fixed rider soon to try road bikes

Gunjira

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Oct 2, 2009
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Hi everybody,

I have been a passive consumer of the TCC BBS for quite some time, but until now mostly stayed in the realm of track/fixed gear cycling. As such I am more of a city rider, knowing Tokyo by the back of my hand. I could not imagine living here without the freedom a bicycle gives you, whether you have one gear or many. Since I got here in 2004 every year I covered more than the 14000k distance Tokyo to my native Cologne riding within the 23ku.

Recently, I started to tour a lot more and my achievements this year include completing the Shikoku pilgrimage and a ride Kyoto-Tokyo. This was on 49x15 gearing, which made me (curse) ripe for a change of mind and bikes. Soon I will receive a hand-me-down road-bike from a friend and once I have found a new rear wheel I look forward to my first freewheeling and shifting experiences around Tokyo.

I was also thinking about the 300k brevet in Saitama on October 24th for a start, but haven't yet finally decided upon going.
Here's to good times to come meeting some of you on the road!:beer1:
Gunnar
 

Gunjira

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Oct 2, 2009
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Glad to see you're starting with modest goals and working your way up. :D
I thought road bikes are made for coasting long distances?:cool:
Worst that could happen is a DNF. More likely (I hope) would be a mediocre time to improve on in times to come...
But first I have to figure out how to use rear brakes properly...
 

FarEast

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May 25, 2009
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Use your rear break? what crazy nonsense you fixed gear riders speak! Its purely cosmetic!
 

ProRaceMechanic

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Dec 31, 2009
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Matsumoto
Eventually it happens to us all.

I love fixies but nothing beats coasting down a mountain you just murdered yourself going up. I live at the bottom of a mountain and I love knowing the work is over but the ride has just begun! Riding a fixie for training or racing on a track is great but going down hills just murderrs yur knees. Keep the track bike though, youllle be back, they always come back...
 

kiwisimon

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Dec 14, 2006
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Just go Single speed and coast the hills and still look hardcore. Gears are for cry babies.