How do I find the gear number on my bike?

The first number is the number of teeth on the smallest of the 8 gears. The second number is the number of teeth on the largest of the 8 gears. The number is often engraved on the gear, so if you use that, just make sure you take the number from the largest gear.

How can you tell if a bike is fixed gear?

So what is the difference?

  1. Single speed bikes are fitted with a freewheel, whereas fixed gear bikes are not.
  2. This means that when you stop pedalling on a single speed bike, the back wheel will continue to turn but the cranks (pedal arms) will not.
  3. On a fixie if you stop pedalling the cranks will continue to spin.

What fixie means?

fixed wheel bicycle
A fixie, often also referred to as a fixed-gear or fixed wheel bicycle/bike, does not have the same gearing system as a conventional bike. Instead, the rear wheel and pedals are connected through a single gear which is anchored to the rear wheel.

Are fixies faster?

The fixed wheel drive chain is slightly more efficient than a geared drive chain. This is because there are no derailleurs causing drag on the chain. You could actually ride “faster” on a fixed bike than a geared bike. Some people race on fixed gear bikes in road time trials for this reason (and a few others).

Are fixie bikes safe?

A fixie is no riskier than a regular bike for experienced and cautious riders. If you’re a first-time fixie rider, it’s best to start modestly. Try cycling around your neighborhood.

How fast can a fixie go?

Fast fixie: Bicycle with giant chainring aims for 100 mph.

What is a 15 speed bike?

You can think of gears as the same thing as speeds – a bike with 18 gears is an 18-speed bike. Bikes generally have 1, 3, 18, 21, 24, or 27 speeds. (10- and 15-speeds are obsolete and you don’t see them on new bikes anymore.) Lower numbers are the low gears, and higher numbers are the high gears.