27.4.08

fixed singletrack



rode some single track yesterday for the first time since last summer. the 'ol single speed was converted to a fixed wheel with a 53 inch gear, also known as 2:1. it climbed excellently but descents we sketchy. picking a line takes on a whole new meaning when your worried about pedal strike in addition to flow and momentum. the trail was quite techy with lots of big granite rocks and roots like Muddy Waters -still persevered, shouldered the bike a lot and cleared some sections that had my heart in my throat. I never went over te bars in the two hour ride. I guess that means I wasn't tryin hard enough.



surf today was 2 meters at 13 seconds. I'll tell ya'll more bout dat in my next entry.

5 comments:

tres_arboles said...

I love the "idea" of single speed, but fixed? Forget it. My 45 year old Rugby knees ache just thinking about it. Thank goodness my pool opens in two weeks!

David, Seattle

ras said...

I think that the "fixed is hard on your knees" thing is a myth. I've been riding fixed for years and never felt any problems. the key is to have spin at a high gear whether fixed ro not. takes the preasure off the knees to spin faster than to push a big gear.

Gazelle said...

I think I'll just watch you ride the single track on the fixie as I cruise behind in my full suspension 18 speed model. That's enough excitement for this old fart...

Ever ride the Riverside trail up in the Nat'l Forest on the Clackamas River? Great ride if you ever make it back to Oregon.

Anonymous said...

Sweet looking bike. On the fence about fixies, in fact kinda hate em for reasons you know & understand. But fixed single track, you got my respect there bratha. Sick!

Dub-

ras said...

yo dub i hear you on the fix front. luckily the trails ain't packed with tight-ass-pants (aka TAPS) wearin hipsters smoking cigs and drinking pbr. it's just a few walkers and heaps of granite baby heads. good vibes.