We use a fixed gear on our studio bikes because it allows the rider to pedal more smoothly in all situations. The fixed gear helps in several ways to improve the overall user experience:
- When riding while standing, momentum from the fixed gear helps the rider at the very top and bottom of the pedal stroke. On a bike with a freewheel, this can create points of disengagement, which can result in an uneven feel.
- In times of high resistance and lower cadence, the momentum generated by the flywheel helps to pull the cranks through the pedal stroke (again, primarily at the top and bottom) where positive torque is not being applied by the rider.