Variety... challenge... fun.
I love my road bike too much to ever leave it locked up out of sight. Anywhere.
I figured the fixed gear would be fun, cheap, and teach good habits to carry over to the geared bike.
After riding the fg around all week I find that I coast much less and have a smoother pedal stroke on my road bike.
1. Sheldon Brown said so.
2. Like everyone else mentioned, simplicity and easier maintenance. I love only having a front brake (I realize many go brakeless).
1. I get places quicker. I didn't realize how much I coasted until I saw how much faster I am when I can't.
2. It's fun.
3. I can easily service just about everything on my bike. I'm sure gears aren't that bad if you know what you're doing, but I like simple.
4. I am in great shape, mostly because of my bike. Genetics would ass**** me if I didn't ride.
5. The challenge. Conquering the apex of a beast hill feels good.
I love my bike.
I ride fixed because 'P-Fars are no longer in 'style'
Because FG is different. Like getting on a snowboard after you've only been skiing for a while. Makes you do you regular rides with a new approach.
And when you try to describe it to non-biking people, when you point out that there's no freewheeling, they can't quite comprehend, get quizzical looks on their faces, and usually ultimately think it way dangerous and that you are likely insane. Like telling someone you ride rollers.
I don't buy into the whole fixie zen BS -- you can get that out of a geared bike, you just gotta put more effort into it if your zen includes personally keeping things working top-notch. For them who are into mechanical systems, derailleur drivetrain, knowing how to tune it, maintain it, shift properly, etc. is just as zen, if not more, than fixed riding.
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.
i ride fixed because i saw the trailer for "Premium Rush". i also started skating after i saw "Gleaming the Cube".
I actually did it so I could sup sqrls.
A lot of my friends in college started building fixed gears. It became kind of a cool group thing. I didn't even realize it was a widespread thing because I just kind of took tips from them.
They're easy to build, cost effective, fun, carry swag points, are always a good talking point (especially with non cyclists), and sweet skidzz are always sweet.
I love bikes, birds, pokemon, dinosaurs and hockey. I'm basically a five year old.
In high school I really wanted to build myself a bike and I didn't have a ton of money so acquiring a single speed freewheel from a friend was a lot easier than finding a set of derailleurs that worked on my budget. One day I went to the co-op and decided to ghetto rig a fixed cog on my wheel and never looked back. Sure I crashed a ton on that junky conversion and now I'm on a much better bike, but I've always enjoyed fixed. I feel really in control of the bike. Also, sqrls
fixed is fun, but gets you very sweaty and all which is awkward when you're riding your bike to a girls house.
geared kinda takes the challenge out of riding because you'll always switch gears when climbing because you actually have gears which takes the challenge away, but it is awesome for long rides... and SS is a blend which i prefer; i get to coast and pace myself when I start to feel the sweat coming and also get somewhat of a challange. I use fixed for all my climbing workouts though, helps me from taking a coasting break.