Maybe it’s a good start if we make it clear what is this so called “fixie”. Fixie or fixed-gear is a bicycle that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism, which means that its wheels cannot move unless power is applied to the pedals. It is been known that the “fixie” has become a popular alternative among mainly urban cyclists, offering the advantage of simplicity compared with the standard multi-geared bicycle.
So why should you ride a fixie?
1stof all, not only simplicity is an advantage, but also the fact that fixie is way lighter brings the blood pressure up and makes your heart to fall in love with a fixie. Fixed gear bicycle is low weight. Without the added parts required for a fully geared drive train—derailleurs, shifters, cables, cable carriers, multiple chain rings, freewheel hub, brazed-on mounting lugs and bla bla bla—a fixed gear bicycle weighs less than its geared equivalent. Less parts means less weight, so if you’re still driving a bulky bicycle with tons of accessories, stop now, you need a fixie!
2nd, less things on a bike, less things to maintain! Fixed-gear bikes have less parts that might need to be repaired. With regular maintenance, some oiling and tightening, the only thing you would need to replace is the brake pads, if you have brakes at all. Fewer moving parts means there are less mechanisms that could go haywire and break. And if something does break, it is easier to repair and replace. So maintenance is as easy as it could get, because you don’t have to deal with many parts of the bike, since there are not so many of them!
3rd, less maintaining means cheaper! Since you don’t need any special maintaining skills for a fixie, also less to repair and less parts to break, there’s no need to spend hundreds on your bike. Great, huh?
4th, simplicity that allows you full customization. Oh and you can go crazy here! There are people who will enjoy their bike as they are when you buy them from a store, but there are those, who will not miss a chance or a spot to put a sticker on their fixie. And stickers isn’t the only thing you can put, change and customize. All parts of fixed gear bike can be changed in any color and any style you want, so go rainbow on your bike if you feel like it!
5th, remember the cheap, well you can save money by commuting your fixie or any other bike. It’s a great way to save for future investments, because you don’t need to pay for bus fares or spend money on gas, it’s just you pedaling and your fixie taking you where you need to be. Also, forget about being stuck in traffic every time you need to go to work or after it. We think it’s a better way to start your day fresh than beep on the sleepy driver in front!
6th, let’s not forget that riding a fixie is good for your health! It can help you out in so many ways that your body will thank you afterwards. Cycling is known as a great way to improve your well-being. It can help you out if you want to lose weight or to build muscles. It’s a great way to cut heart diseases, good for strength and stamina, reduces anxiety and depression, decreases stress levels and many more ways that allows you to live longer.
Last, but not least, the reason why you should ride a fixie is pretty obvious, it’s fun! It allows you to explore unknown paths, find new roads and sometimes, even find new friends, keeps you fit and saves you time. So don’t hesitate anymore and get your fixie now!
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