Whether you loathe them or love them, fixed gear bikes, most commonly known as fixies, are here to stay and they are becoming more and more popular each year. With the social media boom and younger generations getting into fixies this trend won’t be stopping anytime soon.
So have you ever thought about buying or building a fixie? Well, what’s stopping you? Yes, they look dangerous, but they really are a cyclists dream. So if you have turned your nose up at riding a fixed gear bike before now, he’s some tips on why you should ride a fixie.
Fixies Make You Stronger
With a fixie, there are of course no other gears so when you're doing any sort of climb you have to put maximum effort into it. Fixies really do make you work hard, even on slightly raised grounds… and yes this might sound like a negative but it really isn’t.
If you stick to it you won’t even notice the strain or pain of big hill climbs because you’ll have the legs of a fixie cyclist and you will well and truly smash it! You’ll have stronger legs, your breathing pattern will change and improve and your overall fitness and strength will be better than what any other road bike or MTB has to offer!
Fixies Have Super Low Maintenance
If you hate looking after your bike then you SHOULD buy fixed gear! Other than greasing up your chain… and I know the next part may sound blasphemous, you'll only have to change your brake pads too (hey we have to ride with brakes in the UK… it’s illegal not to!).
There are no derailleurs, no shifters, no other types of gears, cables… basically there really isn’t anything else that can really go wrong on a fixie. And the stuff that does go wrong, say like a broken chain, flat tyre, or you just need to change the rear or front cog, it’s super easy to do… and (I probably shouldn’t be saying this) but you can fix up a fixie at home because there are not many moving parts and the parts that do move are simple to fix.
It Changes Your Ride
Now whether you’re going up a big hill or you’re speeding down one you can not coast on a fixie… or should I say you shouldn’t be coasting. The cogs should always be moving. Now like I mentioned earlier, you have to have a brake system on your fixie in the UK but because you have to keep the cogs moving and you’re always in control of your speed that does mean one thing...you WILL brake less.
Your cornering style will change when riding fixed gear because if you lean too much on either side you will get pedal strikes which as we all know just suck! What I learned riding fixie I have developed into my DH, Singletrack and trail riding as well and it really has helped improve my overall ride.
Fixies Really Are A Way Of Life
Like with all sports, there is a way of life or a lifestyle to cycling but within that cycling bubble you have an ever-growing fixie bubble or subculture and that’s down to social media people that ride a fixie, especially young people. It really has become a way of life. It’s not just about riding or how fast you can go! The fixie life is similar to how skateboarding started.
People would do tricks, then a rider would want to copy that or maybe add something new to it; not to say that they're better than the other person but as a way to make it their own and it’s because of this and sharing it via social media, that riding fixie really is a way of life.
Less Likely To Be Stolen
Now there are some super nice looking fixies out there which are worth a lot of money, but to the average person, it just looks like a standard basic bike that you could pick up from any retailer. It’s because of the core basics of the bike that it’s less likely to be stolen.
The flashier or the more parts your bike has, the more likely it will be stolen, and most fixie bikes I know look like they have seen better days but because they still work and ride fine, why change it! Hence why they don’t get that much attention from thieves.
And that’s it really… in a nutshell! So do you ride a fixie? If so why? Let us know in the comments!
Author: Shaun Johnson
Edited by: Gemma Johnson