Fixed Gears... Can someone explain?

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by Powderfinger, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger New Member

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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 shit to break is also a big selling point.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Don Shipp

    Don Shipp New Member

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    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.
     
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