Fixed gear bikes are our lives. These are the bikes that we use to commute to work, to pound out fitness training, to cruise the city, to de-stress after a long day… and to be proud of downtown.
Fixies look beautiful, behave predictably and are amongst the simplest, purest machines in the world.
Two wheels with one gear on a locked sprocket. It’s how the first bikes were invented, how the Tour de France used to be and how track bikes on velodromes around the world have always been and are today.
Fixed gear bikes are characteristically lightweight and look very minimal compared to other rides. They have only one gear so changing speed is defined only by how fast you’re pedaling. You can’t coast. When the bike is moving, so are your legs. Want to go fast, pedal harder. Newton’s third law of motion.
The feeling of riding fixed is not easy to explain. It starts with being directly connected to the drivetrain and finishes with the pleasure of riding something beautiful. In between is the heritage of doing something pure, the removal of noisy, complicated gears and the nimbleness of riding a bike which was designed to be light and fast.
Fixed gear riding is not the same as no-brakes riding.
This is a very important point. A fixed gear bike can have brakes as well. It’s quite common for dudes to reckon that fixed gear is brakeless. That’s because that style of riding is an extension of fixed gear… and lots of famous fixed gear riders do it brakeless.
The truth is that most of the bike we sell (like 99%) have one or more brakes. Riding brakeless is a fine-art and requires a lot of experience and focus.