We've just received a huge shipment of fixed gear bikes and they are currently in stock in all sizes and colors. We normally wouldn't post an update about getting a shipment of fixies here in our warehouse but with the way the bicycle supply chain is this year, it's cause for celebration. The fixed gears that we got in include our hi tensile steel Pixel and our 4130 chromoly Eastside.
Fyxation was founded in 2009 when the fixed gear market was just taking off. Fixed gear bikes have been around for a long time and were originally used by bike messengers in cities because of their ease of maintenance and clean looks. When we launched Fyxation, the fixie market consisted of very few out of the box fixed gear bikes that you could buy at stores. Most people would convert old road bikes into single speeds or fixed gears using parts they could get through their local bike shop. We focused on parts and sold tires, pedals and other upgrade items that helped people complete that fixed gear bike build.
Around 2010 a number of start up bike brands that were launched by college students or recent graduates that started importing affordable fixed gear bikes from China and the market took off. Companies like State Bicycle, Pure Fix and Retrospec all launched around the same time and brought these affordable fixies to the masses. Buying bikes online was just taking off and these companies used their web savvy to build strong direct to consumer bike brands that eventually expanded to them selling their fixies to bike shops and bike dealers as well.
We originally launched our Eastside in 2012 as a single speed with the option to convert it to a fixed gear by simply flipping the wheel around (flip flop hub). Since then we've launched 2 other fixed gear models: the Pixel which is an affordable single speed great for cruising and the Comet which is a go fast aluminum track bike.
The market for fixed gear bikes peaked a few years back and while many people think it's dead, there are definitely still a lot of single speeds and fixed gear bikes being sold today. They are a very utilitarian bike in that they are affordable, easy to maintain and look great. In many cities like Chicago that are flat and there are stop lights every few hundred feet, it doesn't make sense to have a bike with 10 + gears because you mostly ride in one gear and there are plenty of stop and starts with traffic. That's where a fixed gear bike makes a ton of sense. Some people also buy them as their get around town bike that they can use to grab a cup of coffee instead of taking their road or mountain bike.