The Fixie – Pros and Cons

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  1. Luis Bernhardt says:

    Dumb article, Lance Rand is totally clueless. I’m not a hipster, just a former track racer (40+ years racing). I ride just my fixie now. I’ve finished Paris-Brest-Paris & London-Edinburgh-London on it, as well as a number of climbs, including Haleakala on Maui, all on the fixie. Mr. Rand knows nothing about fixies.

    • Hi Luis,

      Thanks for your post.

      I don’t think Lance is saying everybody who rides fixie is a hipster. As he mentions, fixed gear is used in racing – so it makes perfect sense for you to continue to use what you know and like.

      I think the point he’s trying to make is, that there is certainly a hipster-fixie correlation – particularly amongst younger/newer riders, which in turn creates a stigma surrounding fixies, regardless of whether it is justified or not.

      As with most things in life, there are pros and cons – something he’s attempted to cover in this post.

      Thanks,
      Pete

  2. Fixie Convert says:

    I rode my trusty 10 speed vintage road bike for many a year until a recent mishap resulted in a sheered head tube and a search for new wheels. The search ended up being a long one, and in the meantime a generous friend gifted me the use of their “backup” bike – an SF-made fixed gear track bike. I’ll admit, at first I was resistant to the idea of fixed gear riding. I live in a moderately hilly metropolis so my immediate response to the offer of the gift was “but what about the hills??” *cue expression of consternation* “Just try it…” he said.
    My next argument “but what about coasting??” was met with a gentle insistent request that I try it out, and if I didn’t like it, I could simply return it. Well, the search stretched out from one month to two, then two to six, and now, three years later I am still riding the same fixed gear track bike and I LOVE IT.
    Don’t count something out before you try it- regardless of fixed gear cycling’s negative public perception, or any preconceived notions you might have – it is an incredibly versatile, easy and liberating way to experience riding and city life. I wouldn’t trade back for gears for anything!

  3. Ray Dobson says:

    Well, I definitely have to agree with many aspects of the article and the comments. I myself have been riding for two years, both fixed and freewheel (road, to be specific). Although the road bike is so much easier to use, I have to say that there is something appealing about the fixed gear that draws me in every time. I have an old beat up purefix bicycle and have swapped in components here and there. In fact, I have to agree with many people that the bike truly is just a means of transport, it doesn’t have to be a social status.
    Many of the kids at my school purchase these super expensive bikes from Cinelli and Bianchi and upgrade it to the max with SRAM and Omnium cranks and Fi’zi:k saddles. Furthermore, I hate how these “hipsters” have transformed the true meaning of cycling and how its become a social status. If it’s comfortable and it gets you around, then go for it.

    • Hi Ray,

      Thanks for your comment. I personally prefer freewheel, but I too can understand the appeal of fixed gear.

      I don’t think Hipsters are necessarily changing the meaning of cycling. It’s simply a fashion accessory for them.

      The hipster movement will change/dilute/end in a couple of years, but bikes will remain and hopefully more people will see it as a genuinely great mode of transport – particularly in urban areas. The more people that cycle, the better – regardless of who they are.

      Pete

  4. Robert says:

    Single speed bicycle is just awesome. I don’t want to change gear while riding. Thanks for the pros and cons of this.

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