5 essential tips for riding a fixed wheel bike

Its no secret that fixie bikes are taking the world by storm thanks to their low maintenance and good looks, however stepping on to one for the first time can be a dangerous experience if you’re not sure what you are doing. 

Here are some useful tips for the first time you get on a fixie bike…Hopefully these will ensure a smooth and safe ride. 

1. Wear a helmet 

Fixed wheel bikes can take you by surprise if you are not used to riding one. Remember the pedals don’t stop turning so long as the rear wheel is moving so  you cannot coast. This can be really dangerous if you are not used to it, so we recommend that you wear a helmet just in case. 

2. Get comfortable before hitting busy roads 

Its a good idea to get comfortable with the fixed wheel experience before you start riding on busy roads. Supermarket carparks are a perfect place to go and have a practice spin before you start using it for your commute. Head down there towards closing time to make sure there isn’t much traffic around. 

Failing that, cycle paths are another good place to get a feel as sudden breaking isn’t usually required. 

Its no secret that fixie bikes are taking the world by storm thanks to their low maintenance and good looks, however stepping on to one for the first time can be a dangerous experience if you’re not sure what you are doing. 

Here are some useful tips for the first time you get on a fixie bike…Hopefully these will ensure a smooth and safe ride. 

1. Wear a helmet 

Fixed wheel bikes can take you by surprise if you are not used to riding one. Remember the pedals don’t stop turning so long as the rear wheel is moving so  you cannot coast. This can be really dangerous if you are not used to it, so we recommend that you wear a helmet just in case. 

2. Get comfortable before hitting busy roads 

Its a good idea to get comfortable with the fixed wheel experience before you start riding on busy roads. Supermarket carparks are a perfect place to go and have a practice spin before you start using it for your commute. Head down there towards closing time to make sure there isn’t much traffic around. 

Failing that, cycle paths are another good place to get a feel as sudden breaking isn’t usually required. 

3. Getting going takes practice 

Remember that as well as stopping, STARTING on a fixed wheel bike can be challenging. Make sure you get the pedal that relates to your strongest leg at the top of the cycle so you can generate as much momentum as possible on your first push. You may need to practice this a few times as this is an essential skill for urban riding, where stopping at junctions and traffic lights is a regular occurrence.

4. Take caution going up and down hills 

Hills are dangerous places for fixie bike riders. Lets start with going up hill. Don’t forget that you only have one gear, and you can’t stop pedalling! If the hill looks too steep then the best action is to concede and walk your bike up. Going down hill can also be very dangerous. Again remember that you can’t stop pedalling so if you start picking up some speed you won’t be able to coast. A good tip is that if you are really struggling and feel the urge to coast just take your feet off the pedals and stick them out of the sides just like a child! Drivers may be alarmed but just pretend you mean it and smile!

5. Consider a flip-flop hub if you aren’t confident

Most fixed wheel bikes will now come with a flip-flop rear hub. One side of the rear hub turns the bike in to a fixed wheel beast, the other is like a BMX hub which is still only one gear but allows coasting. This can be swapped by just flipping over the rear wheel (hence the name!). 

This is good option if you are changing from a regular geared bike to a single speed bike because it allows you to progress to the normal hub first and then eventually the fixed gear. 

We hope this tips help on your quest to becoming a fixed gear master!

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