Recent Changes for "Fixed Gear Bicycles" - Davis Wikihttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_BicyclesRecent Changes of the page "Fixed Gear Bicycles" on Davis Wiki.en-us Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2011-04-13 12:58:19ChillMurrayComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 72: </td> <td> Line 72: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-04-13 12:58:19'' [[nbsp]] trackstanding can be done on any bike, not just fixed gears. it's just easier fixed. --["Users/ChillMurray"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2011-02-10 15:50:13knaggersadded some reasons why riding fixed might be chosen over traditional bikes. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 11: </td> <td> Line 11: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''How do you stop?'' A rider may resist the forward motion of the pedals, thereby slowing the rear wheel and ultimately coming to a stop. More advanced stopping techniques include skidding and skipping, though the former is a very inefficient method of stopping. Also note that the ability to skid one's rear wheel in this manner does not satisfy California's requirement of having a brake capable of skidding a wheel. </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''How do you stop?'' A rider may resist the forward motion of the pedals, thereby slowing the rear wheel and ultimately coming to a stop. More advanced stopping techniques include skidding and skipping, though the former is a very inefficient method of stopping. Also note that the ability to skid one's rear wheel in this manner does not satisfy California's requirement of having a brake capable of skidding a wheel.<span>&nbsp;The bike can also have normal brakes (most people leave on at least one traditional brake).</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 15: </td> <td> Line 15: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''Why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features, including multiple gears and the ability to freewheel?'' Some reasons: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. Fewer parts results in less, usually cheaper, maintenance. Lighter than the same frame built with a geared drivetrain. The ability to trackstand on level ground (that is, ability to stop and maintain balance without putting a foot on the ground).</span> </td> <td> <span>+ ''Why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features, including multiple gears and the ability to freewheel?'' Some reasons: For one thing a fixie offers many opportunities for doing tricks not possible in a traditional bike or even a bmx bike, including trackstanding, and riding backwards, to name a couple (these and more can be seen at [http://www.bootlegsessions.net]). It can also be a fashion statement (watch for hipsters). Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. It can be common ground by which to meet new people. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. Fewer parts results in less, usually cheaper, maintenance. Lighter than the same frame built with a geared drivetrain.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2011-01-04 02:10:10aggie1100 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 34: </td> <td> Line 34: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + In regard to "the sensation of riding," riding a multi-speed bike can give a riding sensation much closer to driving a manual transmission than a fixed gear. Everything from the sensation of running through the gears when accelerating to the selection of gear for optimizing either power or efficiency, etc. Even shifting your bike under power requires a certain amount of finesse to avoid crunching your gears (lowering torque until the shift is complete and/or timing shifts to release at the top/bottom of your pedal stroke where torque is lowest), much like managing RPM matching and feathering the clutch for a manual car. Also, the power response from a multi-speed bike is much more dynamic, as you can quickly downshift from your usual cruising cadence right before accelerating for extra instant torque at the wheel, while on a fixed gear you don't get to feel that extra "jump" unless you're in a very narrow cadence range. Not to mention you can take turns way more aggressively on a bike with a freewheel, as you can raise one pedal while you lean.<br> + <br> + A manual car will often punish you by stalling or jerking if you do things incorrectly. However, riding a multi-speed bike "incorrectly" doesn't give that kind of disciplining (aside from maybe having to push a large gear ratio from a standstill) so people aren't forced to learn. Most people do not shift frequently enough, ride hard enough, or use a high enough cadence to experience this "sporty" feel. But, once they do, it can be just as exciting and novel as it is learning to ride a fixed gear for the first time! As a sidenote, most of this mainly applies to multi-speed bikes with shifters which are within immediate reach of the hands (or knees for you downtube racers), such as trigger shifters or STI.<br> + <br> + As for the "extra bit of effort," I think a quote from Greg LeMond sums it up best: "It never gets easier, you just go faster."<br> + <br> + Loose analogies aside, I agree with "whether you're riding a fixed-gear bike or riding a multi-speed bike you are just riding a bike (balance, pedal, turn in the direction you want to go)." Though, learning to consciously use countersteering for snappy turns is another exciting thing to try. --["Users/aggie1100"]<br> + <br> + <br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2010-07-14 15:40:33EugeneBComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 53: </td> <td> Line 53: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2010-07-14 15:40:33'' [[nbsp]] um, a conversion will also require a track hub. there's ways around this, but it isn't safe and i don't want to be on the same roads as people gluing cogs to old hubs.<br> + <br> + I have a fixed gear bike, I also have many others. the track bike isn't any faster really than my other bikes, it's the rider that makes a bike fast or slow. I got a track bike because davis is so flat changing gears isn't totally necessary. I do prefer a 3 speed for commuting though. I also like the huge tires on my 29er (gearing is way low on that because it's a single speed mountain bike, but still fun). There is just something fun about the fixed drivetrain, I like how it carries your stroke through the deadspot. that said, there's nothing special about a track bike.<br> + <br> + borrow a friend's (god knows there are enough in davis now that everyone probably knows at least one guy with one of these). if it feels good, get one. if you don't like how it feels, get a different bike. they aren't faster, they aren't cooler, they're just bikes. I know my girlfriend likes it because she feels the ability to slow down by resisting the pedals is more intuitive than just hand brakes (but coaster brakes don't offer enough modulation)<br> + <br> + also, if you get one, put a brake on. I know some people who I'd trust riding brakeless, but the majority of riders really do need it. --["Users/EugeneB"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2010-05-31 17:22:07FixienthusiastComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 44: </td> <td> Line 44: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2010-05-31 17:22:07'' [[nbsp]] I personally began riding Fixed Gear bikes about 6 months ago. I wanted the ability to ride quickly and being that Fixies are MUCH lighter then say a Mountain bike and average grade Road bikes(bikes with gears and brakes). i also found skidding and the tricks available with Fixie's appealing. The bikes are very light and maintenance is very low.<br> + People say its a fashion statement but in reality, everything we do is a fashion statement.<br> + I personally top out with my gear ratio 48/16 at 30MPH. my cruising speed is about 18mph.<br> + thesse bikes are practical for anyone. The skidding took me a week to learn and i have had no accidents.<br> + <br> + I disagree that it takes more energy. once youve gotten past the first revolution of the crank, pedaling is half your legs and half momentum of the pedals. it kind of works for you in a way. I know this sounds weird, but i recommend trying one for yourself.<br> + I ride a Kilo TT with Continental Ultra tires. i have three different types of bars depending on the riding style.<br> + You can convert an old road bike or single speed bike with Cog, and a lockring. this will coast you roughly 40 bucks.. Happy and Safe Riding. If you have any other questions- th3belov3d@aol.com --["Users/Fixienthusiast"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 11:19:37BrettHallBrakes == Good <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 6: </td> <td> Line 6: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + There is a large discussion of whether the fixed gear mechanism itself constitutes a brake, because it is possible to skid the rear wheel by using the crank and chain. In Davis and Sacramento, the authorities have come down on the side of the bike needing a separate braking mechanism in order to comply with the law. So, if you do decide to ride a fixed gear, be aware that riding without a brake will get you a ticket.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 10:14:06BrettHallRemoving integrated comments <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 29: </td> <td> Line 29: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''2009-07-29 22:23:50'' [[nbsp]] Does it take a lot more energy? It seems really inefficient to bike with only one gear and always have to use your legs when you could otherwise coast... --["Users/IDoNotExist"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2009-07-29 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] Q: Does it take a lot more energy?<br> - A: If you know when to shift on multi-speed bicycle, a fixed gear will almost always use more energy. The rare exception to this is if you're riding your fixed gear at your optimal cadence at all times (no accelerating/decelerating) in which case the decreased weight/friction from the missing derailleur will end up saving you a small amount of energy. However, if you don't know how to use the shifter on a multi-speed bicycle (as many people don't, sadly) then a fixed gear may even take less energy.<br> - <br> - Q: why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features such as multiple gears, a freewheel, and...brakes (often not found on these bikes)?<br> - A: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. (insert any reason you'd like here)<br> - <br> - "An analogy I've used is driving manual vs. automatic."</span> </td> <td> <span>+ ''2009-07-29 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] "An analogy I've used is driving manual vs. automatic."</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 41: </td> <td> Line 33: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2009-07-30 00:43:16'' [[nbsp]] <span>So how DO you stop a bike like this? There are places around Davis where riding without good brakes is really dangerous (the Arboretum's hills, any bike circle between classes or when there are new freshmen around, downtown).<br> - <br> - </span>On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated. </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2009-07-30 00:43:16'' [[nbsp]] On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 47: </td> <td> Line 37: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''2009-07-30 06:15:01'' [[nbsp]] A few reasons people prefer fixies: fewer parts results in less, and usually cheaper, maintenance; a more efficient drivetrain; generally lighter; increased feedback from the rear tire grip; and, the reason I started using one, trackstands on level ground. --["Users/PaariKadappan"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2009-07-30 08:13:21'' [[nbsp]] ''So how DO you stop a bike like this?'' By resisting the forward motion of the pedals. Advanced stopping techniques include skipping (and note that skidding is the least effective way to stop)<br> - <br> - ''On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated.'' Your multispeed bike would still be able to freewheel. Take that mechanism away as well, and you have a single speed fixed gear.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ ''2009-07-30 08:13:21'' [[nbsp]] ''On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated.'' Your multispeed bike would still be able to freewheel. Take that mechanism away as well, and you have a single speed fixed gear.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 09:35:47KevinChinComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 54: </td> <td> Line 54: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-30 09:35:47'' [[nbsp]] Keep in mind that when you choose a gear ratio for a fixed gear, you're choosing the highest gear ratio you're going to be comfortable with while riding at cruising speed. In that case, you wouldn't be pedaling really fast during acceleration; instead you'd be pedaling slower (with a bit more force) while getting up to that speed. And though you'd probably learn to stop as BrettHall described (pedals with toe cages help), it's a good idea to have regular brakes installed anyway. --["Users/KevinChin"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 09:22:35BrettHallIntegrating comments. I have no eye for format. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 7: </td> <td> Line 7: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ Fixed gear bikes are not commonly understood by those who do not ride them. Common questions and their answers:<br> + <br> + ''How do you stop?'' A rider may resist the forward motion of the pedals, thereby slowing the rear wheel and ultimately coming to a stop. More advanced stopping techniques include skidding and skipping, though the former is a very inefficient method of stopping. Also note that the ability to skid one's rear wheel in this manner does not satisfy California's requirement of having a brake capable of skidding a wheel.<br> + <br> + ''Does it take more energy than a regular geared bike?'' If you know when to shift on multi-speed bicycle, a fixed gear will almost always use more energy. The rare exception to this is if you're riding your fixed gear at your optimal cadence at all times (no accelerating/decelerating) in which case the decreased weight/friction from the missing derailleur will end up saving you a small amount of energy. However, if you don't know how to use the shifter on a multi-speed bicycle (as many people don't, sadly) then a fixed gear may take less energy.<br> + <br> + ''Why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features, including multiple gears and the ability to freewheel?'' Some reasons: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. Fewer parts results in less, usually cheaper, maintenance. Lighter than the same frame built with a geared drivetrain. The ability to trackstand on level ground (that is, ability to stop and maintain balance without putting a foot on the ground).<br> + <br> + ''Aren't they terrible for your knees?'' In a word, yes. Especially if ridden with a high gear ratio at low speeds, a fixed gear bike puts more pressure on your knees than a geared bike. Using brakes to slow down will help alleviate this problem.<br> + </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 8: </td> <td> Line 18: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 10: </td> <td> Line 19: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 08:13:21BrettHallComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 40: </td> <td> Line 40: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-30 08:13:21'' [[nbsp]] ''So how DO you stop a bike like this?'' By resisting the forward motion of the pedals. Advanced stopping techniques include skipping (and note that skidding is the least effective way to stop)<br> + <br> + ''On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated.'' Your multispeed bike would still be able to freewheel. Take that mechanism away as well, and you have a single speed fixed gear.<br> + <br> + ''On automatic shifting bicycles: are you referring to a CVT?'' These are two different technologies. Shimano makes a group of components called Coasting, which has a 3-speed automatic transmission with coaster brakes (which I also find pretty sweet). The NuVinci hub is the only CVT I'm aware of in the bike world, and it's very much a manual transmission (also very expensive). --["Users/BrettHall"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 06:15:01PaariKadappanComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 38: </td> <td> Line 38: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-30 06:15:01'' [[nbsp]] A few reasons people prefer fixies: fewer parts results in less, and usually cheaper, maintenance; a more efficient drivetrain; generally lighter; increased feedback from the rear tire grip; and, the reason I started using one, trackstands on level ground. --["Users/PaariKadappan"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 00:43:16IDoNotExistComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 32: </td> <td> Line 32: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-30 00:43:16'' [[nbsp]] So how DO you stop a bike like this? There are places around Davis where riding without good brakes is really dangerous (the Arboretum's hills, any bike circle between classes or when there are new freshmen around, downtown).<br> + <br> + On the shifting issue - is this equivalent to if I rode my (multispeed) bike with exactly one gear ratio all the time, and never shifted? I know that I'd be pedaling way too fast if I couldn't change gears as I accelerated.<br> + <br> + On automatic shifting bicycles: are you referring to a CVT? Those have essentially infinite gear ratios, where you are always using the best ratio for that particular speed. This seems like the opposite of a fixed gear bike to me. --["Users/IDoNotExist"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-30 00:25:15KevinChin <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 31: </td> <td> Line 31: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * Hah :) . When I first mentioned my analogy to my wife, she called me on it for this same reason. True, the concept of shifting doesn't fit, but that's not what I was shooting for. I was thinking more about the sensation of riding, and the extra bit of effort you have to take into account with the fixed gear. You learn to drive with an automatic, then when you first try manual it's decidedly different: you need to learn when to shift gears, timing the clutch to get out of first, etc. Similarly when I learned to ride my fixie, suddenly I could stop without using brakes--but I had to take a few minutes to figure out how. Same with coasting (or lack thereof). Track stops at red lights (much easier on a fixed gear). But in the end, whether you're riding a fixed-gear bike or riding a multi-speed bike you are just riding a bike (balance, pedal, turn in the direction you want to go) just like driving either manual or automatic is still. . . well, just driving. --["Users/KevinChin"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 23:35:16aggie1100 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 27: </td> <td> Line 27: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> A: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. (insert any you'd like here)<span>&nbsp;Take a pick. ;)</span> </td> <td> <span>+</span> A: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. (insert any <span>reason </span>you'd like here) </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 23:33:45aggie1100Comment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 22: </td> <td> Line 22: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-29 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] Q: Does it take a lot more energy?<br> + A: If you know when to shift on multi-speed bicycle, a fixed gear will almost always use more energy. The rare exception to this is if you're riding your fixed gear at your optimal cadence at all times (no accelerating/decelerating) in which case the decreased weight/friction from the missing derailleur will end up saving you a small amount of energy. However, if you don't know how to use the shifter on a multi-speed bicycle (as many people don't, sadly) then a fixed gear may even take less energy.<br> + <br> + Q: why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features such as multiple gears, a freewheel, and...brakes (often not found on these bikes)?<br> + A: A fashion statement. Mechanical simplicity. Visual simplicity. Because you want to hang with the fixie kids. Alternate training style. Feeling "more connected" to the road. Better control on slippery roads. (insert any you'd like here) Take a pick. ;)<br> + <br> + "An analogy I've used is driving manual vs. automatic."<br> + Bad analogy. Both manual and automatic transmissions are variable, unlike a fixed gear. This would fit more for an analogy between a typical manually shifted bicycle and one of those rare automatic shifting bicycles. However, if you really want to use the car analogy, you can call a manual transmission a typical multi-speed bicycle, and a direct drive as the single speed / fixie. --["Users/aggie1100"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 22:23:50IDoNotExistComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 20: </td> <td> Line 20: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-29 22:23:50'' [[nbsp]] Does it take a lot more energy? It seems really inefficient to bike with only one gear and always have to use your legs when you could otherwise coast... --["Users/IDoNotExist"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 22:07:15KevinChinComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 18: </td> <td> Line 18: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-29 22:07:15'' [[nbsp]] An analogy I've used is driving manual vs. automatic. Sure, automatics will do most of the work for you, but driving stick gives you a better feel for how your car handles. And it's fun. Aside from that, I can vouch for the simplicity aspect. I wanted to try to build a bike from parts found through the ["Davis Bike Collective"] and I liked how the fixie is a bike at its most basic level. I also wanted a blue chain and I could only find one for a single-speeds. So yeah, guilty on the fashion charge too :) . --["Users/KevinChin"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 20:29:10NickSchmalenberger(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 17: </td> <td> Line 17: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2009-07-29 20:28:29'' [[nbsp]] Not that I have one, but I think its because they are simpler to maintain. Maybe the freewheel somewhat insulates the rider from the road also? I will probably <span>build</span> my own in about 20 years after everybody else forgets about it. --["Users/NickSchmalenberger"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2009-07-29 20:28:29'' [[nbsp]] Not that I have one, but I think its because they are simpler to maintain. Maybe the freewheel somewhat insulates the rider from the road also? I will probably <span>setup</span> my own in about 20 years after everybody else forgets about it. --["Users/NickSchmalenberger"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 20:28:57NickSchmalenberger(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 17: </td> <td> Line 17: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2009-07-29 20:28:29'' [[nbsp]] Not that I have one, but I think its because they are simpler to maintain<span>?</span> Maybe the freewheel somewhat insulates the rider from the road also? I will probably build my own in about 20 years after everybody else forgets about it. --["Users/NickSchmalenberger"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2009-07-29 20:28:29'' [[nbsp]] Not that I have one, but I think its because they are simpler to maintain<span>.</span> Maybe the freewheel somewhat insulates the rider from the road also? I will probably build my own in about 20 years after everybody else forgets about it. --["Users/NickSchmalenberger"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 20:28:29NickSchmalenbergerComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 16: </td> <td> Line 16: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-29 20:28:29'' [[nbsp]] Not that I have one, but I think its because they are simpler to maintain? Maybe the freewheel somewhat insulates the rider from the road also? I will probably build my own in about 20 years after everybody else forgets about it. --["Users/NickSchmalenberger"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 17:17:17IDoNotExistComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 14: </td> <td> Line 14: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2009-07-29 17:17:17'' [[nbsp]] I'm aware that fixies have suddenly become very popular (possibly for fashion reasons). But other than that, why would you choose this type of bike over one with modern features such as multiple gears, a freewheel, and...brakes (often not found on these bikes)? --["Users/IDoNotExist"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 17:14:57IDoNotExistComments <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 13: </td> <td> Line 13: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- [[Include(Seed)]]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ [[Comments]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 11:08:59LillianChowforward &amp; backward <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 3: </td> <td> Line 3: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> '''Fixed Gear Bicycles''' or "fixies" are one of the kinds of ["bicycles"] you may see on the roads of Davis. Fixed gears are the oldest form of drivetrain on bicycles. They are extremely simple from a mechanical standpoint, and this simplicity tends to be attractive to some riders. The 'fixed' refers to the lack of a freewheeling mechanism on the bike, so whenever the wheel is moving so are the pedals, and vice versa. They can be used by serious cyclists looking for a different type of training on the bike. Around town, they are most commonly found under people who are just getting from point A to point B. </td> <td> <span>+</span> '''Fixed Gear Bicycles''' or "fixies" are one of the kinds of ["bicycles"] you may see on the roads of Davis. Fixed gears are the oldest form of drivetrain on bicycles. They are extremely simple from a mechanical standpoint, and this simplicity tends to be attractive to some riders. The 'fixed' refers to the lack of a freewheeling mechanism on the bike, so whenever the wheel is moving so are the pedals, and vice versa. <span>If you pedal forward, you move forward, and if you pedal backward, you move backward.<br> + <br> +</span> They can be used by serious cyclists looking for a different type of training on the bike. Around town, they are most commonly found under people who are just getting from point A to point B.<span><br> + </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 5: </td> <td> Line 8: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 6: </td> <td> Line 10: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> If you want to race them on a track, the nearest is [http://www.ridethetrack.com/ Hellyer Park]. <span>&nbsp;</span>This is the only place one should ride a fixed gear bike without brakes. </td> <td> <span>+ <br> +</span> If you want to race them on a track, the nearest is [http://www.ridethetrack.com/ Hellyer Park]. This is the only place one should ride a fixed gear bike without brakes. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-07-29 10:28:53BrettHallAdding (some) content <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 3: </td> <td> Line 3: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- '''Fixed Gear Bicycles''' or "fixies" are one of the kinds of ["bicycles"] you may see on the roads of Davis.<br> - You can discuss them at ["DavisFixed"].<br> - If you want your own fixed-gear bike, a great place to get one is at ["Apex Cycles &amp; Service" Apex Cycles].<br> - If you want more information on how they work or what they are, check [wiki:wikipedia:"fixie" Wikipedia].</span> </td> <td> <span>+ '''Fixed Gear Bicycles''' or "fixies" are one of the kinds of ["bicycles"] you may see on the roads of Davis. Fixed gears are the oldest form of drivetrain on bicycles. They are extremely simple from a mechanical standpoint, and this simplicity tends to be attractive to some riders. The 'fixed' refers to the lack of a freewheeling mechanism on the bike, so whenever the wheel is moving so are the pedals, and vice versa. They can be used by serious cyclists looking for a different type of training on the bike. Around town, they are most commonly found under people who are just getting from point A to point B.<br> + If you're interested in more information, especially local, check out the group ["DavisFixed"].<br> + If you want your own fixed-gear bike, great places to check out the selection are ["Bicycle Shops" local bike stores].<br> + If you want to race them on a track, the nearest is [http://www.ridethetrack.com/ Hellyer Park]. This is the only place one should ride a fixed gear bike without brakes.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-04-29 20:18:29Oleg.LokhvitskyCleaning up, adding wikipedia link. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> [[Image(fixie.JPG, right, thumbnail, 400)]] </td> <td> <span>+</span> [[Image(fixie.JPG, right, thumbnail, 400<span>, "A converted fixie."</span>)]] </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 4: </td> <td> Line 4: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> <span><br> -</span> <span>*</span> ["Davis<span>f</span>ixed"]<span><br> - </span> </td> <td> <span>+</span> <span>You</span> <span>can</span> <span>discuss them at</span> ["Davis<span>F</span>ixed"]<span>.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 8: </td> <td> Line 6: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ If you want more information on how they work or what they are, check [wiki:wikipedia:"fixie" Wikipedia].</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-04-06 19:17:51JasonAllerinternalized link <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 5: </td> <td> Line 5: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- [[Include(Seed)]]<br> - [http://www.Davisfixed.com]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ * ["Davisfixed"]</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 9: </td> <td> Line 8: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + [[Include(Seed)]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-04-06 10:49:13TheAmazingLarryapex link <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 7: </td> <td> Line 7: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + If you want your own fixed-gear bike, a great place to get one is at ["Apex Cycles &amp; Service" Apex Cycles].</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2009-04-06 10:35:18michaelhoefling <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 6: </td> <td> Line 6: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ [http://www.Davisfixed.com]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2008-10-25 19:17:08JasonAllerUpload of image <a href="http://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles?action=Files&do=view&target=fixie.JPG">fixie.JPG</a>.Fixed Gear Bicycleshttp://daviswiki.org/Fixed_Gear_Bicycles2008-10-25 19:16:44JasonAller <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Fixed Gear Bicycles<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ [[Image(fixie.JPG, right, thumbnail, 400)]]<br> + <br> + '''Fixed Gear Bicycles''' or "fixies" are one of the kinds of ["bicycles"] you may see on the roads of Davis.<br> + <br> + [[Include(Seed)]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div>