Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    85
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Fixed gear bike as first serious bike ever?

    Hello, SS/FG forum. I am slightly embarrassed to say that I only really learned how to ride a bike this summer, completely unheard of for someone my age (I'm 15). Even though I can now ride a bike, I've really only been riding a couple blocks and haven't done any serious riding at all. Now, I have a few reasons for wanting to ride a fixed gear bike. First, I'm a cross country runner so I would like to get the biggest workout I can get on my bike. Also, I'm slightly short on funds ($500 at the most) and being a new rider, I'd like to get something cheaper at first. Lastly, fixed riding simply sounds like a lot of fun and I have several friends who I could ride with. However, here's the question I have for all of you: Would it be reasonable to buy a fixed gear bike as my first bike? Do you think it is too difficult for a beginner or better for a beginner because I haven't developed any habits yet?

  2. #2
    Antarctica awaits WoundedKnee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Tucson, Zona
    Posts
    1,961
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Lots of complete bikes come as fixed gear/singlespeed. Meaning you can flip the wheel around to choose either, singlespeed for coasting. Don't feel bad, I know a 20year old that learned to ride like 2 weeks ago.

    You can try bikesdirect.com for a budget friendly beginner bike.

  3. #3
    Veteran Racer TejanoTrackie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
    My Bikes
    28 frames + 73 wheels
    Posts
    7,613
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The only really bad habit you might get is getting a bike geared too high and not learn to spin rather than mash when you pedal. Also, running a big gear at your age when you are still growing can be bad for your joints. So if you do choose to buy something like a bikesdirect bike, get a larger rear cog like an 18T or 19T, which will give you gearing around 70 gear inches or less. Make sure you have good foot retention and use at least a front brake.
    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

  4. #4
    Travelling hopefully chasm54's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Uncertain
    Posts
    6,911
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    The only really bad habit you might get is getting a bike geared too high and not learn to spin rather than mash when you pedal. Also, running a big gear at your age when you are still growing can be bad for your joints. So if you do choose to buy something like a bikesdirect bike, get a larger rear cog like an 18T or 19T, which will give you gearing around 70 gear inches or less. Make sure you have good foot retention and use at least a front brake.
    +1 to this. Don't overgear - even 70 inches might be quite high for a complete newb who is still growing, and it's dirt cheap to change the cog for a higher gear as you get stronger and more used to it. And buy a bike that can flip from fixed to singlespeed, lke WoundedKnee suggested. if you're riding with friends on geared bikes, however good you get at spinning you'll find it impossible to keep up with them on significant downhills on fixed so you're sometimes going to find it useful to be able to coast. You'll blow them away on the uphills, though - after a while.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

  5. #5
    yesterday you said tom.
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pista 07, Dodici Veloce
    Posts
    457
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    welcome to cycling kid and no there's nothing wrong with having a fixed gear as your first bike. Follow all the advice above and you'll be good to go

  6. #6
    Banana-tastic! JesusBananas's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,974
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As has been suggested, look for a bike that has a flip-flop hub; i.e. the option to switch between fixed and singlespeed. That way, if you decide you don't like fixed, you can always switch to singlespeed, which allows coasting.

    Bikesdirect has plenty of cheap options, although some of them do not come with either the fixed cog or the freewheel. If this is the case, you can easily buy and install your own, or ask your local bike shop (LBS) for help if needed.
    Quote Originally Posted by striknein View Post
    The banana has spoken.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    "This rides nearly as nicely as your mom."

  7. #7
    yesterday you said tom.
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pista 07, Dodici Veloce
    Posts
    457
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    oh please ride with a front brake

  8. #8
    Senior Member illdthedj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Modesto, Ca
    My Bikes
    klein quantum, litespeed tuscany, bianchi pista concept, centurion comp ta, centurion super le mans, traitor ringleader
    Posts
    2,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i would suggest getting an IRO complete.
    "Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."

  9. #9
    Fueled by Tigers Blood avner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Echo Park, California
    Posts
    1,498
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
    i would suggest getting an IRO complete.
    I second that with little or no qualification.

    But I offer valid reasoning. You can get it set up how you need (18-19t cog, front brake, flip flop) from the shop and youre getting a VERY legit frame.

  10. #10
    Banana-tastic! JesusBananas's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,974
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by whitekimchee View Post
    oh please ride with a front brake
    I'd actually recommend two brakes, especially if OP wants a singlespeed option.
    Quote Originally Posted by striknein View Post
    The banana has spoken.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    "This rides nearly as nicely as your mom."

  11. #11
    Spin Meister icyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    California, USA
    My Bikes
    1961 Follis Road Bike, 1992 Specialized Allez, 2008 Specialized Roubix
    Posts
    2,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    " First, I'm a cross country runner so I would like to get the biggest workout I can get on my bike"

    Irrelevant, OP. Buy a heavy beach cruiser and ride it uphill for a great workout.
    This post is a natural product. Slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and are in no way to be considered flaws or defects.

    Icyclist, the blog considered too areodite for bikeforums

  12. #12
    Senior Member illdthedj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Modesto, Ca
    My Bikes
    klein quantum, litespeed tuscany, bianchi pista concept, centurion comp ta, centurion super le mans, traitor ringleader
    Posts
    2,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    well, i would say singlespeed is more of a workout than a geared bike, and fixed gear more of a workout than singlespeed (mainly because backwards force is used to decrease speed, which also works opposite muscle groups in the legs)

    my suggestion is getting the IRO complete with a front brake, fixed, and a 18 tooth back cog.
    although learning to ride fixed can be a little tough at first, i think its worth it ;p

    i would have gotten the IRO complete myself when shopping around for a fixed gear, but this was 2 months before the price drop to 400....(well, brake is 50 more....im not sure how much shipping is, but all in all it will come down to less than 500 and you will have an excellent bike for the cost)
    "Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    85
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Geez, the IRO sounds perfect and the price is great. The only thing I'm worried about is size. I'm short for my age (5'3") and I have shorter legs and a longer body. I'm kind of scared that the 50 cm frame will be too big.

  14. #14
    Senior Member illdthedj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Modesto, Ca
    My Bikes
    klein quantum, litespeed tuscany, bianchi pista concept, centurion comp ta, centurion super le mans, traitor ringleader
    Posts
    2,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you said you are 15....are you still growing i assume?
    wellz, i would measure yourself accurately, and compare to the specs for the 50 cm....maybe even give IRO an email, i hear they have good/friendly/helpful customer service.
    "Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."

  15. #15
    * adriano's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Baltimore
    My Bikes
    http://velospace.org/node/18951
    Posts
    6,890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    its fine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •