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What is a fixed gear bike, anyway?

September 02, 2014

Tribe Bicycle Co. Fixed Gear Bike

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.

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