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The Fastest Fixed-Gear Bike

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author image Patrick Hutchison
Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.
The Fastest Fixed-Gear Bike
A fixed gear bike sits on a set of outdoor stairs. Photo Credit blyjak/iStock/Getty Images

Fixed-gear bicycles have several advantages over bicycles with gears. They are easier and more affordable to maintain, for one. They provide a pure form of cycling that is more efficient and also increases fitness. And they are also one of the lightest, fastest kinds of bikes available.

Weight Above All Else

The biggest factor that determines the speed of a fixed-gear bike is weight. A lighter bike is easier to propel. The fastest fixed-gear bikes have light aluminum or carbon fiber frames with thin tube walls. They also have carbon fiber or aluminum rims. Other ways to lighten a fixed-gear bike are to eliminate components such as fenders, tool kits and water bottle holders.

Gear Ratio

Gear ratios are a matter of personal preference. The fastest fixed-gear bike is one you match to your abilities. Gear ratio refers to the relationship between the size of the chain ring and the cog on the rear wheel hub. A large ratio requires fewer pedal revolutions than a small ratio to cover the same distance. In other words, a large ratio is easier to pedal at high speeds and a small ratio is easier to pedal at slow speeds. The difference boils down to whether you want quick acceleration or top speed capabilities. Gear ratios are usually denoted by the number of teeth on the chain ring and cog. For example, a bike with a chain ring that has 50 teeth and a rear cog with 20 teeth would have a ratio of 50/20.

Modern Components Important

Many fixed-gear bicycles are made from vintage road bikes. While this can be an affordable way to create a fixed gear bike, old road bikes often have components that are poorly lubricated or inefficient. The fastest fixed-gear bikes have well-lubricated, modern components. The most important components to consider when trying to increase speed on a fixed-gear bike are bottom brackets, cranksets, rear and front hubs. Maintenance is also important. Keep the tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated.

Tips

To increase your speed, install components that are lightweight. Hard plastic or metal toe clips fasten your foot to the pedal and help you transmit more energy to the bicycle. Slick tires offer less resistance than ones with treads. If you frequently ride on city streets or asphalt, install slick tires.

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