Author Topic: Fixed Anciens  (Read 1717 times)

Phixie

  • No gears and all the ideas
Fixed Anciens
« on: August 27, 2019, 05:47:25 pm »
This is to congratulate all P-B-P riders on their achievements and to commiserate with all those who didn’t manage to complete.  Now that the dust has settled and the rare sunny Bank Holiday is over, I shall be grateful to receive as soon as possible details of riders who rode the event on fixed, the height of their gear and whether they managed to complete or not.  This information is to be included in a forthcoming issue of Arrivée.  Details of other riders, if known, will also be welcome in case they are not netizens of this parish.

In addition, I shall be delighted to hear about anyone who rode a RM event of >1,000KM this season on fixed (Perms obviously excluded) though there tend to be fewer such events in a P-B-P year.

Hoping to hear from lots of riders.

Regards.
At the end of the day, when all's said and done, there's usually a lot more said than done.

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 09:58:03 pm »
I pushed 90" this year and finnished

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 10:03:04 pm »
The only one I know of (other than Bjorn), was Eleanor Jaskowska. She did it fixed, with 46x18. No idea what that is in funny units. Not sure what her finish time was.

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JonB

  • Granny Ring ... Yes Please!
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 10:09:20 pm »
I pushed 90" this year and finnished
I heard rumours of this garguantian gear but thought it must have been a PBP myth ... 68" for me.

E-mail has been dispatched to Phixie with details of 9 Audax Club Bristol fixed riders and also listed below,
Paul Rainbow 73”
Luke Joy Smith 78”
Telbert James 70”
Jon Banks 68”
Neil Veitch 69”/73”
Adam Watkins 71”
Marcus Mumford 76”
Eleanor Jaskowska 68”
Sean Smith 70”* Retired due to illness at 445 Km


Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 10:18:14 pm »
Spencer Klaasen of Audax Kansas City rode fixed as usual, no idea how many inches. Perhaps you can judge from this finish video. It's now 10 years since he rode LEL on fixed.


Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2019, 10:48:19 pm »
Tomsk and Steve Abraham rode fixed

jiberjaber

  • ... Fancy Pants \o/ ...
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Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 10:50:39 pm »
Tomsk and Steve Abraham rode fixed

As did Joss
Regards,

Joergen

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 11:01:05 pm »
Tomsk and Steve Abraham rode fixed

Tomsk did.
I rode 53/17 in 1999.
This time I rode 52/18 (77") singlespeed, with a freewheel.

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 07:07:24 am »
Got round on 79”

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 07:24:17 am »
Shaun Hargreaves, of course.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2019, 07:57:46 am »
The only one I know of (other than Bjorn), was Eleanor Jaskowska. She did it fixed, with 46x18. No idea what that is in funny units. Not sure what her finish time was.

J

 :thumbsup:  Me neither. Something to do with obsolete currency, I believe - pennies and farthings.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Tomsk

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Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2019, 02:13:38 pm »
I was on 72" for PBP [development = 5.74m/47 x 18 - equally mystifying unless you're familiar with the jargon]; 65" on the other side for the ride to and from.

165mm cranks were kinder to my knees - 68" and 170s last time.

hellymedic

  • Just do it!
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2019, 02:43:53 pm »
The only one I know of (other than Bjorn), was Eleanor Jaskowska. She did it fixed, with 46x18. No idea what that is in funny units. Not sure what her finish time was.

J

 :thumbsup:  Me neither. Something to do with obsolete currency, I believe - pennies and farthings.

46/18 * 27 = 69
46/18 * 26.3 = 67.2 (assuming 700c wheel and 23mm tyre)...

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2019, 02:50:22 pm »
There was an American guy riding fixed who I kept passing. He was either RUSA or Seattle Randonneurs but for the life of me didn't catch his name. Think he's done PBP a couple of times now.

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2019, 03:43:09 pm »
Shai Shprung did a list of the fixed riders in 2015. Data Protection has affected that sort of data mining. It should be possible to cross reference the tracking data and photos to see if any were on 2019. I'm not particularly interested in fixed, so I won't be bothering.

http://shprung.com/pbp/?mode=list&cc=Fixed

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2019, 03:46:08 pm »
The only one I know of (other than Bjorn), was Eleanor Jaskowska. She did it fixed, with 46x18. No idea what that is in funny units. Not sure what her finish time was.

J

 :thumbsup:  Me neither. Something to do with obsolete currency, I believe - pennies and farthings.

It's useful for the joke about a 24 inch gear.

Phixie

  • No gears and all the ideas
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2019, 03:51:01 pm »
There was an American guy riding fixed who I kept passing. He was either RUSA or Seattle Randonneurs but for the life of me didn't catch his name. Think he's done PBP a couple of times now.

Fixed is not big in the USA, but it was probably Spencer Klaassen - see reply no. 4 on this thread from ESL. 
At the end of the day, when all's said and done, there's usually a lot more said than done.

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2019, 04:09:15 pm »
An Audax Club Portsmouth rider (Plodder)  completed on fixed. Postie will be able to say what his gearing was. (As far as I understand it was 1 (gear)  ;D)
The older you get, the better you get, unless you are a banana.

FifeingEejit

  • Not Small just Far Away at the back
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2019, 04:15:57 pm »
The only one I know of (other than Bjorn), was Eleanor Jaskowska. She did it fixed, with 46x18. No idea what that is in funny units. Not sure what her finish time was.

J

 :thumbsup:  Me neither. Something to do with obsolete currency, I believe - pennies and farthings.

46/18 * 27 = 69


5.75 feet
or 1.92 yards
or 0.09 Chains?
Pointless working out in chains, miles or furlongs...

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2019, 04:25:25 pm »
Was anyone faster than Ian Hands on fixed?

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2019, 04:30:41 pm »
No
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2019, 04:31:24 pm »
Was anyone faster than Ian Hands on fixed?

That's a hell of a ride.

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2019, 05:28:49 pm »
Was anyone faster than Ian Hands on fixed?

That's a hell of a ride.

It's quite a complicated story. His father was Adrian Hands, a committed 'full value' rider, with a time of 88'55 in 2003. Adrian succumbed to motor neurone disease in 2011, and his friend John Ende founded 'La Société Adrian Hands',  https://adrianhandssociety.com  as a sort of antidote the exclusive 'La Société Charly Miller', which celebrates US riders who do less than Charly Miller's time of 56 hours, 40 minutes in 1910. https://rusa.org/pages/CharlyMiller

Ian is the first to achieve both.

Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2019, 08:08:05 am »
I rode the 1983 PBP on a 48-20, or 64.8 gear, I enjoyed the spin.

josser

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Re: Fixed Anciens
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2019, 08:52:42 am »
Tomsk and Steve Abraham rode fixed

As did Joss

Hi, I did it on 48x17, on 28mm tubeless tyres with 170mm cranks, roughly equal to about 76”? I’m not very good at doing the conversion! Only got off and walked once on the first ramp into Bécherel for about 10m (it was 2am in the morning and I ran out of gas!)  Knees were absolutely fine throughout, just left with some numbness in fingers and toes...  Always something slightly hypnotic about riding long distances on fixed I think.
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