Fw: [CR]RE: fixed gear question

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From: "ternst" <ternst1@cox.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Fw: [CR]RE: fixed gear question
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 10:36:54 -0800

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From: ternst
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<classicrendezvoux@bikelist.org> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:26 PM Subject: Re: [CR]RE: fixed gear question

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> From: "ternst" <ternst1@cox.net>
> To: "Wspokes" <wspokes@penn.com>; <classicrendezvoux@bikelist.org>
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:23 PM
> Subject: Fw: [CR]RE: fixed gear question
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "ternst" <ternst1@cox.net>
>> To: "Wspokes" <wspokes@penn.com>; <classicrendesvous@bikelist.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:20 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CR]RE: fixed gear question
>>> It's not the hands off shifters, it's the extra 20-30% pedaling time for
>>> the same distance on a fixed. Much more effective saddle time.
>>> BUT if you master the fixed pedaling and transfer it to the freewheel,
>>> how smooth will you be then?? Ah-ha said Edison.
>>> You could park your bike and not lock a fixed, but too many will steal
>>> anything not welded down and probably crash when trying to race away.
>>> I used to take my toestrap undo it from the clamp and strap it around
>>> the stay or spokes. For my road bike I'd loosen the rear QR.
>>> Then the rear wheel would jam.
>>> The only problem is that many guys had bikes swiped by SOB's throwing
>>> them in a van, pick-up or big car and zoom, off your bike went --5
>>> seconds!!
>>> As for jamming through traffic on a fixed, it looks and is dangerous up
>>> to a point, but once practiced the bike is going to be safer than you
>>> suspect, because if a car gets you, the car will usually get another car
>>> in those close quarters, and cars will usually try to be evasive.
>>> The riders get VERY skilled at letting the driver be evasive while
>>> snaking, sneaking through, and taking the right of way.
>>> Of course it's dangerous, but you can fall off the toilet, too.
>>> The short wheel base gets to be most adroit under skilled feet, making
>>> toe overlap worries sort of moot.
>>> Ted Ernst
>>> Palos Verdes Estates, CA
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Wspokes" <wspokes@penn.com>
>>> To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
>>> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:02 PM
>>> Subject: [CR]RE: fixed gear question
>>>> You says....
>>>>> Fixed gear = track riding for me.
>>>>> You want smooth constant cadence? Keep your hands off
>>>>> the derailleur shifters!
>>>> Silly guys like Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, and countless others
>>>> who train on fixies...
>>>> silly coaches like Andrez Beck, Mike Walden who led a good number of
>>>> riders to Pro ranks and championships...and about a hundred other
>>>> coaches and sports specialists...what were they thinking endorsing
>>>> those fixed gear bicycles...seems you have summed it all up. Just keep
>>>> those hands off the derailluer shifters....
>>>> key word in your quote...when you say "for me".
>>>> Walter Skrzypek
>>>> Falls Creek, Pa