Pros: Quick commuting on flat terrain, value for money.
Cons: Not very adaptable to various terrain or hills.
Fixed gear bikes are the ultimate in both durability and simplicity! With
no gears to go wrong with and less moving parts, these bikes are cheap to
buy and maintain.
With one chainring and one rear cog, you choose a gear which enables you to
cover the terrain on your upcoming journey.
After you’ve got the gear in place that works for you, a single speed bike
is wonderfully simple. Often favoured by couriers, hip city lovers and flat
road commuters, their appeal is understandable. Largely fuss-free and low
maintenance, they are the ideal companion for flat journeys to work.
Some single speeds use a fixed gear, also known as ‘fixie’ bikes. Similarly
to a track bike, fixed gear bikes don’t have the capability to freewheel –
meaning you can’t coast and have to pedal constantly.
Riding a fixie can be tricky if you’re new to cycling, so they’re probably
not the best option for beginners.
On the other hand, if you’re dabbling between wanting a fixed or freewheel
single speed bike, you can choose one with a flip-flop. This is where one
side has a fixed gear sprocket, and the other has a freewheel – giving you
the option to switch between the two.
If your ride to work is pretty flat, or you’re physically fit, the single
speed bike is for you. Otherwise, consider a cyclocross or hybrid.
Check out our fixed gear / single speed bikes.