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What commute bike is better for fitness building

flashesflashes Posts: 228
I've got a really short commute but with hills at both ends (I'm in Bristol) I ride a fixed track bike with a 76" gear or I can ride a Surly 1 X 1 SS with slicks and a 61" gear
Which is best for general fitness building, spinning or churning along with the bigger gear?


  • phil sphil s Posts: 1,128
    If you're comfortable holding a certain intensity for a given duration in a smaller gear go for that, if you prefer rolling a bigger gear choose bigger. Neither one nor the other is better for general fitness IMO
    -- Dirk Hofman Motorhomes --
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Does not pushing on smaller cogs not do yer knees in eventually? That's what apparently has happened to me.
  • InfamousInfamous Posts: 1,130

    A fixed, in theory, will be a better workout than a SS, also up the hills will be harder in the bigger gear. Obvious choice, for me :)
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