Friday, March 6, 2009

Maiden Voyage

I rode the Person Lake ride on the fixed gear's maiden voyage this afternoon. For the most part the roads were in good shape. The fixed gear will let you know when you who's boss when you try to coast. I was caught three times tonight trying to cheat. On this route tonight I saw three cars and I discovered something right away with the first one. I never realized it before...but when I am riding roads with little traffic and I hear a car approaching, I will sit up a little, glance back at them and coast at the same time. I think I am just being nosey, checking to see if I know them. When I am on roads with more traffic, I don't break stride, or look back. And, I got caught on one of the downhills, day let me know. It was 13 miles at 50 degrees and the puddles were numerous.

For right now I will leave the gearing alone. Maybe tweak it later, but just right now. I could handle all the hills tonight.

Those that know the fixed gear also know downhills can be hard too, although this one I went down and up.

Parking that bike in the snow brought back memories. I remember as a young-un getting the bicycle out for the first time in the spring, we would always find snow banks to drive in. It was the m o s t fun. The bikes then were put away all winter. I do not remember anyone riding in the winter. It was always about this time of year...spring fever time...when the first kid would break the ice, drag out the bike and soon everyone would follow. It was a fun time of year.

Some Porn


  1. When I first went fixed in 2006 it didn't take me long to get used to pedaling all the time. It sure is a wake-up call when you try to coast.

  2. Today I made a longer ride with many more hills and didn't get caught once. Although one time the thought of downshifting crossed my mind...that brought a smile to my face.