fixed wheel touring

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fixed wheel touring

Postby moonsafari » 22 Mar 2012, 8:42pm

Anyone do long rides or tour on a fixed wheel or singlespeed?

i'd love to hear about it :D

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby thirdcrank » 22 Mar 2012, 8:48pm

Forum member (former member?) Edinburgh Fixed attempted an End-to-End on fixed wheel but was a DNF. (Knee trouble?)

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby irc » 22 Mar 2012, 9:38pm

Round the world on a penny farthing.

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby Dean » 1 Apr 2012, 5:08pm

I've done a fair bit of touring on fixed (and loads of Audaxing). It's pretty easy. Just like riding a bike. One of my favourite trips was up the Northumberland coast one mild February weekend a couple of years ago, camping on the beach and being awoken by oystercatchers.

What do you want to know? Just go for it. Be disciplined in what you carry, and pick your routes to avoid Ballbreaker Pass.

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby Peter Bedingfield » 2 Apr 2012, 9:53am

As a teenager I toured with my friends on fixed 49x16, rear panniers and a saddlebag, staying at YHAs. E.g Dorset-Oxford-Norfolk-Kent-South Coast. Note - no mountain passes! No problem really, modest distances 60-100 miles per day.

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby daddig » 3 Apr 2012, 11:40am

If gearing is a concern you could always use a flip flop hub with either a very low freewheel or fixed,just swap at the top.
All of my winter touring in the Seventies (age 22-26),was done on a fixed wheel,no camping as such (carried an ex army bivvy)mainly hostels,before they closed them all of course or at a push B&Bs.
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Re: fixed wheel touring

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby simon1975 » 4 Apr 2012, 2:01pm

Yes it really is just like riding a bike...

I did 500 miles up the Scottish West Coast last year on this:
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Low 42:18 gearing, very steady pace but quite a few decent hills.

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby brumster » 4 Apr 2012, 8:51pm

simon1975 wrote:Yes it really is just like riding a bike...

I did 500 miles up the Scottish West Coast last year on this:
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Low 42:18 gearing, very steady pace but quite a few decent hills.


Now that's what I call a bike lock !

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby daddig » 30 Dec 2012, 3:12pm

Further to this post, I have reacquainted myself with the freedom and joys of Fixer Travel. Travelling light, with the option of fixed or free is fantastic.
My partner and I are going from StMalo to Limoges, me on my fixer her on her Thorn, camping, Warmshowering and Helpxing. Any route ideas or advice from anyone has done similar on a fixer?
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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby bikepacker » 30 Dec 2012, 3:37pm

I believe Gordy of this parish did a world tour on a fixed towing a trailer.
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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby daddig » 30 Dec 2012, 5:15pm

Seems a harder way to go to me, but each his/ her own. I plan to travel as light as I can afford , so a trailer is additional weight ! However all power to his travels!
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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby daddig » 30 Dec 2012, 5:38pm

Has said Gordie got a blog or web page?
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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby tatanab » 30 Dec 2012, 6:23pm

daddig wrote:Has said Gordie got a blog or web page?

http://www.gordontaylor.co.uk/

editted to add - in days gone by I toured much of southern, western and eastern England on fixed. Also much of Wales and ventured as far as Normandy and Brittany. 65" gear, hostels or B&B. Very tame compared with Gordy.

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Re: fixed wheel touring

Postby Aushiker » 31 Dec 2012, 1:46am

Scott of Scott's Next Adventure fame is currently wandering around Zambia and previously rode through Botswana.

The short version however, is that I rode about 1,800km through and across Botswana specifically because the guidebook said not to, and I did it on a single speed bike I bought for $124 (Specialized Globe Live 1), without any touring specific gear (proper saddle bags, etc) and in flip flops. I am riding through Zambia in the exact same way. Why mess with a good thing? I think I’m making up for lost time however, because while I don’t have as much of the heat to deal with as I did in Botswana, I’m fighting the hills and now the rain instead. I’m 500km in so far and at this point I feel that Zambia has been more of a challenge than Botswana was. That said, so far I’ve had a great time and hope you have some time to sit down and read about it, or at least a few minutes to look at the photos!


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