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Anyone into fixed gear cyclocross and gravel riding?

Old 08-21-22, 06:56 PM
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Anyone into fixed gear cyclocross and gravel riding?

I really enjoy it.
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Old 08-21-22, 07:11 PM
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I really like the idea of this, but worry that I would wind up pushing the bike up steep hills. My lowest gear is 30T X 36T (F/R) and I find I use it a lot, especially off-road.

Has that thing got a coaster brake?
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FG? No- I haven't found it to be appealing.
SS? Did a few rides a couple couple ago while I transitioned my old gravel frame into a commuter. It was fine, I just rode slower than normal.
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I made one. Haven't ridden it much, as its too hilly around here. Maybe I'll try it at a CX race, as for the most part I never shift at a race.

I've spent years doing fixed - not sure I'd do that at a CX race. We do have a CX race that covers 3/4 of a lap at an old velodrome though. ;-)

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with almost 13K elevation gain - I don't believe a single speed gravel bike would be ideal

https://whiskeyrebelliongravel.com



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Originally Posted by t2p View Post
with almost 13K elevation gain - I don't believe a single speed gravel bike would be ideal

https://whiskeyrebelliongravel.com


I've only done the Whiskey Rebellion in its first year, when it was shorter -- and don't recall seeing any SS or FG riders. But I have seen SS riders in some other very challenging (and hilly) races in that part of the country.
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My other one.
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Lots of single speed CX racers in my area. Our local series has a few different single speed categories and also allows people to jump in on geared bikes that have the shifter zip-tied to prevent shifting. Brakes are required.

I've debated building my old CX bike into a SS racer just for this purpose, but it's become my winter trainer bike and I like having gears for that.

Even if a series allowed them, CX racing on a fixed gear/no brakes seems like it would be really difficult, especially dismounting for barriers/run-ups, and also dealing with steep off-cambers where pedal strikes would be a problem, etc. It would be fun to mess around with though.
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Ride on gravel and rail to trail. Still trying to figure out timing for hops on single track.
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Really fun but unless you have a course that you can do regularly it's a bit niche.
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Tracklocross/FG singletrack rigs



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Love the SS world. Got 30mm knobby tires bike is confy but heavy. Frame crap high tensil steel . But fits well.
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Not fixed, but I ride my SS Cross Check - drop bar, currently 34x18, Nano 40s - quite a bit on singletrack and fire roads. In fact, it sees very little pavement. I use my geared gravel bike more often simply because it's so steep around here, but man, every time I come back from shredding on the SS, I am always very stoked. I love it.
Funny thing, the other day I was riding it on a trail that's usually frequented by MTB's, w rock gardens, etc. I had stopped to chill, and a guy on a full squish MTB pulled up, looked at my rig and said "Why?". Cracked me up.
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I barely ever ride a mountain bike anymore, opting for these instead. The tracklocross is always fixed, while the cyclocross alternates between SS and fixed. I ride these mostly on local mountain bike trails, fire roads, and other trails, which aren't flat, but don't have long extended climbs either. I have also done some extended bikepacking trips on the cyclocross (in SS mode) that involved quite a bike of climbing, but generally I do that kind of riding with gears.
Most of my local trails have what I would consider to be "minor" technical features, that (for a former BMXer) are extremely boring on a MTB, but much more interesting on either of these, particularly the brakeless/fixed tracklocross. My offroad fixed ratio is 43:18 which I find to be low enough to easily skid but also allows me a degree of controlled braking modulation that I would say is roughly equivalent to running a coaster brake, which I also do at times.

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