Curated by Ben Wilson, industrial designer and bike fanatic, 'Fixed' is a historic look at the fixed gear bicycle from 1888 to the present day.
The notion of a 'fixed wheel' has been in existence since the invention of the bicycle. Fixed gear bicycles were traditionally used on a track or for training purposes, but the idea was swiftly adopted by cycle couriers the world over. Riding 'fixed' is thought to be a 'pure' way to interact with your bike, no brakes, no gears - just you and the bike.
Fixed gear bikes do not allow coasting, so the only way to rest at any point is to pedal slower. In the last few years there has been a renewed interest in fixed wheel riding, largely because of their light weight, simplicity and low maintenance.