Questions tagged [fixed-gear]

Bikes that have no gears/shifters, and no freewheel - the pedals are always spinning when the bicycle is moving. Note that fixed gear is not the same thing as singlespeed, which has its own tag.

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Terminology: coaster brakes vs free wheel?

I just read this article https://www.tikesbikes.com/pages/coaster-brake-vs-hand-brake and it confuses me. They oppose coaster brakes with free wheels. My understanding is that the opposite of ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I've been riding a single speed to work on a daily basis for about 3 years. I want to learn to ride a fixie. I have a flip-flop, so my fixie ratio is 48/19. I've installed straps (hold fast). My ...
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Changing fixig rear cog from 16t to 19t

I have a single speed with 48/16 ratio with flip-flop wheel. I'm considering to change fixie cog to 19t, as it is easier to skit and has more skid patches. Will I need to enlarge my chain too?
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27“ x 1 1/4” back flip flop wheel or track wheel(rear)

I'm looking for a good wheel, I don't know much about brands and what's reputable. I'm replacing my back wheel because it's a suicide hub set up by a local bike shop(cheap short term fix) I'm ...
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Clicking noise when cranks rotate

I've got an old `86 Raleigh fixed gear bicycle that is making a loud clicking noise when the cranks rotates. It seems to have just started doing this today. I'm looking for someone who, maybe has ...
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fixed gear bicycle chain tension

the problem: my chain popped off on my yesterday..and I have no brakes so you can see how that's a problem.. I'm assuming it happened because of the chain being too loose...I'm wondering if it's so ...
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Finding compatible fixed-gear cog and lockring

I have a flip-flop hub that came stock on a Trek single-speed. I'd like to install a fixed-gear cog and lockring opposite the existing freewheel. How can I determine which cogs and lockrings are ...
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Chain prototype

For my thesis, I'm making a measurement prototype ruler with a bicycle chain. Check the image At the moment there is a worn bicycle chain in the white paper from a bike with a derailleur. The purpose,...
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Fixie sprockets

this post is a little different to your norm, so I'm not expecting much. I'm partaking in a competition where we are building a chain driven wheelchair and currently have it set-up using bicycle ...
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Fixed gear bike: when I stop the bike completely I can move the pedals back and forth very slightly is this normal?

As the title shows I have a fixed gear bike, not sure if this is right though: even when the chain is tight as possible there will be what seems a loose spot and it makes it so that the pedals move ...
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Single Speed / Fixie - Chain tension / uneven tension

I recently changed my chain and noticed it has uneven tension (probably my chain ring being out of rounds). I followed Parktool's video and set the tightest spot to have about 0.25 inch movement up ...
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Is it possible to convert a single speed rear wheel into a multi-speed rear wheel?

If I buy a wheelset that was meant for a single speed bicycle, how could I convert that wheelset to a multi-speed bicycle? Note that I am not asking about converting a fixie ride into a multi speed ...
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10 gears to singlespeed

My second hand Hercules bicycle came with 10 gears. Two gears in the front and five in the back. The gearshift does not work well and since I cycle in the same gear all the time anyway, I consider ...
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Modifying SKS Race Blade Long for solid axle hubs

I have a set of SKS Race Blade Long fenders. They have quick release attachments that fit around QR skewers. Unfortunately, I'd like to set these fenders up on my single speed commuter which has track ...
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Chain loosening over time (Fixie)

I've ridden a fixed gear bike for years now, but I've only just questioned if I have been doing something wrong when adjusting the chain. You see, I have to tension the chain (pulling the rear wheel ...
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Rim brake on front and disk brake on rear

Good day guys. I would like to know... I've purchased a old fixed gear bike, and i converted it to a freewheel. I've managed to install a rim brake on front. I was going to install ine on the back ...
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Should I get a smaller chainring or bigger cog?

I built a single speed bike about a year ago, and am starting to change out parts to make it more comfortable for me. The first thing I'm wanting to change is the gear inches, which I didn't give much ...
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1970's Gitane Gypsy: Brakes and types I can Use Shimano: ULTEGRA R8000

I want an updated brake system for Gitane Gypsy (1970's frame). Some braking types have descriptions that indicate "short reach caliper', which, is eponymous with its name I’m sure, however, I want to ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

When converting a geared bike to fg/ss, at some point there will be adjustments to be made regarding chainline. Without getting into details about what could be made to make it better (bb axle width, ...
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2- or 3-speed fixie [duplicate]

I am young...and dumb... so I want to ride fixed gear as all the other cool guys do. But without the trouble of having too high of a gear when starting away from a traffic light. So is it possible to ...
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Chain noise, fixed gear

This is my first bike ever assembled, I’m a total newbie. I’ve just finished to put chain/cog and did my first try of chain tensioning. All components are new, but still I don’t understand why there’...
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How can I know the number of teeths I need to go uphill?

I have a singlespeed with a flipflop hub to change to fixed gear. In my freewheel sprocket I have 16 teeth and in the ring chain 46 teeth. For me this is almost always the perfect combination for ...
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Fixed gear drivetrain problem

Sometimes, when I put a lot of pressure on my pedals while accelerating or skidding, my pedals "drop" like when your cog is unscrewing. I have a lock ring, so it's not unscrewing. I've recently ...
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Rear wheel resistance and vibrations are driving me crazy

I've recently purchased a new wheel set for my track bike. It's a Phil Wood High Flange laced to H + Son Archetype. I've been traveling a bit and haven't really ridden them very long. I immediately ...
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Painting the rims of single speed bike

I've recently purchased my first fixed gear bike from another rider and the rims have faded from orange to pink and I was hoping to restore it back to orange. However, after looking online, it doesn't ...
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Have multi-speed non-freewheeling bikes ever been common?

Prompted by a recent question I was pondering the idea of bikes with variable gearing (derailleur or otherwise) but without the ability to freewheel. Have such bikes ever been widely used? They would ...
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Track cog threading or lockring threading?

On the website of a wheel manifacturer, I can find the following specs about the cog compatibility of their track wheels: Our track hubs are then compatible with threaded track cogs of Shimano 1....
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Is Mustache bar for daily ride advisable?

I'm using an NJS approved frame for my fixed gear bike. Is it okay for me to use my new Mustache drop bar on my daily ride going to work and back home. a total of 25km per day.
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Skidding/skipping a fixie with ratio 48/16

I'm a noob. I have a single speed with 48/16 ratio with flip-flop wheel. I wanted to try what is a fixie and installed pedal straps. I tried to lock a rear wheel, but it just pushing my hard and ...
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Fixed Gear crank arm slips

The crank arm on my fixed gear "slips" when I put large pressure on the pedals like when I take that first pedal to get the bike moving or pulling up hard on my toe straps to slow down. The slip is ...
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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?

Assuming that we are using a fixed-gear bicycle and width of the wheels are the same, I wondered, does having bigger wheels mean I need to less effort to get from point A to point B in an urban ...
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Reposition pedal on a fixed gear (fixie)

I've been riding a fixie for about 3 months, without foot retention, for commuting. As I ride at about 10km/h I don't feel the need for it. I've learned I can reposition (lift) my right pedal (...
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Difference between two drivetrains with the same gear ratio?

Given two identical, fixed-gear bicycles, one with a 36/12 gear combination and another with 48/16, will there be any noticeable difference when pedaling these two bicycles? I understand there may be ...
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Turn single speed into multi speed!

I have just bought a cheap cycle for regular use (Kross Bolt 26"), but it comes in single speed. Can I put a 1×6/7 gear set in it?....the same model (28") comes with 21 speed gear set-up. How much ...
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Investing into a fixed bike [closed]

Well, two weeks ago I bought this fixed-gear bike and although it was my first time buying one of its kind, I considered it was cheap. Problem here is that when I tried to search for any clue of the ...
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Short inside leg body: smaller frame?

I have a bit of a disproportionate body. I am 176cm (5'9") tall, but my inside leg height is only 76cm (2'6"). I want to build a fixed-gear bike and I am looking for a frame of the right size for me. ...
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Drivetrain replacement on fixed gear

I have been using my 2008 langster (new york edition) as my main form of transportation for a very long time. The drive train has thousands of miles on it, will occasionally slip links when going ...
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What type of wheel fits a 700x38 tire

I have a Kent brand fixie bike with 700x38c tires and I am looking for a new front wheel what size should I buy
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Reversing handlebar tape direction

Based on the Park Tool guide on how to wrap drop handlebars, the bottom of the handlebars should have the tapes installed with an outward direction and reversing directions when it's on its way to the ...
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Fixed/free hub for 12mm TA frame?

I'm building an SSCX bike around a Brodie Romax SS frame which uses a 135x12mm thru-axle at the rear. I was hoping to be able to use a flip-flop hub so that I can run it SS for 'cross and fixed for ...
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Single Speed/Fixie Wheels with cup and cone bearings

I need to replace the wheels on my cheap single speed/fixie bike (similar to a mango or purefix bike). The current wheels are 700 diameter deep-v style rims with Quando hubs that use cup and cone ...
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Does a spinning class fixed wheel bike affect real world form?

I just had my first spinning class and hadn't realised it was going to be a fixed gear bike, when the instructor was asking us to get out of the saddle (or half out) the necessary technique felt very ...
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Help identifying a Bianchi track frame

I've been trying to identify this Bianchi track frame - any help would be appreciated! Closest I've come is Eco Pista from early 80s, but I'm absolutely no expert on the matter. The numbers on the BB ...
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Can i convert my Road bike to a Fixed Gear bike?

I was just wondering if i can convert my aluminum road bike into a fixed gear bike? If so, what is the BEST/SAFEST way to do so?... Reason why is because i have no need for gears due to the fact that ...
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700ccx28 rims with 25 tread and 28/32 tube does it work?

So I have a pure fix, first problem, I replaced the rim strip and the tubes popped far less. I only replaced them a couple times from a nail and too much weight. I needed new tread, the shop owner put ...
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Convert fixed side of flip flop hub to freewheel

I have a flip flop hub and I'd like to convert the fixed side to be free wheel. Is this possible? If so how much might it cost? My motivation for this is that: I never ride fixie I'm running a 46/16 ...
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Does chain tension change how hard/easy it is to pedal?

I ride a single speed bike and it seems to be tougher than it should be to pedal. It is comparable to one of the higher gears on a multi-speed bike. I'm getting the feeling that my chain may be too ...
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Commuting to work for the first time, what do I need to bring? [duplicate]

I've never biked to work, but am going to start next week. It's only about 15 miles round trip. I'm using a single speed bike, but it should be fine because I've gone on farther trips. Besides a ...
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How to choose the right size bike? [duplicate]

This question is one that I'm sure has been beat to death, but I am new to bike riding. Ideally I would have bought the bike at a local bike shop and been fit for the perfect bike. However, the prices ...
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Combining a Dynamo hub with a single speed geared hub setup

In theory, can you build a dynamo hub, say a SON, with a fixie/single speed gear, all mounted in the same hub and wheel? I will be building a touring rig with an extra wheel trailer and I would like ...