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I Have been riding bikes since I've been 6 years old, and I don't mean riding up and down the street - I mean touring with my sisters for 10-20 Km. Later on, I really got into Downhill.

Over time I have collected an assortment of bikes and then I moved to America (from Germany). I could only bring one bike so I chose my Trek Full Suspension MTB. My bike got stolen.

I'm on a really limited budget, and I could never waste $300 on a really crappy bike from Walmart, and I can't afford a nice 2 - 6 thousand dollar bike. So I spent $430 on a Mercier Kilo TT fixed gear. I am incredibly impressed, it's a complete new experience of bike riding and I love it. However, I worry about some of the dangers of fixed gear if not ridden properly, how can I do it safely?

(This is my first fixie, and I really got it for it's simplicity and cheapness, I have ridden all sorts of Road Bikes and Mountain Bikes)

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worth searching the site to see what you can glean, questions involving fixies come up regularly –  PeteH Jan 21 '13 at 10:48

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If you haven't already, invest in some type of pedal-retention system. You'll find that reversing pressure on the pedals is a very efficient way of slowing down without using your brakes, but without a way to keep your foot attached to the pedal (cleats, toe straps) it can be pretty easy for your foot to slip off.

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Make sure you don't have any loose shoelaces, if they get caught in the chain it could be very nasty. So just tuck them nicely.

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  1. Put a front brake on it if you're using it on the street.
  2. Don't get distracted and forget to keep your legs turning, this comes with practice.
  3. Watch out for peddle strikes in tight fast corners, not sure how you can practice this safely.

Other than that, it's just like riding any other bike.

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I second the brakes. Brakes are important. Throw on a back brake too if your aesthetic allows. –  klonesy Jan 21 '13 at 3:15
    
I looked up this bike and it seems to come with a rear brake only. Which is very strange, imo. –  alex Jan 21 '13 at 6:07
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After you forget to try to stop pedalling, it's not dangerous anymore. Actually you'll find free-wheel bikes defective and scary soon after you get back to them after a long time riding fixed. –  heltonbiker Jan 21 '13 at 13:36
    
@heltonbiker - having never ridden a fixed-wheel bike, I'm curious as to the reasoning behind your comment. What about free-wheel bikes makes them seem that way? –  Andrew Heath Jan 22 '13 at 3:01
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@AndrewHeath It's a very difficult topic to explain instead of "feel", but imagine you compare running with regular shoes and running with "freewheel" shoes. With the "freewheel", you can run forward normally, but if you stop running you would be over roller skates. Scary! Running is a very natural locomotion pattern for our brain, and running has no free-wheel. You cannot just "coast" while running and you are always 100% aware of your speed. I think this "connection" people say about fixies has to do with this "always engaged" feeling, and this feels very RIGHT after you get used to it. –  heltonbiker Jan 22 '13 at 12:36

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