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Bikes, Bikes, Bikes.....did I mention Bikes?


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So I am sitting here having consumed a modest yet adequate amount of Guinness and a couple of cheeky shots of Bourbon and feel the urge to post in my blog, namely that I feel the need to discuss cycling again :ph34r:

Cycling has been a passion of mine since i was a child and along with my kid it is the one thing I enjoy dearly in life. So as per my last blog post about bikes I talked about how my last rig was stolen. It was not the first bike I have had nicked (That is english slang for stolen for those of you not familiar with the rich tapestry that is the British variations of the English tongue) but I had grown to love that bike, my son experienced his first bike rides on that rig from the safety of a suspension equipped kid seat and he was as upset as I was that some thief had taken it.

But life goes on and I purchased a new bike, and this rig was a real departure from my previous rides in the fact that it lacked gears. Yep I surrendered to the Hipster trend and opted for a fixed-gear bike...well it has a flip flop hub but I thought whats the point in going single=speed (all or nothing right!). Anyway I have not cruised on a fixed-gear since I was a kid (yep I am old enough that geared-bikes where not really available for kids back then) and it was quite a shock, getting use to not be being able to coast (freewheel) was terrifying at first, but after the first week communting I began to feel alot more confident.

Now with a number of months under my belt I am hooked, the whole direct transfer of power thing and sheer connection with the bike is awesome. For me living in a city like London, which is for the most part flat, the speed and control I can execute without the aid of gears is infectious and I cannot help but feel wtf I was doing riding geared rigs for so long. Mind you it is physically tougher but that makes it all the more enjoyable :D. Any other Fixie riders in CN who want to share their feelings on riding fixed and the thrill of the wind in your face?

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A bike with gears struggles enough where I live in Wales. I don't think a fixed-gear bike cuts it somehow. Certainly learn what a mountain bike is in the valleys.

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Fixed gear bikes are terrible.

heh

A bike with gears struggles enough where I live in Wales. I don't think a fixed-gear bike cuts it somehow. Certainly learn what a mountain bike is in the valleys.

Yeah I suspect Wales is not the best place for Fixed riding, especially North Wales!

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Yes, bikes rule. I'm actually in the process of going fixed as i heard it is much better for wind which is a problem in chicago. The city is almost completely flat which is awesome for biking.

If you have a smartphone, check out the app "my tracks" by google. You can record your route via gps and get tons of cool stats (max moving speed, avg moving speed, total time, total moving time, max grade, etc)

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Yes, bikes rule. I'm actually in the process of going fixed as i heard it is much better for wind which is a problem in chicago. The city is almost completely flat which is awesome for biking.If you have a smartphone, check out the app "my tracks" by google. You can record your route via gps and get tons of cool stats (max moving speed, avg moving speed, total time, total moving time, max grade, etc)

You will not regret switching over, sure it will be hair-raising at first but after the initial week or so it will all fall into place. Cheers for the App tip ;)

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