The fixed-gear bike is the new black. It’s simple, good-looking and goes with everything. This, according to a reliable source I know who takes cycling very, very seriously.
It’s the whole “less is more” thing. Do you really need all those gears cruising down Houston’s flat city streets? I know I don’t. In fact, when I ride, I usually stick to fourth gear—not too high, not too low. Once I start playing around with the gears, the pedaling rhythm gets thrown off, there’s all this clicking going on, and it’s just not Zen. (All right, those issues only came up once I laid eyes on the beautiful fixed-gear bikes out there.)
To me, beauty trumps technology any day of the week. And beauty today is sleek and minimalist. Natural. Back to basics. Pure. Raw. Now, fixies are showing up in fashion magazines. I'm pretty sure Karl Lagerfeld didn’t come up with this one.
Here are a few fixed or dual-gear bikes that have serious fashion cred. Because we believe your eco-friendly, thigh-shaping ride should match your fierce sense of style.
Solé The OFW, 399$.
Bikeid Graade Diamond bike, 790$.
Pure Fix Cycles BRAVO, 329$.
Martone Cycling Co. Women’s Real, 1,200$.
A Brooks saddle is a must for any serious bikeanista. Made of quality leather the old-fashioned way, they last forever, acquiring a beautiful patina. Next, consider some custom handlebars. And choose bar tape carefully.
Brooks B-17 Men’s Saddle with Copper Rails, 139.19$; Brooks Lady Antique Brown Saddle, 156.60$; Brooks Leather Bar tape, 58$; Pure Fix Bar Tape , 12$, Martone Co. Helmet, 115$; Asungtaba Bike Basket, 61$.
*A note of caution: most fixies only have a front brake, while some have none at all. But you’ll get used to it, like running in stilettos. Ride on!