Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

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Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

Postby Newcastle Dave » Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:49 pm

A question for Fixie riders (not Single Speed).
My son has a new bike that was built around a track frame and includes a flip flop (fixie/SS) hub. He uses this for commuting from Richmond to RMIT and also as a general commuting bike. He insists on running it fixed, but I reckon that this makes it inherently less safe when dicing with Melbourne traffic.

Thoughts ?

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Re: Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

Postby HappyHumber » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:05 pm

I have no issue with riding a fixed wheel in traffic, as long as its fitted with least a front brake. Just like a car, that's where most of your stopping power is. I merely modulate my speed with my legs. Never really been a skidder. I have variously commuted on different FG bikes of my own construction on and off for the last 8 years here in Perth.

Personally, I think the issue with you sons bike should be brakes rather than whether its fixed or freewheel. This may well come down to how much of a fashion tragic your young bloke is.
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Re: Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

Postby bychosis » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:29 pm

I've ridden my fixie in Newcastle traffic, so the traffic is likely lighter. I'm not keen on it, but I'm sure with more practice it'd be second nature. after all, those crazy bike couriers all run fixed don't they?

Definitely fit a brake though.
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Re: Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:33 pm

Fixed Gear around Melbourne is great fun. I run 72 GI on one bike and 76 the other and don't have much trouble but for noobs, maybe look at 68-70 GI.

He'll need brakes.

He may never use them but he needs them.
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Re: Fixie in Melbourne Traffic

Postby HappyHumber » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:44 pm

+1 to Mulger Bill ratios

That's what I've always run or within ~5 traditional gear inches to and fro along the Perth coastal plain which is pretty flat.

Your son should ride a more sensible road ratio for a fixed setup. You can have the look of a track bike, but track ratios aren't suitable for every day, on road use.


If he's pushing the brakeless aesthetic - lower ratios are also easier to skid on.
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