Lost somewhere in the mists of time the actual origins of the "fixie" remain a mystery. did some archaic roadie resort to their Track Bike as an efficient alternative to hours of riding in the rain? Did some fiendish soul deprive them of their road steed, leaving them with no choice but to take their Track Bike on the road? Whatever the origin, "fixies" owe their existence to the intrepid road riders of yesteryear and we are getting pretty brassed off at the failure of the "fixie" crowd to show us the respect our ingenuity and courage make our due. Meanwhile, back at the article.....
What's a "fixie?"
Fixies are among the most simple of bicycles because they don't require derailleurs, shifters, double- or triple-chainring cranksets, or, in some circumstances, even brakes (anyone who is riding a "Fixie" on the road without brakes is in the process of freeing up resources for my Grandchildren). Some skilled riders capable of stopping simply by holding back on the pedals with their feet, eschew brakes (did we say skilled? That was very kind of us). And, even more advanced — though the most common fixies are road models — there are also individuals who enjoy mountain-bike fixies, too. (Not to be confused with singlespeeds, which allow coasting.)
Do I need a special chain?
What frame to use?
Make it your own
Or you can just not shift and stop ponsing around as though you invented cycling.