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Long distance riding on a fixed gear bicycle

 Winter is finally passing us here in Finland. During the hardest winter I built a new bicycle. It's a fixed gear bicycle which I will be using for my upcoming adventures.

Fixed gear bicycle

I decided to use a porteur front rack and a porteur rack bag. It easy to have tools, extra clothes and whatnot with you on a front bag. I can always add a saddle bag if I need more gear with me (for longer rides). I also like front loaded bicycle more.

Gearing is 46x19 which is pretty perfect for me. You can keep fast enough speed, yet it's not too hard for your legs. I use both brakes too to save my legs. 

The frame is Fuji Feather 2021 and crankset is made by Condor. Cranks are 144 BCD which I prefer. The 19 tooth gog is hold in place with a Dura Ace lock ring. At the moment I use Continental GP 5000 tyres. My preferred saddle nowadays is Ritchey Classic. Pedals are basic Shimano SPD pedals. Chain is standard Izumi track chain.

Why fixed gear?

I've been riding fixed gear bicycle for years and I think it's the best type of bicycle for riding long distances. It's simple, it's reliable and while it's challenging to ride long distances on it, I don't tend to think it's any more challenging to ride than any other type of bicycle is.

I love the feeling and simplicity of riding a fixed gear bicycle. It's simple. There's not much to go wrong. When it comes to routes I usually do same kind of route planning as with a geared road bike but I might try to avoid the biggest climbs if needed and possible. Here in Finland it's not really needed, Finland is flat enough for me.

Stay tuned for my fixed gear adventures!


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