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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-20-08, 07:58 PM   #1
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Havn't biked in years.

Between the ages of 15-18 I went through a phase where I just wasn't active, I'm now 20 and have been slowly taking up some past hobbies. Rock climbing, hiking and kayaking. I had mentioned wanting to ride again to a friend and he immediately bombarded me with videos of fixed gear bikes. Obviously, I'm very intrigued.

The question is, not having biked in a while, should I buy a single gear until I get used to riding again or should I go straight to the fixed gear to avoid forming habits that don't apply?
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Old 07-20-08, 08:02 PM   #2
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Get a fixed gear bike with a flip-flop hub, where it's fixed on one side and singlespeed on the other. This way, if you don't like the fixed gear aspect, just flip the wheel over, and voila.

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Old 07-20-08, 08:02 PM   #3
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Get a bike with a flip-flop hub. That way riding freewheel or fixed is just a flip of the wheel away.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:09 PM   #4
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Great idea.
Thanks.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:11 PM   #5
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Start with fixed, though, and give it a few weeks to get used to it. I doubt you'll want to run the freewheel side afterwards.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:27 PM   #6
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+1 on the flipflop. Just don't buy the hype - start off with brakes.
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Old 07-20-08, 10:55 PM   #7
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I have a flip-flop hub. I'm running single speed right now, with front and back brakes. Safety first! Now to invest on a helmet.
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