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Why do you ride a fixie?
Thread started by sc_nomad at 12.5.07 - 11:15 am

This question has been asked before but I'm sure that there are new answers.

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I am one with the Universe.



toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 11:47 am

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i ride because the wind feels great through my long locks at 22mph.
also, to keep my diabetes in check.



ruinedbyidiots
12.5.07 - 11:48 am

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Because i'm a hipster?

Do i win? Do i win?

I beat the smart kids, i beat the smart...oh, i crushed my wookie...






stevo4
12.5.07 - 12:31 pm

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because my car is broken.

not that i'm in any hurry to get it fixed.



malo lado
12.5.07 - 12:34 pm

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SC, are you just taking an informal survey? Don't you ride one sometimes?

There's, like, a million reasons.



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 12:59 pm

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To give uptight people something to complain about.





PC
12.5.07 - 1:01 pm

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He asked "Why do you ride a fixie" not "Why do you ride your fixie"

Come on people, I avoided putting any smart ass comments on this thread, because I really wanted to hear your thoughts. So let's get some truth going on this thread.

I can tell you when I get my Track bike the reason will be, because you need a track bike to race on the Velodrome, no other reason.



franz
12.5.07 - 1:05 pm

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Franz wrote:

He asked "Why do you ride a fixie" not "Why do you ride your fixie"

Oh. That changes everything.



PC
12.5.07 - 1:08 pm

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Doesn't it? Don't you think with this phrasing, on a bicycling website, it must be assumed he is asking why you would choose a fixed gear bicycle over any other comparable freewheel cycling alternative. Not why you have chosen your fixed gear over your car, or private helicopter. It is certainly not the broader question which the sunstroked fool from Ojai has answered, "Why do I ride a bicycle?".



franz
12.5.07 - 1:17 pm

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I loved riding my fixie. Especially the control and finess I experienced, as well as feeling "at one" with the bike.
Unfortunatly, My knee got really sore, so I had to convert it to a free wheel single speed. No more sore knee, but I do miss the unique features of the fixed.



Creative Thing
12.5.07 - 1:20 pm

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I just said that to give uptight people something to complain about.



PC
12.5.07 - 1:22 pm

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Haha, I was expecting this thread to be a jackass remark trap. Instead we're exploring semantical subtleties. Franz, you cunning linguist, you never cease to amaze.



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 1:23 pm

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Ok, I am one with my fixed gear in a way that is impossible with my freewheel bikes.

Ok, I am a simpleton and require simple things in this scarily technical world.

Ok, fixed gears are fun in the flats. Why do I need gears and a freewheel mojobber to ride around the valley and LA? Some people even think fixed gears are fun in the hills.

Ok, they're quiet.

Ok, I can ride no-handed with drink in one hand and camera in the other, and I can still slow down.

Ok, ultra-low maintenance.

Ok, because of all the reasons above plus more I ride more since I built my fixed gear.






toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 1:28 pm

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I will give you something to complain about... man I wish I weren't out of money. I could be reading, or talking to daft girls from south carolina at the bar, oh well. Now I'm stuck here arguing semantics with PC, which is certain to be a losing adventure. Than again I'm sure I could scam free drinks off of them as I used to in my younger days, but I think I've lost my motivation.

Anyway back to the point of this thread, I challenge any non-courier, non-track racer, and non-exenger to a race. Fixie vs Cyclocross, hipster vs yuppie, east vs west, to settle once and for all which type of bike is best, as we all know it's the frame that counts.



franz
12.5.07 - 1:29 pm

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Keep arguing semantics with me and I'll paypal you the money for a drink later.



PC
12.5.07 - 1:44 pm

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Now watch, with the weak dollar I'll end up having to send him fifty bucks or some shit.



PC
12.5.07 - 1:45 pm

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^^ Franz's race is retarded, not well thought out, and settles nothing. But maybe that's the point??


OK, I might as well answer, I know Dennis won't be amused by any jackass remark I can muster. After a few thousand miles, I truthfully found riding road boring. (I had the Campy Record Cannondale hotshot thing going.) I find riding a fixed gear is a lot more fun, a hell of a lot cheaper, more customizeable, I like the companies/mfr's better than the road ones, I like the riders and the current "scene" associated with fixed gears (call it hipster all you want, I love my friends and I met a lot of them through the fixed gear connection) and in the end it's almost as fast as the road set up.

OK done.



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 1:47 pm

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50 dollars would cover about 7 beers.

Perhaps the idea of a race isn't retarded, it could in fact be genius.

Anyway throughout the world I've met hundreds if not thousands of fixie riders, and we've become fast friends. The thing that we have in common may not be Language, Race, Nationality, or the fact we are or are not permitted to coast occasionally, it's that we ride, and then drink ourselves into oblivion... that helps, a lot.



franz
12.5.07 - 2:00 pm

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because it looks cool, duh



ectoplasm
12.5.07 - 2:18 pm

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yeah, i didn't read the prompt very closely before i typed my answer to "why do you ride?"

now, as far as fixies go, i would love to get one because 1) i like the technical simplicity, and 2) its really neat how they conserve momentum and push you to keep moving, keep pedaling.



malo lado
12.5.07 - 2:24 pm

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How about a tricycle vs unicycle race? And I'm not talking about those fancy weird 'bent three wheelers.



toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 3:19 pm

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hahaahaha - "cunning linguist"...that was so slick.

CityHobgoblin, you are the Wolfpack of jackass replies.



SKIDMARCUS
12.5.07 - 3:28 pm

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I ride a fixie because of the control, in MR type social rides. I use to ride geared bikes for these rides but the constant clipping and unclipping became too cumbersome. The ability to have control at slow speeds is unbeatable. In a big slow moving ride, a fixie is best.




sc_nomad
12.5.07 - 3:38 pm

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At your service!

Sometimes in my peripheral vision I catch Dennis looking at me, and I know he's thinking "fucking Dave, what a jackass..."



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 3:44 pm

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This thread's only purpose is to see what different reasons people have in riding fixies. Some popular ones are:

They're "hip'
fully customizable
simple
cheap
light
fun






sc_nomad
12.5.07 - 3:44 pm

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^^ and right when I'm about to say something he changes the subject.



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 3:46 pm

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less likely to break in such a way yuo can't get home...



FuzzBeast
12.5.07 - 3:47 pm

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Dave,
You must have eagle eyes behind your head because that's the only way you'll see me.



sc_nomad
12.5.07 - 3:49 pm

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I enjoy the Zen-like oneness that I feel with my drivetrain as I walk my bike from one trendy bar to the next.



PC
12.5.07 - 3:51 pm

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It's like Zen,,yur one with the bike..
its taking the stairs Vs. the escalator
the feel of control and awareness.
I love my Fixes...
I dislike Coasting...
Eddy Merckx is the man.....



skano
12.5.07 - 3:52 pm

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"...as I walk my bike from one trendy bar to the next."

Heh, that's one situation where I'd rather not have a fixed.



toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 4:10 pm

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I test rode one a few times to get the feel.
I was shaking and shivering a few nights over.
Guess you could say I did it to get a new factor of fear in.



bentstrider
12.5.07 - 4:20 pm

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corollary

why do you ride brakeless?



ruinedbyidiots
12.5.07 - 4:22 pm

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I don't. And I use 46cm wide 'cross bars.



toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 4:24 pm

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Is riding fixed really fashionable?



kyber
12.5.07 - 4:35 pm

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It's an excuse for guys to use another pick-up line by saying, "So, what's you ratio?"






watamelon
12.5.07 - 5:13 pm

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hey natasha, whats your ratio?



ruinedbyidiots
12.5.07 - 5:15 pm

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Yeah, all 15 girls in LA who ride fixed.....



kyber
12.5.07 - 5:31 pm

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and the even fewer who actually ride fixed.




WIFE BIKE
12.5.07 - 5:33 pm

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I thought there was 16?



toweliesbong
12.5.07 - 5:34 pm

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SKIDMARCUS
12.5.07 - 5:48 pm

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laoxue
12.5.07 - 6:08 pm

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* I like being one with the road, especially when my shoulder hits the pavement after an emergency "stop"

* Less money to spend on brakes and derailleurs, so I can afford a top-tube pad for each day of the week, tires, and knee surgery

* Easier to fix, just watch your fingers and don't forget that 15mm wrench

* I hate coasting down hills, I'd rather spin

* Tighter geometry, so I can twitch visibly and feel every bump

:)



cabhauler
12.5.07 - 6:15 pm

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I ride a fixie cause that's what my gang rides



marino
12.5.07 - 7:06 pm

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not exactlly true. Marino..



skano
12.5.07 - 7:24 pm

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Yes fixed gears are fashionable. They are the ultimate accessory, my first one matched my mini. What other bike will anyone bother with making sure that the hoops match the spoke and tires? Just go to O20 and check out the collection of top tube pads and color coordinated bits and pieces.



sc_nomad
12.5.07 - 8:43 pm

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i love riding fixed. it's easier to control, it's light and easy to maintain. not to mention..tons of fun!

i rode bunnybubbles geared bike one night in the parking lot of the bikerowave and it was soo weird. i felt so out of control. i hated relying on the brakes to slow down.







kathryncupcake
12.5.07 - 9:20 pm

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I'm with you on that kathryncupcake! Brakes are so 19th century! I wish people would get with the times!

I also like riding my fixie cause my top tube pad would look so lame on my mountain bike!



User1
12.5.07 - 9:58 pm

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^^ transparent sarcasm betraying bitter contempt for fixed gear riders. WEAK.



City Hobgoblin
12.5.07 - 10:56 pm

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^^ transparent sarcasm betraying bitter contempt for fixed gear riders. WEAK.

+1



kyber
12.5.07 - 10:58 pm

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NOT ^^ transparent sarcasm betraying bitter contempt for fixed gear riders. WEAK.

-2

score 0 to 0

Just pointing out some of the silliness that's all!



User1
12.6.07 - 12:20 am

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Not at all! Did you not see my smiley?

I love fixed-gear bikes and the peeps who ride them, even kyber! I'm just having a little fun with all the reasons people give for riding them.



cabhauler
12.6.07 - 2:05 am

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User1-

It's nearly impossible to tell when you're being sarcastic.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:30 am

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Someone had to do it, it might as well be me (again) to answer this "off-topic"

Myself and very very very fucking popular guy on this board (as of today), had this conversation today. We talked about fixed gear riders, I commented on my noticing that most of the riders are somewhat new to riding and mostly in their early 20's (Yes PC, I know not everybody who rides fixed is not new to riding, and not in there early 20's)

To me, riding fixed seems like a fad . As we progressed in our conversation we exchanged stories of, hearing complaints about knees hurting from riding fixed (at the same time, I thought about all of those who say "no way, my knees never hurt"). I questioned if this was a passing fancy, that these where the same kids riding skateboards a few years back(not that there is anything wrong with skateboarding, but I rarely see longevity in the sport), and wondering, how long these same kids will be riding these bikes, or any bikes in general, or if they will possibly be driving cars in the future, and fixed gear riding, will be a part of their youth.

Only the future will tell. I hope I'm wrong, and all those that are riding fixed, will still be riding fixed, or at least a bicycle of any classification in the future. I suspect this is a passing fad (starting a couple of years back, when I first started noticing these bikes on the street) of the next two to five years tops.

PROVE ME WRONG!



sexy
12.6.07 - 2:49 am

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I'm just here for the women.

As soon as gaming becomes stock full o' hot women, I'm going back to playing Magic: The Gathering.



kyber
12.6.07 - 3:27 am

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^^didn't you say there are only like 16 girls that ride fixed? haha



kathryncupcake
12.6.07 - 3:33 am

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How many more years do you people plan to spend predicting the imminent demise of fixed gear riding? Two? Three? More?



PC
12.6.07 - 3:34 am

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Eh? What fixie? The only time I ever ride without gears is when I'm too lazy to clean my bike and it gets bitchy at me.

SEVEN SIGNS OF THE FIXED GEAR APOCALYPSE



ephemerae
12.6.07 - 8:00 am

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my pops jumped on my fixie the other day after I hounded him to give it a shot...he road 20 feet and bragged about how he could still ride a bike then said, "Get me off this damn death trap, this is the kind of bike a person with no responsibilities rides!" Funny thing is I hold the most responsible job for their company handling all assets and financials, advertising and customer relations...rediculous...



wormser
12.6.07 - 8:10 am

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Riding fixed on the road will be around for a while, it's been around even before this current surge in popularity. Roadies ride fixed as a training tool, usually for cadence.

About knees hurting, that was a popular reason for going back to freewheels. And being pass 40, the knees seem to hurt sooner and the bones and ligaments take longer to heal. One of these days I will skid to a stop, keel over, and die.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 8:51 am

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Messengers ride fixed too but I was talking about the general public Not the " TAKE THAT BAG OFF, ONLY MESSENGERS SHOULD USE MESSENGER BAGS" shouting cyclists who happen to ride bikes for a living.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 9:10 am

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I'm not going to say fixed-gear riding is a fad, since people have been doing it for over 100 years. If it's a gateway drug for some into the world of cycling, that's great!



cabhauler
12.6.07 - 10:26 am

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Who the hell cares if riding fixed is a big fad? What's the goddam problem? So a bunch of ex-skaters and tatted up cool kids want to go shred the hell out of $3000 track bikes. BIG DEAL. All this grouchy scorn from the bicycle establishment is the worst.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 10:29 am

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That was an easy $5. I had a bet with another Rida, that I could City Hobo and PC, all worked up, over my posting within 12 hours, I did this one in a little over 8 hours. Next time, I'm betting more$.



sexy
12.6.07 - 11:06 am

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damn you sexy.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 11:08 am

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They make good points though. Why should we give a crap what another person is riding? They're riding a bike, right?

I'll give a nod, wave, whatever to anyone a see on a bike, period. Even the dudes who rock the sidewalk on Target bikes. For a lot of them, it probably keeps them going knowing that they're not the only one on two wheels in this four wheel dominated city.

We need to encourage people to ride, not rip on them because we don't like what they ride or don't understand their motivation for riding.



kyber
12.6.07 - 11:10 am

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It actually took only 5 minutes -- the second I read your post I was fuming mad, and scouring the internet for someone doing something sick on an expensive track bike.

You played me like a trumpet.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 11:11 am

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Is that why they call sexy a windbag?



kyber
12.6.07 - 11:16 am

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LMFFYOPWAO.



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 11:17 am

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i ride a fixie because i want to put a basket on my bike.



superfish
12.6.07 - 11:42 am

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Nothing wrong with hipsters. New riders are needed for growth. They're good for the industry. Their money will benefit us all.

Remember when the only options were track, time trial bikes, and kieren frames or butchering a road bike. Now almost every manufacturer has a road specific fixie at every price point.

Reminds me of the 'Harley fad" in the '90's through the early 2000s. Seems like every had a Harley. As the fad died down, one could pick up bikes for a fraction of their original cost.

I am a hipster. All one has to do is look in my garage. I've got a Harley, 2 1/2 Vespas, 2 goped type scooters and 9 bicycles.






sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 12:13 pm

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walmart now sells carbon frames/bikes.
target now sells a fixed gear bike.
i am not lying.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 12:17 pm

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Let me guess? Target is carrying the Fall Out Boy, pista concept bike



sexy
12.6.07 - 12:27 pm

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Some dude posted on LAfixed that department stores in Tokyo started carrying track parts. And the good stuff, like NJS Dura Ace shit no less. Wierd.

If you were to buy a carbon fiber bike at Walmart you either have to
a.) Be a misguided fool
b.) Live in a really shitty town

American retail has never been worse.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 12:28 pm

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i forgot all about that thing!



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 12:30 pm

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Even non bike companies are capitalizing on the popularity. I just saw a shirt using a logo displaying the World Champion colors. An honor once reserved for people or companies who have actually won world championships.

I think I just hijacked my own thread.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 12:42 pm

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Like a clutzy terrorist.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 12:50 pm

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Avril Fixed Gear Mixtes at Kmart? Track parts at Toys r Us? Fuck, I think I'll go back to crackin' smoke.



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 12:50 pm

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I dont ride a fixie, but i understand why you guys do.

This is because it takes some skill and technique to ride a fixie. It is difficult to ride in the beginning, but when you master it, you are riding on another level. Then, when you ride a regular bike, its just plain boring.

Personally I like the way they look, but i just cant get use to the pedals forcing you to pedal. (im just too old and want to coast!)



speedybrian2000
12.6.07 - 1:04 pm

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Terrorist!!!! What do you know about that? Just because Southwest wouldn't let me check in electronically doesn't mean I'm terrorist.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 1:06 pm

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I thought it would take skill and technique, too, but for basic no tricks riding it's no different than riding a freewheeler other than getting into the pedals and remembering that you can't coast. Oh, and when one crankarm falls off the nutted BB axle of your 30 year old POS French brazed drainpipe fixed gear it's easier to ride one legged home!!!



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 1:11 pm

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avril wants the sk8-r boi, not the junkie messenger.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 1:13 pm

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I ride fixies for the same reason that I ride all my other bikes (MTB, folder, geared road) :
for fun.



spiraldemon
12.6.07 - 1:22 pm

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The weird thing is that the Wal-Mart carbon bike is quite good. You heard that right. No crap parts. Allmost all Ultegra I think, and a carbon frame that's not that different from what you can get from Giant or Trek. Really they are all made in the same five factories in Taiwan or China. Compact geometry means they only have to make t-shirt sizes anyway.

I won't get one because I worship at the church of hand-brazed Reynolds 531 and the thought of buying something like that from Wal-Mart is sickening to me.



cabhauler
12.6.07 - 1:38 pm

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Yeah whatever where's the party saturday?



SKIDMARCUS
12.6.07 - 1:39 pm

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party's in your MOUF!



spiraldemon
12.6.07 - 1:45 pm

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WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

FIXED GEARS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING!!

Fixed gear riders must expend more energy riding and stopping their bicycles than normal (aka FREEWHEEL! Yah! FREEWHEELS!) riders.

The energy that propels and slows a fixed gear bicycles comes entirely from the bicycle rider.

Food production and distribution are leading causes of global warming.

Fixed gear riders consume more food to enable their fixed gear habit.

Fixies cause global warming!

QED BITCHES!!



ubrayj02
12.6.07 - 2:04 pm

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I'm not sure this argument has been fully thought out. I think we need to see the comparative energy expenditures on creating and shipping brakes, brake pads, and also the human energy spent installing and adjusting said brakes vs crashing into the backs of cars, and/or pedestrians.



franz
12.6.07 - 2:09 pm

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dot com



Joe Borfo
12.6.07 - 2:09 pm

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ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO RIDE A FUCKING BIKE CAN EASILY AVOID HITTING SHIT ON A BRAKELESS FIXED. IT'S NOT HARD.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:21 pm

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huh he said Hard.



Joe Borfo
12.6.07 - 2:23 pm

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"Fixies cause global warming!" Fuck, I just knew there had to be something bad about something so fun.



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 2:25 pm

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Somebody close that tag, I'm too stupid.



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 2:25 pm

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kyber
12.6.07 - 2:26 pm

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OH OHHHH

That must mean that only stupid people ride fixed... YEAH!!



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:27 pm

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i rear ended a pickup truck on main st in ventura on my road bike. never happened on my fixed gear.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 2:29 pm

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I ran over a dog, a beer, and a snake on my road bike, never on my fixed.



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 2:32 pm

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I rear ended a car in k-town on my road bike. It had 2 brakes.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:34 pm

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You two got your fixed gears 3 months ago. When did you get your first freewheel bike and how many cars did you run into, I promise you when I return you will be getting into more accidents than you can count.... and you can count on that!

Bike Jousting is coming en masse to Los Angeles.





franz
12.6.07 - 2:41 pm

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i got my first bike when i was 3 and i have been riding ever since.
the first time i hit a car was last year when i was drafting in traffic like a genius.
whats your point franz? huh? im officially taking offense to everything you say from here on out, regardless.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 2:43 pm

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And you can count, on me, waiting for you in the parking lot.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:44 pm

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I got my first fixed gear when I was 3 or 4.

It was the Knightrider big wheel. It had a brake, but I never used it.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:46 pm

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the nail comes out next week!



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 2:46 pm

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A big wheel is not a fixed gear since it has no gears.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 2:51 pm

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your ball struck my foot!



WIFE BIKE
12.6.07 - 2:51 pm

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"You two got your fixed gears 3 months ago." Mommeeeeeeeeeeee!



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 2:54 pm

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never stop this thread. ever.




Joe Borfo
12.6.07 - 2:54 pm

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Well, as the english say "fixed wheel."



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:54 pm

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I'm going to answer the question.

1st, Because I was too lazy to turn the wheel back around to the freewheel side. (Brassknuckle flipped it when he borrowed it).
2nd, I didn't want to knock it, until I tried it.
3rd, It was challenging, and I like challenges.
4th, It was surprisingly fun, I like fun.
5th, It was surprisingly fun, I like surprises.
6th, It makes me feel hip.



the reverend dak
12.6.07 - 2:54 pm

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Oh I guess I lose street cred since I've only been riding fixed for 3 months.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:55 pm

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but franz doesnt have his fixed gear yet, so what does it matter?



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 2:56 pm

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AND HE POSTS ON LAFIXED.
franz just wants to fit in.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 2:56 pm

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He looks some kind of eurotrash radical islamist if you ask me.



kyber
12.6.07 - 2:59 pm

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I only went on LA fixed to build up a few minutes of hate, for road geometric track frames and Deep-V's with matching top tube pads... also to make fun of Kyber.

Also to see if they had any track bikes for sale.



franz
12.6.07 - 3:03 pm

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make out



Joe Borfo
12.6.07 - 3:04 pm

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I forgot, I ride fixed because Che told me to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 3:11 pm

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i ride a fixie because city homogoblin rides a fixie.



superfish
12.6.07 - 3:19 pm

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I ride a fixie because my ass does not look bike on one.



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 3:21 pm

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or my wheelset matches my shoes



sc_nomad
12.6.07 - 3:25 pm

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Sexy loses the bet. You can tell when I'm worked up because my word count goes through the roof.

PC: 1
Sexy: 0



PC
12.6.07 - 3:26 pm

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"or my wheelset matches my shoes" But where's your matching pad??????



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 3:47 pm

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That's true, sexy. You only got half of us. Give $2.50 back to your fellow rida.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 4:11 pm

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I've been riding fixed for three years, and the guy who did my first build has really bad ass tattoos. Street cred. I has it.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 4:13 pm

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You should have done your own first build...

Fixie street cred takes a minimum of 2 major alleycat wins, or 40 beers drank in a day, it doesnt matter how long you've been riding.



franz
12.6.07 - 4:25 pm

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So Jack is the only one with fixed gear street cred in this city. Great.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 4:28 pm

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I can drink 40 beers in a day, that's pretty easy.



kyber
12.6.07 - 4:36 pm

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my bad, I missed the "OR" clause.

Really, 40 in one day? I'm not sure if I could do that. Hmm... I don't have any plans Sunday, maybe I need to take a crack at this. If you started at noon, that would be 3 beers per hour until a little after 1am.

I'm going to take the street cred challenge.



City Hobgoblin
12.6.07 - 4:40 pm

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An obvious addendum, you have to do something epic while drinking those 40 beers. Kyber considering how slow you are, especially since your on a fixie now Id say it's your only hope for glory.



franz
12.6.07 - 4:48 pm

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I'm slow?

I don't know about that.



kyber
12.6.07 - 4:51 pm

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I challenge you to a 250m sprint! If you win I will forgive you for all the times you've horribly wronged me AND buy you one beer (of my choosing). If I win I get to sleep at your house for 7 days without Esther beating me up and throwing me out.



franz
12.6.07 - 4:57 pm

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Shut up Franz.

I ride fixie riders.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:05 pm

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i will race you franz. have some newcastle waiting for me at the finish line.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 5:07 pm

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Okay, back to the original intent of this post.

I cut my teeth on a Cannondale track bike owned and raced (still at Encino) by Track Racer John, my old room mate.

And I just saw him again after many years at the last Den Dinner.

Great to see you Track Racer John.

I really live riding fixies. I just can't afford to get one. I would rather maintain the Masi.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:17 pm

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OOh...that was a bit harsh....franzie.

I meant 'shut up,' in the 'aw dude, shut up, man' way.

YOu are all about racing around on your new bike, huh?

It is a nice one, to be sure.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:19 pm

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napalm death - scum



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 5:21 pm

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Do you have that Canondale Track bike? Or more likely were you refering to his current Cannondale Track bike.

As for you RBI although the challenge was to my arch enemy, I will race you in a sprint as well. If I win I would like a cool bottle of Westvleteren 12 waiting for me at the end, if you win I'll provide you two bottles of boring Newky Brown



franz
12.6.07 - 5:24 pm

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merzbow-motha fucka.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:26 pm

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No, the T. racer John still has it...and races it.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:28 pm

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Yeah I've seen it I was just hoping, since it's not an uncommon frame, perhaps you had one you could be convinced of parting with.



franz
12.6.07 - 5:30 pm

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nice track bike, for sure.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:32 pm

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Zeni Geva mofo



toweliesbong
12.6.07 - 5:38 pm

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kk null....biatch.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:45 pm

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Why not?



Jeronimo
12.6.07 - 5:46 pm

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I think the loser should listen to japanoise on full blast.

Until they go deaf.



kyber
12.6.07 - 5:48 pm

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Yes..."dry Lungs V" until your ears bleed.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:49 pm

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...and then we'll go to il corral to see john weise, after having nice dinner across the street at Pure Luck.

Sounds like a plan. Someone get Weise to play that night.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:55 pm

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Riding fixed gear bicycles is a fun recreational sport....

....like tennis

...or badminton.

And I am missing out.

Bedtime for tern.



tern
12.6.07 - 5:59 pm

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who wants to buy my wiese / d. yellow swans 7" autographed by wiese?

kk null? no no. you need to get more obscure and get some absolut null punkt. i also have that lp (on clear vinyl) for sale.



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 6:50 pm

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wiese and I, and some other friends...were caught in crossfire while returning from watching a movie.....we were in a ca,r passing in front of a club. John did some comando driving to get us out of there.

It makes me happy that you know wiese.

Okay, now back to dreaming about riding track bikes.



tern
12.6.07 - 7:46 pm

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bastard noise (without being a member of man is the bastard)



ruinedbyidiots
12.6.07 - 8:08 pm

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Sorry to interrupt the love fest here but something got me scratching my head and was hoping I would get an issue cleared up.

Looks like the overall consensuses is that a fixie stops better and faster than a conventional bike? Is that correct?





User1
12.7.07 - 3:14 pm

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"its taking the stairs Vs. the escalator"

exactly.



eric
12.7.07 - 4:01 pm

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Depends on the phase of the moon and what kind of air you use in your tires.



toweliesbong
12.7.07 - 4:02 pm

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Oh, and how much SPK you listened to during the 12 hours previous to your braking needs.



toweliesbong
12.7.07 - 4:05 pm

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PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT



ruinedbyidiots
12.7.07 - 4:15 pm

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Bad User1, I don't think anyone said or even implied that. Many people by now have experienced the joys of disc brakes, if you haven't I suggest you do... god I live me some stopping power.

Remember Rev. Brfererevueefere commanded we never let this thread end.



franz
12.7.07 - 6:28 pm

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I gotta gets me sum of that POWRE!!! Can I put those disc thingies on my flip flop hubs?



toweliesbong
12.7.07 - 6:45 pm

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The fad / no-fad debate was continued earlier tonight after SMCM, in front of a live audience at Bergamot Station. I won, after dropping the H-bomb on my respected colleague, Mr. Sexy David.





PC
12.8.07 - 5:32 am

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PC = PWN-A-NATOR



NEWB310
12.8.07 - 6:30 pm

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PC = Pwned Cexy



PC
12.9.07 - 2:30 am

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As usual the truth lies somewhere in between with your debate of fad / no-fad. I could easily point out kids getting into it because they heard it was the latest cool thing to do. If you're a kid in need of being excepted by your peers? Get a fixie! What's the latest cool hip thing to do? Why riding a fixie!

In regards to the reference someone made regarding brakes. This argument was made by kyber above. In a round about way it seems to be implied.



User1
12.9.07 - 8:24 pm

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I ride a fixie so I can fit into my special tight pants that I only wear to pink berry.



SPOOK
12.9.07 - 8:28 pm

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Last thing I'm really gonna say:

You all knew and loved me way before I rode fixed.

And with a fixed gear you really do not NEED brakes. Sure, I run a brake (for now) but that's because I live/ride some of the nastiest hills in LA constantly and have been traumatized by having a cheap lock ring snap in half on me. But how often do I actually use it? Not very often at all.





kyber
12.9.07 - 8:30 pm

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SPOOK

WTF, what kind of scenester are you?

You should be airbrushing your pants on. That way you don't have to worry about fabric getting in the way of your drivetrain.

As for pockets....I'm sure someone on BME can figure it out.



kyber
12.9.07 - 8:31 pm

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I wrote:

How many more years do you people plan to spend predicting the imminent demise of fixed gear riding? Two? Three? More?

And here we are, at least halfway there. Have any of you short-sellers covered your positions yet?



PC
04.12.09 - 5:18 am

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Perhaps a saturated market will lessen demand and ultimately theft as well.



ephemerae
04.12.09 - 10:50 am

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I am one with the Universe.



toweliesbong
04.12.09 - 10:52 am

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