Why xFixxi Bikes?
Why Should I Get a Single Gear Bike?
The biggest reason is the simplicity of the build. Fixies are elegant bikes, easy to build, easy to maintain and easy on the eyes. If that wasn’t enough to make you love them, however, there are a number of benefits that arise from their simplicity that will make your cycling journey much smoother.
Good Handling Bike
Single-gear bikes are smooth on the road. They have good handling, offering the rider firm control. The limited friction between the crank set and freewheel allows you to transfer power even more directly. Since they are designed to be user-friendly, riders of all skill levels can manage their speed and power output easily.
A simple bike translates into lower prices, both in terms of the initial purchase and future maintenance. Whether you are looking for a reliable commuter bike for daily use, or just for weekend family rides, a single-speed can save you some bucks.
Single gear bikes also allow you to choose your braking method. You can engage the freewheel for the standard braking method (Use your hands to squeeze the brake levers). Or, in Fixie Mode (the advanced, fixed-gear configuration), you can remove the rear brakes (as your legs are the brake for the rear wheel), and simply turn the rear wheel around and resist the pedals (or skid-stop) to brake. While it is strongly recommended that the front brake remain for safety reasons, with the rear brake system removed, however, your bike will be around 150g lighter and much simpler to handle.
If this is the setting you prefer, then your bike is no longer called a single gear bike, but a Fixie. The Fixie setting can also be ridden backwards because if you pedal backward, the wheel will rotate backward. How’s that for versatility?
The Simple, Yet The Professional Bike
Fixies were used in the original Tour de France and are likely what you started with as a child while still using training wheels to get down the street. If you want to enjoy the most simplified form of biking, this trend is the one to try. It’s also ideal for winter riding because you can more easily moderate your speed at the moment (of course, with snow or all-weather tires), giving you much-needed control.