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The Fixin Poverty ride is all about Fixin Poverty! With your help and GENEROSITY, we’re raising funds and awareness for orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in Zambia. Bringing HOPE.

The ride is also about Everyday People doing something you don’t see Everyday! Seriously, who decides to ride a fixie across Australia!?! That’s the ADVENTURE.

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Single Speed Bikes

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In our last blog post, Reid gave us the WHY of the ride. This post is all about the HOW.

If you’re wondering what all the talk about “Fixies” or “Single Speed” is about… our team mechanic and member of the support crew, Laith puts it in simple terms for the non-cyclists out there. Thanks Laith!

The Atma Cycles we are using for the Perth to Brisbane Fixin’ Poverty ride are a Single Speed bike. This means there will be no gears to change when the road starts to angle up.

A fixed gear bike has no freewheel and the pedals must turn continuously - there is no rest. With a massive ride like Fixin’ Poverty, resting the legs will be crucial to making it the distance. Riding fixed gears also takes a lot of thinking, if you stop pedalling whilst under momentum, the back wheel will kick up and can be quite dangerous. The Single Speed Bike is able to freewheel so when you are flying down the hill you can stop pedalling and rest up the legs if you choose.

The positives of the Single Speed Bike:

  • There are less moving parts on a Single Speed this gives us less maintenance and less things that can break.
  • The chain-line is smoother making it efficient to pedal and when you get that right it is the sweetest sound and smoothest feeling when riding a bike.
  • You do not have to worry about what gear you are in as you have none!
  • It is the simplest purist form of cycling.

The disadvantages of a Single Speed Bike:

  • Hills
  • Hills
  • Hills
  • Did I mention Hills?
  • The flats can be also hard if you have a tailwind unless you can spin your legs very fast you can sometimes not keep up with speed of the bike.
  • The wheel has wheel nuts instead of quick release this ensures that the wheel doesn’t move under load, when climbing a hill, the bike has a lot more force put through than on a geared bike.

You can change gear ratios by installing a larger or smaller cog on the rear or front.

So there you have it! People have been asking me why Single Speed? I always reply with why not!

Now back to making sure I have all the spares we need to make this ride successful. See you on the road somewhere.

- Laith

I’ve been involved with Eagles Wings since I went on a Building Team to Zambia back in 2010, little did I know how fun the next few years would be! Since then, I’ve joined the Board of EW Australia, been back to Zambia with building teams and the annual Kids Camp, bought a bike and been for a couple of big bike rides!
  • $795,000
  • Raised since 2008
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  • Countries cycled
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  • Participants
  • 34,700
  • Kilometres cycled