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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How tight should a fixie's chain be?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. How tight should the chain be and what is the best way of measure it? I have a chain tug so I can be pretty accurate in dialling in the right amount of tension. I don't ...
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Why ride a fixed-gear bike?

I must confess, I don't know much about bikes. Until fairly recently, a bike was just that thing that I rode to work each day. I've been slowly learning more about bikes but I still have some newbie ...
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Fixie Rear Wheel Slippage Problem

I have a fixie and I'm finding the rear wheel slips forward when riding (horizontal dropouts), causing the chain to loosen and thus a sub-optimal riding experience. It's not enough to be critical, ...
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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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How do I figure out which size chain my fixed gear bike has

My fixed gear bike is going to want a new chain soon, how do I figure out which width I should use?
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Adding gears to a single speed Cycle

I have a single speed cycle and i want to have minimum of six gears on it, Is there a cheap and good way so that i can get gears on it?
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Dismounting wheel in a fixie

I have a fixed gear bike, Rocky Mountain Boroughs Fixie (see picture). The chain is very tight compared to any free wheel bike. So anytime the tire gets punctured (unfortunately very often) and I want ...
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What is the difference between a “single-speed bike” and a “fixed-gear” bike?

I would have thought that a single gear was the same as a fixed gear, but that does not seem the case. What am I missing? Can a fixed gear bike have more then one gear?
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Front brake only on a fixed-gear bike

Is it considered safe-enough to only have a front-brake on a fixie in a urban area that has many hills? I've been considering buying one, but I want to get some opinions before I move forward.
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Why don’t fixed gear bikes have brakes?

It seems to be assumed you will not have any brakes on a fixed gear bike, why?
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How do I change my single-speed to a fixed gear?

I've been biking on single-speed for a few months and would like to play around with a fixed gear. I've heard of a flip-flop hub, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. And without any fellow bikers - I'...
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Fixed gear: slipping

I have a single speed bike with a flip-flop hub and recently I decided to try out the fixed side. When testing it out in the car-park I was applying backpressure to brake and found sometimes the ...
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Why does my non-drive side crank arm come loose?

I tighten the bolt super hard. Ride for a while. Then it comes loose again. I don't know if its my BB or the bolts. How can this be fixed??
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How to stop dealing with flat tires?

I have a very nice fixie bike, which I keep suffering from flat tires. I live in Bogota which is a city full of potholes in the road. I have been examining options to implement in order to have less ...
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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
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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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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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Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike

I recently purchased a fixed gear bike, Kilo TT. I had some fenders lying around, SKS raceblade. I tried to install them on my bikebut noticed that the fenders attached to the skewers. My fixed gear ...
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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Fixed gear cranks loosening

I'm new to fixed gear riding, and my bike only has a front brake. I have noticed that when I use resistance at the cranks to slow down, rather than the front brake, eventually the cranks will begin to ...
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Trying to build first fixie?

So this is the first fixie bike I would have owned. I am unsure if I want a freewheel one or not so I won't have to constantly pedal. But I was wondering or seeking help for how I could build one by ...
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Is deep v wheels safer then the standard fixie rims

I'm thinking about getting a new fixie but wonder what size rims I should get. I've heard that deep v wheels are easier to handle then just the standard rim size.