Originally Posted by otc
As I said, I don't currently have a fixed gear and there aren't really any consequences to riding a bike with gears. Fixies just give you an absolute purity to the experiance and are great for training things like a smooth pedal stroke.
Slight thread hijack, but I'm just getting back into cycling after many years as an alternative to running (bum knees). Is there a "correct" pedalling technique? I'm using clip-ins.
Make sure your stuff is adjusted correctly to fit you and then try pedaling at higher RPM and spinning the pedals all the way around rather than just pushing down.
that means that when the pedal is coming up, you are pulling up on your clips and when it is going forward/backward, you are pushing it where it needs to go. Spinning fast can be hard to get used to (I dont personally spin super fast but some do) without a lot of wobble in your stroke. The fixie helps this since the pedals always move at a smooth pace. I hear rollers are really good for practicing spinning but I have never tried them