Fixed wheel: Why? Why not? Vote now please!

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Fixie: Why? Why not?

Fixed is my first choice
9
23%
Love fixed, love freewheel
10
26%
Used to ride fixed, no more
2
5%
Not tried fixed. Yet
6
15%
Fixed where suitable
1
3%
Fixed in winter
0
No votes
Fixed when I was young and free
1
3%
Freewheel only, lots of gears
5
13%
Prefer single freewheel
4
10%
Love to try fixed with gears
1
3%
 
Total votes: 39

nirakaro
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Re: Fixie: Why?

Postby nirakaro » 9 Mar 2020, 3:40pm

slowster wrote:On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear.

That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong?

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Re: Fixie: Why?

Postby RickH » 9 Mar 2020, 5:14pm

nirakaro wrote:
slowster wrote:On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear.

That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong?

You weren't in the wrong gear. You were riding at the wrong speed in the right gear! :twisted:

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Re: Fixie: Why?

Postby nirakaro » 9 Mar 2020, 5:18pm

RickH wrote:
nirakaro wrote:
slowster wrote:On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear.

That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong?

You weren't in the wrong gear. You were riding at the wrong speed in the right gear! :twisted:

Of course. I think that was because I also had the wrong legs.

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Re: Fixie: Why?

Postby mig » 11 Mar 2020, 8:38pm

nirakaro wrote:
slowster wrote:On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear.

That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong?


what gear was it out of interest?

many many years ago i used to commute on gears. at that time i raced a few TTs and was a bit of a flat track type rider. 55 x something on a solo, 61 x something as a tandem stoker. one day my front mech cable broke (rusted through IIRC :roll: ) and i was obliged to ride a fair few miles with only 42 something on offer. i was surprised to find i really wasn't efficient at pedalling any gear for very long at all. that winter i made a cheapo fixed bike starting on 42 x 16 with 700c wheels and off i went. i have never changed back although my summer gear is bigger than that. now my range of cadence is so much better.

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 11 Mar 2020, 8:41pm

What, you ride fixed only?
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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby mig » 11 Mar 2020, 8:57pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:What, you ride fixed only?


hmmm...pretty much. use a geared bike maybe may-july for a change but the rest of the time yes.

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 11 Mar 2020, 9:38pm

mig wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:What, you ride fixed only?


hmmm...pretty much. use a geared bike maybe may-july for a change but the rest of the time yes.

I rode fixed exclusively for the last three months, just used a geared bike a few times, what I like about that is being able to use really low gears
Fixie is my first choice now
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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby mattheus » 12 Mar 2020, 9:44am

Cyril Haearn wrote:
mig wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:What, you ride fixed only?


hmmm...pretty much. use a geared bike maybe may-july for a change but the rest of the time yes.

I rode fixed exclusively for the last three months, just used a geared bike a few times, what I like about that is being able to use really low gears
Fixie is my first choice now


I reckon that the majority of fixers I know ride either ONLY fixed or 80% fixed. (the latter group will often do some niche thing where freewheels are really nice to have e.g. cyclocross).
Admittedly most of the fixies I see are on audaxes, so "normal" riders may be different ;-)

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby mig » 14 Mar 2020, 8:24pm

http://www.royceuk.co.uk/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=121

how daft, on a scale of 1-10, is titanium as a material for a fixed sprocket?

is it hard wearing in this use? or a way to charge $ for a simple item? in my ignorance i thought that (some) titanium alloys were that hard to work that making such a thing would be very difficult. seems not.

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby fastpedaller » 14 Mar 2020, 9:53pm

mig wrote:http://www.royceuk.co.uk/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=121

how daft, on a scale of 1-10, is titanium as a material for a fixed sprocket?

is it hard wearing in this use? or a way to charge $ for a simple item? in my ignorance i thought that (some) titanium alloys were that hard to work that making such a thing would be very difficult. seems not.


May as well use a steel one - no real advantage in the lighter weight on a fixed sprocket. I'll sell you a steel one for £25 :lol:

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby thatsnotmyname » 14 Mar 2020, 10:24pm

mig wrote:http://www.royceuk.co.uk/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=121

how daft, on a scale of 1-10, is titanium as a material for a fixed sprocket?

is it hard wearing in this use? or a way to charge $ for a simple item? in my ignorance i thought that (some) titanium alloys were that hard to work that making such a thing would be very difficult. seems not.


Hopefully, some of that price tag gets you a piece of high precision engineering, regardless of the material..

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby Brucey » 14 Mar 2020, 11:23pm

mig wrote:http://www.royceuk.co.uk/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=121

how daft, on a scale of 1-10, is titanium as a material for a fixed sprocket?

is it hard wearing in this use? or a way to charge $ for a simple item? in my ignorance i thought that (some) titanium alloys were that hard to work that making such a thing would be very difficult. seems not.


it is pretty daft, but it could be an option for an 'event only' component. If you are chasing every last gramme for (say) a hill-climb championship. Folk have made and used titanium chains too; just as mad.

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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 25 Mar 2020, 7:32pm

I love fixie and I like gears, low gears
Planning to ride fixed and free on alternate rides
If I could only have one I think I should choose fixed :wink:
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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 22 Apr 2020, 4:49pm

Wrong again Cyril, I am riding fixed only
There are a couple of slightly undulating places where I ride, go up to 100 rpm maybe and down to 40, forces me to struggle and work a bit
Always in the right gear, as someone noted earlier :wink:
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Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

Postby reohn2 » 22 Apr 2020, 7:16pm

Anyone riding fixed is only in the right gear because they haven't got a choice!
Gears are great and a close second is freewheeling :D
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