I have joined the likes of Nick and RL by riding a fixed gear bike to work. I’d always wanted a fixed gear bike, and my wish was finally granted by our newest partner, Raleigh USA. I’m one of the lucky ones to receive a 2007 Raleigh One Way.
What’s unique about this bike is that is not a track bike, it’s actually a commuter/utility bike. The bike comes equipped with a flip/flop rear wheel, cantilever brakes, fenders, reflective tires and a bell.
First Impression:The bike is a little big for what I usually ride, but that didn’t deter me from riding the bike. I was a little apprehensive about riding a fixed gear, my brain had been wired to ride with freewheel all my life. I was surprised how easy this bike was to ride. I learned a few things on my way to work, on my way back, I just simply enjoyed the ride.
The ride was smooth, fast, comfortable and fun. Riding a fixed gear bike added another mental element to my commute. I had to be more aware about stopping, re-starting and turning. The way I saw it, I became more aware about my environment.
The Looks: I like the way the One Way looks, fenders can be a ‘love it or hate it’ accessory, but I’ve always liked the way the look and the way that they keep me clean.
I will be riding the One way more often, I can see how it will make me a stronger rider. Stay tuned for my updates!