I’m not sure if it’s to do with the simple joy of riding fixed, or the fit of the bike, but it all seems to work just great.
I think I’ve probably ridden somewhere in the region of 700 miles ‘fixed’ this year, and Trixie’s also in need of a little TLC - the chain seems to have developed a little slack. Not enough to be scary (slack chains & fixed wheels DO NOT MIX), but enough to warrant having a look to see if I can improve things. As it was, I was thinking of adding in an extra link to put the axle more squarely inside the dropouts, so I guess I now have the perfect excuse to take things apart & get this little chore done at the same time.
Also, I recently fitted my Blackburn Delphi 4.0 cyclecomputer to Trixie. And I’ve been getting some odd maximum speed readings. Initially I’d thought it was something that I’d done in mounting the wireless transmitter, but today the culprit was revealed:
While cycling on the riverside route back along Gateshead Quays, I had to go through a traffic control zone - there’s a rising bollard at each end of a stretch of road to stop regular traffic going along what’s a bus-only route. As I passed the bollard, the computer went crazy, flicking my current speed from 20.3mph to 95mph. On a ride last week, it went crazy just as I was on a bridge crossing the metro line too.
I think either the transmitter or receiver is just a tad sensitive to interference from large electrical devices. Either that, or I can ride a whole lot faster than my physique would suggest!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 10/04/2007
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 1:46:36.00
- Distance: 30.7 miles
- Average Speed: 17.28 mph
- Max Speed: 95 mph
- Don’t believe the maximum speed - it’s obviously a lie!