Fellow fixed riders – have any of you ridden a century ride (100 miles) on a fixed gear? Having never ridden a century ride at all, I’ve always wanted to do so. I had planned on riding a geared road bike if I ever attempted the century ride.
However, I only ride fixed gear now, and decided if I would ever ride a century ride, the best accomplishment would be riding it on a fixed gear! I have now accomplished just that. I managed the 100 miles with an average speed of 15mph, a top speed of 30mph, a gearing of 48 x 16, and a pretty significant level of exhaustion when it was all done.
Conquering 100 miles on a fixed gear feels like a huge accomplishment, particularly when you consider how the fact that you can’t coast means every one of those 100 miles was pedaled, not just ridden. I’m going to have to try to figure out how many revolutions of the pedals it took to ride 100 miles, but I am guessing the number is staggering!
If any of you are considering such a ride, I’d encourage you to try, provided you are prepared and conditioned for it. Like many huge athletic endeavors, it is a combination of physical endurance, mental endurance, and proper training/hydration/nutrition/etc. Once it’s done, there’s nothing quite like knowing you rode 100 miles in one gear with no coasting!!
Let’s get some discussion and stories started here – how many of you have ridden a century on a fixie? If so, share your story with other fixed riders here at fixedriders.com – it might help encourage others!