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So I suddenly have an interest in building a fixie, but I'm quite ignorant on the topic. If it's truly fixed and you cannot coast, how do you handle descending big hills?
 

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You spin as fast as the bike forces you to.
 

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But if you can't handle the fast spinning during the descent you can control your speed by applying some backpedal pressure, use your hand brake, or a combination of both.
 

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I always run a front brake. I try not to use it but it is nice to have. Especially if you like your knees, living, and things like that. ;)
 

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I run a front brake. I use it every time I need to come to a complete stop.
 

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Oh and another thing. Dont go fixed or your geared bike will not like you anymore. Mine is getting lonley and with the roads being dry here finally I just might take it out tomorrow.
 

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and clipless......that's good too, it keeps the pedals from eating your feet off.
 

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real stonie said:
So I suddenly have an interest in building a fixie, but I'm quite ignorant on the topic. If it's truly fixed and you cannot coast, how do you handle descending big hills?
Clip out and let 'er rip.
 

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Dave Hickey said:
+1.....knees and living are a good thing in my book...
Some of the hipsters in town usually give me odd looks with my front disc brake. Yeah... I wanna see those brakeless guys come to a dead stop when a car in this city runs a red...
 

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A from Il said:
I always run a front brake. I try not to use it but it is nice to have. Especially if you like your knees, living, and things like that. ;)
I know we beat this brake thing to death, but it's worth repeating for people new to this.

Two examples. First, a few years ago I was riding fixed and a car blew through an intersection where that driver had a stop sign and I did not. I grabbed my front brake as hard as I could, and back pedaled, and still I broke my steel cog from the braking force. If not for a front brake, I'd have been run over. Does no good to be dead right.

Second, I experimented with how long it would take to actually stop on a long descent, with no brake. I was going about 25 mph on the fixed down an 8.5 mile 5-7% average hill. On a long even slope, I braked as hard as I possibly could with just my legs. Took almost 30 seconds to stop. That's a looooong time. Under the same circumstances, if I'd have had a flat tire on the rear and no front brake, I don't know what I'd do. Probably just look for something soft to land in.

Oh, and in many states at least one brake is required by law.
 

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Why clipless?

Clips and straps work better than clipless for running errands in work clothes.
 

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Spinfinity said:
Clips and straps work better than clipless for running errands in work clothes.


easier to get in and out of, for double-sided mtn bike pedals
 

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Spinfinity said:
Clips and straps work better than clipless for running errands in work clothes.
Actually, for running local errands on the FG, the bike I keep at my shop runs plain platforms, no clips. I have no problem keeping my feet on the pedals. I run clipless on all my other FG's.
 

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roadfix said:
Actually, for running local errands on the FG, the bike I keep at my shop runs plain platforms, no clips. I have no problem keeping my feet on the pedals. I run clipless on all my other FG's.
I like to strap in for the commute; hate changing shoes to go out; and feel less secure standing quickly without something holding my feet to the pedals. Mostly what I'm used to more than what's best for everybody.
 
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