Fixed Gear For Beginners.

John November 1, 2008 10

So you want to get into riding fixed gears…now what? Many people, especially now that fixies have become rather ‘hip’, want to get into this lifestyle, culture, etc, but how do you go about doing that? Where do you go to buy one and what kind do you get? Is fixed gear even right for you?

For most beginners, I have a couple points of advice to help you along this promising journey. First of all, you should be comfortable riding a normal bike. If you cant even operate a normal bicycle, then forget it. you should be very comfortable riding, pedaling, turning and stopping. Once you have that, maybe try someone else’s fixed gear. Give it a shot before you invest in one. Try it out on a smooth, level surface, preferable with no traffic or dangers. Maybe even purchase a Single Speed with a freewheel. This is sorta going halfway to a fixie; you have the one gear, but are not forced to keep pedaling which will make it easier for you to stop and keep control. If you think you are finally ready to dive in and get your first fixie, I reccommend the Specialized Langster; It’s cheap and has a flip flop hub which means it can easily convert from fixed to freewheel by turning the rear wheel around. So, if you’re a beginner keep the Langster in mind when you’re browsing through the store or check out the other fixed gear bicycles for sale.

10 Comments »

  1. James October 18, 2009 at 2:26 pm -

    I am the newest anyone can be to fixed gear. I was drawn to the simplicity of the look as well as the verstility. However, I don’t know the least about bicycle terminology, assembly, or maintenance. I do, though, love to ride my bicycle (cruiser) alongside my son. Where–or what–would be a good place to start learning about it? What size–I see 45cm through 60cm–is best for a person 5’11? So many questions before I even consider owning my own. Any help would be valuable to me. Got to start somewhere. Thanks.

    James
    Jacksonville, FL

  2. John October 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm -

    Hey James,
    Well, if you know someone who already owns one, i would recommend you try out theirs first and get a feel for it because it is quite a different experience. I am about your size and i ride a 58…its better to be a little taller than lower. Check out some of our guides about fixed gears. I would also recommend starting out with a front braking system…learning the skid stop can be a bit tricky at first and you dont want to have to rely on that as your only means o stopping. Just do some searching around the net, we’re working on adding more guides to help people who are just starting out…thanks for the comment. hit me up if you have anymore questions.

    john

  3. Emmanuel August 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm -

    Hello, so I am thinking of buying a fixed gear bike but why front brakes? Why not rear brakes? Also any good websites to buy one?

  4. John August 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm -

    rear brakes won’t really be very effective because the power in your legs will be working against the brake…nothing is powering the front wheel, so it’s easier to slow down with a front brake…there are lots of good sites and probably a pretty good bike shop near you…pop in a shop and check one out…we only post links to eBay deals on this site.

  5. Alex December 28, 2010 at 2:54 am -

    is toto tomcat uno a good bike?

  6. John January 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm -

    yes, its a nice bike and it’s not very expensive either…check out these Tomcat Uno’s on eBay

  7. Steven February 23, 2011 at 1:21 am -

    I am looking into getting a new fixie but i dont know which kind. I am into cool looking fixies with colors of my choice but also a good enough fixie that i can ride anytime and has good durability not some flimsy good looking fixie. Any recommendations?

  8. John March 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm -

    I have been looking to buy a fixie as well, just not too sure of what I should be looking for, but a friend referred me to solebicycles.com I like the way they look, but unfortunately I would have to order the bike, and I cant find any feedback on anyone that owns one. Anybody heard of them before?

  9. Gustavo Rodriguez Garcia August 11, 2011 at 1:04 am -

    I just meet fixed bikes, but I’ve been involved with bmx bikes for more than 7 years. I found two models I liked, (SE Lager 2010) and (Globe roll 2 2011) I want to buy a good quality bike to keep it and not to spend more soon. so, the question is if these bikes are too expensive to start riding fixies and if they are good choices?

  10. daniel August 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm -

    What would you consider better of the tomcat fixie or the Hasa fixie from australia. Also im slightly over 6 foot 32 inseam, would a 56cm frame suit?

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