What Are Fixie Bikes?
Unlike other multi speed bikes, the fixie, also known as fixed gear bikes or single speed bikes have to be ridden. An odd statement, but you have to respect fixie road bikes.
You are in charge and must master the skill of continual pedaling and reverse or resisting rotation to limit your speed or stop.
But you will find that once these offspring of your standard track bikes is tamed it will be the most fun on two wheels you will ever have.
You are not limited to road fixie bikes either. You can build and buy mountain fixies as well as the extraordinary tandem fixed gear bike. That would be a real challenge for two of you.
The Art Of Building Custom Fixie Bikes
Not everyone wants to spend hard cash on new fixie bikes.
In fact sometimes it is a splendid badge of honor as well of achievement to build your own custom fixed gear bike. Taking old road bikes, stripping them down and then rebuilding them with fixie parts is very rewarding. It also builds up your skill to maintain and repair whatever fixie bikes you own in the future.
It is also a way of getting exactly what you want from your fixie bikes.
Often when we buy fresh and new, we make do with mostly getting nearly everything we want. It is not the whole package wrapped up with a bow, but it was the closest that may have been available.
Building your own fixie overcomes that problem completely.
Where To Find Cheap Fixie Bikes
As we have talked about earlier, the cheapest way to own fixed gear bikes is to actually build one yourself.
But that isn’t everybody’s passion and some of us just are equipped with the technical skill or patience to go through that process. The other alternative is to find good fixie bikes for sale at the right price.
You could try your local bike shop, but to be honest a lot of them are not really up to speed on the fixie and have a bit of prejudice some times through lack of knowledge. They are still good for some fixie bike parts and for good quality wheel builds though.
An alternative is to go online to somewhere like Amazon and buy fixie bikes there. It is a bit of a risk, but if you are not going to build your own it’s a risk worth taking.
Used fixie bikes can be bought sometimes through specialist forums or local ads, but if you are a newbie it is highly advisable, in fact essential, you take an experienced hand along with you as well to advise and inspect it.
So getting fixie bikes to suit you at the right price is a bit of a dark art at times. You can become part scavenger, part engineer. Or you can flash the cash and get the best nearest thing for now with a view to upgrade at a later date