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Fixed-Gear vs Freewheel

My winter bike is clunky, slow, and single-speed. For a couple of years I had a fixed gear on the back, but that wore out, and I ended up replacing it with a freewheel limited to a single-speed. The transition has been educational.

Fixed-Gear Thoughts

Fixed-gear bicycles have some definite advantages:

However, there are significant disadvantages:

Freewheel Thoughts

Freewheels also have advantages:

And they have corresponding disadvantages:


I have no sweeping conclusions. Neither system is great but both can work okay. Winter cycling is a pain no matter what you do.