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Bike Touring at Bike Virginia
Posted By: VaughnA, 06-24-2009, 04:30 PM

I dragged my K10D along on this years Bike Virginia Tour to see how it would go. 380 miles on a fixed gear bike with the wife. I carried it in a LowePro Ascent 100 lumbar pack which worked great and I think I got a few decent shots. We had a blast in the Charlottesville area with the horse farms and vineyards.

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Hi Vaughn,

I haven't been on the forum much lately, and when I thought I'd take a quick look at some forum photos, I was pleasantly surprised to see your cycling post. You've posted some very nice shots! That tour looks like a lot of fun, especially with scenery like you've shown in your photos. I always wanted to participate in something like that, but a couple of century rides back in the early 80's is as close as I've come.

Are fixed gear bikes becoming pretty popular? I recently found out that my brother-in-law is riding a fixed gear bike to and from work every day, about 30 miles round trip. I guess the advantage is reduced weight?

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#4 is my favourite. Very good 3-D feel to it

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Are fixed gear bikes becoming pretty popular? I recently found out that my brother-in-law is riding a fixed gear bike to and from work every day, about 30 miles round trip. I guess the advantage is reduced weight?

Thanks for posting!
Thanks for the compliments. Fixies have been a fad for the last few years and I fell into the fad and was hooked. Weight usually has nothing to do with it, in fact, most fixies are steel and weigh more than a typical geared bike. For me it's the challenge and just feeling the lay of the land better than on a geared bike. On a nice rolling road you get a feeling of the land like no other bike. Of 3k miles I rode last year about 300 were on my geared bike. Kindof like manual vs fully auto.
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Vaughn,

Thanks for the explanation on the "fixies". Most interesting. I was thinking along the lines of the high-tech fixed-gear track bicycles, but it sounds like these are very different, and would let you really connect with your surroundings.
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Vaughn,

Thanks for the explanation on the "fixies". Most interesting. I was thinking along the lines of the high-tech fixed-gear track bicycles, but it sounds like these are very different, and would let you really connect with your surroundings.
Track bikes have different geometry, a road fixie has normal road geometry which isn't as twitchy. A true track bike won't have brakes, brakes are optional on the road. I ride in a very hilly area and need brakes to check my speed on the long downhills.
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#4 is my favourite. Very good 3-D feel to it
Thanks, nothing done but cropping, jpeg straight out of the camera. The football field lights made it perfect to get the tents brightly lit with the sunset. There were about 1000 tents in total. I wish I could have gotten a wider view of the field.

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