When I first telling people I was going do the TourDivide race, I would get the response
“YOU’RE CRAZY!” ”Oh yeah? cool, do you know Fixie Dave?” In fact it didn’t matter if I was talking to someone here locally at the magical city of Birmingham, Alabama or across the country…it seemed that Fixie Dave Nice is recognized as one helluva rider and of course, nice!
I have to admit that the Post Office Clerk did not know who Fixie Dave Nice was when I asked her.
Dave completed the TourDivide this year on his fixed gear bike setting a record. It was amazing getting to hear his check-ins and watching his progress. I honestly do not think I could make it down the driveway on a fixed gear bike let alone make it across the country.
I friended Dave on Facebook and not only does he live up to his name of being a nice guy, he’s rather apt with his camera phone and has taken some beautiful photography of Banff, Canada – where the Divide Riders start out.
I got a few minutes of Dave’s time and got a few answers out of him about the Divide, life on a bike and riding fixies.
David Nice is my name, folks started calling me fixie when i started to show up for mtb group rides on the Fixed-gear mtn bike.
This year was my 6th go at the divide route, all six times I tried on a fixed gear bike.
I look forward to the people and just having one purpose for the month.
Dread, humm… I dunno.
Moving speed was prob 7-9 mph, the cranks turned 850,000+ times.
I dont wear a chamois, haven’t for 8 years, and i think i’ve only had one saddle sore in the time.
Motivation, it beats work. It’s so satisfying to see how far you can cover per day and know it was all you. And whether you believe in God or this world happened by chance its just so damn cool to pedal through this part of the playground we call earth.
At this point, I think the Divide is out of my system especially on a fixed-gear. Other things are out there, but I won’t rule it out.
Ride alot, tour part of the divide before trying to do it in a time trial, do lots of overnighters with your setup, train your gut on junkfood.
Thanks Fixie Dave for your words and wisdom! You’re truly an inspiration to many folks, and thanks for all the informative stuff you put up on your Facebook page!