So, how am I finding it?
I love it. I love it lots. A quite unhealthy amount actually.
Riding fixed is fantastic. It's not just that the bike is lighter, as usual I've loaded it up with stuff I need to take to work and it's really quite heavy again.
It's the feeling that you get riding fixed. A real connection with the machine. You're not just sat on it riding, you're part of it. You and the bike are intimately connected (rather too intimately if you forget to keep pedalling.)
As the road changes so does your riding. You slow down as the gradient of the road increases, shifting position to get the most out of each pedal stroke. The bike itself helping you as the wheels keep turning and your pedals keep moving. From almost stopping as stand on the pedals to turn them round, to that moment when you crest the top of the hill and you start spinning, and spinning, faster and faster as the bike picks up speed. You reach for the brakes but hold off for now and just keep spinning your legs. Your legs whirling faster and faster as your speed increases.
It's absolutely fantastic.
I get home after climbing the hill and my legs are burning. All I want to do is turn around and ride some more.
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