Fixed gear bikes have grown in popularity and it is good to know whether a fixed gear bike would be good for you before going ahead to get one. The first step would be asking what are fixed gear bikes. Once you know the definition of gear bikes you will know how different they are and what differentiates them from regular bikes. Basically a fixed gear bike as the name suggests is a bike that has no freewheel mechanism. Some people prefer fixed gear bikes because of their simplicity. Some of other advantages of fixed gear bikes include:
A fixed gear bike gives the pedal more efficiency as you are required to use both your physical speed and momentum in order to maintain speed. The rear hub is constantly engaged and that gives the pedal more power for the bike’s movement. This makes you use less energy while peddling.
Fixed gear bikes are lighter in weight since there are no multi gears involved which may contribute to weight. It has been simply made in that it just has the frame, handlebars, drivetrain, wheels and seat post. It lacks many of what other bikes have such as derailleur, levers, cassette and brake assembly. The fact that it is more lightweight makes it very portable.
Fixed gear bikes are normally cheaper as they have fewer components as compared to the other regular bikes. The cost can even be lower when you go for the brakeless version.
The fact that fixed gear bikes do not have: multi-gear drive trains, disc brakes and caliper brakes make them cheaper. The more the components the bike has the more the maintenance charges since they will all require to be maintained.
A good riding experience
Many fixed gear bikes will give you a good and different riding experience as it helps you to have a better feel with the bike. With a fixed gear bike, the pedals don’t keep turning like the regular bikes and this helps you to be more in tune with the roads and the riding experience in general. The fact that the bike has les components makes the riding experience have a natural feel which is different and feels nice.
When it comes to fixed gear bikes, they have a different look altogether that makes them unique. With few components it looks nicer and also gives the owner the flexibility of customizing things to their liking.
As much as fixed gear bikes have many advantages, it also has some set of disadvantages and thus it is important for social workers to look at the disadvantages as well to help them make an informed decision. It might be exciting to many but may not be exciting to you depending on your needs. Social workers should also keep in mind that not all fixed gear bikes have been made in the same way and hence there are factors to consider making sure they end with the right one for their needs.