Fixed Gear in Plymouth?

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  • Ok I've done some searches on the forums for people riding fixed in Plymouth and have not found anything.

    Before I go investing my time and hard earned into hosting an independant site for Plymouth I thought I'd see how much interest there is.

    I'm new to the fixed gear scene, ridden road bikes and MTB's for last 20 years and now I'm starting to enjoy the simple life. no gears fixed and happy.

    I've only seen 3 other people in Plymouth on fixies but after talking to a lot of bike shop mechanics I know there are plenty more out there quietly getting on with riding their rigs.

    So if you ride in Plymouth get posting, I'd love to hear from you and maybe meet for rides.

  • Plymouth is my home town,
    but im living in london at the moment. il be visiting this summer, with bike, (its fixed, but its not a fixie) i know there are a few others who are up for summer rides.

  • http://plymouthfgss.blogspot.com/

    wasn't hard to find

    Plymouth was also my home town many moons ago - it's a shit 'ole but i have to venture down now and again to visit the printers. . .

  • I'm from just across the tamar and go back every so often, would be up for joining a ride if there's anything ever going on.

  • Thanks DaveH, the blog looks barely used and has no forum. you only appear to be able to comment on posts by the owner.

    not really what I'm looking for.

    LFGSS pulls in more users and will therefore hopefully allow me find enough people to make it worthwhile starting somthing up properly.

    LFGSS come tops with most web searches and for that reason alone it's a good place to start.

  • there is probably one reason that plymouth lfgss is empty, and no one has replied to this thread... that is plymouth is hilly, if you want to ride anywhere worth while (the moors or a beach) you be wanting some gears. fixed gears are for the track/FLAT cities

  • Its a fair point. After growing up in Plymouth, I now live in mountainous Norway, and even I think Plymouth is bloody hilly.

    Fantastically situated for some nice distance riding on the country/coastal roads though. Also being surrounded by lumpy countryside means there a decent MTB scene too(or was many moons ago).

    So more Roadies and MTB'ers I suppose. Although I imagine the ever growing student population my spark a fixie movement. Rather them then me ;)

    Good luck with this none the less.

  • The MTB downhill scene is really big here, we have (i think) the biggest downhill club in the country "woodland riders" with 349 members.
    There are quite a few hills here it's almost uphill all the way to work which is interesting on a fixie, but it is making me fitter.
    I know from talking to the local bike shops that they are selling more fixies than they ever have.

    so I hope some of them find their way to this and then maybe I can get something moving down here.

  • My brother lives in Plymouth up at Woolwell.

    There is a club with a pretty decent social scene called the yogi's. I think a couple of them ride fixed gear but they are mainly mountain bikers and roadies.

  • i will defs bring my bike back with me, and have a little ride, but if i was at home id get on a geared ride and get some seriuz distance rides done. south hams and tavi are sweet rides. (minus that road where everyone dies on motorbike on the moor)

    also bmx is still big in the game. go check out prime if you havent already.

  • I live in Plymouth all year bar the summer months and will definitely be bringing my bike back, though @louis ∆ carter is right, the hills are ridiculous.

    If anything gets organised, I'm sure there's a few people who'd get involved!

  • I got to say I dont find the hills an issue, I avoid Ford hill because its ridiculously steep. i tend to find easier routes even if they take a little longer. but generally the hills are not that bad. I was in Bristol at the weekend and rode up Park street no problem. When I have finished moving house I will get something organised down here if people are up for it.

  • You should do a ride up the A38 from exeter, now thats a hill!

  • Yep That's Haldon hill, that ones a killer. A guy got done for speeding down there on his road bike. cops clocked him at 65mph. they charged him with reckless endangerment in the end

  • i live at the bottom of ford hill... wel actually up the other side, so down one far too steep hill and up another one straight away.

  • i live at the bottom of ford hill... wel actually up the other side, so down one far too steep hill and up another one straight away.

    Yep that's not a good place to be living with a fixie. those hills are really steep. I'm commuting from Keyham to Derriford on mine and find that not too bad. I spin out a bit on the way home but its not a big issue

  • I had a great ride yesterday, From Stoke out through town to Plympton. up th cycletrack to yelverton, road to Princetown, Princetown to Tavistock (hit 38.85mph on the way down to Merrivale Quarry! on my 42:17, now thats spining!) and finally Tavistock back home to plymouth.
    I made it up all but one of the hills, had to push up the short steep section out of dousland as the road climbs onto the moors, pushed to the cattle grid. gutted I couldnt make it all the way up.

  • Plymouth is home town for me but living in London. Go back every 6 weeks or so for long weekend trips. Not taken the fixed down there yet but ride my BMX there quite a lot. Did Camel Trail (up and back) as a warm up for London to Brighton which I also did on the BMX. Was thinking about doing this ride fixed http://www.tourride.co.uk/south-west-cha­llenge-ride.asp
    I went in a couple of bike shops in Plymouth a few months ago asking about fixed stuff and they looked at me as though I was from a different planet!

  • Coggs have some fixies OTP and are starting to stock parts. I joined YOGI cycle club and started going for rides with then at the weekends, 40-50 milers all across dartmoor and out to the coast. I have to get off on a couple of the hills but I now make it up all but the steepest ones. I even manage to stay at the front of the group even though they all ride geared. They think I'm wierd.

  • im back in plymouth for 2 weeks, and my bike is stuck in london, i dont suppose anyone has a bike spare i can get on for 2 weeks, i can leave a deposit or something? am up for rides too if a bike is possible.

  • Coggs have some fixies OTP and are starting to stock parts. I joined YOGI cycle club and started going for rides with then at the weekends, 40-50 milers all across dartmoor and out to the coast. I have to get off on a couple of the hills but I now make it up all but the steepest ones. I even manage to stay at the front of the group even though they all ride geared. They think I'm wierd.

    Went in Cogs last time I was back, not as much stuff in there as I would like but I guess that to be expected due to the lack of interest down there.

  • im pretty keen to get a scene going in plymouth. im sure there are other people keen but its just imposible to find them, ive stuck fliers and stuff in a few spokes but heard nothing. it would be a bit of a laugh to get something going i think

  • i'm bringing my bike back to plymuff on the weekend of the 5th of feb, fancy a ride?

  • BUT i've still got january flab, so minimal big hills

  • [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I live for three years in Plymouth when at the polytechnic.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I rode around in the winter on 57 inch fixed, this was so I could get up the hills, I hardly ever walk, and I was fitter then.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I use to out climb and out descend many younger rider on gears.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]It was the flat I had trouble.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I also rode in Romania on fixed[/SIZE][/FONT]

    there is probably one reason that plymouth lfgss is empty, and no one has replied to this thread... that is plymouth is hilly, if you want to ride anywhere worth while (the moors or a beach) you be wanting some gears. fixed gears are for the track/FLAT cities

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