What Is a Fixie Bike?


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A "fixie" bike is a nickname for a fixed-gear bicycle, which is a single-speed bicycle that operates without a freewheel mechanism. A freewheel allows the wheels to spin without moving the pedals. This means that a fixed-gear bike in motion continuously moves its pedals as well.

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What Is a Fixie Bike?
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The advantages of a fixed-gear bike, like all single-speed bikes, are in the simplicity, light weight and lack of moving parts to foul up. Fixed-gear bikes do not have gear-shifting mechanisms or sets of sprockets for different speeds. The pedals can be used for braking, so some fixed-gear bikes don't have handbrakes, although this is not a safe or advisable method of operating a bike.

The disadvantage of fixies is that they are challenging to operate on hilly terrain. The single gear is generally not well suited for steep inclines.

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