Fixed Gears... Can someone explain?



Powderfinger

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Quick Question:

I live back and forth between New York and DC, and 9 out of 10 bicycle messengers are riding fixed gear bikes these days. This seems counterintuitive to me since brakes are (to my mind) a necessity in heavy traffic.

So why the popularity? I've heard vague talk about better feel of the road, but I imagine that the fact that there's less **** to break is also a big selling point.

Thanks.
 

Don Shipp

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Powderfinger said:
Quick Question:

I live back and forth between New York and DC, and 9 out of 10 bicycle messengers are riding fixed gear bikes these days. This seems counterintuitive to me since brakes are (to my mind) a necessity in heavy traffic.

So why the popularity? I've heard vague talk about better feel of the road, but I imagine that the fact that there's less **** to break is also a big selling point.

Thanks.
Less to go wrong, yes. Bike also weighs less. Fixed gear bikes should have a front brake, the drive train counts as the back brake. Affixionados feel at one with their bike, which is an advantage when traffic jamming.