Fixed Gear Bikes have been one of the latest big trends across cities around the world. Originating from the USA Fixed gear cycles started off as track bikes, riden around a cycle circuit in events such as the olympics and professional cycling. Renegade riders took the bikes from the professional sport and rode them everywhere and anywhere around the streets of big cities. Soon Fixed gear bikes were all the rage.
Fixed gear bike’s (or fixies, single speeds, freewheelnego’s) are usually leightweight, skinny framed bikes with only a single fixed gear (hence the name.) This means no free-wheeling, coasting or such and often no back breaks. Pedalling backwards means you go backwards and stop pedalling to use your back wheel as a break. Simply put that is fixies in a paragraph, but theres a whole lot culture brewing around it.
Mixed in with a little steampunk some bikes are carefully made up out of unique and old parts, there is an ora of the old and dated with fixedgear bikes, often they are 70′s professional trackbikes or old pro-cycling frames with new parts, wheels etc. Having a single fixed-gear means you get a lot more control over the bike and what you do with it, it makes tricks easier, pedalling more skilled and opens up new avenues of cycling trick pulling. Furthermore removing the weighty gearing mechanisms, heavy tyres and additional break components makes the bike very light. You can see why its such a big hit amongst couriers and city riders!
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