Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Is it Fixie or Fixed Gear?

Notices
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?

Old 12-07-18, 05:35 PM
  #1  
bassboy1126
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
bassboy1126's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 18

Bikes: State Bicycle Undefeated II

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is it Fixie or Fixed Gear?

Change my mind if I'm wrong, but calling my bike a fixie sounds like someone calling their "heavily modified car" a legit car. When in fact, it's a ricer with an exhaust pipe that emphasizes what the car really sounds like. Calling a bike a fixed gear seems much more proper. A fixie to me is someone who believes in form over function, when in fact I believe it is always function over form. I'd rather have a bike that I'm not physically attracted to the appeal of it, but is very responsive and fits my needs, over a bike that looks very flashy, yet is uncomfortable to ride in every way. What are people's thoughts?
bassboy1126 is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 05:40 PM
  #2  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
Your definition of "fixie" versus "fixed gear" is highly personal, like they all are. Bottom line, "fixie" is just an informal slang-word used to denote "fixed gear". As far as I'm aware there isn't any additional inherent meaning.
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 05:42 PM
  #3  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
Personally I like to use the word fixie because it ruffles a lot of feathers among those who take themselves too seriously. I freely refer to my Wabi as a fixie and my Dolan as a track bike. To me FG bikes on the road are fixies and FG bikes on the track are track bikes.

So for me it's about the application and less the machine. But that's just the way I like to use those terms.
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 05:46 PM
  #4  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 685

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 254 Post(s)
Liked 64 Times in 42 Posts
faith trust and fixie dust
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 05:54 PM
  #5  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 39,210

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2311 Post(s)
Liked 1,095 Times in 576 Posts
I prefer fixed gear but I try not to get worked up if someone uses fixie. (Unless they say fixie but their bike actually has a freewheel, because that nonsense will not stand, sir!)
caloso is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 06:10 PM
  #6  
seau grateau
Senior Member
 
seau grateau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: PHL
Posts: 9,878

Bikes: Litespeed Catalyst, IRO Rob Roy, All City Big Block

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 270 Times in 139 Posts
seau grateau is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 06:30 PM
  #7  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
fixie is the new black

edit: actually no, nvm, "fixie" is so 2012
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 06:56 PM
  #8  
Happy Feet
Senior Member
 
Happy Feet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Left Coast, Canada
Posts: 4,250
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1726 Post(s)
Liked 750 Times in 411 Posts
Originally Posted by REDMASTA View Post
grease faith rust trust and fixie dust
Fixied that for you.
Happy Feet is online now  
Old 12-07-18, 08:12 PM
  #9  
hairnet
Fresh Garbage
 
hairnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 13,196

Bikes: N+1

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 346 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Personally I like to use the word fixie because it ruffles a lot of feathers among those who take themselves too seriously.
Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
hairnet is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 08:23 PM
  #10  
bassboy1126
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
bassboy1126's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 18

Bikes: State Bicycle Undefeated II

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
@caloso (Unless they say fixie but their bike actually has a freewheel, because that nonsense will not stand, sir!)

-you said it. stand up to those frauds!
bassboy1126 is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 08:46 PM
  #11  
ed4406
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: The Motor City
Posts: 78

Bikes: Fuji Finest, Trek 460, 970, Miyata One Ten, Maruishi 606, Univega Alpina Uno LX, Browning Grade V

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Every time I hear fixie I think of the Schwinn Pixie. Imagine a Pixie fixie with training wheels.
ed4406 is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 08:48 PM
  #12  
mouse
dumb
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Tucson
Posts: 355
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 173 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
It seems like an almost pretentious thing, the ''cool kids'' in the know will scoff at anyone who calls it a fixie... and those who have never gotten into the ss/fg culture are predisposed to the term fixie so thats what they use. I've heard ''fixie'' come from really dumb college aged kids, to bicycle shop owners. Seems to be a if you know, you know kinda deal. Just my .02...

I personally call it a fixed gear, BUT do I care at all what someone else calls it? **** no! Call it a turd covered in more turd, don't care
mouse is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 10:00 PM
  #13  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 685

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 254 Post(s)
Liked 64 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
Fixied that for you.
i like it
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 10:07 PM
  #14  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
^
me too.

Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
Perfect. The irony of calling your Paramount a "fixie" is enhanced by the fact that it's a great bike! Blasphemy I tell you!!
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-07-18, 10:23 PM
  #15  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 322
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 151 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 28 Posts
Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
Gotta go all-in and call it a sweet fixie.
phobus is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 02:40 AM
  #16  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
sw8
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 04:12 AM
  #17  
hairnet
Fresh Garbage
 
hairnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 13,196

Bikes: N+1

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 346 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Perfect. The irony of calling your Paramount a "fixie" is enhanced by the fact that it's a great bike! Blasphemy I tell you!!
Bringing a bike snob to melt down will be very satisfying, ya know??
hairnet is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 05:45 AM
  #18  
czr
Senior Member
 
czr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fixie or Fixay are what me and my riding buddies say. We are all very gay and very flamboyant though.
czr is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 06:28 AM
  #19  
seamuis
aire díthrub
 
seamuis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: chatham-savannah
Posts: 553

Bikes: Raleigh Competition, Pashley Roadster Sovereign, Mercian Vincitore Speciale

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 51 Times in 32 Posts
I find it baffling that anyone actually cares enough to be bothered by a word, or what kind of bike anyone else rides. I mean, it’s basically 2019. When was ‘fixie’ a major thing? 2011? 12? I mean, you’re welcome to such an opinion, I just can’t for the life of me understand why you feel the need to have one. Isn’t it tiresome caring about what strangers say or do, or ride?
seamuis is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 02:14 PM
  #20  
seamuis
aire díthrub
 
seamuis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: chatham-savannah
Posts: 553

Bikes: Raleigh Competition, Pashley Roadster Sovereign, Mercian Vincitore Speciale

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 51 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
fixed gear is diificult to say for me...English is not my first language. i think its due to the ed in the middle of a name. it sounds awkward when i say it.

fixie roll out of my tongue much eaasier and smoother.
for American English, I don’t think you’d have to actually pronounce the ‘ed’. You could easily enough just say ‘fix gear’ and everyone would know what you mean. In fact, I doubt anyone would notice you left off the ‘ed’.
seamuis is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 02:31 PM
  #21  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
^
good point, could make things easier @mtb_addict
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 02:41 PM
  #22  
SprocketPeck
Junior Member
 
SprocketPeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I never liked that word it seems to have inherit distain. Fixie.
SprocketPeck is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 03:55 PM
  #23  
TMonk
Not actually Tmonk
 
TMonk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 11,613

Bikes: road, track, mtb

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1085 Post(s)
Liked 515 Times in 277 Posts
it does, which is also it's appeal
__________________
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
TMonk is offline  
Old 12-08-18, 04:34 PM
  #24  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 8,029

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1834 Post(s)
Liked 282 Times in 246 Posts
Mrs. Reagan also taught me to just say no to shifting and be kind to elderly bicycles.
__________________
I don't know nothing, and I memorized it in school and got this here paper I'm proud of to show it.
Rollfast is offline  
Old 12-09-18, 08:01 AM
  #25  
Mikefule
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 186
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 66 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 29 Posts
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.
Mikefule is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.