Off-road fixed is an aquired taste, worst part is the downhills as you don't ever get a rest like you do on a normal SS, oh and getting over logs/rocks is sometimes interesting. It's good in the snow though, so much control without braking.
OK, I fell for it, I thought fixie wasn't a joke
only ever had two scares riding fixed.
one was during rush hour, chasing down the middle of three lanes trying to get ahead of the cars pulling away from the lights into an underpass, so resenable gradient. got up to max leg spin and then tried to relax but got jolted up out of the saddle. didn't fall but was trying desperately to stay upright whilst my legs were flailing all over the place still attached to the pedals. managed to control it, looked back and all the cars had stopped dead. prehaps out of fear, prehaps shock. not sure which but felt a right dick. its difficult trying to explain pointing just at the bike that its a fixed gear and you can't free-wheel it....
i find that after a week of commuting on the fixed its a strange sensation to free-wheel when on the mtb. also flipped the wheel the other week because i knew i'd be riding home drunk. didn't change it back right away and have to say i really don't like riding SS. only one brake at the front and it's not the strongest. realised how little i actually use the brake at all.
and i find it much easier to track stand on the mtb than with fixed.
what size gears are you running? 44/17= 2.58
Is this kind of incident not a mtb'ing rite of passage, like dead-sailoring it the first time you try spd's, (which i've never done, honest :D).
Too right ^.
I stopped pedalling on a fixie once. Never happened since
Same here. I've never been stupid enough to try riding one again since!
I don't get the better braking thing? Learn to modulate your brakes? Surely its easier to modulate a small force in your hand than a large and constantly altering force with your feet?
The only fixie I have ridden only has one wheel
I find it really interesting that some find fixed natural and that some find it completely unnatural.
I've only ever ridden fixed on the track, but it seems to me the most comfortable natural thing to keep my feet gliding round. A friend who rides plenty on the road says he just can't get his head round it.
I do keep meaning to get hold of a road fixed, but I'm already up to 5 bikes, and I'm not sure I need the domestic grief for another just yet....
(Oh, and for those worried about pedal strikes, assuming you're running a bike with a suitably high BB, just fit 165mm cranks.)
"Pah! I'll be impressed when I see fixie bunny hops"
There is a fixed bunnyhop barspin on film out there somewhere, some guy in the US. step drops, wallrides and barspins seem to be getting common too..
I won't be trying to learn those )
there are loads of both on those vids i put on the last page
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