Cranksets are one of the main components in the bicycle drivetrain system. They turn the energy your legs create into the motion that drives the bicycle forward (or also backwards in the case of fixed gear bikes). A chainring has a certain amount of teeth noted in the specs. For example, 44 or 46 or 48 t or teeth. So what do these numbers mean and how does it affect me when biking?
For those of you looking to alter your gear ratio, you can do so by changing the rear cog, which will affect the denominator of the ratio. You can also change the number of teeth in the chainring - or you can do both!
When buying a fixed gear or single speed bike it's very important to find the right gear ratio. Two of the most common gear ratios are 44:16 and 46:16 - what does that mean? Here we break down those gear ratios and help you find the perfect one to match your riding needs.
To reduce weight and improve overall performance, skilled bicycle manufacturers often choose to butt the bicycle's tubing in the frame. Butting is the process of removing extra material from where it is not needed. The manufacturer in turn leaves the frame untouched in the areas where it endures the most stress, for instance the joints, leaving the amount of material the same in order to insure long term strength and durability.
Flip-hop hubs are rear hubs that are threaded to fit both fixed gear cogs and free wheel. Meaning you get to choose your riding preference. You can ride fixed gear, where your pedals will continue to rotate as your wheels move forward - OR - you can ride freewheel, where you have the option to cruise as you ride. So what's it going to be?
A question we get thrown our way far too often - what is a fixed gear bike? And why do so many people love riding them? A fixed gear bike, also affectionately known as a fixie, is a bicycle with a drivetrain and no freewheel option. In simpler terms, the bike has one speed and does not feature an exterior derailleur. Still not picking up what we're putting down? Imagine yourself riding, as you pedal forward the wheels moves forward, and vice versa - however as you ride you do not have the option to cruise (meaning your legs are constantly pedaling) and you do not have the option to change gears. Constant motion.