Fixed Mixed - Nixed?
July 26, 2012 9:29 AM Subscribe
can you tell me if the bike I want exists (or should/could exist), and if I'm even thinking about it in the right way?
posted by peachfuzz to sports, hobbies, & recreation (32 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am finding the idea of a fixed gear bike more and more appealing. Here are the things I like about them:
- light weight
- less stuff to maintain/break
- better for messy conditions
- just simpler overall, I find the economy of them really appealing.
I live in a very flat town with a robust biking culture. I already ride most everywhere. I picture using this for errands, to hop out to the bars, etc. Most rides would be 1-5 miles through wide streets with bike lanes and not a lot of traffic. I would certainly have a front brake, and probably a front rack. I would probably want a flip-flop hub just in case. Now, the tricky things:
- I would really, really like a mixte frame and probably fenders, I ride in heels and skirts all the time. Is this just silly?
- I am super short (5'2", with a 28.5" inseam). 47cm road bikes are generally a leeetle too tall for me. Is there anyone who makes fixed gear bikes in 43-45cm frame sizes? I am okay with 650cc wheels.
- Do I really need another bike? I already have two - a road bike for capital-R riding and commuting (30 miles round trip) and a sweet old English 3-speed cruiser that is fitted up really nicely with dynamo lights, racks, etc. It's very, very comfortable and safety first, but it's OMG so heavy.
- I am fairly cheap. I'm not really in the custom awesome bike market, I want something that can take casual treatment and won't break my heart if it gets stolen.
In a nutshell, I picture this fixie being a zippy, lightweight, don't-have-to-think-too-much middle ground between my fast road bike and my heavy-ass and somewhat finicky but super comfortable cruiser. I would obviously still ride the road bike for road bike things, and would ride the cruiser on longer pleasure rides or when I don't care about being zippy (and probably when I think there's a possibility of being a little tipsy). I just really like the idea of having a bike I can grab and go without a lot of fuss, and maybe ride in slightly icy/snowy conditions if I want to.
Is this a good idea, Metafilter? Is there something about riding fixed gear that I'm missing? Is it stupid to one person to own three bikes? Is this just not going to work the way I think it will? Punch holes in my bike dream now.
(I would be open to a new bike, or to converting an old bike - this town has lots of resources and help for that sort of thing. I'm most concerned about even being able to find a frame that works, old or new).