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.