But really the appeal I think is the silence. No clicking Ksyrium hubs or clacking shifting chains. For some reason seldom on a fixed-gear ride do I feel the need to ride fast or far. It's just a gentle romp through the countryside.
|Romping Gently Through The Countryside
After several years without a fixie in the stable I procured a Surly Cross-Check recently. It arrived as a single-speed with flat-bars, which I immediately replaced with a fixed cog and drop bars. The bike came with some burly tires, but I swapped those out for the Ultremo ZXes that I originally bought for my Habanero. I went out for a short ride a week ago, and took time to see some sights that I've ridden past hundreds of times, but never stopped to absorb.
|Gliding Past The Glider Airport
In some ways a fixie reminds me of a glider. I guess that's because I assume that a glider is quiet and peaceful. Of course in most other ways a fixie is absolutely nothing like a glider.
|Off-Roading In Washington County
I'm pleased to be back on a fixie. The Cross-Check is a fine ride. I think I'll be using it quite a bit this summer.