Cyril Haearn wrote:brumster wrote:Cyril Haearn wrote:Just did my longest ride on my new fixie so far, 47 km, feeling smug, runs perfectly, simple and quiet, lovely grey landscape, I did not get too tired
Planning a longer ride soon with hills, should I wimp out and use my geared bike?
No ! - You may be surprised and find longer rides can be easier on fixed.
Easier than with gears and freewheel?
I did say "Can" be easier - I find I can get into a pedaling rhythm on fixed and being fixed the cranks have a bit of momentum over the deadspot - which can help climbing hills. Spinning on the flat and descents keeps the legs muscles supple too. I do find I can tire sooner riding gears for long rides - especially if hilly -just my experience, I've been riding fixed for over 25 years and still prefer / enjoy it over gears. The audax exploits of Steve Abraham got me curious in distance riding on fixed in the first place.