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5 Surprising Benefits of Fixie Bikes for Women (2022)

If you’re a woman looking for a new bike, a fixie might be for you.

Image of a man wearing jean shorts holding a white fixed gear bike.
Image of a man wearing jean shorts holding a white fixed gear bike.

If you are a woman (or know one) who has the news for speed, who loves adventure, who lives for a good thrill, a fixed gear bike might be what you are looking for. There are a ton of benefits of riding fixed. But what benefits does a fixie provide for women?

Fixed gear bikes are lightweight, low-maintenance bicycles. The lightweight nature of these bikes makes them ideal for women who live in apartment buildings without elevators. They’re also super stylish and are easily customizable. And they make an excellent fitness bike all year round.

But there’s a lot more to it than that. So, in this article, you will learn five reasons why fixies are great bikes for women of all ages.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on January 17, 2022, to include additional information regarding women’s fixed gear bikes.

What is a fixed gear bike?

The short answer is that a fixie bike is a bike with a drivetrain and no freewheel. A freewheel basically implies that you can’t coast on your bike until you flip the flip flop hub.

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Regardless of the terrain on which you are cycling, your legs will constantly be moving. Fixie bikes feature just one gear. They have a single speed. This implies you will utilize the same gear regardless of the terrain. It’s also one of the primary distinctions between fixies and road bikes.

While it is simple to bike a fixie on flat or descending terrain, most of the excitement is found while riding uphill. Your legs will move quicker, the bike will go slower, and your stamina will grow in ways that most bike riders will never know. This is why fixie bikes are popular among bike messengers around the world.

Reasons why fixie bikes are great for women

You probably associate a fixie bike with hipsters, crazy cycling flicks, and bike messengers brows. However, fixie bikes aren’t exclusively for these two groups of people. The fact is that there are many women who love riding fixed. So, whether you ride a bike to school or work, or you simply want to ride about for pleasure, consider these advantages of riding a fixie bike.

1. Fixies are Lightweight

Fixed gear bikes generally weigh less than every other type of bike out there. This feature is ideal for situations when you need to lift the bike over your shoulder. Take, for instance, someone who lives in an apartment building with no elevator. They certainly wouldn’t want to lug a mountain bike up and down the stairs every day.

2. They require little maintenance

Suppose you are not a gearhead. This just might be the bike for you! A fixie bike is incredibly simple to maintain. The longevity and simplicity of fixie bikes contribute to their ease of maintenance. There is no need to be concerned about several gears. Single-speed bicycles have just one gear to repair. 

3. A Low-Cost Mode of Transportation

Biking is a low-cost means of transportation in general. Motorcycles, for example, may cost thousands of dollars each year in upkeep, storage, petrol, and maintenance. 

When you opt to ride a bike, you not only save money on the purchase of transportation, but you also save money on the continuing expenditures of transportation. When you ride a bike, you no longer have to worry about petrol costs, monthly bus tickets, car insurance, and other such expenses.

The majority of bike repairs may be done at home. Aside from the expense of the bicycle, there isn’t much else to spend money on.

4. Customizability

You will quickly find out that fixie bikes are infinitely customizable. There is no shortage of aftermarket parts to help you really show off your bike. You can customize it to your heart’s content. So you can express your individuality all around town.

Some fixie bikes come with a front or rear rack. This is an excellent addition to any bike, especially a fixie since it allows riders to utilize their bikes for commuting. A rear rack might be beneficial whether you bike for fun on the weekends or to work during the weekdays. 

If your bike does not have a rack, check out these options.

5. They are fun to ride

Riding a fixie bike is just like riding any other bike. Simply jump on your bike and start pedaling, and there you have it! You’re riding your bike all by yourself. It’s never too late to learn to ride a fixie, and it’s never too late to ride one!

There are sophisticated bike movements that you can do, such as advanced pedal starts and stops, but riding a fixie is basically the same as riding any other bike.

That being said, since fixie bikes lack a freewheel, your legs will be pedaling all the time, whether you’re bicycling up hills, downhills, or through the flat ground. This is an excellent exercise for your legs, lower back, and, by extension, the rest of your body.

A fixie bike is a fantastic bike for women of all ages. They are secure. They are straightforward. They are simple to ride. But don’t just take my word for it! Take a look at this video called ‘Reasons Why Fixed Gear Is Awesome!‘ from Keira McVitty’s YouTube Channel.

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Video called ‘Reasons Why Fixed Gear Is Awesome‘ from the Keira McVitty YouTube Channel.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Are fixie dangerous?

A fixed-gear bike is not always hazardous, but it is dependent on the rider’s competence. Every bike poses some amount of risk to both the rider and the pedestrian. When you stop pedaling on a fixed-gear bike, the bike may swerve and tumble over. This may be a huge issue since fixies perform best on city terrains. If you fall while riding a fixie, you fall hard. That can, however, be said about any bike.

How much do fixies typically weight

A fixie would typically weigh between 20 and 25 pounds. There are certainly a number of factors on your bike that will contribute to this weight.

Is there a difference between men and women’s fixie bikes?

Fix your bikes are mainly unisex, meaning that there is no distinction between a man’s and a women’s fixed gear bike. This is great because the bikes are essentially made equal, there is no discrimination between frames or parts, and one bike path can easily fit another’s with ease.

With that said, however, you still need to pay attention to the size of the frame, which will be dictated by your body height. Naturally, women tend to be shorter than men, so they will need a smaller frame.

Can fixies damage your knees?

The assumption that fixies cause knee injury is unfounded. Any activity may cause wear and tear on your joints, particularly your knees. If riding a fixie is causing knee pain, it might be because you have a pre-existing problem, are overworking yourself, or have poor form.

To utilize a fixed-gear bike, the bike must be in continual motion. You may injure your knees if you ride in an improper posture or use an inefficient pedaling stroke. There is no time for the knee to rest since you are always riding. Poor technique will compound a problem.

Conclusion

The fact is fixed gear bikes are so great for anyone, and due to their lightweight nature and infinite customizability, it’s no wonder why they’re becoming some of the most popular bikes for women.

In this article, we covered a few reasons why fixing your brakes is ideal for women. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Fixies are lightweight
  • They require little maintenance
  • A low-cost mode of transportation
  • Fully customizability
  • It’s simple to ride a fixie bike
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So, are you a woman that’s ready to join the fixie seen? Let us know in the comments below (we read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out our full blog for more tips and tricks on everything fixie. Thanks for reading, and stay fixed.

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Written by Bradly Knight

As a native New Yorker, Bradley is no stranger to the fixed gear scene. He’s been riding fixed for over ten years. When he’s not on the bike, you can find him practicing his many hobbies including playing guitar, video production, and photography.

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