are the questions that stop us from sleeping on a night Harry….. 😆

  • rockster

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 7:46 pm

    No,not a chance,i was pretty much flat out trying to keep in touch with yourselves with gears on tues night and only managed to make any progress on the back straight when you’s were taking it easy. I couldn’t believe it when i saw it was a singlespeed and how easily he pulled away with you.However,i still enjoyed the session and felt pleased with my own performance.Myself Dagza and Jez stayed and did 3 more laps as we were slightly late.

  • hugo15

    Member
    24 September 2009 at 8:23 pm

    It’s been fun riding the fixed this year. I got the bike in February though the Cycle to Work scheme and I have been using it since then to commute to work a couple of times a week. The first couple of rides were OK but it took me about a month to get used to not freewheeling…….and the bike certainly give you a swift reminder if you forget 😉 . Now it is not problem, though I do sometimes have a panic when on the geared bike and go to freewheel and my brain screams NOOOOOOOOO!

    I think riding fixed has certainly been a part of my improved fitness this year. You never really get an easy ride on a fixed as you are often out of the saddle to push up little rises, even on what appears to be a flat road.

    One thing I still find very hard is riding into the wind. With not being able to gear down it can turn into a real grind. It’s like weight training on the bike 😆

  • darrenvt2

    Member
    25 September 2009 at 11:03 pm

    hi hugo hav e not got a fixed only free wheel single speed spesh single cross for commuting but am really enjoying the ride i was debating going full fixed but decided against it would love to push the bike a bit in the future

  • hugo15

    Member
    26 September 2009 at 2:24 pm

    hi hugo hav e not got a fixed only free wheel single speed spesh single cross for commuting but am really enjoying the ride i was debating going full fixed but decided against it would love to push the bike a bit in the future

    Get yourself a new sprocket and stick it on the other side and have a go fixed. You will really enjoy it once you get the hang of it.

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