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Riding my fixie in Ironman Louisville

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:31 am    Post subject: Riding my fixie in Ironman Louisville Reply with quote

Not really, but yesterday I was staring at my new expensive tri bike thinking how much more I love my free fixie and wondered if it was actually possible. 112 miles through the rolling hills of LaGrange would be hell! But then again, how awesome would it be for me to come rolling into T2 in knickers and a messenger bag? The only way I would actually consider this is if everyone promises to be there slamming PBR's and causing chaos!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martinez did the horsey last year fixed!

I think you could do it but it would be "good luck" on the run.

Remember the guy last year in jean shorts, t-shirt, and tennis shoes who did the whole Ironman? That guy's crotch must have been raw!

I'll be there doing body marking and the 8-midnight finish line shift.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah that guy in the blue jean shorts rode a steel road bike too. His beard was killer as well!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do they have any rules that would prevent a fixed gear bike?

my first thought is that anyone riding fixed in a tri situation would pretty much get smoked at some point, and you'd spend a lot of energy making up the distance/time in whatever riding situation your gear ratio was lacking in.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah id be suprised if they even allowed fixies. the lack of braking ability might be too big a liability with all those other people around. i know they arnt allowed in USAC road races, which obviously are much more close quarters.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is all I found in the USAT Rules
(j) There must be one working brake on each of the two wheels.

I can't imagine anyone riding a fixed gear but at the same time I don't think it is against the rules. Put a brake on the back wheel just for fun... the rules don't say anything about gears
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i think not having the gears when climbing the hills would pretty much drain me of all the energy i had not leaving any for the run which is when the race starts
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jkizzle wrote:
yeah id be suprised if they even allowed fixies. the lack of braking ability might be too big a liability with all those other people around. i know they arnt allowed in USAC road races, which obviously are much more close quarters.


A lot of fixed gear riders (myself included) still run at least a front brake. Some people even have two (although I think that's overkill). With that I can stop as effectively as I can on my road bike... but I can see how rules would complicate reality.

Fixed riders may be able to haul ass around town, in an alley cat, or even smoke a roadie while on your way to class... but in a tri race, I think you'd pretty much get dropped like a bad habit.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A lot of fixed gear riders (myself included) still run at least a front brake. Some people even have two (although I think that's overkill). With that I can stop as effectively as I can on my road bike... but I can see how rules would complicate reality.

Fixed riders may be able to haul ass around town, in an alley cat, or even smoke a roadie while on your way to class... but in a tri race, I think you'd pretty much get dropped like a bad habit.


yeah, i think the real problem is brakeless fixies in road races and crits, especially in cat 4/5 where a bunch of us that think we are way better riders than we are, are really compacted and some idiot brakes going into a turn or is in way too big a gear for a hill and causes a really quick slowdown. i think between braking and skidding it likely would just cause a bigger problem in that scenerio.

i actually think for a shorter, flatter tri riding fixed could be beneficial with the right ratio, since you cant draft. you could settle into a really good position and just spin, sort of like track riding - some track riders use aerobars in pursuits and shorter timetrials as short as 5 km from what i understand...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chadwick2wheels wrote:
yeah i think not having the gears when climbing the hills would pretty much drain me of all the energy i had not leaving any for the run which is when the race starts


it's not the uphills that get you, it's on the way down. most times fixed riders will smoke everybody on the uphills, only to have the freewheelers buzz by at 60mph on the way down
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know we havent talked about this topic for a while but what about a singlespeed instead of a fixie? I'm just having difficulty convincing myself to ride something with multiple gears. I could coast on downhills when needed and lets be honest, I only want to finish not win. With that being said, having the fastest finish possible isnt really one of my goals. And, this summer I'll be commuting on a steel frame singlespeed roughly 22 miles each way to work=40 or so miles a day. So if I can commute that distance why not train on a steel frame single speed as well? Race day I just want to finish under cut off time(17hours) and enjoy the experience. So, if I can do that while supporting the singlespeed lifestyle why shouldnt I? Right? Or am I nuts? Give me some honest opinions and advice.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chadwick2wheels wrote:
So if I can commute that distance why not train on a steel frame single speed as well? Race day I just want to finish under cut off time(17hours) and enjoy the experience.


Unless the 112 mile ride contains huge hills that would abuse your knees, riding on a single speed sounds like fun. It would be a notable accomplishment. I've seen web pages describing riding Paris-Brest-Paris on a fixed gear.

http://sheldonbrown.com/pbp-emily-obrien.html
http://www.ehnoakley.com/cycle8.html

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Until 1937, when they were first permitted to use derailleur gears, those giants of men who competed in the Tour de France and in all other races up to a similar year rode bikes with just a single gear. Initially, in the case of the Tour until about 1906, they were not permitted to use freewheels, thus rode fixed-gear or fixed-wheel.
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