Bicycles: Why do people ride fixies?

It could be that they just serve the purpose of the individual who rides them, or they ride tracks/velodromes. They also probably save money on brakes and other things that need to be maintained. Also, it's a huge hipster thing to ride one right?I read through the other answers and there are

How to look cool riding a bicycle

Your choice.If you're going for speed, get the full on racing kit, and keep it and the bike in fastidious condition per The official rules of the Eurocyclist.If you'd rather, go with the Dutch or Copenhagen aesthetic. Dress neatly, as you would

How to ride a bicycle with gears

Assuming your bike has a regular drive train, gears usually look like this:Your right hand shifter controls your rear derailleur. This relates to the position of your chain in your rear wheel cassette.Your left hand side shifter controls your front derailleur. This relates to the position of your chain in your

A bicycle moves forward when we pedal forward. Is there a way in which we pedal in reverse and the bicycle will move in reverse?

most bicycles have a ratchet mechanism in the rear hub called a freewheel so that where the bicycle is rolling forward, and the rider is not pedalling, the cranks are actually moving in a reverse direction relative to the wheels.Were it not for

Can a fat person ride a fixed-gear bicycle without brakes?

Nobody should ride any bike without brakes. You can't drive a car without brakes and the same applies to bikes. There is a case in the London courts currently where a young man hit a woman who subsequently died whilst riding his track bike without brakes. It's

How to fix gears in a bicycle

Poorly indexed gears can be one of the most frustrating things on a bike, but this step-by-step guide can show you how to adjust your bike gears to get them running smoothly.Step 1Put the gear lever into top gear, turn the pedals and allow the chain to

How to gear up a bike for winter riding

Get a decent mountain bike. No cheap shit either as the snow, ice, salt and other elements will work in concert to destroy your drivetrain and frame, even with judicious maintenance. Using a lightweight lithium or waterproof grease will help keep your chain and cables healthy. Just a light coat applied with a rag after THOROUGH lubrication with

How to look cool riding a bicycle

Your choice.If you're going for speed, get the full on racing kit, and keep it and the bike in fastidious condition per The official rules of the Eurocyclist.If you'd rather, go with the Dutch or Copenhagen aesthetic. Dress neatly, as you would for the office or your other activities that day. Tailored wool coat,

How to ride a bicycle with gears

Assuming your bike has a regular drive train, gears usually look like this:Your right hand shifter controls your rear derailleur. This relates to the position of your chain in your rear wheel cassette.Your left hand side shifter controls your front derailleur. This relates to the position

How to shift gears in an 18-speed bicycle

I think others have rightfully pointed out all the technical details. As for most practical purposes, YOU DON'T!Me and most of my friends have never really used more than 4-8 gears. 4 shifts will do if you don't like shifting gears in general, or you're

How do planetary bicycle gears shift?

Cassette: The stack of sprockets that acts as the bike's gearbox. Small sprockets provide higher gears, and big ones result in lower gears. While 9-speed cassettes are the current standard.Rear derailleur: Also known as a rear mech, this assemblage of links, pivots, jockey wheels and springs does two jobs. Firstly, it moves the

How does a geared bicycle help with smooth riding?

It does not matter if the surface has no inclination. But for rough terrains, uphill and downhill(for speed build up) it does. Also it does help build your cadence. (Fromwikipedia: In cycling, cadence (or pedaling rate) is the number of revolutions of the

I spend a lot of money on repairing my bicycle. How can I myself repair the bicycle assuming I have the tools and parts? What do you know about repairing bicycles that will help me?

I spend a lot of money on repairing my bicycle. How can I myself repair the bicycle assuming I have the tools and parts? What do you know about repairing bicycles that will help me?There are a good many ways to gain confidence repairing your own bicycles. Early on I picked up Howard Zinn

Is it dangerous to drill holes into an aluminium bike frame for internal cable routing?

Well, after all the trouble I got into about bicycles yesterday, I guess the only safe answer would be, "Oh, God no! If the almighty manufacturer thought you needed internal cables he would have put them there in the first place!"No, really, in all seriousness, it might be alright, but because it is aluminum,

Should I buy a bicycle with or without gears?

Depends on your usage.If it is only for local and small rides of five to ten kilometers, a normal bike without gears will suffice.But if you have touring, offroading, long / week-end rides in mind, I'd suggest you buy a bike with gear.Am not

What are the advantages and disadvantages of fixed bicycle gears?

I'll add to Norbert Korzus' excellent points:Advantages:Fixed drivetrains are significantly more efficient than geared ones, for a particular gear. On a fixed bike almost all of your leg power goes into turning the wheel, while on

What are the advantages of fixed gear bikes?

There is no one canonical answer for this.  Different people will give you different answers, but here's my list ...- Portability:  Fixed-gear bikes are lighter and more streamlined (no annoying brake levers or cables to catch on things.  few components == fewer pounds).  I definitely prefer my fixie for my daily

What are the good online bicycle retailers for fixie bikes?

Never NEVER buy a fixie online unless you know exactly what to expect. This means you should already have experience riding a fixie.A fixie, or fixed gear bicycle is direct drive. That means if the bicycle is moving the pedals are moving (forward or backwards). If you find yourself on a hill and run out of juice you

What is a fixie?

A fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, commonly known in some places as a fixie) is a bicycle that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism. The freewheel was developed early in the history of bicycle design but the fixed-gear bicycle remained the standard track racing design. More recently the "fixie"

What is a good brand of bicycle for someone who is a casual street rider who wants quality without breaking the bank?

Most brands make casual bikes that are value priced. However, a bike's brand is mostly irrelevant to casual riders. It's like asking what cereal brand is best for breakfast. The important things for a bike are fit and appropriate bike style to the terrain on which you'll ride. That applies to ALL

What is a good, low-cost bicycle with minimal gears for riding in a city?

Hey, stay away from department store bikes, so very low cost with an internal 3, 6, or 7 speed hub is actually hard to find (the hubs are expensive, i.e. simplicity and ease of maintenance often costs more than complexity, these days).This is a sane women's specific city commuter bike, for example:KONA BIKES

What is best gear bicycle below Rs 8000?

Hi,There are many people like you who are looking to buy the best gear bicycle below 10000While it is very easy to get misled by someone, here is a list of bicycles that you can consider buying. These bicycles are all entry level and offer you the basics. So there is not much you can expect from them.If

What is the best bicycle for a ten-year-old girl?

I got a geared MTB for my daughter when she was 9 years old. She never changed gears in that bicycle.Choose a single speed (no multi gears) bicycle for kids use and save money, unless you live in a hilly terrain. Kids have

Why do bike messengers ride fixies rather than bikes with gears?

The story I heard about the history of fixies when I first started the bike business is that to save time, bicycle messengers often threw their bicycles on the ground on arrival, brake levers on their bicycles soon get broken. If these were never replaced why should they consider getting geared bike which