Fixed gear bicycle is single speed bicycle type. Similar as bmx bikes, cruiser bikes and other, fixed gear bicycle has got only one speed. Fixed gear is one of the oldest type of bicycles, because first bikes did not have freewheel or speed gear. All those bicycle had fixed gear system. Fixed gear were also being used not only on everyday bicycles, but also on racing bikes. First road and trek bicycles were using fixed gear system. Later, when freewheel and speed gear were invented, fixed gear bicycles lost their popularity, because it was much easier to ride a freewheel bicycle or bike with multiple speeds than riding a fixed gear bike.
Today, fixed gear bikes returned some of the popularity they had at the beginning of bicycles. Firstly, fixed gear bikes or fixies were used mostly by bike messengers and couriers, and by subculture called hipsters. When vintage style became popular again, fixed gear bicycles were one of the main fashion things as they have simple and old look. Now many people are riding fixed gear bicycles because of their simplicity and attractive looks. Bicycle companies are making fixed gear bikes in attractive color sets, so each bicycle is notecable and stands outs.
Fixed gear bikes are made by different manufacturers. Some of the most known bicycle companies like specialized ,gt ,scott, giant and others that are known for making mountain bikes and sports bikes are also making fixed gear bicycles. There are also some fixed gear bicycle companies that are producing only fixies and fixie parts. Some of these companies are State bicycle, big shot bikes, pure fix cycles. Vilano bikes are also making good value fixed gear bicycles. Vilano bikes have some of the best value fixed gear bicycles on the market. Their bicycles not only have affordable price, but also provides decent quality and nice looks.
Fixed gear bicycle parts
Fixed gear bikes have some different parts from other types of bicycles. First of all, fixie has got special fixed gear cog. This means that you cannot turn cranks other way around, as that will only slow down the bicycle. Fixies back wheel is turning hubs sprocket and chain, which is turning cranks, while bicycle is ridden. Fixed gear bikes also have larger frame and wheels than, for example, mountain bike. Frame and wheels are more similar to road bicycle. Frame and fork are usually made from durable chromoly metal alloys. Fixed gear bicycle have no brakes, only front or both rim brakes. Some riders have practiced skidding or skipping braking with fixed gear bicycle by locking and sliding the back wheel of the bicycle. This braking method is very effective, but it wears out back tire fast. Handlebar and stem used on fixed gear bicycle can differ based on the needs of the rider. Some fixed gear bicycles have regular riser bar, others have bullhorns or drop bars like road and racing bicycles. As mentioned before, fixies do not have speeds, so the look of the bicycle is simple and clean. Fixies are mostly used on the roads in the cities, because they are fast, it is quite easy to maneuver with a fixie and single gear is good on roads without higher hills, as rider can maintain a fast pace with the bicycle. Fixed gear bikes are also used by road bicycle racers for training and there are also fixed gear bicycle contests.