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Old 10-07-2011, 04:16 AM   #1
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Fixed with hills

I have never done a fixie before just curious how are they around hilly country? I'm toying on building one with in the next year. Now I have had single speeds with big cranks and can pretty much ride them up hills, but wondering how hard it is to get used to a fixie. Also about the gearing on them what's the best choice for speed and hill climbing?



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Old 10-17-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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Good question. I'm curious as well. Anyone?



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Old 10-17-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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You can choose a gear for speed, or you can choose one for hill climbing, but not both. You're actually going to want a lower gear ratio, for all around use, rather than a higher one.

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Couldn't you put a gear on both sides of the wheel and then flip around the back tire...like the old TDF bikes?

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I can def see what is saying. Today I took my Bianchi Pista fixed out for the first time, and damn is it different. I took off down a long neighborhood HILL and it was instant learning curve. Then I loaded the bike up and went to local flat 3.5 mile loop. Well, in my ignorance I saw a buddy and Bam!! Learning curve was instant again. Trying to maintain a usual pace on a fixed gear bike isn't taken lightly, but I can already understand the end benefit.

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Couldn't you put a gear on both sides of the wheel and then flip around the back tire...like the old TDF bikes?
Yup. Or you could put an internal gear hub on it too.
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but I can already understand the end benefit.
Which is what?
I don't get why anyone would not want the ability to change gears depending on terrain...

unless they don't think that's hardcore enough, and need to be different, tougher, more awesome. *rolls eyes*
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Yup. Or you could put an internal gear hub on it too.

Due they make an internal gear hub with a fixed gear on it to?!
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to answer part of your original question that has not been addressed, I'd say it is pretty hard to get used to a fixie. i personally do not own one but in the past weeks have ridden them many times and for the life of me i still cant get past the not being able to just put the left crank down, step, push and swing my leg over. on a fixie the crank will give you a little elevator ride if you try that without putting it horizontal or higher first. otherwise i really liked the feeling and power delivery...but you still need to really pay attention. after riding with a freewheel for 18 or so years i cant see myself ever switching except for short rides. i would hate to get into a sticky traffic situation as i may in NJ and either forget i cant backpedal or level the cranks and coast or end up locking the wheel up and skidding into an accident just because i wanted to save time on maintenance, get better power, etc. i just feel like without MONTHS of regular riding you'll still be at a disadvantage to riding a similarly equipped SS

please keep in mind if you even read this far down my essay here that I am certainly no expert, don't have the experience that many on here do and was never really that cool in middle school...i.e.: this is just my opinion

another valuable consideration is going down hills. even if you do this:

im betting those tires will wear out in a jiffy in basically 2 spots assuming you level your cranks alternately when you skid (the position of the rear wheel wont change relative to the position of the cranks)

all in all it seems like a pretty scary proposition to me...


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