A fixed-gear bicycle, or fixed-wheel bicycle, commonly known as a ‘fixie’, is a bicycle that has no freewheel. This means that it cannot coast as the pedals are always moving when the bicycle is in motion.
The cog or sprocket, is bolted directly to a fixed rear hub and when the rear wheel turns, the pedals turn in the same direction, thus allowing the cyclist to stop without using a brake, by resisting the rotation of the cranks. You can also to ride in reverse. Most fixed-gear bicycles only have a front brake, and some have no brakes at all.
Leaders of the fixed wheel phenomena, London-based company – CREATE, engineer smart, fashion-forward bikes at prices that won’t yank your chain. One of the reasons fixed wheel bikes are becoming more popular with urban cyclists is that having one speed allows for a lighter, more reliable bike with none of the shifting components that may go out of tune or get broken.
Also, you’ll find that with no derailleurs to drag on the chain, overall friction is reduced, leaving you free to focus on the best ride possible. Create have made a variety of fixed wheel bikes in stand-out colours, and all Create Bikes feature a flip-flop rear hub so you can switch back to freewheel if Fixie riding isn’t your thing.
Create Bikes are known for their fairly large frames. Urban Outfitters suggests that a 54cm frame is suitable for anybody from 5’5″ (165cms) to 6’1″ (185cms), and the 59cm frame for anyone taller.
When buying a Create Bike your decision should be based on your build and riding style. The standover height is the distance from the ground to the top bar of the bicycle. This information is provided as a guide and a starting point for you when buying your Create Bike.
Available Sizes are: M- 54cm 5’5″ to 6’1″ Approx 31″ and L – 59cm 6’1 plus Approx 32″
Some assembly is required (attaching of pedals, front wheel, handlebars and seat).
Below is the basic spec for the Create fixed wheel bike.
– Hi-ten steel
– 72 Parallel seat tube and head tube
– Full tig welded with track type rear drop-outs
– Tig welded hi-ten steel with straight ovalised blades
– 1/8” steerer
– Rear flip-flop aluminium 17T hub (freewheel & fixed gear) sealed bearings
– 120mm spacing and double threaded nutted axels to both front and rear
– 50mm deep V-rims
– Available in 54cm or 59cm frames
– Weighs approx 10.9kg