vCLaW wrote:I'd say clipless pedals on fixed is a very good idea. You want your feet to be securely attached to the pedals when spinning at 150rpm+. I'm not sure about Look, I use SPDs on mine. So long as you can unclip quickly/easily at junctions to put a foot down etc.
I think that my concern with Look is that when I detach, my detached shoes become ice skates. The only traction is from the tiny piece of rubber at the heel, since the whole top 1/3rd of the shoe is a teflon covered cleat. However, when I'm pedaling, it is awesome, and I think I can control my speed better than with platforms.
Will I get used to it just like with regular rolling bikes? It's the fixed gear part that scares me on the stops.
vCLaW wrote:Handlebars - whatever you think is comfortable. In that photo the drops look rather low down, can you actually reach the drops, and see where you are going?
My body feels most comfortable very very low. I tried different positions, but the lowest was the best for me. It's a small bike (which I also prefer), so the reach is comfortable.
I tend to ride my tri bike most, and I just train in straight lines and look up only when I'm on the bullhorns for a few seconds at a time (even my commute is a straight line), so I just took my arms/legs/back/arms into consideration on how low to drop the bars. And boy, is it comfy. However, I never took into consideration looking around a lot while on my bars. Since I'm holding the two tiny brakes in the middle, I'm barely looking up.
, but am not sure, that this would change once I got more comfy riding fixed gear (slowing down and stopping especially), and/or if i got bullhorns and/or hooded brakes where my hands feel most comfy. Will I get used to the fixed control?
If so, then I rather wait and ride safely and learn and then commute on my bike only once I'm 100% in control of the fixie instead of trying to make this more like my road bike. If not... then I should start modifying. Ideas?
vCLaW wrote:If using drops, I think normal brake levers/hoods are a good idea. It means you can use the brakes when in the drops, plus gives you more hand positions. Hands forward on the hoods is pretty similar to a bullhorn position.
If you want bullhorns you could just flip and chop the drop bars. It seems rather pointless putting carbon bars on a fairly cheap bike.
The chopped up bullhorns would be too short. I also check out the bullhorns the guy is selling, and they are aluminum, just black aluminum. I think that in theory, going with those bullhorns (if they fit, since they are oversized tubing), would be most comfortable for me. However, I'm running out of $$$, and even though those bullhorns are cheap, they aren't free.
Will I just get used to the drops? Or should I go with what I already know feels comfy and spend the last of my cash?
So many darn questions. Moar halp plz?