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)

Is it Fixie or Fixed Gear?

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Old 12-09-18, 08:01 AM
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30–40 years ago, the term in British English was usually "fixed wheel" — for the same reason that you have a "freewheel" rather than a "free gear".

"Fixed gear" seems (to me) to be a modern expression, no better or worse, but a new way of saying the same thing.

"Fixie" was initially used as part of the trend for hipster urban types and at that time seemed to refer mainly to fashionably minimalist bikes with over-styled handlebars.

However, in the normal course of events, language develops, words lose their meanings, or gain new meanings, and new words take their place. Awful and awesome used to mean the same thing as each other; expect and anticipate used to mean different things. I think the overlap in meaning between "fixie" and "fixed" (either gear or wheel, or just "fixed") is now bigger than the differences.
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I think fixed gear or fixed wheel makes most sense. I see no need to use the term "fixie" unless my bike was "brokie".
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When I think of "Fixie" I think of deep V's, flat bar with then ends chopped off, no brakes and Lucas Brunelle style riding.

I tried to do that but felt silly. I got thirsty, reached down for a bottle and nothing was there. Its fine if that's your thing but it isn't mine.

Now I ride a road bike which just happens to be fixed gear. The only thing which separates it from a regular road bike is that it lacks shifters, derailleurs and a freewheel. I've ridden with groups where some don't even realize it is a single speed until a half hour into the ride.

"Holy badword, that's a single speed!" I usually just reply, "Fixed."


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To me, the term "fixie" comes across as a sign of a noob. Not a bad thing, we're all noobs to start with, but it casts some overall doubt on the user's level of experience/familiarity with bikes as a whole.
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I think fixed gear or fixed wheel makes most sense. I see no need to use the term "fixie" unless my bike was "brokie".
My cats are all fixies.
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I prefer "fixed gear". It's a bit more classy than "fixie" IMO
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My cats are all fixies.
Good good! Sadly as it should be.
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I ride a tarck bike, personally.
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When I worked as a car messenger in Manhattan in 1978, the bike messengers and the car messengers were in separate cliques. But one day when my car was in for service and I rolled up on a bike, the first bike messenger I saw grinned and said "Yo! Frejus fix!"
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Well, I call it a ''Pignon fixe'' because I'm a sophisticated french-canadian

But people here only say fixie or fixe because fixed gear sounds like **** with a french accent

The more you know...
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I'm in the fixaaaaay camp.
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I like to think of my Fuji as a 'Sw8 Fixxay', and my Little Wing as a 'Sikk Phiksie' as is befitting their relative 'street cred'

(actually, I usually just go with 'Fixed Gear' for either, or 'track bike', as they both are)
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I've been using "velodrome bike" more frequently with non bike people, as in, "you know how in a velodrome, the riders cannot coast on their bikes?". They just might know what a velodrome is, and may have seen the riders on the track on TV.

This, despite the sad fact that my fixed gear has brakes, and has never seen the inside of a velodrome. Sad.
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I've been using "velodrome bike" more frequently with non bike people, as in, "you know how in a velodrome, the riders cannot coast on their bikes?". They just might know what a velodrome is, and may have seen the riders on the track on TV.

This, despite the sad fact that my fixed gear has brakes, and has never seen the inside of a velodrome. Sad.
That’s a new one to me... I might start using it! Funny as most of our bikes here on this forum would not fit in the with velodrome elites.
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