It is important that participants understand the implications of the fixed gear, how to set up the bike to fit them and how to operate the resistance and emergency brake before they get on the bike. Explain the fixed gear and emergency break before bike set up or allowing participants to get on their bikes.
The fixed gear mechanism/fixed wheel means that the pedals are joined to the weighted flywheel which implies that once the feet are strapped on the pedals the legs are tied to the movement of the flywheel. Freewheeling as on an ordinary bike is not possible. On a fixed gear bike, once the flywheel is in motion momentum keeps it going and the faster it goes the more difficult it is to stop. The speed of the flywheel is controlled by a resistance lever/knob which acts like a calibrated brake that remains at the participant’s selected level and can be increased or decreased as they choose. This facilitates the simulation of hills and flats.
Stress to participants that for safety they must always cycle with some resistance. They cannot stop pedalling and freewheel like on an ordinary bike, as when the flywheel is moving so are the pedals this means the feet are still in motion (Kory & Seabourne, 1999). If participant’s feet come off the pedals during the class they must apply the emergency brake and move the legs out wide away from the pedals.
Participants should never dismount a bike unless the pedals and the flywheel are at a complete stop (Kory & Seabourne, 1999). Never backpedal on a studio/indoor bike as it causes the knee to hyperextend and can cause the pedal to come detached from the crank arm.
Participants must know :
1. They cannot stop pedalling and free wheel at any stage of the studio cycling class.
2. If their feet come off the pedals then they must apply the emergency brake immediately and move legs out wide instantly.
3. Resistance can be altered to simulate hills and flats but there must always be some resistance for safety.