Once in a while I get interesting questions from followers of our BiSiKLETA blog in Tumblr and I’ve decided I’d answer them here.
What is the advantage of a fixie over a bike with gears? I am honestly curious because I’m looking to buy a bike soon
A lot of people have a number of opinions and preferences about this topic and the following is my take on it. Some of you may or may not agree and that’s okay. Agree to disagree.
Just so everyone knows, my first bike was a road bike with all the shifters and gears and I rode it for years. That bike got stolen a few years ago and just to get me back to riding again I got myself a relatively cheap bike — a fixie.
On a fixed gear bike, cycling is a lot simpler — you pedal to go and you stop pedaling to slow down and stop. I don’t get to think about changing gears or what gear to change to when the road points up or down which makes things simpler. But fixed gear bike is harder on the legs because you use them to go, to slow down and to stop. You also cannot shift to a smaller gear when the road tilts up — all you can do is pedal harder. And since its a fixed gear bike you cannot coast.
On a geared bike, you can choose which gear to use depending on road conditions or orientation. You can also coast — something I sometimes miss.
In the end, I think its all a matter of preference — what you as a bicycle rider want. Test ride both types of bicycles to see which one you’d like to ride and go with that.