I’ve found myself re-inventing my routes to avoid steep hills. Downhill that is. I just can’t pedal fast enough to keep up. So I’ve zig-zagged across the Gold Coast to avoid steep hills. That’s cool at the moment because this is all an interesting challenge but it’ll be something I need to lick in the future. I might need a bigger gear for starters. The one on the bike is there because it’s there, it’s not like I chose it, and it’s a bit light on, fine for climbing but a right handful on the descents. A bigger gear will slow down the pedalling a tad and maybe that’ll help me get the downhill bits under control.
It wont help with the skidding though and that’s an area I’m slow to improve in (read: not getting anywhere). I was practising with 10kg of fully packed Chunky Toad on the back so maybe I wasn’t giving myself a walk-up start but I still feel like I’ve got a long road in front it me skidding-wise. I’m sure my tyres are too sticky of something. It requires every part of my body just to do lousy skiddy on damp grass.
The experiment goes on. Part of me just wants to go by some new brakes and have done with it. The other part wants to see this experience through and see whether I can ever become at-one with the fixie nirvana. Stay tuned.
|Token fixie shot, this one from Fixie for Beginners