All about fixed gear bikes
Fixed Gear bikes can't coast. Seems simple enough, and the bike IS simple. But riding a fixed gear is not "simple". There is no free wheeling of the rear hub, if the rear wheel is turning, forwards or backwards, the pedals are turning too. You can slow down by resisting the pedals with your legs. Sometimes this feels like the bike wants to throw you over the handlebars.
Because it is really different.
It is another step up from single speeding as far as a physical workout is concerned.
There is a greater connection between you and the trail. Kind of a greater oneness with the ride.
No really, Why?
'cause I wanna?
mebbe I'll learn to ride backwards...hehe
What's it look like?
- Old Raleigh frame from eBay that had semi-horizontal drops and 1 1/8" headset. Painted with Rustoleum Spray paint Gold with Black Fade. All brake and shifting braze-ons were cut off and ground smooth.
- Van Dessel rear flip flop hub with 16t fixed cog laced 3X 14/15/14ga spokes to Alex Adventurer rim
- Van Dessel front hub laced radial with 14/15/14ga spokes to Alex Adventurer rim
- Magura HS-11 hydraulic front rim brake
- Shimano 180mm XT cranks with 32t chainring
- Time ATAC Z pedals
Close up of the rear fixed hub with lock ring