The fixed gear, urban hipster, era seems to be calming a little bit in my area. This means I can crawl out from behind my wool rock and enjoy riding my preferred style of bikes. You see I enjoyed single speed mountain biking before pink was the new black, and fixed gear road cycling was part of my off season training for Team Snow Valley racing. Deeply embedded in my blood is the love for single drive machines, ease of use and less thinking while riding.
Many individuals looking to improve the efficiency, speed and comfort for bicycle riders developed freewheel systems and gearing systems for bicycles. The term ‘single speed’ in this article refers to modern bicycles. *
Fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle) is a bicycle that has no freewheel, meaning it cannot coast — the pedals are always in motion when the bicycle is moving. Track cycling in a velodrome has always used fixed-gear track bikes, but fixed-gear bicycles are now again used on the road, a trend generally seen as being led by bicycle messengers and hipsters. *
Both versions of a single speed (one speed) are very efficient as you have taken the pulley system out of the drive train. The fixed gear you have more direct control over as you can utilize your legs, chain and wheel to help turn, slow or stop. They are also both very easy for up keep and many hard core messengers and city commuters prefer them as there isn’t that much to break, nor is it expensive to replace the parts if they do break.
If you want to worry less, ride more without thinking and develop amazing looking leg muscles, get one.