These are bicycles without freewheel mechanism, with only one gear. Fixies are designed to be ridden on a velodrome, which is a banked oval track specifically for bicycle racing. A true fixie has no freewheel, therefore the cyclist has to pedal while moving. That requires a good degree of control while using it.
Fixies are lightning-fast in the hands of an accomplished rider. One gear means less maintenance, higher durability and less to go wrong. However, it is also worth noting that riding in one gear puts considerably more stress on the few drivetrain components that are present, not to mention the rider’s knees. They’re possibly the best bicycles for commuting.
Fixed-gear bicycles have gained popularity with urban biking enthusiasts for their lightweight, low maintenance, and simple riding style.
- Light, simple, quick
- One of the best for urban commuting
- Minimal maintenance
- Rider requires skills
- More stress on rider compared to driving a geared bicycle