„FIXED GEAR STEREO TYPES“
is a staged photo series that plays with the six
most common stereotypes of the urban
fixed gear bicycle scene in Berlin.
A fixed-gear bicycle is a bicycle that has a one gear drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism.
More recently the “fixie” has become a popular alternative among mainly urban cyclists,
offering the advantages of simplicity compared with the standard multi-geared bicycle.
A fixed-gear drivetrain has the drive sprocket threaded directly to the hub of the back wheel,
so that the rider cannot stop pedalling. When the rear wheel turns, the pedals turn.
This allows a cyclist to apply a braking force with the legs and bodyweight, by resisting the rotation of the cranks.