Making the commitment to a true fixie ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with new fixed gear bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Far from a converted road bike, pure fixies offer a lighter, fast-moving ride

“It is from Germany and brand new. I was looking for a fixie. Initially I was had for a race bike that I transformed into a fixie.  and I rode like that for five years. And then I went looking for a real fixie.  A track bike, something that was developed for the track. They are different rides. This is far more manoeuvrable, light and fun to ride The race bike is nicer over a long distance. I go to work with this one every day. I have brakes on it today because it is brand new but next week the brake will be gone. The rear brake is already gone.”

Photographer’s notes: More and more fixies are on the roads. I used to ride one in early season to beat my legs into shape. Your legs returned to form, some rhythm was found. Now I can see one on just about every road. They are synonymous with the hipster lifestyle and bike messengers.


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