How to Build a Fixed Gear Bike

How to Build a Fixed Gear Bike
There are many reasons you may wish to build a fixed gear bike. With only the most basic components, fixed gear bikes are significantly lighter than similarly sized multi-gear cycles. Coasting is not an option, so for training and conditioning, a fixed gear bike forces the rider to work harder, which can speed up conditioning time. In basic terms, fixed gear bikes have less components that can break, and on the rare occasion when something does go wrong, it is easy to quickly spot the culprit. Fixed gear bikes can be purchased, but building one is fairly easy and can save a significant amount of money.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bike
  • Rear wheel hub
  • Rear wheel cog (16 tooth)
  • Chain wheel (48 tooth)
  • Chain
Step 1
Obtain a bike. Old steel frame road bikes are the most common bikes used for constructing fixed gear bikes, but any bike can be used.
Step 2
Strip off components from the bike that will no longer be used. The shifters, cables, derailleurs, levers and chain wheels all need to be removed.
Step 3
Mount the new hub and cog to the rear wheel. The most common size cog is 16t, but if you have a preference you can change this to fit your liking.
Step 4
Mount the new chain wheel to the cranks. The most common size for a fixed gear bike is 48 tooth, but again this can vary based on personal preference.
Step 5
Cut the chain to the desired length using a chain breaker and mount the chain. If you don't have a chain breaker or are unsure about using one, your local bike shop can help you with this step.

Article Written By Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.

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