The first time is always special. There’s a mix of nerves, inexperience, the desire to do well, and to rise to the occasion. We’re talking about riding a fixie bike for the first time, of course.
In this post, we want to share some basic tips for your first time on a fixie bike and how to get started. Let’s dive in!
Basic Tips for Riding a Fixie for the First Time
Before we start with the tips, let’s remember the main features of fixie bikes, also known as fixed-gear bicycles: They don’t use brakes to slow down, and the pedaling is constant. You might be wondering, “But if I don’t have brakes, how do I slow down?” Don’t worry, our tips will clear your doubts.
1. Adjust the Bike to Fit You
Before you begin, the first thing to consider is to properly adjust the bike to your height. It’s important to have a good position on the bike to be comfortable and safe. Check out the following link to learn how to adjust your bike correctly for your height.
2. Properly Adapt Your Feet to the Pedals
Once your bike is adjusted, the next step is to correctly position your feet on the pedals. Typically, fixie bikes use straps or clipless pedals to optimize pedaling and braking. Among these, fixies usually have straps, as they allow you to adjust the pedal to fit your shoe size. Once you’ve adjusted the straps correctly, it’s time to get moving.
3. How to Brake on a Fixie?
The first thing to learn before getting on a fixie and avoiding any mishaps is how to brake with a fixed-gear bike. Let’s be honest, braking on a fixie is not easy and requires some practice, but there’s always a first time, right?
The key to effective braking on a fixie is to lock the rear wheel of your bike, but this requires some technique and practice. To brake on a fixie, you’ll need to pedal in the opposite direction, as if you wanted to pedal backward. Similarly, you should apply upward force with your legs using the straps.
We recommend doing this at a moderate speed and practicing gradually. Another tip for easier braking is to shift your weight from the rear wheel to the front. This way, you can lock the rear wheel more easily and with less effort.
4. Start Pedaling and Enjoy
With your bike adjusted, pedals set up, and our great tips for braking on a fixie, it’s time to get on the bike and experience the unique feeling of riding a fixed-gear bicycle. You’ll find that it’s a bit hard to pedal at first and requires a lot of force, but as you progress, pedaling will become smoother. We recommend doing this in a flat area with no inclines or descents.
We know you’ve enjoyed this and are eager for more. Now it’s time to get your own fixie so you can conquer all the streets of your city and commute daily by bike.
5. Beyond Riding a Bike
If you’ve gotten the hang of riding a fixie and want to try new things, why not try riding backward? Yes, just as you pedal forward, the fixie bike allows you to go backward.
The mechanism is the same as riding a normal bike, pedaling, but in this case, you’ll be going backward, and it’s more complicated. The key to doing it is to have good balance and control of the bike without losing awareness of the space around you.
If you want to learn more about riding a bike backward, check out the following tutorial we’ve attached below and become a true fixie bike expert.
Happy Fixie Riding!
Venturing into the world of fixie biking can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. By adjusting your bike to fit your stature, getting comfortable with the pedal straps, and mastering the unique braking technique, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the distinct thrill that comes with riding a fixed-gear bicycle.
Remember, practice is key, especially when trying more advanced maneuvers like riding backward. With patience and persistence, you’ll soon be navigating the streets with confidence and style on your fixie.