fixed gear bikes are the best!!

if you want to develop strong legs and a good base of off season training.

get a fixed for winter training...

I have been riding my lovely fixed around for the last six months, and I got on my tri-bike at the weekend and flew like the wind! the base training has really paid off...

I still feel that varable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!

--Henri Desgrange, L'Équipe article of 1902

cheap to build and will save you more seconds of your 40k time that £1000s of gucci extras for yer road bike!!!


  • too hilly round here
  • no such thing as too hilly!!

    just not strong enough legs!!! :)
  • well - only tom platts could ride fixed round here
  • fixed gear bikes are good for 1 type of training (ME) not for all training

    It is like saying only run in trail shoes
  • I thought of outting a fixed on my winter bike for a while just because of having more control over te back wheel for braking.
    Never got round to it though.
    Had a few sessions at the velodrome with a fixed, very exilerating.
  • Training with fixed gear bike is very effective. I did that during the winter and had really fast legs during the first spring races and had very good results on the track.

    You can go up most hills (ie, up to 14%) with fixed gear, I used 42x16 and left most people in the group on the hills behind me. Downhill can be a bit painful though and after 2.5hrs it starts to hurt.
  • Turbo trainer for me
  • I agree tho fixed's are a good training tool
  • One thing I noticed with fixed gear training. It is more fashionable among younger cyclist. The older ones more comfortable with the big gears usually don't like it.
  • are you suggesting that will is an old giffer?
  • OY!

    i'll have you know i'm a spinner and at our club its the old timers that ride fixed

  • Me? No, he already said he uses a turbo trainer.

    There are two camps of cyclists anyway, the Ullrich type (power) and the Armstrong type (cadence).

    Just a personal observation, my impression was that the older guys just didn't bother and were mainly focussing on to get as many miles into the legs before the first race in spring.
  • I lurve my fixed. in my club it's mainly me that rides fixed and maybe one of the oldies. But he's mad and uses it for Mountainous rides in Wales. I can't spin that fast - and I teach spinning !

    Does take a bit of getting used to though and I will mainly be using it through the winter as it's got guards and is much easier to clean !
  • I was talking to a friend who has taken up running but insisted as a cyclist that fixed wheel ones are great, is it true that as soon as you stop pedaling the bike stops dead, it sounded like another easy way to fall off and I don't need anymore of those.
  • Fixed wheel are a great training tool but if you aint got the strength to ride one properly you will do more bad than good. their main advantage is technical and you get a good spin out of them and develop a fuller pedal stroke. This can be got from drills on a normal bike. And they aren't the cheap option. A decent turbo is cheaper.
  • For me it was a cheaper option than trash my best road bike in the winter. A cheap fixy was perfect.

    They don't stop dead Monique as you have the intertia of the bike pushing the pedals round. You do have to remember to keep pedalling though otherwise it can throw you over the front. Does your club do any trips to Manchester Velodrome ? You can learn fixed there.

    Not sure I agree on the needing great strength to ride them Andrew. For me the best thing is keeping me in a lowish gear and encouraging me to spin, therefore not needing as much power. Too many people ride too big a gear on the roads which does call for greater strength. Oh, and you can't coast with them as well.

    We had a GB rider out on the club run last year. His Powercrank computer told him he'd only physicall been pedalling and creating power for about half the time we'd been riding. So I figure - it is a better, more intense workout.
  • Blimey Cougie I am only just getting to grips with fixed shoes, think I'll leave fixed gear for a bit
  • Tee hee - one step at a time then Monique. Have you tried spinning at the gym - the feeling is a bit like that.
  • I don't know if spinning has hit Morley yet- unless you mean the Spinners.
  • Hey ! A Spinner used to go to the same barbers as me when I was an ickle boy. Mingling with the stars me eh ?

    He must have had his hair cut very frequently 'cos I was only in there once in a blue moon, and he was always there. Weird.
  • You should be able to get a fixed for about a hundred pounds if you don't mind riding something a bit rough - that's pretty cheap in cycling terms. I'd have thought that the strength needed depended on the gear you run on it and the terrain.

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