Anybody ride fixed gear bikes here?

20 replies
Found 17th Jun 2009
I've been looking at getting a fixed gear bike but I'm not sure what to get.
Does anybody have experience of riding fixed gear?
Where is the best/cheapest place to buy them? Are there specialist shops?

20 Comments

Original Poster

I like the look of:

Charge Plug Freestyler
http://uploadpsd.com/file/66183.jpg

and
SE Racing Lager
http://uploadpsd.com/file/66184.jpg

What do you think?
I have a budget of less than £500.

You mean gearless? like a bmx?

Original Poster

No fixed wheel. Single speed but when you stop pedalling the rear wheel also stops.
You can't free wheel on a fixed gear bike. If the bike is moving, your legs are moving.

Original Poster

Anyone share my interest?

I wasn't aware of them till I read this thread but I'm very intrigued now. Seems £500 is a lot to spend though - would it not be better to (at least first) get a cheap old 10-speed and buy just the necessary parts (a fixed-gear rear hub/wheel). Unless your wanting to do (professional) racing on it the make-your-own almost seems a more fun idea (particular as they are harking back to age-old, barebones bikes).

What suppliers have you found?

(That said both those bikes look very nice! :giggle:)

Magic_monkey;5511587

No fixed wheel. Single speed but when you stop pedalling the rear wheel … No fixed wheel. Single speed but when you stop pedalling the rear wheel also stops. You can't free wheel on a fixed gear bike. If the bike is moving, your legs are moving.



like a penny farthing? wow how rubbish would that be

kungfu;5516263

like a penny farthing? wow how rubbish would that be



I'd love a penny-farthing, I'd cruise round the park like Raffles. But seriously, I like the sound of fixed-gears, it sounds like it would be both fun and skillful as you regulate speed through the pedals and skid-braking and have a much closer connection with the rear wheel.

Original Poster

There's some really nice videos on youtube of fixed gear bikes.
youtube.com/wat…EAI

I understand what you're saying but the parts to buy would be quite expensive.
First the frame would need to have horizontal drop outs which are very rarely found on cheap bikes. Then a wheel with a fixed hub would be around £100. A really good chain and chain ring that can handle the strain of being used as a brake.

Fixed gear bikes start around £240 eg. winstanleysbikes.co.uk/pro…009 so I could get one of them but I've been riding my friend's fixie and I love it.
Also a lot of the complete bikes come with a "flip-flop" rear hub where there is a fixed ring on one side and a freewheel ring on the other so you can ride both.

There's a good selection found here for sale.
winstanleysbikes.co.uk/cat…kes

Also on the London Gumtree as there is a large community of fixed gear messengers that ride there but I don't live near london lol
There's some on fleabay and quite a lot of referb old bikes converted into fixed gear but I'd rather buy new.
singlespeed.angelfire.com

Original Poster

jah128;5516306

I'd love a penny-farthing, I'd cruise round the park like Raffles. But … I'd love a penny-farthing, I'd cruise round the park like Raffles. But seriously, I like the sound of fixed-gears, it sounds like it would be both fun and skillful as you regulate speed through the pedals and skid-braking and have a much closer connection with the rear wheel.



You do have to be quite skilful and it does take time to get used to but you also have to have very strong legs, having not ridden fixed bikes much I still find it very hard to lock my legs and skid, even at slow speed. The bikes are made for speed and just want to carry on. I'm determined though.

I used mine for the first time today on my commute. Great fun :-D

I got mine DIY - bought an old steel racer from a neighbour for £15 and stripped it and painted it myself. Got a local bike shop to rebuild the back wheel onto a fixed hub (bought from Spa Cycles) and sort out the bottom bracket. All in it cost me just over £100 to get on the road.

Try ]http//ww…com for chat/advice (can be NSFW) or ]http//ww…com for technical stuff.

Good luck :thumbsup:

Original Poster

AyrshireBacon;5517073

I used mine for the first time today on my commute. Great fun :-DI got … I used mine for the first time today on my commute. Great fun :-DI got mine DIY - bought an old steel racer from a neighbour for £15 and stripped it and painted it myself. Got a local bike shop to rebuild the back wheel onto a fixed hub (bought from Spa Cycles) and sort out the bottom bracket. All in it cost me just over £100 to get on the road.Try ]http://www.londonfgss.com for chat/advice (can be NSFW) or ]http://www.sheldonbrown.com for technical stuff.Good luck :thumbsup:



Sounds really good what you did there. Any chance of a photo of your ride?
You managed to get it set up really cheaply but I think I would prefer to buy a complete set up with all purpose built parts etc.

Would love one, but there are way too many hills round here to justify one.

Magic_monkey;5517147

Sounds really good what you did there. Any chance of a photo of your … Sounds really good what you did there. Any chance of a photo of your ride?You managed to get it set up really cheaply but I think I would prefer to buy a complete set up with all purpose built parts etc.



Dont have any after photos, but do have a couple of the bike before I started.

Never done this before but try ]here

I meant to take some photos all the way through, but was enjoying the task so much I forgot.
I'll see if I can take a couple of the bike now it's finished and post again at the weekend.

Original Poster

You got that bike for £15?! Bargain! Your neighbour must like you a lot! lol
I can imagine that is a nice fixie now!

Magic_monkey;5521324

You got that bike for £15?! Bargain! Your neighbour must like you a lot! … You got that bike for £15?! Bargain! Your neighbour must like you a lot! lolI can imagine that is a nice fixie now!



Actually, he is the quiet neighbour that no-one really speaks much to. Say hello in passing, talk about the weather, but that's about it.

I know though, £15!!! At least I had the decency not to haggle him down any lower than his asking price :-D

When the guy in the bike shop saw it (in the raw state) he reckoned it would get at least £40 on eBay.

Original Poster

I found this new bike reduced from £350 to £190

http://uploadpsd.com/file/66351.jpg

Here's the spec:
Frame size - 23 1/2" (60cm) centre to top, 22" (56cm) centre to centre. * Assembled weight - 24lbs (10.9Kgs). * Wheel Base - 38 1/2" (978mm)

Bike features include:

* Frame: Hi-ten steel. 72° parallel seat tube and head tube. 27cm B.Bkt height. Fully Tig welded with track type rear drop-outs. Rear seat stay bridge drilled to accept recessed brake bolt. Allen bolt alloy seat tube clamp. No cable guides or cable stops, very light weights 10kg.
* Forks: Tig welded Hi-ten steel with straight ovalised blades. 1 1/8; " steerer
* Headset/Extension: A-head type. 115mm alloy 2 bolt extension with 45mm fork clamp
* Wheels: 700c 30 mm deep section alloy aero rims built with 24 spokes on Assess large flange alloy hubs. Nutted axles to both front and rear
* Tyres: 700c x 28c high pressure (100PSI) nylon white wall race tyres. Schrader valve tubes
* B.Bkt: CrMo axle with crank bolts - cup and cone type
* Chainset: 175mm alloy cranks. Single steel 44T 5 bolt ring
* Pedals: Nylon body with alloy cage c/w reflectors
* Chain: Endless link
* Handlebars: Alloy 500mm semi-raised
* Grips: 110mm soft-feel type. * Freewheel: 18T
* Brakes: Adjustable reach 2 finger alloy levers. Alloy dual pivot callipers with cam action cable tension release. All rubber blocks with wheel guides
* Seat post: 300mm x 25.4mm alloy micro-adjust
* Saddle: Narrow type with soft feel top, plastic base and steel rails
* Other: Front, rear and wheel reflectors

What do you think?

Magic_monkey;5525995

I found this new bike reduced from £350 to £190Here's the spec:Frame s … I found this new bike reduced from £350 to £190Here's the spec:Frame size - 23 1/2" (60cm) centre to top, 22" (56cm) centre to centre. * Assembled weight - 24lbs (10.9Kgs). * Wheel Base - 38 1/2" (978mm)Bike features include:* Frame: Hi-ten steel. 72° parallel seat tube and head tube. 27cm B.Bkt height. Fully Tig welded with track type rear drop-outs. Rear seat stay bridge drilled to accept recessed brake bolt. Allen bolt alloy seat tube clamp. No cable guides or cable stops, very light weights 10kg.* Forks: Tig welded Hi-ten steel with straight ovalised blades. 1 1/8; " steerer* Headset/Extension: A-head type. 115mm alloy 2 bolt extension with 45mm fork clamp* Wheels: 700c 30 mm deep section alloy aero rims built with 24 spokes on Assess large flange alloy hubs. Nutted axles to both front and rear* Tyres: 700c x 28c high pressure (100PSI) nylon white wall race tyres. Schrader valve tubes* B.Bkt: CrMo axle with crank bolts - cup and cone type* Chainset: 175mm alloy cranks. Single steel 44T 5 bolt ring* Pedals: Nylon body with alloy cage c/w reflectors* Chain: Endless link* Handlebars: Alloy 500mm semi-raised* Grips: 110mm soft-feel type. * Freewheel: 18T* Brakes: Adjustable reach 2 finger alloy levers. Alloy dual pivot callipers with cam action cable tension release. All rubber blocks with wheel guides* Seat post: 300mm x 25.4mm alloy micro-adjust* Saddle: Narrow type with soft feel top, plastic base and steel rails* Other: Front, rear and wheel reflectorsWhat do you think?



Looks nice, love the blue chain!

Magic_monkey;5525995

I found this new bike reduced from £350 to £190Here's the spec:Frame s … I found this new bike reduced from £350 to £190Here's the spec:Frame size - 23 1/2" (60cm) centre to top, 22" (56cm) centre to centre. * Assembled weight - 24lbs (10.9Kgs). * Wheel Base - 38 1/2" (978mm)Bike features include:* Frame: Hi-ten steel. 72° parallel seat tube and head tube. 27cm B.Bkt height. Fully Tig welded with track type rear drop-outs. Rear seat stay bridge drilled to accept recessed brake bolt. Allen bolt alloy seat tube clamp. No cable guides or cable stops, very light weights 10kg.* Forks: Tig welded Hi-ten steel with straight ovalised blades. 1 1/8; " steerer* Headset/Extension: A-head type. 115mm alloy 2 bolt extension with 45mm fork clamp* Wheels: 700c 30 mm deep section alloy aero rims built with 24 spokes on Assess large flange alloy hubs. Nutted axles to both front and rear* Tyres: 700c x 28c high pressure (100PSI) nylon white wall race tyres. Schrader valve tubes* B.Bkt: CrMo axle with crank bolts - cup and cone type* Chainset: 175mm alloy cranks. Single steel 44T 5 bolt ring* Pedals: Nylon body with alloy cage c/w reflectors* Chain: Endless link* Handlebars: Alloy 500mm semi-raised* Grips: 110mm soft-feel type. * Freewheel: 18T* Brakes: Adjustable reach 2 finger alloy levers. Alloy dual pivot callipers with cam action cable tension release. All rubber blocks with wheel guides* Seat post: 300mm x 25.4mm alloy micro-adjust* Saddle: Narrow type with soft feel top, plastic base and steel rails* Other: Front, rear and wheel reflectorsWhat do you think?



I don't really like the look of it. It is Hi-Ten steel so very heavy. None of the components are branded.

You might be better with a Carrera Subway Zero which is a new model this year from Halfords (not yet on their website - try google for links) for £250. May be able to special order. Aluminium frame, Truvativ crankset, flip-flop hub, etc.

Preview ]here

I'm still planning on pics of mine at the weekend.

Original Poster

AyrshireBacon;5534031

I don't really like the look of it. It is Hi-Ten steel so very heavy. … I don't really like the look of it. It is Hi-Ten steel so very heavy. None of the components are branded.You might be better with a Carrera Subway Zero which is a new model this year from Halfords (not yet on their website - try google for links) for £250. May be able to special order. Aluminium frame, Truvativ crankset, flip-flop hub, etc.Preview ]hereI'm still planning on pics of mine at the weekend.



I think I agree with you.
I do like the look of that Carrera, branded parts which is nice.
I'm just wondering how thick those tyres are. With it not having a traditional road frame, would they fit road rims/tyres to it?
I would maybe prefer a road frame but I want to have a look at one of those in the shop first before I decide.
Thanks for the find :thumbsup:

After photos now available ]here

You could always give Halfords a call and ask them. Or there is someone on the BikeRadar forums who has bought this bike already - you could ask them what tyres it comes with.

I've noticed that the Subway comes as a singlespeed bike, so you would need to buy a sprocket and a lockring to convert it to fixed. Probably about £10 & £6 for those and the shop you buy them at might fit them for free.
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