I'm new to the fixie world. I'm planning to buy a fixie bike though, but to start right away would be difficult especially when I'm pedaling down hill. Is it possible to change the fixie bike into the freewheeler with both front and back brakes?

Please HELP!

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You can buy a flip hub rear wheel where one side is fixed, the other free (Some bikes even come with them). You just take the wheel off, flip sides and put it back on. Brakes will depend on the frame but most frames allow for the installation of brakes. For the rear brake, you'll just have run full cable housing along the frame with either wire ties or cable clamps.

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    yeah, +1, another keyword the op could search on is "flip-flop"
    – PeteH
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 20:19
  • You don't even need a fixed / free wheel. If you've got a fixed only wheel, then you can just unscrew the fixed cog and thread a freewheel right on there. I've used this on a bike-polo bike which gets tons of torque and have had no problems with the freewheel on a fixed/fixed hub. You have a little less threaded surface, but in practice it's fine. Most fixed gears I tend to see come with a fixed/free hub anyway, so typically it's not even an issue.
    – Benzo
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 20:19

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