Fixed wheel with flats – good idea or will I die?
I’ve got an EBC Revolution Courier Single, which has a flip-flop rear hub. I use it for commuting, and ride in normal shoes/jeans (my own – sisters are too big) with flat pedals.
I’m tempted to try it fixed – advisable with flats, or am I likely to shatter my shin bones whilst being hurled over the bars into oncoming traffic?
Oh, brakes both ends.Posted 9 years agoBigDummySubscriber
Doesn’t it depend on the gearing to some extent? Presumably a very low gear is less of a problem?
If you like your flats but need some foot retention, find some Powergrips. SJS cycles usually have them. They are much less vulnerable than plastic clips and straps and will accomodate pretty much any shoes, and are very snug. I’ve bodged them onto V12s before now although they’re better on smaller pedals.
🙂Posted 9 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
It’s not tosh at all. For riding round town, especially on a bike with 2 barkes, you could probably get away with it (just), but for true control and the miniscule adjustments in speed you need when riding on a proper track you absolutely NEED clipless pedals.Posted 9 years ago
Yes it is tosh. Complete bollocks in fact.
Standard advice for a beginner starting out riding fixed is to use caged pedals:
So far as I can see riding around London, the large majority of fixed riders ride with caged pedals (I’m in the small minority in using SPDs). If beej (the OP) has two brakes he will have no problem controlling the bike. He won’t go over the front handlebars or any other such nonsense.Posted 9 years ago
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