A fixed gear bike translates to a bike that functions with a fixed rear wheel cog. Basically from a mechanical standpoint, the quintessential difference between riding freewheel or fixed is that with a freewheel cog there is a bearing that allows the back wheel to rotate free from the movement of the pedals, chain and allows riders to stop pedaling at any point of the ride to enjoy their momentum. On the contrary, fixed gear cogs intentionally lack the bearing that separates wheel movement from drivetrain movement, meaning the pedals move in a fixed sync with the rear wheels. Ultimately, you cannot coast while riding fixed, your pedals continue to move with the rotation of the bike.
Therefore, if you're riding fixed and your pedal moves the chain, which rotates the rear cog that spins your rear wheel, your bike will move in whichever direction the pedals/chain/cog move.
Yes, that means you can ride forward or backwards while riding fixed; However, that's only one of the benefits that come with these bikes. Fixed gear bikes are single speed, if you think this is unfortunate, try looking at it from the angle of less is more. As a result of being single speed, Fixies tend to weigh less than their multi-geared contenders -needing no shifters, cassettes, derailleurs, etc-. In terms of cycle efficiency, riding fixed takes the win as the transfer of user effort to the rear wheel is delivered almost seamlessly.
One of the most common questions surrounding fixie culture is how do you brake and stop one? Contrary to popular knowledge, all bikes sold in the US are required to come with at least a front brake, this standard does not exclude fixies. The most efficient way to slow one down is indeed using brakes; however, many find it more fitting to counteract against the rotation of the pedals by locking the pedals in a horizontal position, and in turn locking the rear wheel causing a skid stop.
Just as riding freewheel isn’t for everyone, neither is riding fixed. However, both come with advantages. With that in mind, all Loco Fixies and FG Cruisers® are shipped with flip-flop hubs allowing riders to switch from freewheel to fixed gear with the painless flip of the back wheel.
Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.
Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)
That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.
Biking is an enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Whether you're tooling around the neighborhood or participating in road races, cycling is a great way to get fresh air and exercise.
Unfortunately, cycling can be dangerous. And it is important for us to bring awareness to the dangers of cycling to help all riders become highly alert of their surroundings when riding on the road. In 2020, nearly 700 cyclists were killed in crashes involving vehicles. Of those, a quarter were hit-and-runs, which means the driver fled the scene before police arrived.
Ever dream of thru-biking across the interior of the United States? Thanks to a decades-long project spearheaded by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, that trip is one step closer to fruition.
When completed, the Great American Rail-Trail will stretch from Washington D.C. to Washington state, encompassing nearly 3,700 miles along the way. The idea has been in the works for 50 years and more progress is being made every day.
About 80 miles of the trail are considered complete, but the Great American Rail-Trail already connects with existing bike trails. It's built on old railroad lines, hence the name. The path is made from paved asphalt, crushed stone and other materials.