Fixed Gear Tips for Beginners

John September 19, 2010 3

track bike crashIt has been a while since anyone on here has put up any kind of tutorial, guide or riding tip, so I figured I would write a pretty simple article on some pretty basic fixed gear tips for beginners.  For starters, and this is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP:

1)  If it is your first time on a fixed gear, USE A FRONT BRAKE.  I guarantee you, you will not skid stop your very first time on a fixed gear…you must learn how, so in the mean time…put on a front brake for a little protection.

2)  Make sure you know what you are doing before you start zooming down hills at ridiculous speeds…you definitely want to be strapped or clipped in when you are hitting 150 rpm down hill.  It is not fun to be flying down a hill, have your feet fly off and avoid getting murdered by out of control, spinning cranks….keep your feet strapped down to the pedals, it is much easier.

3)  Be aware of your surroundings…on a fixed gear you have to be much more reactive to your environment…you must anticipate certain things because you will not have time to react as fast or be able to pull off certain maneuvers you would be able to on a freewheel…things like, hopping up curbs are much different on a fixie and should be practiced as such…sometimes hopping up a curb is your only way to avoid an accident so you gotta be prepared and anticipate junk like that.

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  1. ERB October 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm -

    Please tell me the outcome of the picture. I hope this guy survived this crash.

  2. John October 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm -

    not sure of the precise injuries, but sure he made it through the crash alive

  3. punchesdfw November 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm -

    Judging from the car and the way the bike is equipped, this happened in the Mid 1980’s!

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