A good article in Cycling News about endurance rider Cameron Chambers who also happens to rock the single speed. Courtesy of the Trossenator.
Get the spin down //
Tuesday - August 9, 2005
The 29er has been in fixed mode again, feeling good now that I have a number of rides under the belt. Amazing though, lots of time has been spent recently fixed road riding and feeling really good, but hit the dirt after freewheeling and it's a whole different game.
Spinning the little (52 inch) gear on the trail is a lot different, the downhills feel out most out of control when your desire is to go fast. All of the little tricks and moves I like to pull, slithering between rocks, bunny hopping logs at the bottom of ditches, busting air off of roots that feed you into a leaning corner, they go from being easy second nature, brainless activities to things that will dump you on your ass in a split second when fixing the trail. Case in point: last week, first fixed ride on dirt for a couple of weeks, feeling a little rusty entering the trail. Fell quickly into a groove and was feeling smooth and good, out by myself and just pushing a steady rhythm, deciding my route on the fly. Get into some tight and twisties where you can really get moving if you know the trail and have a good set of tires that let you stay connected when leaning hard. Everything feels good, I've got the flow and a big smile on my face. Accelerate on a short section of straight-away and approach a little S-turn section with a couple of patches of roots and a quick little drop-off. My usual attack is to lean into the first turn and make a fairly straight line that uses the first roots as a launch pad to clear the rest and keep my speed. On this day though a combination of fast speed, exposed root, a heavy lean and the roll of the dice puts my inside crank arm in the low position. No pedal set-up on the cranks, no ratcheting for the fixed, I clip the pedal hard and it's over the bars with a heavy thud. A little bruised, a little dirty and a bent sear rail are the reminders that I've got to stay tuned in a little more than usual. Saddle back up and continue on with a great ride.