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Old 07-07-2012, 09:25 PM
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Default The Fixed-Gear Bike Thread

I see a big trend on the use of fixie bikes around the world. The fun of them is to build something unique from the combination of used and new parts. A "fixed" bike offers a connectcion between the bike and the rider.

"A fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a fixie) is a bicycle that has no freewheel, meaning it cannot coast, because the pedals are always moving when the bicycle is in motion.
The sprocket, or cog, is threaded or bolted directly to a fixed rear hub. When the rear wheel turns, the pedals turn in the same direction.[1] This allows a cyclist to stop without using a brake, by resisting the rotation of the cranks, and also to ride in reverse."


"A track bike is a bicycle optimized for racing at a velodrome or outdoor track. Unlike road bikes, the track bike is a fixed gear bicycle and so has a single gear and neither freewheel nor brakes. Rigidity is more important than lightness.

Also, like every Mini Cooper, they're very "customizable" and great design pieces.

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Old 07-07-2012, 10:03 PM
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Damnit, every time I open a new thread I find something new to spend money on

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Old 07-07-2012, 10:41 PM
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Hey, how come the seat is so high and the steering wheel so low on many of them? That seems like it would be uncomfortable.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:02 AM
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These bikes are the "original" track bikes, the riding position is low because of the aerodymics. An urban bike, the seat post and handelbar position can be changed, depends of the rider heigh and style.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:15 AM
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This are Cooper Bikes (a division of Mini Cooper)

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:37 AM
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Hey, how come the seat is so high and the steering wheel so low on many of them? That seems like it would be uncomfortable.
Initially it is an uncomfortable position but you adjust to it the more you ride. And it's only really beneficial at higher speeds, not when you're just cruising from hip spot to hip spot. But you know, it's all about looking cool.

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These bikes are the "original" track bikes, the riding position is low because of the aerodymics. An urban bike, the seat post and handelbar position can be changed, depends of the rider heigh and style.
It's unfortunate that many of the fixed-gear bikes you see people riding (read hipster kids, usually in the city) rarely, if ever, see the track. And the more aero positioning of the riders on these bikes is because it looks cool, not because they are racing. Having the handlebars significantly lower than the saddle is not the most comfortable riding position, especially when you're just riding around town.
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Initially your balls get squished like grapes but you adjust to it the more you ride.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:21 PM
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I've been thinking about getting one for over 3 years now... Bikes are a common form of transportation over here, so I'd actually get to use it. I like them mainly for the technical aspect, the direct connection to the rear wheel is very appealing to me. I'd love to get a Kona Paddy Wagon or so!

Lately I'm starting to see more hipsters on old converted race bikes over here.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:47 PM
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:59 PM
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Ive been riding a Fuji track fixed brakeless for almost 5 years now. I got into it because of a great work out and great commuter bike. They got super trendy soon after and I got super annoyed with the hipster scene. However i still have and ride my bike when i can.

I am actually trying to sell or trade my fixie for a mountain bike
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:09 PM
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Lots of inspiration in here already. I need to pick up a few more parts for mine. I'm waiting to see what color combo I go with on the next car and then painting mine to match. I'm nearly finished, and should be riding it within the next month. I'm keeping brakes on mine, both front and rear. Also using a free wheel, but will be going with a single gear. I like the idea of minimalism, but I'm not ready to go all out fixie.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:25 AM
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those are some nice bikes but I think I would wear out the rear tire due to forgetting about the "fixie"
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:59 PM
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:37 PM
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I really like the cooper bikes. Not the fixed gear though, i'm not that hip. but i really want one of those coopers
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