The 10 Best Single Speed Bikes
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you like them because they are easy to maintain and have few moving parts to potentially break, or are just attracted to their streamlined and lightweight designs, you'll find the best single-speed and fixed-gear street and mountain bikes here. We've included models perfect for city commuters and tree-lined pathways. Just make sure you always wear a helmet to stay safe on those roads. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 29, 2020:
It's important for anyone investigating this category to fully comprehend the difference between a single speed bike and a fixed gear bike, as well as what a flip-flop hub can offer with respect to both riding styles. Essentially, a fixed gear bike, like the SixThreeZero Around The Block, is built so that its rear wheel turns in step with the chain and the pedals, meaning that you'll have to pedal constantly at any given speed. On flat ground near a beach this can be a pleasantly mindless, almost meditative act, but in commuting situations it can get a bit hairy, especially if you're clipped in and stuck at a light. Single speed bikes like the Vilano Urbana have the ability to turn their back wheels without the chain being in motion, so you can build up speed and coast without having to pedal.
Some models out there come with what are known as flip-flop hubs. You'll see them on the 6KU Urban Track, Cinelli Tipo Pista, and Golden Cycles Fixed Gear, to name a few examples. Essentially, these bikes have back tires that are reversible, meaning you can detach them from your bike and flip them around, exposing either a fixed cog or a freewheel to the chain, depending on whether you want to ride single-speed or fixed.
February 18, 2019:
For riders who like to go fast, we included options like the Cinelli Tipo Pista, 6KU Urban Track, and Pure Cycles Pure Fix Premium, which are essentially racing bikes that have been equipped with just enough extra components to make them safe for street use. If you are looking for something for relaxed weekend rides by the beach or around town, you'll do no better than the Sixthreezero Around the Block and Firmstrong Bruiser. If storage space is an issue, the Vilano Urbana is a strong contender. Once folded, you can easily carry it up stairs and store it in a closet if needed. The Golden Cycles Steel and 6KU Urban Track are smart choices for somebody who needs a quality ride, but is hampered by a tight budget.
Mission Bike Builder While some custom companies out there might let you pick certain colors, saddles, and handlebar styles, this interface takes it much deeper, allowing you to select the brand and quality of parts like the chain, rims, tires, and more. It's a bit pricey once you put it all together, but it's worth it to get a cycle that's fully your own. missionbicycle.com