New to fixed gears, and wonder why anybody would want one?!?
Plenty of reasons to get fixed- here are a few, in no particular order: • Remember the experience of riding your first great bike? Feel it again, fixed gears are that different • It's the purest riding experience: you’re connected to the bike in an entirely different way • They're quick and agile: again, that direct connection creates a different feel, especially when accelerating or climbing • Fixed gears are lightweight: you don’t need to spend a fortune in exotic materials to have a very light, responsive bike- a great fixie can be bought for a fraction of the cost of a nice road bike. Excellent fun/$ ratio • They're super simple: self explanatory, no derailleurs to keep in adjustment. Just lube the chain occasionally and keep air in the tires. And ride • They're super dependable (see above) • Beautiful to look at: minimalist, elegant aesthetics • It connects you with the early roots of our sport (see pics- Tour de France and Giro de Italia on fixed!) • It gives you a great aerobic workout- the legs never stop turning • Leg speed is improved, and the circular movement of your legs is also enhanced as you learn how to spin on the down hills • The best reason? They're a blast to ride (which is why I have been doing it for 30+ years...)
In an increasingly complex world it's nice to go retro on occasion, to simplify your life. Fixed/one speed riding gives you that break, in a decidedly fun way! And in this case, you actually gain from the experience.