Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Can't Drive 55

A lot of times, I ride Gelato in the freewheel mode (i.e., single speed), especially if I am going after the big hills.

That means that I'm just riding with one brake, and that would be the front brake.

But that's not really a problem you see.

Fixed gear riding is all about control - speed up or slow down by applying pressure to the pedals.

Single speed is more about momentum - keep your speed up so that you can make it over the next big hill.

So when Gelato and I are freewheeling it, I really don't use the brake except in heavy traffic because braking just slows you down anyways.

Make momentum your friend and ease up on the brake(s).

7 comments:

GenghisKhan said...

I don't think I'd mind climbing the big 'uns with just the front brake, but comin' down i'd be a fearin'--any issues for you?

Peace!

Roman Holiday said...

No issues with me. Just keep your head up, and learn to "feather" the front brake while sliding your weight towards the rear of the bike.

GenghisKhan said...

RH--I figured as much, though I think I'll stick with two for now!

Peace and Happy Trails!

hgh said...

Well i wouldn't mind to drive.....

Mary Joy said...

This is my first time to read your post and it's so cool and interesting. I wish to read some of your post as well.

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Just hold your head up, and discover to "feather" the front brake while skidding your heaviness in the direction of the back of the bike.

Schwinn 430 said...

I've got a single speed bike and I love it. Simplicity at its finest.