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meauxjeaux2
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Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel

Looking at getting my son and I some decent road bikes and haven't really looked at fixed gear till lately. What's the scoop on these?
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TigerHam85
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
dont get a fricking fixie


keakdasneak
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
Get a single speed. You can get a flip-flop hub if you really want and you'll have the option to go fixie. I love riding single speed.


meauxjeaux2
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
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dont get a fricking fixie

what's the downside? I mean,I've rode freewheels all my life and am generally interested in these.


BottomlandBrew
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
If he wants to be cool with a multi-colored fixie, at least get him on that can be switched over to freewheel when he realizes riding fixie is for suckers. Some have a simple lever that switches between fixie/freewheel.
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meauxjeaux2
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Get a single speed. You can get a flip-flop hub if you really want and you'll have the option to go fixie. I love riding single speed.

could I put that hub on these bikes. Reason I'm asking is they have these bikes on sale for $299 right now. Seems like a good price for those no?


keakdasneak
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
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what's the downside? I mean,I've rode freewheels all my life and am generally interested in these.


You can't coast.


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meauxjeaux2
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BottomlandBrew
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what's the downside?


If the bike is moving, then your legs are moving. Also braking is done by slowing or stopping pedaling.


TigerHam85
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
it's a hippie fad. i've seen many people who can't control a fixie get hit by cars. happens on ULL's campus all the time. i just point and laugh.

i have an SS and it's great, but it's not a fixie.


The Mick
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
Just curious, wth is a fixie?

Someone explain the difference please...


Thx


keakdasneak
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could I put that hub on these bikes. Reason I'm asking is they have these bikes on sale for $299 right now. Seems like a good price for those no?


Yes that's a good deal. I guess. Depends on the parts. Yes you can change out the hub. Dig deeper on the info.its very possible the hubs are flip-flop.


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meauxjeaux2
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watson
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
ok cool,I'll direct my attention towards singles.
Any suggestions on a decent single in the $300 range?


TigerHam85
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
fixed gear.

when the wheels are moving, your legs are moving. no way around it.


CAD703X
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
Whatever you get for God's sake buy a helmet.

2 young healthy people have died here in the last year when they hit a curb and slammed their head into the concrete.

It's not worth it.


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keakdasneak
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If the bike is moving, then your legs are moving. Also braking is done by slowing or stopping pedaling.


That's the "cool" way to ride but there is absolutely nothing stopping someone putting a brake on a fixie. Other than stupidity.


meauxjeaux2
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there is absolutely nothing stopping someone putting a brake on a fixie.
the fixies I was looking at have a front brake.


TigerHam85
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
my friend has the trek district S, but it's a more expensive.

i always look at the SS bikes on amazon and most of them have great reviews.

LINK

I'd probably get that one if i were shopping for something on the cheaper side.


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keakdasneak
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ok cool,I'll direct my attention towards singles. Any suggestions on a decent single in the $300 range?


Depending on bike culture where you are the best way to find a good single speed is to find someone on Craigslist who builds them.


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keakdasneak
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re: Fixed gear bikes vs. Freewheel
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the fixies I was looking at have a front brake.


As they should. It's just stupid to ride without a break for the sake of being cool. I was just saying that is not really a functional difference between single speed and fixie. It is a choice people make with fixies.


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