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Disclaimer: I am a fixie hater. I'll try to answer this as if I was impartial. Proper road bikes (Including the Moulton) are the machines for speed, and always have been (unless you're on a velodrome). Looking at it through a speed lens, a fixie has a slight weight, aero, and drivetrain efficiency advantage over a road bike, but this usually doesn't come ...


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It can be considered "impolite" by roadies, but not because of the bike you were riding or the fact you didn't take a pull (although I am sure some will argue for this). The main reason random drop-in riders are generally frowned upon are because of: the dangers associated with unpredictability of a new rider lack of insurance coverage Potential ...


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Who rides fixes? Roadies who have got bored with always being out the front? Maybe its someone wanting to make a statement to the "Freds" (look it up) in the group I once did a 160km ride where some guy on a MTB (with nobbiles, back in the mid 1990's steel, 26" etc) arrived home 00:04:35 behind the leading pack (About 4:10 hours). Some argued the only ...


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Novices I've ridden with are surprised and pleased that I ride behind them. They set the pace I can watch what they're doing I can ride close (enough to talk) without being too close (i.e. without colliding) I can recommend which gear they change and when I keep car traffic off their tail (e.g. by my using arm-signals to the car to say "slow down" or ...


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If your question is, "can wind resistance be reduced for everyone on a small circuit," then the answer is "yes, this is a well-known effect, and if the circuit is small enough even one rider is enough." It is well-known that riders on indoor velodromes create their own "draft" by circling the track. This effect is large when the number of riders is large ...


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The question, mainly, would be, do you feel there is a definite peer pressure around this things? There is undoubtably fashion in a lot of cycling, but there there is in everything. Peer pressure would depend on the group. or a definite selling interest from shops? Yes, but then, that's why they're there. have you ridden with no uniform on ...


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I'm going to disagree with Frisbee and note that there are many cycling clubs which aren't race teams but are just a bunch of people riding together and supporting a community of cycling in the area. There are several things that you can get: Group ride organization (support for the rides, sometimes food, planning, etc.) Discounts at local bike shops and ...


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I have seen various tow rope devices based on bungie cords used in multi-event team races[1], but I'd suggest those are even harder to learn than drafting. Having someone pull on the bike unexpectedly can cause all kinds of control problems. It's not something I'd recommend using with a novice. It's generally only used on long uphill slogs. A tow rope just ...


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For those who subscribe to the rules: "Rule 19: Introduce Yourself If you deem it appropriate to join a group of riders who are not part of an open group ride and who are not your mates, it is customary and courteous to announce your presence. Introduce yourself and ask if you may join the group. If you have been passed by a group, wait for an invitation, ...


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This sounds like it was a very casual interaction. There's nothing wrong with what you did, but it would have been more polite to say hi and ask if they minded you drafting them for a few minutes. Even in a casual situation like that, be careful not to interfere with their rotation or their pace. IE, if you're not going to take a turn at the front, drop ...


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Your fees pay for the running of the club, and your return is that they exist to do some/all of: run bike races, on road or off road or track or whatever. bulk purchase and supply of standard consumables like tubes or gels (ie my local 4wd club organises tow-ropes made to length for 1/4 the retail cost and superior hand-made quality.) Advocacy - Raising ...


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Your family or significant other will only give you a few hours leave(like Annual leave) from home to go out riding.


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I agree totally with comments and answers given here, but you forgot the most important thing: LEGS. I guess the 55km/h guy is also comfortable with a bike with some more kg and even with a no so wrong gear setup. I mean no offense but I would bet that this guy does more km per year than you, in this way you can sell, buy as many bikes as you want that ...


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Engineer and fixed gear rider here, hello. My top speed on flat on fixed is 1 km/h less than on geared bike with similar wheels, and I'd explain that with my geared bike having lower handlebars. On level ground, a single speed bike, fixed or not, does not have any performance penalty compared to a geared bike. On the contrary, singlespeed has slightly less ...


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It depends how comfortable you were feeling at the end of the 28 mile ride. My rule of thumb when advising people is that if they are quite comfortable riding one distance, then they can probably ride for half an hour more at a similar pace, or 20% further if they keep to a lower pace overall. In your case, the answer comes out the same: do the 33 mile ...


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You're asking should you try to ride 33 miles or 65 miles when your longest training ride is shorter than either? I think you'd be much better off trying a 60 mile training ride before the event. Sure, you could probably do that on the day, but you could easily end up either failing or struggling through and feeling miserable. If you think the "supported" ...


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I have never ridden in a peloton but I would say they should be not more unsafe than the chain blades that are already on your bike. While riding, the only parts of your neighbour's bike that you would be able to hit should be the handle bar and maybe their pedals. Everything else is far less outstanding than those two parts and you should collide with your ...


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If it really is an "organized" ride for thousands of riders of all skill levels, you don't really need to know/do anything special other than to be reasonably prepared for the time/distance of the ride, bring along water bottles, and bring money. And maybe sun lotion on a sunny day, or rain gear on a threatening day. But not all "organized" rides are that, ...


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Anything involving more than 50 riders leaves a large impact on the area so you may want to really think about how you can be a great guest, self sufficient and most of all not in a rush. Add an hour or more to arrive early - you will be with wonderful people all interested in being outdoors together. Celebrate and take time to connect to others socially - ...


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My £1500 bike was stolen about 3 years ago, and since this was the 3rd or 4th bike to get nicked in London (during the day!), I decided having an expensive bike was simply not fun any more, and instead bought a cheap and cheerful £400 fixie. Surprisingly, I am significantly faster on the fixie, and there are a few reasons why: The fixie weights practically ...


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For context, I have been doing group rides for about 20 years now, raced at the cat 1/2 level for a good portion of that, and had a fixed gear obsession off and on for many years too. Riding fixed is an interesting challenge, but it is most certainly not an out and out advantage. The short of it is that your 55 kph fellow is likely a strong rider, who also ...


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Besides talking to individuals in your local bike shops, you can look for 'recreational' or 'touring' clubs. A Google Search for Bicycle Touring Clubs turns up clubs like our club in Utah, Bonneville Cycling Club (formerly the Bonneville Bicycle Touring Club). Larger recreational or touring clubs will usually rate their group rides by a couple of measures ...


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I am not sure how you would find the individual rides with the highest participation, but there are a few organizations that reach thousands of cyclists across the US by holding rides in several communities. In the US you tend to rarely see huge rides because the logistics and regulation hoops in many areas is to great to overcome. Many rides are capped ...


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200km Ride to Conquer Cancer (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal). It's a fundraising ride and is fully supported. A two day ride (from whichever city you start at) for over 200km. I've ridden the Calgary ride twice, and it's been a great challenge, but also relatively easy because of all of the supports provided


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La Marmotte This summer I rode La Marmotte which is a good organised 174 km (108 mi) timed ride through the Alps with more than 5000 meters of climbing. The finish is on the top of the well known Alpe d'Huez. I was really tired at the end but the scenery was really beautiful.


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The London to Brighton Bike Ride organized by the British Heart Foundation is the largest UK one, probably the largest in Europe. That has 27,000 participants.


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Disc brakes are reasonably tucked away on the frame and fork and as such pose relatively little danger relative to other components such as the large chain ring (which I have experienced in a peloton crash... Yay, stitches!). If you do experience complaints it would likely be either do to out of date rules or prejudices. In terms of braking performance ...


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Peer pressure is often a combination of things feeling different to the "norm". This is really lack of confidence to do your own thing. well-meaning advice and comments that can reinforce the first point. As Alex said in his answer, 99% of people are friendly. So such advice and comments are well-intentioned. being new to a group. Many people have a ...


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300 km, Vancouver Island, Canada If you're ever near Vancouver Island (Canada) and are looking for a very challenging, scenic route, Ken Bonner of the BC Randonneurs organizes a 300km ride called "Alive are the Hills" as part of Eau de Hell Week. For less than a double century you get 4100m (13,700') of climbing on plenty of quiet country roads. It's a ...


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Get the slower cyclist a better bike and the faster cyclists a bike that is going to slow him/her down. When there are winds to consider, have the stronger cyclist take head and create a wind break, let the slower cyclist set the speed which can be done by cycling ahead or by the stronger cyclist paying a lot of attention on the companion. Take breaks ...



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