Four Advantages of Riding a Fixed-gear Bike

Fixies are simple, easy to maintain, and a blast to pedal.

Because the chain, gear, and wheel are directly connected without gears, a fixed-gear bike can’t coast.
Because the chain, gear, and wheel are directly connected without gears, a fixed-gear bike can’t coast.Caraci

“Out of clutter, find simplicity,” Albert Einstein once said. While the world’s most famous theoretical physicist may not have been referring to fixed-gear bikes, many “fixie” fans agree with the sentiment. A fixed-gear bike brings bicycling down to its most basic level. With no sprockets other than one at the pedal and one at the rear wheel, fixies offer several advantages to the bike rider, with these four being paramount.

Fixies Require Little Maintenance

Golden Cycles Single Speed Fixed Gear Bike with Front & Rear Brakes
The Golden Cycles fixed-gear bike is available in 16 color combinations.Golden

Fewer sprockets also means that fixies are devoid of the derailleurs and associated levers and cables that mark multiple-gear bikes. Such simplicity means there are fewer parts to lubricate, adjust, and monitor. That also means that there’s less to go wrong on a fixie, which means less to worry about.

A Fixie Workout

The Retrospec Harper fixed-gear bike features a reversible hub, so you can ride fixed or turn it into a coaster bike.
The Retrospec Harper fixed-gear bike features a reversible hub, so you can ride fixed or turn it into a coaster bike.Retrospec

If the rear wheel is turning on a fixed-gear bike, the pedals are turning. That means that your legs are constantly in motion when riding a fixie. In this regard, they’re similar to track bikes, which are used in bicycle races. There’s no coasting as on other bikes—although some fixed-gear bikes have a reversible hub that allows you to coast. All you need to do is remove the rear wheel, turn it around, and reattach.

They’re Inexpensive

zoyo Fixie Bike 700C Fixed Gear Bike Lightweight Track Bike Single Speed Bike with Bullhorn Handlebars/Downbars Fixed Gear Road Bike
The zoyo fixie bike has a stylish design.zoyo

Fewer parts equates to a lower price. Most all fixies are less than $500, and a great many cost less than $300. Some are less than $200.

Fixies are Fun to Ride

Schwinn Kedzie Single-Speed Fixie Road Bike, Lightweight Frame for City Riding
The Schwinn Kedzie fixed-gear bike has a lightweight frame and weighs only 31 pounds.Schwinn

Fixed-gear bikes are lightweight and very nimble. You can maneuver much more easily on a fixie compared to other bicycle styles. The pedaling is smooth efficient, and consistent. Many converts say that fixies put the fun back into bike riding.

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