- A new experience
- More stylish
- Good for strength training
- Every fixie is unique.
- A new experience. Riding a fixie is a whole new experience from riding a standard bike. It’s like changing from automatic transmission to manual transmission. This analogy captures idea that riding a fixie, like driving a manual transmission car, is a much more involved experience.
- Simplicity. Fixies are, by definition, simple! They have no gears, and thus no need for derailleurs. Furthermore, with the ability to slow down manually, there is not even a need for brakes! Generally though, at least one brake is used.
- More stylish. Since fixies are not produced in bulk (for the most part), almost all fixies garner a unique style. Often featuring showy color schemes, these fixies stand out among “production” line bikes
- Lightweight. Being simple, fixies are also lightweight. The small components really do add up. Combining the lost weight of extra gears, and freewheel, derailleurs, derailleur cables, brakes, brake cables, and extra chain links, and you’ve saved yourself at the very least several pounds. This may seem insignificant, but it does not go unnoticed while riding.
- Good for strength training. With only a single gear, accelerating and slowing down takes extra muscle. Spend a few months riding around on a fixie, and your quads will definitely get a bit bigger.
- Every fixie is unique. As you will see from the rest of my blog, no one fixie exactly the same. And this makes building/modifying fixies so addicting. In each future blog post, I will feature a unique fixie and detail its specs, riding style, and overall feel.