How To Ride A Fixed Gear Bike

– Now Chris and I have come out here today with a single goal in mind, and that is to learn to ride a fixed-gear bike. – I haven’t ridden on fixed-wheel bike since I last raced the
track in 2012 with this guy, and that was a world
away from riding a fixie in an urban environment. There are a few reasons why you may want to ride a fixed-wheel bike outside, one being the low maintenance, and perhaps the direct feel of that drivetrain straight
into the rear wheel. – [Blond Man] Or maybe
it’s the pure thrill of riding a very basic bike. – How about we start at the beginning and start off slowly? – I think that’s a good idea Chris. – Let’s go check it out.
– Let’s do it. (urban beats) – There is one very important thing to remember when riding a fixie, and that is to keep your
legs turning at all times, as the momentum in the
wheels, cranks, and your legs is enough to lift you up and potentially throw you over the
bars. (Blond Man groans) Now before you get going,
there are a few checks that you should definitely
do of your fixie, and I would start by checking that your rear wheel is in straight and tight. And this is extra important on a fixie, because it is your anchor point of not just your power
delivery, but also your braking. So it’s extra important. – Now I did actually do that myself, but if you are worried, then it is worth getting it checked by
your local bike shop. – Yeah definitely, that’s good advice. And then once you’ve done that, I would move on to your saddle height, because lowering it a tiny bit,
so around half a centimeter, from what you would normally
run on your road bike, will enable you to move
around on your bike a lot more effectively,
in the technical corners and any maneuvers you’re making, but it will also help with
the forces that happen with your braking through your legs. – So now we’re set up;
should we get going? – Yep, if you’re comfortable
and happy with your bike, I don’t see why not. – Let’s do it. (moderate urban beats) Now we know how to get going, I think it’s important
we look at how to stop, and I’ve opted for some clip-in pedals. – Yeah, and I actually think
that’s a really good idea, and I would recommend you
try this at home as well, because it will give
you the extra security when you push back on the
upstroke to use the brakes. – Right, let’s get going shall we? – Go! (claps hands) Most countries state a front brake as a legal minimum requirement. Bearing in mind your
rear brake is your legs, that means you effectively
have two brakes to use, just like normal. I would use your front
brake for real braking, down a hill for example,
or an abrupt stop. But for everything else, I would recommend getting to grips with
your legs as your brakes. Once up to speed, you slowly need to apply a little back pressure through the cranks. This will slightly lift you
off the saddle to start with, but will become natural over time. It is completely possible
to lock up the rear brake, just as it is on any
bike, but I can’t think of an actual reason you
would need to do this. However, skids can look pretty cool. The key thing to remember
is to gently moderate the force through your legs. It takes practice to judge just how much force you need to apply, but it will become quite
natural after a little while. (moderate urban beats) – Now you’ve mastered how
to slow down and stop, now you want to concentrate on momentum. And it’s not always the easiest thing to start off in this gear. – No, you chose a pretty
big gear there, mate. So in fact, you want to really focus on trying to maintain that momentum by scanning the road ahead, apprehending the maneuvers that
others are going to make, the terrain that’s approaching, and any of the hazards
that are on the road. – That’s a good point, Chris. – Because if you know what’s coming, you can slow down well
before you get to it and that will help keep you rolling. – Basically what we’re saying is, by being a good and considerate road user, you’ll easily be able to
maintain that hard-earned speed. – Yeah, that makes good sense, that. – But what about the hills? – Ah, I have a plan for them.
– Oh no. – Well, the direct power
transfer of the bike will actually enable you to climb much tougher gradients
in a like for like gear than you could on your normal bike. These bikes really can fly uphill. But one thing that I do recommend doing that I wouldn’t suggest on a road bike is to actually give yourself a little extra pace on
the entry to the climbs; a good 10-second surge into a climb can really go a long way on a fixie. (urban beats) – Now we’re a little
more confident on a bike, perhaps we should try some basic skills. And these skills may even
help you on the open road. – Yep, that’s true, they could. And let’s start with the track stand then. The fixed gear actually
makes it a lot easier for us to balance effectively, especially when on a negative gradient, as you can push back to
hold the perfect position. – Shall I have a go?
– Yeah. – Let’s do it. (slow urban beats) Riding a fixie is the perfect
bike to ride backwards on. – Whilst it is a completely
useless skill to have, it is a real carpark pleaser. – But practice makes
perfect in this scenario, so a 30 minutes’ practice
will go a long way. (slow urban beats) So you’ve learned to ride a fixie and even dialed in some skills, but what else can you do? – Well, fixies are used for commuting. They’re used by delivery
couriers in towns and cities. And people are still racing them, both indoors on the
velodrome, and outside. – So there’s a whole world
of fixie-riding out there. Some pros even use it for winter training. – Yeah, it’s good to mix it up I guess. (slow urban beats) Hopefully these tips have got you wanting to get out and ride a fixie. – Yeah, so if you’ve enjoyed this video, then please give us a thumbs up. – And for more how-tos, click down here. – Or here.


  • 3:21 being a considerate road user on a bike but riding in the middle of the road and not in the bike lane🧐

  • Whats the brand of the silver fixie?

  • What helmet is that(the white one)??😊

  • Pretty. But not for me.

  • I'm riding a fixed-gear bike for three days and I'm already hooked.

    I learned to ride a bike at 17.

    I'm bicycle commuting for almost a decade now. I love to cycle, it's faster in the clogged Manila streets.

  • Nah, for me, I love coasting.

  • 🤪

  • Urban fixies are lame.

  • What kind of chain is he using?

  • Is this video about ads? Not a single thing appeared is without a Brand

  • What chain do they use?

  • As a unicyclist I wonder how easy it would be for me to do a wheelie on this.

  • Can someone give a fixed gear 😭😭😭 I want that bike

  • sorry guys but, brakes on fixed gear is for pussies.

  • How to ride a "fixed gear bike"!? That is what we used to just call bicycles. Guess these guys have to unlearn all the habits they got from riding what we used to call ten speeds.

  • One of the big appeals of fixies/single speeds (Most fixies come with a flip-flop hub) is that it is cheap cycling. Pity you chose to do the video on bikes that cost over £2000.

  • Please give me fixed gear bike for no reason please

  • How to fixie 101:
    1. DO NOT be a pussy
    2. Ride your bike more

  • Wtf men.. wtf

  • How to ride a brick wheeled bike

    Oof that's hurts alot, but I like fixed bikes

  • skid hop please

  • Hi guys, I'm interested in improving my drivetrain to a belt drive set. I live in Chile and have found only few pages on the web ¿Do you have any suggestions?

  • What Brand and Model of Fixie Bike you used on this Video?

  • Thumbs up

  • how to ride a fixie,
    step one: take the brakes off

  • My husband rides a fixie and he's the farthest thing from a hipster lol. He just thinks they're fun.

  • Thanks for the information, it's getting me excited to perhaps by a fixie and get around the city on a bike rather than a car

  • What the hell kinda Chain Is that!!?!?! or a Belt? I havent rode a Fixie in years…

  • Usually when I brake, I pedal backwards and that cancels out the movement and it skids

  • what about when you have to go down the hil after climbing up it?

  • I thought a Carbon Belt drive wasnt recommended for back wheel braking, or skidding??? You guys seems to be managing ok… What the deal here?

  • Can anyone identify that front bike rack?

  • Real fixed gear riders use brakes. Not everyone skids. And skidding doesn't guaranteed the safety of others

  • should be banned on the roads

  • I’d love to see a bit of guide/comparison of fixie bikes! it doesn’t seem like there’s that many on the market; what are the price ranges/brands/or is custom how it’s done?

  • Am I the only one who feels like just relaxing your leg muscles and letting the pedals move them for you is just as comfortable as coasting on a freewheel? Granted, wouldn’t be able to do this easily while spinning out down a steep hill. For the majority of terrain/speeds I feel like I am still able to comfortably “coast” despite my legs moving.

  • "…by being a good and considerate road user," they said, whilst riding in the middle of traffic outside a clearly visible BIKE LANE. Brilliant.

  • Try riding brakeless

  • What Accessories Does The Grey Bike Have?

  • I want to get a fixed bike like they have, what brand are they or where can I get one

  • Like for the proper gti

  • ‘Be a good and considerate road user’… Whilst clearly riding outside of the cycle lane

  • Very nice video guys!! Could you please send me the brand and the color of that beautiful bicycle?

  • I will never understand how cyclists can use a car lane when there are bike lanes available to use, and not feel like complete pricks. This is coming from a fellow cyclist. If you need to use the road because there aren’t any lanes or paths nearby, that’s one thing, but the bike lane was right beside you. You two are the reason people hate cyclists. Our tax dollars are spent on these lanes and entitled pricks like you refuse to use them.

  • I was wondering if someone has a link for the front bike rack or an other one that is good for fixie

  • U say conceidret buuuut there is a bike lane right there and u still ride in the midel of the road

  • Woohoo! Someone who says "fixed wheel" rather than "fixed gear" several times in the video. That's what we used to call them back in the 1970s/80s and probably before that. You don't have a bike with a "free gear" — it has a "freewheel". Similarly, "fixed wheel" makes more sense than "fixed gear".

  • Fixie bikes suck

  • А где купить такой велосипед?

  • Ride backwards 🤔 nah

  • how to ride a fixed gear bike:
    with the pedals

  • No breaks just ride smart 😉

  • is it harder to skid with narrow bars? wide bars are new to me. i used to be a bike messenger and wide bars were a hell no. what's the functionality with them? i dont feel railed into my bike when my hands are far apart

  • Now cycling is the best way life

  • What type of fixed gear are you guys riding @globalcyclingnetwork?

  • Just pedal

    video ends

  • If I see Si on a fixie I'm breaking up with GCN… it'll be tuff but damn necessary.

  • That's an ugly ass fixie

  • Y’all don’t deserve to ride this if you need brakes

  • 3:19 "Being a good and considerate road user". Rides in the car lane, not in single file when the bike lane is a meter to the left.

  • How to ride a fixed gear bike; Step 1, throw said fixie in the nearest scrap metal bin and get a real bike….

  • first rule: DNT ride fixed Gear

  • U ride it like any bike y u need this

  • Learn how to ride it then take it to your local bike shop and trade it for something else.

  • So like a dumb question here, what if I'm too short to reach the pedals and it's my first fixie

  • What is the bike used in the video?

  • Are bike shoes essential?

  • fixed gear vs hybrid?

  • "fixie" in the states is a cheap sub $200 fixed gear bike in many bright colors.

  • What kind of chain is that? is it better for fixed gear than normal chain?

  • Hey there, great content guys!! I was just wondering what bike is it in the video? 😁

  • Road bike ,fixied bike ,and Mountain bike ! I'll pick road bike but like he said they are expensive

  • That fixie is gorgeous. The fenders certainly add class to it. 🙂
    Love the belt drive as well.

  • Can i get a link to buy a similar front carrier as we can see in the silver bike in the video …..

  • What are the bikes that you are riding here?

  • Don't lie there are brakes in fixie

  • where the hell are the skids 😂😂😂

  • A fix gear bike with a coaster brake seems to make way more sense.

  • What bikes were in this video?

  • Есть русские?

  • What’s that chain called ? Looks dope

  • I am 49 years old. I practice in muai thai here in Greece for several years now and i decide to buy a bicycle for the streets of the city of Athens instead my motorcycle or the car. I make my research and i conclude to buy a single speed or fixed bicycle, after i test one and, i have to say, i love it. The feeling is great, and i find this type of bicycle have a lot of benefits. This sense of straight directness in pedal is nice, the service easy, nothing complicated, only your strength and stamina, and an excellent exercise also. Enjoyable.

  • Take your brakes off pussy

  • Anybody know what that chain is?

  • 2:49 that GTI tho….

  • 3:20
    "Be a good, considerate road user"
    holding up traffic when there's a bike lane next to them

    Just joking guys, great vid!

  • What's the other bike?

  • That's not a fixied gear bike. You are using breaks, the point of that is make it simpler.

  • I’ve never seen a belt driven bike until now. Is there any difference in the ride? How expensive is the transition? Interested in it

  • Tip number 1. Don't ride a fixed gear bike!

  • u guys cant even ride a fixie fuck the brakes and skid to stop

  • What bike is that like name and brand

  • How to ride a fixed gear bike. You don’t

  • haha i love rolling with my bike and hear the clicks ^^

  • you are just putting brakes on for the reputation

  • Single speed coaster break for the win

  • 😎

  • Most cyclist i know ride these. its about time GCN.

  • do a video with MASHSF!

  • why not invite someome that actually is a fixed gear rider..

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