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I'm a huge newb...what's the point of fixie when you could go SS?

Old 04-03-06, 09:38 PM
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I'm a huge newb...what's the point of fixie when you could go SS?

I'm moving to Maryland in June and I'll be living four FLAT miles from work. I'm seriously considering getting a single speed for my commute instead of spending $1200 or more on a cyclocross bike for a measly four-mile commute. For the price of a really nice bike, I can have a SS and a lower-end road bike. Seems like a good trade off to me. More options are always better.

My question: Why would you want your pedals locked into spinning whenever the wheels move? Isn't it easier (and safer) to have the ability to coast whenever you feel like it?

Is there any good reason to go fixie?
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It's also not the wisest thing in the world to go barreling down a mountain at highway speeds on a downhill bike. My point being, yes there are safer things to do on a bike, but the reason people ride fixed gear bikes is because it's a different experience to have on a bike ... and it's a lot of fun. You're more connected with the bike, you ride using completely new skills that you wouldn't use otherwise. There's a mechanical and aesthetic simplicity that's very appealing to some people. There's also the classic hertitage of a well-made steel frame that seems to get lost in the wake of today's carbon fiber marketing overload.

Others will chime in, but those are a few reasons that came to my mind right away.

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PS. You could use a flip flop hop and go fixed on one side w/ a freewheel on the other. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by jumpr
Is there any good reason to go fixie?


He said to do so. Drink the orange kool-aid. It's good for you.
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it is unbelievably fun (and also makes you stronger and helps you develop a better spin. but mostly it's insanely fun).
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Originally Posted by jumpr
My question: Why would you want your pedals locked into spinning whenever the wheels move? Isn't it easier (and safer) to have the ability to coast whenever you feel like it?
Do like I did, get a flip flop hub fixed on one side and freewheel on the other. Find out for yourself.

I used my freewheel once just to try it out. That was a while ago. Now I have removed it, along with the rear brake.
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Originally Posted by Kiecker
He said to do so. Drink the orange kool-aid. It's good for you.
thread over
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Find somebody in Ann Arbor, Michigan who rides fixed. Ask them if you can try riding their bike. If you like it, get one. If you don't like it, get gears for your commute.
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I could ask what's the point of SS when you could go fixed?

If it's the simplicity of SS you crave, fixed is even simpler. The feeling of being hardwired into the drivetrain though is an experience in itself, and a major part of the draw that has little to do with simplicity, and everything to do with control and connectedness. With a freewheel in the mix it is all toeasy to have poor pedal stroke that is more like a pumping motion down down down, than spinning in complete circles. If you're at all concious of your form, you'll quickly correct bad pedaling habits on a fixed. You'll really notice the benefits of a smoth even round pedal stroke when climbing, and when sprinting balls to the wall. You can't have derailuers with a fixed gear, they would tear off the first time you resisted, so fixed gear more or less necessitates a SS setup.

When I built my first one I bought a flipflop hub, but never bothered to put a freewheel on the other side. I never had any desire to once I'd ridden it fixed. If I want to coast there are plenty of geared bikes that do that just fine. If you want more options, I recommend that cyclocross bike. Who ever said two cheap bikes were better than 1 good one? If you want a fixed gear bike, AND a cyclocross, why not get a Surly crosscheck, and get a geared rear wheel, and a fixed one. That way you can have a nice bike that can be fixed OR geared. I wouldn't bother with a SS on the road, but that's just me.
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