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Fixie 165 RPM

by on September 26, 2011

This Ride: 28.8 miles
Month: 666 miles
2011: 5,783.5 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 11,903.2 miles

High humidity and light fog were on tap for the early morning ride which saw at least 8 riders, maybe more.  The ride was punctuated with lively conversation which made the miles pass by very quickly.  We climbed the hill on Askewton, we destroyed spider webs along the trail and had a grand time of it all.  Chip, also on his fixie, urged his steed and mine ahead down the hill on B & A Blvd where I achieved a spectacular 165 RPM and 33.6 MPH!  I have got to get a smaller rear cog on this fixie!  After that, Chip and I traded notes about the fixie and riding it.  He is helping shorten my learning curve significantly!

Soon, I was extending my ride a few miles and got home drenched in sweat with a spirited ride on Mosey Monday.  I commented to Lori how riding the fixie on Mondays just doesn’t give me an easy day on the bike.  Part of it is my fault.  I like to spin up to my usual 90 RPMs which sets a nice pace of 18+ mph.

I am feeling the legs getting stronger from this additional effort.  On my little short hills sprint section of B & A, I kicked past two riders and climbed the hill at an average of 22.1 mph.  I’ve got that section marked on Strava as a personal segment.

It was a good morning.  I’ve got some miles to pound out by the end of the week to meet my goal.  Maybe I’ll do another ride late in the day … if my clothing dries.

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