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Best Single-Speed (Fixed Gear) Bike

If you are looking for a bike that is simple, easy to maintain, quick, and lightweight, then a single-speed bike is the way to go. If you are considering a single speed bike, there are some questions to consider. How long is your commute? Will you be tackling hills? If you have a long commute and your ride is filled with hills, you don't want a single speed. If you do know that this is the bike for you, then there are some important things to consider when choosing the one you ultimately buy. The single speed bike is great for a fast trip through the city and is perfect for someone who doesn't want to deal with cables and gears.

Single speed is not one size fits all. These bikes are geared two different ways and you need to know your riding style before buying. A fixed-gear single speed has a rear fixed cog. When you pedal, the bike moves. If you stop pedaling, this bike stops- you can't pedal and coast. Fixed gear bikes only need a front brake.

If you want the option to pedal, sit back and relax while the bike coasts along, you want to look at a single-speed freewheel bike, not a single-speed fixed gear bike.

The bikes on this list have all you could want in a single speed bike.

Surly Steamroller

Surly Steamroller

The Surly Steamroller tops this list, and although it is at the top of the list, the price tag is still within most budgets. Surly is name many people associate with touring bikes, but they make other quality bikes. The Steamroller has a double-butted 4130 CroMoly steel frame, with road-style geometry. Simple clean lines, and available in two color choices, the Steamroller is extremely durable. Your best option with this bike, as with any, is to find a dealer and take a test ride.

Specialized Langster

Specialized Langster

Specialized is one of my favorite brands in the world of bicycles. The Langster is light, stylish, and responsive. A compact track style geometry and light-weight frame make this a performance bike. The carbon-fiber fork and carbon-wrapped seat-post will take the vibration out of the ride and keep the weight of the bike down. The Langster is one of the most stylish single-speeds on the market. If looking good while you roll to work is important to you, take a look at the Langster.

Felt Brougham Bike

Felt Brougham Bike

The Felt Brougham single speed in Gun Powder is my choice for the sexiest bike on this list. The gun powder color of the frame is highlighted with a bright white seat, handlebars, and grips. The Brougham is available in other colors as well if this isn't your look. This single speed comes equipped with Tektro front and rear brake levers with Tektro dual pivot calipers. Single speed riding was never easier or more stylish. At $569 the Felt Brougham is worth a look.

Republic Aristotle Bike

Republic Aristotle Bike

The Republic Aristotle single speed is on this list for those of you who want the freedom of customization. The Republic website has a super-cool 3-D design feature for you to customize your bike and view it in 3-D. Most of us think customization comes with a long wait, however, according to Republic, the bikes go from custom to built in about 5 days. The Aristotle's steel frame is available in a number of sizes, including an extra-small. You will also find a women's version of this single speed.

Bianchi Pista Bike

Bianchi Pista Bike

Bianchi took the single speed, fixed gear bike from the track to the city streets. Bianchi celebrates it's 125th anniversary in 2013, they are the oldest bike manufacturer in existence. You don't manufacture bikes for that long and not know what you are doing. The Pista is available in two color options and several sizes. The Pista single speed easily transitions from track star to simple, quick commuter transportation. The frame geometry is close to a true track style. This single speed is a great bike for the price, around $769.

VickyL
I've been a cyclist since I was a child. I've owned as many as 5 bicycles at a time and all served a different purpose. I had a mountain bike for rough trails, a hybrid for on and off rail trails, a light weight racing bike for road riding, a modified mountain bike for longer distance riding, and a touring bike. I currently own the most compact folding bike available on the market. It's great for commuting and travel. I do the basic maintenance on them and I use a bike for travel purposes. I have had the folding bike down the east coast and from California to Maryland. I'm currently a staff writer for a NYC bike shop and enjoy seeing all the new equipment as it hits the store.
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