20 benefits of riding a fixie bike

20 benefits of riding a fixie bike

Fixed-gear bikes, also simply known as fixies, are single-speed, fixed-gear bikes that can’t be brought to a standstill, so you must advance, brake and go backwards by using the pedals. The rear wheel rotates when the pedals are turning. If you pedal forward, you move forward; if you stop the pedals, you brake, and if you pedal backwards, you go backwards. This requires additional training that the freewheel bike does not need. However, fixie bicycles have many advantages.


What are the benefits of fixie bicycles?

We’ve recently worked together with the Spanish SportTraining magazine for an article about using fixie bikes as a training aid for sports. If you train, run or cycle long distances with your bike, you should take a look at this magazine’s 71st issue, which can be found in Spain’s newsstands.

The article highlights 20 benefits of riding a fixed-gear bike which we would like to share with you today:

1. No maintenance is required

Having no gear shifter, they hardly require maintenance, that’s why they have been chosen by urban messengers in New York City, as well as the most important financial cities in the world. Here in Spain, these kind of messenger services are active in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Soria or Seville, amongst others.

2. Improved drivetrain efficiency

The chain is shorter than in conventional bikes, and completely straight, which helps the gears work smoother; this can actually be felt while pedalling. Also, they have no pulleys or any other transmission devices – everything is kept simple.

3. Simplicity

The gear ratio will no longer be a concern – they are the perfect kind of bicycle to ride on flat ground and for short trips.

4. Facility

A total, almost mystical connection binds the cyclist with their bike. It’s the simplest way to ride – if you want to go you pedal forward, and if you want to go back you pedal backwards. Equally, the faster you pedal the faster the bike will move, if you want to slow down you’ll just have to pedal more slowly.

5. Handling

Your legs become your accelerator and brakes. You’ll just have to move quicker to go faster and put reverse pressure with your feet if you want to slow down or stop.

20 benefits of riding a fixed gear bike

6. Improves cadence

Pedalling rhythm improves and gets more even. Fixie bikes require a very steady rhythm if you want to go faster. As they’re very light, you’ll speed up very quickly.

7. Fluency

Your moves will become more fluid and faster, as you’ll have to sit as relaxed and as loose as possible, in order to be able to pedal constantly and evenly.

8. More muscles get exercised

Many muscle groups work together, more than would be the case if you were riding a conventional bike.

9. Nerve response is enhanced

Nerve response to muscle contraction improves significantly, especially when pedalling rhythm becomes fast, such as when you’re riding down a slope

10. Your strength increases

Peak strength increases due to the absence of gear shifters, which demand a bigger effort when starting to pedal from a standstill or when riding on uneven ground.

11. It improves resistance

Endurance improves also, as you may have to pedal up slopes at an even rhythm.

12. It improves strength

Not only lower limbs get stronger, but also upper ones. As fixie bikes have no gears, high peak strengths are achieved not only in both legs but also thanks to the gripping and dynamic traction that comes from the torso and arms.

20 benefits of riding a fixed gear bike

13. Muscles develop more quickly

They can also be used as a way to strengthen all muscles after competitions, intense training sessions or after having hurt yourself, as they encourage blood circulation and constant flexibility of the muscle fibres that work while pedalling.

14. Constant muscular work

Physical work is constant while riding a fixie bike, the same kind of work you do when running – once you start pedalling, you can’t stop like you would do on a conventional bike, which allow you to relax and stop pedalling when going downhill or on very flat ground.

15. It favours muscle building

It’s a perfect eccentric exercise for leg muscles, compensating for the concentric work they do while pedalling circularly and repetitively. The effort is actually quite similar to that of track runners, whose muscles contract eccentrically.

16. Profitability

You’ll benefit from the whole time you spend on the bike – half an hour of cycling on a fixie is equal, in terms of effort, to a whole hour on a conventional bike.

17. Instincts and skills are improved

Riding a fixie bike will improve your instincts, anticipation and concentration abilities.

18. Riding gets easier

Your riding technique will also get better. Once you are riding you are forced to become more stable. Your reaction capacity, reflexes, instincts and other innate abilities. You’ll have to coordinate everything while you pedal, and at first, you’ll need high concentration to ride.

19. Ideal for the city

They’re ideal for moving around the city, and since they have no gear shifter they are usually less attractive to thieves.

20. Affordable prices

They’re really affordable due to their economic price – you can find models from €200 to €1,000. We have more than 150 different fixie bike models at SantaFixie, for all budgets and quality requirements.


* Source: Miguel Ángel Rabanal San Román / Magazine: SporTraining 71,

All Comments

  • Single speed: Just as it sounds, a single-speed bike has only one gear ratio (one front chainring and one rear sprocket). Single-speed bikes can be either fixed-gear or freewheel. NOTE: Most of the time, when bike riders use the term “single-speed”, they are referring to the freewheel version.

    Fixed gear: A fixed gear (or fixie) is a single-speed bike that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism. The absence of a freewheel mechanism means that when the rear wheel is turning, the pedals are turning (forward or backwards!). At its most basic, that means no coasting.

    Pure Fix Biker 2019-05-11 3:05 pm Reply
  • Thank you so much for this article. I’d been looking for validation in my choice of a beach cruiser for regular exercise. My legs and quads are toning up for sure, but also my abs, glutes and arms!! A fixie truly gives a lot of bang for one’s exercise buck.

    Pam 2020-09-16 2:44 am Reply

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