Re: [CR]link to marginally on-topic video clip / FIXED GEAR QUESTION

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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 07:35:24 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
Subject: Re: [CR]link to marginally on-topic video clip / FIXED GEAR QUESTION
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Kenneth Naylor (MOLC) wrote:
> I have never quite understood the allure of fixed gear/track bikes in
> the bike messenger crowd. I understood the rational of using them as a
> training tool for road cyclist to teach a smooth pedal motion/cadence,
> but it seems that the decrease in braking ability (right?) and the lack
> of ability to choose a better gear for hills/wind/ect. would be a
> detriment. Any comments from fixed gear riders and/or messengers?

The simplicity of a fixed gear has an appeal in an environment where the bikes take a lot of abuse. Most fixed gear bikes used on the road have at least a front brake, but it generally only gets used in panic stops. You can actually lock up the rear wheel with just your legs (particularly if you're using a relatively low gear), but as we all know that isn't the ideal way to bring a bike to a controlled stop. My own experience is that the fixed gear allows you to use a higher gear on hills than you would otherwise use, but you're right -- a prudent choice of gearing prior to the ride can make a difference.


-John Thompson (
Appleton WI USA