A fixed gear bike is a special kind of bike that has a retro look thanks to the fact that it is stripped back. These bikes are also known as fixie bikes and they have become increasingly popular over the last few years. The main difference between these bikes and ‘classic’ bikes is that in order to keep moving forwards the rider must continuously pedal, as the bike cannot cruise due to the fixed gears.
These bikes were originally designed and used by New York bike couriers that needed a speedy cycle that they could use to zip between jobs. The bikes have grown in popularity due to the craze for retro designs, although it isn’t just the aesthetic reasons that have made these bikes a must-have item for many people.
These bikes have added health benefits as well because you must keep pedalling in order to move forwards you will get more exercise out of riding a fixie bike. A lot of cyclists claim that they give them a better connection to the road as well, and they can definitely give riders a better grip on the back wheel of the bike in wet and slippery conditions, making them safer than some other bikes.