Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Building my new bike!

Today I just bought my first Fixie.
For those who don't understand bike terminology a fixie is a fixed gear bicycle or a bike with only one speed. Mainly meant to be raced on tracks, they recently have become very popular to ride around town on.

 Although I am definitely a roadie(a road bike rider), I got curious as to what riding a fixie would be like. Also being that I work at a Y's road fixed gear shop, I see fixed gears all day and have access to unlimited Fixie goods. I bought a Masi Speciale naked frame and will be making my own custom rims to go with it. I will be using a rear hub that only allows for fixed gears so I cant put a free wheel on it. I'm a little nervous about riding it at first so I will probably practice riding a fixed gear in a near by park where they have a wide open black top.
The image I have in mind is to keep the bike looking classy and classic. Many people that ride fixed gears in Tokyo have outlandish neon colors and color schemes that not even a color blind person would make. I will keep the colors pretty neutral but the bike will have an old Italian style to it but with a hint of modernism to it.
I'll post pics as soon as I complete the build! 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting project. I imagine it would be much more strenuous to ride a bike with only one "speed."

    Keep us posted - images would be cool.