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nofearParticipant7 July 2011 at 19:39Post count: 604nofearParticipant16 January 2011 at 21:53Post count: 604
Dennis was riding fixed when I was wearing nappies, 😳 but I have one problem with average cadence…….the wind and the hills lead to massive peaks and troughs in your average that you don’t see on gears as you simply change gear. Therefore if riding gears you may range from 80 – 100 rpm to achieve an average of 90, but on fixed you could range from 30 – 150 rpm to achieve the same average.
So why ride fixed?
Cos you have to be able to pedal very quickly and smoothly to do 150 rpm for any length of time and you have to be flippin strong to climb a steep hill when the bike feels like it is towing a mini behind it! and guess what all the others around you on gears are soft pedalling on an easy gear so they are not getting the same benefit.
Result when you are riding along at 18mph on 72″ fixed on the flat it becomes very easy and when you have to deal with wind and hills you can cope because your body has trained for it.
So bottom line is don’t worry about the gear as your body will adjust and soon it will feel right and when it gets too easy, just up the gear.
P.S. Blue is more aero for boys and pink is more aero for girls, I would have thought that was obvious! Red is for misguided football supporters.nofearParticipant14 January 2011 at 22:41Post count: 604
Good to see that yet another rider has seen the light and decided to get rid of all those inefficient, noisy and hard to clean gears. My gear choice changes all the time depending on what I’m doing (racing, training or general riding). For general riding my favourite gear is 72″ which is small enough to get up the hills but not too twiddly on the down hills. As a schoolboy I rode 59″ fixed all Winter long and could spin them legs round even on long down hills in the Peaks, but now as a long in the tooth vet I find it hard to get over 200rpm these days.
Enjoy the “feel of the fixed” and stick with it to get the most benefit.
DavenofearParticipant13 December 2010 at 16:44Post count: 604nofearParticipant9 December 2010 at 23:59Post count: 604
Just heard the news. It’s a battlefield out there!
Give me a call and I will come and pick up your bike and bring it back to my house to fix it. As you know I have all sorts of stuff collecting spiders webs in my garage and I’m sure I can find some cranks to replace your bent chainset. Not sure about the wheel but I will sort something out. If we can find a rim with the same number of spoke holes I’m sure we can ask that nice Mr Hinde if he can build it up for you on to your fixed hub. In a club this size we should be able to find all the bits you need and I will put the bike back together for you. If anybody has an old wheel or rim that’s surplus to requirements just let me know. You can use the bike that the Underhills kindly offered, until I have sorted yours out.
I haven’t ridden on the road for about 3 weeks now with all this slippy stuff. Done a bit of offroad and some roller riding. Saw Jed the other day in his yellow submarine. With it’s low centre of gravity, 3 wheels and wind protective skin, I think Jed’s flying banana has found its element!
Send Connor a text and we can sort out a time for me to come and collect the bike.
DavenofearParticipant3 December 2010 at 22:06Post count: 604nofearParticipant23 November 2010 at 21:48Post count: 604nofearParticipant18 November 2010 at 22:12Post count: 604
Put me and Caroline down and there may be a couple of younger Fearons as well, but as usual can’t get any commitment from Connor and Jack’s at his girlfriend’s. Make sure there are plenty of 80’s questions as Claire reckons I never left that decade judging by my bikes and retro clothes! She is only jealous because she can’t get into her 80’s clothes any more. 😀nofearParticipant28 September 2010 at 10:07Post count: 604
To avoid busy roads you can go normal route to the old AJ’s at Henbury, over the back end of the Wizzard to Prestbury, through Bollington and then either through lanes towards the brick works and in the back way or up over the top towards Whalley Bridge but turn off towards Disley and come in at the main entrance.
Not been there for years though and I don’t know if they have a largish cyclist friendly cafe or not.nofearParticipant28 September 2010 at 10:00Post count: 604nofearParticipant28 September 2010 at 09:54Post count: 604
There is a lot of interest this year for the track nights which is great. Just a few pointers for any novice track riders as follows:
Our club sessions are ideal for novice riders as the coach splits the riders into two groups, one for the experienced riders and the other for novices or experienced track riders who want an easier session.
The coach (Paul) explains the do’s and don’ts before you get on the track and then new riders start off by riding singularly around the cote d’azur (flat bit at the bottom of the track). As you gain confidence you move up on to the slightly banked straights and very soon most people have enough confidence to ride the black line about 8 inches up the track. Once you have achieved this, moving higher up the track is easy as the gradient is the same all the way up.
Believe me when I say that the banking looks far worse from the spectators perspective than it does when you are actually riding it. I have seen 20 stone one legged grannies who haven’t ridden a bike for 40 years ride and enjoy the track so I can guarantee that whatever your age or level of fitness you will have a great experience (I have been known to exaggerate occasionally).
You don’t have to let me know before hand if you want to come, just turn up. It just helps me get a feel for numbers before hand if you do let me know and if numbers are looking low I can draft in people from other clubs so we don’t make a loss on the track hire. Please however ring the velodrome on 0161 223 2244 to reserve a hire bike no later than the day before, or I get grief from them as they put out the bikes for the day in the morning.
Get to the track about 20 minutes before we start so you can sign on / sort yourself out. Park at the back of the velodrome (over the canal bridge and turn first right). Reception is round the back and when you come in pay for the hire bike(s) and if you need them you can hire shoes with Look Delta cleats or you can use trainers as the hire bikes have removable toe clips / straps. They provide helmets free if you don’t have one and helmets with peaks are not allowed on the track.
Hope to see you down there.
DavenofearParticipant28 September 2010 at 09:32Post count: 604
Would love to come to Morzine in Feb as Portes du Soleil is a great ski area and I’ve been there several times. However my family are going skiing 1st week in Jan. Don’t know if you’ve been there before but if you like scarily steep and icy moguls try the Swiss wall on the ridge that drops over from Avoriaz to the Swiss side. It’s also called La Chavanette and my kids talked me into going down it 3 years ago (never again!). I found out later that this is recognized as the most dangerous piste in Switzerland and about 10 people get killed on it every year, so you will enjoy it!
Talk to Graham Gregory about the Llanberis weekend. It’s usually towards the end of February so you should be OK.nofearParticipant17 September 2010 at 20:40Post count: 604
Sorry for the very very late reply. You can book a hire bike just by ringing the velodrome reception on 0161 223 2244. Please ring no later than the day before as the get the hire bikes out for the day each morning. Bike hire costs 10 pounds and if you want to hire shoes you can get them on the night for 4 pounds. The pedals on the bikes are Look Deltas if you want to use your own shoes.
I’ll check out the watt bike record attempt to make sure it won’t effect our session.nofearParticipant16 July 2010 at 14:29Post count: 604nofearParticipant4 June 2010 at 18:56Post count: 604
Due to popular demand there will be another budding champions ride this Sunday. Possibly an ice cream stop but not 2 like some did last week! Looks like it will be another scorcher although possibly some warm rain.