Today was my first ride to work on
my Sun's new
bike. This year my bike to work bike I have chosen a single speed
fixed wheel bike. Fixed wheel bikes are supposed to improve your
pedaling action and that is my excuse.
not ridden a fixed wheel bike since I was a teenager when a boy at
school had one and I rode it a bit. However that was all before
clipless pedals. I don't even recall if it had toe clips but I
suspect not as I was considered a bit odd for having them.
I was expecting hills to be a problem having no gears going up,
but in reality the problem is when going down where I've not managed
to just relax my legs and let them spin or effectively use them to
slow the bike without it all being a bit scary. Once I had got my
self scared as my legs were whirling round it was not instinctive to
use the brakes to slow the thing down. All very odd.
Traffic was less of a problem than I expected and I managed to get
into the habit of slowing before junctions so I could just roll upto
them. Since there is no freewheel you can't just lift the pedal to
the top of the stroke to start again so you end up planning where you
want to stop. It came as quite a suprise how far you move forward on
a single pedal stroke.
The real surprised was how long the journey home took. I have no
computer on the bike so I was only able to time myself approximately
using my watch but it was 1 hour 10 minutes which was quite
pleasing. I'm pondering whether a slightly larger gear might be a