Get Your Fix with a "Fixie".

by Peter Greenbaum February 15, 2016

Get Your Fix with a

The term “fixie” is short for “fixed gear” which is slang for a bicycle that has a drivetrain with one gear fixed to the rear wheel. That means you can’t coast on the bike. Rather, you must continue to pedal whenever the bike is moving.

 

ZF Cycles Single Speed "Fixie" Bike - Cruiser RepublicA fixie is the simplest form of bicycle because it doesn’t require a derailer, shifter, or double or triple cranksets. Whenever the back wheel spins, the pedals turn. For many riders, a fixie represents a closer connection between themselves and their bikes. The most common fixies are road bikes and are growing in popularity with more and more of them spotted around cities and towns.

 

Their increasing popularity is due in part to their simplicity. They recall the early days of cycling when one gear was the norm. Because the rider’s feet are directly connected to the rear wheel, which drives the pedals, the rider’s pedal stroke is nearly perfect. There is no dead spot in the stroke, which makes for a more efficient riding experience. There is just pure connection. And because the rider is constantly pedaling, no mental energy gets wasted operating shifting mechanisms.

 

Another advantage of the fixie is that it typically requires far less maintenance than more complicated bicycles. That saves time and money.

 

Another plus? They just look really cool. Fixies come in all kinds of colors and designs. With more of them on the road each year, manufacturers are offering

customized rim colors, seats, handles and body design to capture the attention of riders and onlookers.

 

Sometimes, that can be fun in itself.

 

 

 

 

 



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