Here is our scrap pile now. Just Walmart MTBs and some Huffy cruisers. I did find a ladies 1960s cruiser frame yesterday though. It would be a good frame for my mom because her Western Flyer cruiser from that same era cracked.At the bike shop I work at, there used to be a huge pile of bikes that needed parts harvested off of them so the frames could go to the scrap yard. There used to be like 30 of those old, cheap American 10 and 12 speed road bikes. I took apart so many. They usually sell the bikes in that pile for free to $20. For some reson, I have wanted to get one for free and just fix it up with most of the original parts so I could just ride it around the neighborhood. Last time I checked, there was just 10 Walmart full sus bikes from 2010 and nothing else in the pile. When the pile was most full, I picked up an old coaster brake cruiser for my mom and an old mountain bike for myself that I turned into a fixie. I just want to give life to an unsuspecting 10 speed that is a Murray/Huffy/AMF/Western Flyer/Free Spirit.
It's a more responsive feel—there's a connection with the bike and an immediacy that freewheels and freehubs don't have (but you probably wouldn't notice was lacking) and it feels faster with the momentum of the pedals kind of helping out your legs. If I was younger with better knees, I'd probably have built one (with brakes, though). I would never want one as an only bike, but they have their charm.
They are an ounce or two lighter .Can anyone provide one benefit to a fixed gear?
Sad, but true. There are sometimes vintage bikes in this pile, but they are mostly 2000-2016 department store BSOs.I know what you mean Grant . We use to be a producer country , now we are a consumer country . Buy it use it to it breaks and throw it away , because they don't know how to fix it . It's also hard to find a bike worth fixing anymore .
For me - none. Fixed bikes were designed to be used on closed tracks, where you just sit on it & ride a few laps before stopping. In traffic they're super dangerous, since they don't brake that good, and are fatal to you're knees - that's why most of the hipsters ditched them. They're not as light as they seem (especially the cheap ones), and not much simpler than single speed freewheel bikes with or without a coaster brake hub.
Well actually this is the state of almost 50% of 30+ year old bikes that come to my shop Sometimes I don't even tell people what needs to be changed or repaired, I just reply "This bike deserves a retirement... in a cemetary... 6 feet underground."