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Old 01-21-11, 08:41 PM
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New to fixed-gear bikes

New guy here! I've been thinking about it for a while and I'm considering getting myself a fixed-gear bike - I've been riding a big, heavy and clumsy mountain-bike for a while now and it's not ideal for getting around on.

I was just wondering if you guys would give me some advice on the subject.
  • First of all, what are the advantages/disadvantages to riding a fixed gear bike?
  • Are there any precautions I should take while riding a fixed gear bike?
  • What price should I be looking at for my first one? (I'm from the UK, but I can convert dollars to pounds if you're from the US or elsewhere.)

I hope you can help with these questions, thanks a lot.

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Old 01-21-11, 08:44 PM
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Fixed gear is a ton of fun with pots of options! can you tell us what kind of riding you wanna do? commuter? racing? etc?

also... cool name
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Old 01-21-11, 08:46 PM
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Hehe, cheers

I'll be using it for commuting to-and-from work most of the time. I'm interested in using it for fun, too. Going on solo rides etc.
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Originally Posted by Farore
  • First of all, what are the advantages/disadvantages to riding a fixed gear bike?
Advantages: Fun, easier to maintain, simple
Disadvantages: One gear ratio

Of course, those are just some random ones that I thought of, I'm sure others would be able to chime in with their pros and cons.

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  • Are there any precautions I should take while riding a fixed gear bike?
Have foot retention of some sort, have brake(s), learn to backpedal efficiently, keep fingers away from drivetrain etc etc. More to read here.
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  • What price should I be looking at for my first one? (I'm from the UK, but I can convert dollars to pounds if you're from the US or elsewhere.)
It's best to ask on LFGSS.
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Old 01-21-11, 08:55 PM
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Thanks a lot Vixtor, I'll check out those links now

Looking at some videos on YouTube, it looks like a Fixie can be a right laugh once you've learnt how to ride them properly.
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