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A few unrelated cycling musings

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I’ve got a few disjointed cycling thoughts swimming around in my head. I might as well get them out there.

  • Sometime in the last couple of weeks, I reached 1,000 miles of cycling for the year. This feels odd because from January through March, I actually rode more miles than in any previous year. But, nearly all of it is commuting and other utility cycling. Very few recreational rides. So, it doesn’t feel like I’ve been riding as much. I tend to not count commutes when I’m thinking about the riding I’ve done, but truthfully at 11-12 miles per day, it adds up to a lot.
  • That said, I don’t anticipate the huge upswing in mileage in April/May this year that I had last year.
  • I commute on the fixed-gear bicycle on Monday. I found it a lot of fun riding around campus, and town, on the fixed-gear bike. The biggest downside was, I worked up much more of a sweat than I normally would, on a geared bike. Also, I had to carry my backpack on my back instead of in my milk crate. Not very comfortable.
  • On my way home that day, I thought I felt more play in the chain than I should. On closer inspection, I noticed my chainring is coming loose. I’ll have to fix that before I ride the fixed-gear bike again.
  • That made three fixed rides in a row (or four, if you count morning/evening commutes separately). The next day, I commuted on the Trucker. Coasting felt really VERY odd. I was a little surprised at how tricky it was to switch back.
  • Yesterday I found time for a brief evening ride on the Bianchi. After riding the slow Trucker and pedaling harder on the fixed bike, the Bianchi felt even faster and smoother than usual. And, I managed to push up the hills in a bigger gear, too. It just felt GREAT riding such an efficient bicycle. This was the most refreshing ride I’ve had in a while.

4 Responses to “A few unrelated cycling musings”

  1. Chris Says:

    Yes, switching back to a coasting bike after a lengthy fixed spell can be quite strange. It sort of feels like the coasting bike is broken. Now that I’ve done frequent switching back and forth for so long, I barely notice the difference.

    It’s kinda fun to see how much you like that Bianchi.

  2. John Romeo Alpha Says:

    You really get to see the contrast, the differences, between fixed and freewheel when you switch back and forth. If there is such a thing as a “cycling self”, it’s like you get to switch to a slightly different one when you can coast.

  3. Tim Says:

    Very nice. Oh to have the time.

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    Loosening chainring bolts is pretty common on a fixed-gear. I figure it’s due to the fact that you torque the ring in two directions (pedaling and “braking”), and that works them loose, somehow. It’s the best explanation I can come up with, anyway…

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