Fixed wheel/gears.........why ??

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Dave7, 10 Feb 2018.

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  1. Threevok

    Threevok Carpe Rotam

    Location:
    South Wales
    I'd love to have a go at it, but too hilly here. (single speed is hard enough)

    If I lived somewhere flatter, I could see me being an avid fixie fan
     
  2. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I'll tell you again, leave the cats alone! ;)
     
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  3. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

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    Or refute the justification if them
     
  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I've ridden fixed at the velodrome where it's entirely appropriate in the same way that brakes would be dangerous. But I would hate it on the road where gears and freewheels make life so much easier, especially on my ageing knees.
     
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  5. If you’re cycling around all day every day for a job, having a geared bike with brakes is a chore. You tire yourself out more on a ‘conventional’ bike, because you’re acceleration / deceleration tend to be less smooth. With a fixie, you tend to find you maintain a much steadier pace. The accel / decel is what tires you out most, so the less of that you do, the better. For example, on a standard bike, you typically tend to approach a stop, freewheeling, without thinking about it, then brake to a stop, then have to start from a standstill, and have to accelerate much more sharply, than you would if you had managed to approach the same point on a fixie. You soon learn to anticipate, and avoid so many ‘dead stops’ on a fixie. The only thing I found scary with a fixie, was turning a corner on an unfamiliar stretch of road, and finding a sharp steep descent. That’s not fun.
     
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  6. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    You may not be missing anything - maybe it's just not for you. That's fine. Definitely worth giving it a go though, and that would be my advice to the OP - don't rule it out before having tried it, but if you've tried it and don't like it, there's no reason to persevere with it. I can understand why some people would feel a bit afraid of the idea of not being able to freewheel, or not having bail-out gears for climbs, but in truth those are two aspects of riding fixed that you get used to very quickly.

    I started riding fixed at a time when I'd lost my cycling mojo and was looking for something a bit different. It really did the trick and revitalised my interest in cycling. There's a lot of pseudo-mystical guff spouted about 'feeling at one with the bike' or being more 'connected' with the road, but you can probably get that from any bike as long as it's the right bike for you.

    I did find that commuting regularly on fixed did wonders for my fitness though.
     
  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

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    Mars
    No more than a road bike being called a hybrid just because it has straight bars.
     
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  8. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

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    Oop North (ish)
    You mean a racing bike :hyper:
     
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  9. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

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    Mars
    You can race on whatever bike you have
     
  10. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

    Location:
    Mars
    In your world it would mean there is no distinction between road, mtn, recumbent, track, folding or any other type if bike. If you want to stick with "well they are just bikes" and call any other sub division artificial then you go right ahead. It is certainly one view.
     
  11. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Given that there's nothing natural about a bike, aren't the distinctions all artificial?
     

  12. World hour record was broken on a fixed straight handlebar racing bike ;)

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    Last edited: 12 Feb 2018
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  13. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I got a pair of 630mm (27") wheels with a flip-flop hub at 120mm spacing pretty cheaply, and I'm sure I saw similar with 622mm rims too. Bought from an eBay seller last summer, but I can't remember who or any more details, sorry.
     
    Last edited: 12 Feb 2018
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  14. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    The hubs are easy to get then get it laced onto a rim,

    https://www.googleadservices.com/pa...hUKEwjv-If74KDZAhVGL8AKHRUrDkkQ9aACCDM&adurl=
     
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  15. I'm riding these

    fixed/fixed or fixed/free option

    - Rear spaced 130mm, 126mm or 120mm OLN.
     
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