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cyclist handsignal

As communicating to another cyclist or road user can be impossible at times, hand signal will be critical!  As shown on the picture, these are some of the essential hand signals that every cyclist should be aware of.

Keep your fixed gear bicycle in good condition
Keeping your fixed gear bike in good condition is very important as it will enhance your cycling experience and the longevity of your bike. You should carry out a 3-minute check everytime you ride your bike. Maintenance checks have to be performed regularly and have your bicycle professionally serviced at regular intervals, minimum once a year, to ensure it is in the safest condition.

If you discover one or more of your bicycle parts is damaged due to the stunts performed, or requires repair, do ensure that the repair is completed by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Do a few test ride to make sure it is safe to use before you play stunts or continue riding again.

Below is a rough guide on riding pre-check and simple maintenance procedures on your personal fixed gear bicycle;

The 3-minute check

1) Tyres should feel very firm to touch. The correct pressure is written on the sidewall of each tyre

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2) Check the seat is at the correct height and the seat post is tightly inserted at least 5cm into the frame

3) Lift the handlebars, spin the front wheel, apply the brakes and check that the;

a) wheel is properly secured in the forks

b) wheel rotates freely without rubbing on the brakes

c) gear and brake operate smoothly and directly

4) Lift the seat, turn the pedals forward, spin the rear wheel, operate the brakes (if any), and apply the above stage test again. If no brakes, test the action of turning the pedal backwards in intervals (just like how you will brake using the pedal while riding) to feel the responsiveness

Weekly maintenance

1) Clean and lubricate the chain

2) Check wheel spokes and eyelets for rust or damage

3) Check tyre pressures

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Monthly maintenance

1) Check tyres for wear or splits in the rubber

2) Check wheel hubs, chain, gear cluster, chain rings and handlebars

Annual maintenance

1) Check the frame

2) Remove the handlebar tape to check for rust and weaknesses

3) When purchasing/replacing new tyres, ensure they are  the right size

4) When replacing the chain, also check whether gear cluster need to be replaced as both generally wear out evenly

Regular maintenance is not only important, it ensure that your fixed gear bike is working at its top condition.  Most importantly, getting a good quality fixed gear bicycle will also increase your riding confidence and ensure you are riding safe. Stay away from replicas. Do visit our website to view our range of Airwalk fixed gear bicycles.

 

Fixed gear bike framesize

Finding the right bike size can be tough, especially if you are used to riding road bike frames. Fixie bikes are sized differently because their geometry resembles that of a track bike. Typically, fixie bikes are sized smaller than road bikes, and each bike has its own size chart. This makes finding the right bike size pretty difficult without actually giving the bike a test ride. If you are buying a bike online and can’t test ride to find the perfect bike size, the chart above is a general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a fixie bike size, which will help you get a good estimate. Bearing also in mind that sizing is not the same for everyone.

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