My first fixed-gear. Please help!
With the weather getting nicer in WI and with a substantial tax return in my pocket, I’ve decided to finally purchase a fixed-gear bike. I have been intrigued by fixed-gear bikes for a few years now and have decided that I would like to partake in the enjoyment.
I am a pretty avid road bike enthusiast and have been riding for years. Outside of doing a little freestyle biking when I was a kid, I really have zero experience to draw on for customizing my fixed-gear bike. So I thought I would throw out this thread to get some tips and feedback from those of you who are far more experienced than I.
So here is the type of riding I plan on doing on my fixed-gear….
It will mostly be used as a commuter bike for tooling around town when I have errands to run. I will still be doing all of my event training on my roadies so the reason for getting the fixed-gear is for pure fun and enjoyment. I do not need a full-on freestyle type of fixed-gear bike seeing as I don’t plan on doing a ton of freestyle riding. That being said, I would still like to have the capability of doing some of the more common tricks ie. Riding a wheely, jumping a curb, riding backwards…etc. So in a nutshell, I’m looking to create a bike that is great for commutes up to 10-20 miles, but also has some durability and versatility for a small amount of free style riding.
So my questions are as follows:
What type of gear ratio would you recommend?
What type of handlebar set up?
What type of wheelset and tires?
Brake or no brake?
…and any other tips or advice you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!