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What's the deal with fixed gear bikes?

Old 09-11-12, 09:52 AM
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What's the deal with fixed gear bikes?

What makes them better than my 24 gear bike? I haven't owned a fixie yet but see a few people having them at the bike rack where I go to school. There are a lot of hills where I live so I think a selectable gear bike is better? Am I wrong? What makes a fixed gear bike good?
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This thread again? Awesome!!
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really?

https://lmgtfy.com/?q=site%3Abikeforu...why+fixed+gear
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Originally Posted by Wallonthefloor View Post
What makes them better than my 24 gear bike? I haven't owned a fixie yet but see a few people having them at the bike rack where I go to school. There are a lot of hills where I live so I think a selectable gear bike is better? Am I wrong? What makes a fixed gear bike good?
Oh, so you've seen Premium Rush too?
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Fixed gear bikes are rubbish, they're hard to ride and you can't freewheel down hills. To be honest, I don't know why anyone rides them. I'm pretty sure no one here actually rides them, we just pretend to because we want to be seen as doing something cool and different.
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Originally Posted by Wallonthefloor View Post
What makes them better than my 24 gear bike? I haven't owned a fixie yet but see a few people having them at the bike rack where I go to school. There are a lot of hills where I live so I think a selectable gear bike is better? Am I wrong? What makes a fixed gear bike good?
Nothing.

Apples and Oranges.
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basically - what Tmonk said.
also, FG is good for shortish rides on mostly flat terrain, ideally. but can be (and is) regularly used for whatever the feck folks feel like using it for. bike polo, freestyle, mtb, century rides, etc.

PS- try it and find out for yourself.
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People asked me the same thing when I was doing the NYC bike 75mile bike ride this past weekend. I didn't stop pedaling for 6 hours. I use fixed gear for its simplicity and fitness aspect. I enjoy going fast, especially up hill (and seeing the face of people with their legs spinning like crazy but they aren't going anywhere)

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There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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I find that russet potatoes make the best home fries, but I use red potatoes more often because they're smaller and easier to portion when cooking for one.
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post
I enjoy going fast, especially up hill (and seeing the face of people with their legs spinning like crazy but they aren't going anywhere)
damn dood ur hardcore.
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Dude, she's 15.
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I didn't mean it that way.
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Originally Posted by Wallonthefloor View Post
What makes them better than my 24 gear bike?
Nothing, stick with what you know -- choice is boring.

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I haven't owned a fixie yet but see a few people having them at the bike rack where I go to school.
They are poseurs.

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There are a lot of hills where I live so I think a selectable gear bike is better?
Of course!

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Am I wrong?
No way!

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What makes a fixed gear bike good?
Nothing at all, keep riding the bike you got, don't check out fixed gear because it is foul and not for you.
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What makes them better than my 24 gear bike?
No chainslap ever.
Lack of coasting and downshift options eliminates weakness from your person.
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What are fixed gear bikes? They sound stupid.
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I ride a fixed wheel, man. I don't know what this "fixed gear" is. Is your derailleur broken?
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I ride a fixed wheel, man. I don't know what this "fixed gear" is. Is your derailleur broken?
Yeah, I like unicycles too.
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Who wouldn't ride fixed? Broken is better?
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
I find that russet potatoes make the best home fries, but I use red potatoes more often because they're smaller and easier to portion when cooking for one.
I love cooking with red potatoes
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