Here is my secret training bike, on a secret training ride, in a secret training location. Why? That's a secret, but some things need fixing, so that's what we are doing. What those things are is a secret as well.
What I will say is that it's a bit of a mind warp riding a fixed wheel bike on the road when you have only ridden fixed on the track. I keep forgetting I have brakes (it's not a track bike!!!), I keep feeling my right hand fingers reach for the rear derailleur lever to tap it over (there's no shifter!!), I keep checking which cog I'm on the rear (there's only one!!). I am learning how to finesse the engine brakes, and the mechanical brakes, separately and in unison. I now know how slowly I really can pedal a bike. I also know now how quickly I can stop the bike when I really truly need to. I've also learnt where I soften my pedalling on a regular road bike, because I can't anymore. Forby won't let me; corners, the final metres before cresting a hill preparing the legs for the downhill smash, downhills when the smash is spent.
The sense of control is brilliant. Geared bikes now feel sloppy and soft. I keep waiting for the kickback when I stop pedalling the bianchi, and I don't rest for long because it feels a bit weird. And that's only after a couple of rides! I think I am becoming fixed in my addiction. Next I'll be getting a tattoo.
7 hours ago