Advantages of a Fixed Gear

There are many more advantages and attractions to a fixed gear bike than one might think. Some people have said that they are slow and inefficient, but in reality a fixed gear drive train is more mechanically efficient than any other type of drive train you might find. With a direct power transfer from your legs to the wheels, it just makes more sense that it is far more efficient…no energy is lost. With the added parts of a fully geared drive train, energy is lost in a normal bicycle. The lack of a fully geared drive train in a fixed gear bike also makes the bike much lighter…another huge advantage!  Why else should you get into cycling?

While being light and efficient are two excellent advantages that a fixed gear has over a geared bike, another important plus for the fixie is the amount of traction and control that comes with that style of riding. Having a fixed gear gets you more in tune with the bike, you feel a lot more and have much more control over what your bike is doing (maybe not at first, but with time it happens). In regards to control, brakes can be a very important factor…not comfortable with skid stopping on a fixed gear, definitely get use the brakes…eventually you can go without brakes and completely control the bike with your legs, but for safety purposes up until that point, brakes as a back up is a good idea.

Better pedaling style is also developed with riding a fixed gear bike, and this is claimed to translate into greater efficiency and power than a normal freewheel bike. Pretty much it’s different and a little weird to get used to at first, but once you get it, it’s pretty tight. Oh and obviously these other features and benefits above…found that funny pic on animal new york.

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