Fixed Gear 101
by Greg Goode
This is a set of introductory lessons on handling
your first fixed-gear bike. No matter what style you ride, track,
street, or offroad, these pointers will help.
These instructions unavoidably display the New York City background
of my fixed-gear riding. NYC has its own fixed-gear bicycle culture.
Messengers dart through Manhattan on their brakeless street-fixes,
national-level track racers compete at Kissena Velodrome in Queens,
road racers crank up their cadence on fixed training rides off season,
and "Old Skool" track riders cruise the streets and gather in Central
Park to muse about the beauties of their sport. The cycling culture
in other locales will differ, but I hope you'll find the basic techniques
helpful no matter where you ride.
Part One--Safety Measures
Part Three--Riding the Underside of the Pedals
Part Four--The Handlebar Mount
Part Five--The Handlebar Dismount
Part Six--Kicking In
Part Seven--Pedaling Technique
Part Eight--Riding Downhill
Part Nine--Slowing and Stopping!
Part Ten--Balance Drills
Part Twelve--Emergency Stops
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