Common Problems and Solutions With Fixed Wheel Bicycles

fixed gear bicycle handlebars

If you have just recently purchased a fixed gear bicycle, it is very likely that you will need to change the fixed gear bicycle handlebars. This can be a very simple task, as most are made with a bar that you can replace easily and quickly. In fact, all it takes is a little bit of work and you should have your handlebars looking like new again in no time. Your fixed gear bicycle handlebars are the same type of bars that you find on road bicycles. They are usually covered with a protective leather or plastic shield and are attached to the frame with a few screws. Because they are detachable the bicycles do not come with them and you must purchase them separately.

An Overview

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The reason why you may need to replace the fixed gear bicycle handlebars is because most do not use the front wheel brakes that the standard bike has. As a result, when you take a ride you will notice that the pedals kick up a lot of dust as they do their job. This is the result of the brake dust getting kicked up by the wheels. This can cause quite a bit of friction between the bars and the handlebars if they are not attached properly. One thing that you need to remember is that most professional bicycle mechanics have changed the handlebars on hundreds of bikes and they can tell you what type of bar best fits your frame.

For most cyclists the standard type of fixed brake is the stem bar. This is a flat bar that goes straight up and down from the center of the wheel. This is typically made out of steel or aluminum and attaches to the top of the fixed wheel. When it is bent it fits around the outside of the tire on the inside of the bicycle.

Know The Structure

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Some bicycles have the bars on the outside of the tire. These are called freewheels and are mounted higher than the standard bars so that the riders can reach them easily. These are typically not as strong as the standard bars and tend to break much easier.

The most important factor to consider when buying a fixed wheel is the size of the rim that the bicycle has. The rims are available in a wide variety of different sizes and this is determined by the size of the pedals. If you have pedals that are too big for the rim then the bicycle will not be able to accommodate them. On the other hand, if the rims are too small the wheelbase will be very small. Therefore, if you plan on using large pedals you will want to make sure that the wheel size is large enough to accommodate them.

Condition Of Wheels

The next thing that you should consider when purchasing a bicycle with recessed wheels is the condition of the wheels. The wheels may have been damaged and are either rusty or they may have chips. You can easily tell whether or not the wheels have been damaged if you look at the wheel base. If the rim is cracked then it means that the wheel has been cracked open. Damaged wheels usually have large cracks that run along the rim and if these are not taken care of properly then they can eventually crack through the bars and cause difficulty as the bars move with the wheels.

Another common problem for fixed wheel bicycles is the front frame bending because of uneven road conditions. When this happens the front wheel can be misaligned. This can cause a lot of problems for the rider since the angle of the seat can be altered due to the bent frame. You will need to take special precautions when riding on a bicycle with uneven wheels so that they will not bend or misalign.


One of the best ways to make sure that your bicycle stays in good condition when it is being used is to purchase a wheel that is designed specifically for use on a fixed wheel bicycle. These specialized wheels have been hardened to an extra hard shell which increases the firm’s ability to grip the road when it is applied correctly. Another great feature of these wheels is that they are designed with large deep braking grooves which will slow the wheels quickly and prevent them from being spun when they are being used on uneven terrain. By choosing a specialized rim for your bicycle you will be ensuring that you have a much easier riding experience.

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