I read Young Marxist´s piece and it inspired me to ride my bike on a single gear.
As some will know I had my bike nicked almost three weeks ago, since then i´ve been on a shit cheap chainstore type bike, it cose about 150 euro new. The worst thing about it is the suspension on the front wheel can´t be locked off, no, forget that, that´s just one of many shit things about it.
I rode it for a couple of days, feeling really fucked off with myself for saddling missen with a shit bike, then i had an idea, I had to ride the bike differently to the lost bike to stop the comparisons that were making me miserable. So I deemed to ride it as a fitness bike, where I would constantly ride at whatever pace meant I was feeling it, always working myself, so what if I blew up and was fucked half way into work (its 11 miles one way). The change of mindset did it, and in no time I was enjoying the commutes again.
When I read YMAT´s piece although I´ve never wanted a fixed speed bike, I decided to ride mine on the highest gear only, I was on this gear most of the time anyway, but not for the few hills on my commute, its´mainly flat. Anyway after a week almost on just one gear, i´m thoroughly enjoying it, so much so that if I was to buy another bike around here it would be a single speed, after tackling hills for a week i´m sure my legs feel a good bit stronger too, and my acceleration seems better already. I´m enjoying pissing off the lycra set as well, when I whizz past on my shit bike, I get a cheap thrill seeing them out of the saddle or working hard to get past me, of course the heavy duty lycra boys beat me easily enough, but i can catch a few of the poseurs napping, which is nice.
One thing I don´t get about fixed speed bikes is why they need to be good expensive bikes, okay you want the bike to be comfortable and that, but if I´ve understood it properly, the spirit of the bike is that it´s about you, your body and more so your legs are the key, so why bother spending shit loads on high quality components etc, go cheap and make yourself work harder, I´m not saying I´m right but it seems thats the spirit of it to my mind.
Anyway to summarise, Í´m really enjoying my cycling again even if i´m on a shit bike. Oh and I wish the thieving bastards would let me have my Schwalbe marathon plus puncture resistant tyres off the old bike, after 250 miles i´ve already had one puncture, I´d done thousands on the Schwalbe´s without one.
Last edited by Foxy Dread (Thu 12 Jul 2012 7:08 pm)