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Old 12-01-08, 10:49 PM   #1
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fixed wheel haters!

What about this guy!

Does he hate fixed wheel bikes or what?

http://www.livenews.com.au/Articles/...ixy_phenomenon
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Old 12-01-08, 10:58 PM   #2
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"Yeah, real hate....grrrrr" to quote Beetle Bailey.
I'm not a big fixie fan. Then again, if we all were, there wouldn't be any other kind of bike.
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Old 12-02-08, 01:47 PM   #3
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Too many people think Fixie = Critical (M)ass twit.
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Old 12-02-08, 04:39 PM   #4
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i actually think that was a very well written article that doesn't hate on fixed gears at all. they are beautiful in their simplicity. they are intended (at least in recent history) for the track. they are getting to be ridiculously popular, and if you don't know what you are doing and you don't run a brake, you are going to hurt yourself, possibly severely.

that's not hate, that's just fact.
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I also don't view that as hatred of fixies but, rather, more a reflection on my thoughts about fixies - I don't get them. I've always seen their purpose with the velodrome, but in traffic - no way.

It seems like every classic/vintage for sale is advertised as "great fixie potential" or already is a fixie. I had the owner of one of my Gitane's switch it from a fixie back to the original components before I bought it. I just don't have an interest in one gear.
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Old 12-02-08, 06:03 PM   #6
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The only "hating" was on the potential for an ongoing proliferation of fixies, with the inevitability of rank noobs getting themselves and anyone nearby into some serious danger.

how diluted has the word "hating" become, anyway?
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Old 12-02-08, 06:35 PM   #7
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The only time i had a fixie was when i was a small kid. i couldnt think of any reason in the world i would want to ride a fixie, the terrain, distance and head winds would be bit too exhausting. Sometimes I ride in top gear all the way but most I need a few gears.
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A lot of us old timers don't have any problem with "fixies". In fact, a lot of us put in our time on the fixed gear for a purpose, rather than a fashion. In my experience those folks don't dislike the fixed gear, they just dislike the juvenile nitwits who have taken it up as the latest fashion accessory.
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A lot of us old timers don't have any problem with "fixies". In fact, a lot of us put in our time on the fixed gear for a purpose, rather than a fashion. In my experience those folks don't dislike the fixed gear, they just dislike the juvenile nitwits who have taken it up as the latest fashion accessory.
Ahh, but remember wingwalking, LSD, and Warheads candy with a megaton of formic acid (that stuff ants use to kill bees with), pierced jewelry and Cleopatra's stupid snake then chalk it up to youth being young and inexperienced all the time.

Grow old and you will be experienced and stupid in some other way.
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Old 12-03-08, 01:08 AM   #10
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dude, why have you been posting this same thing 20 times over? do you have a personal vendetta?

get banned.
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Old 12-03-08, 11:35 AM   #11
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It seems you've posted a harmless and, in my opinion, well-written article several times with a title that is meant to get us riled-up and pissed-off at a 'hater'. Talk about your all-time backfires, dude. All you managed to do is present yourself as a TROLL.
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Old 12-03-08, 12:28 PM   #12
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As both a journalist and a fixed gear rider, I think it was very well written, and not written in hate.

The guy makes a good point, the greater majority of fixed gear kids don't know full well what they're doing, and in high traffic situations... could cause a traffic accident ending in major injuries or death.

That said, I've been riding fixed for like a week now. Mainly to get back into shape, and where I ride, bikes are quicker to get around on than cars. On top of that, its damn fun. I still use a front brake, and I don't think I'll ever roll without it. The risk vs cool factor isn't worth it in my opinion.
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Old 12-03-08, 12:40 PM   #13
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I do find that unicycles generally attract attention in a positive way, so it's not the fixity that's the issue.
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Old 12-03-08, 02:27 PM   #14
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unicycles generally attract attention in a positive way...

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Old 12-03-08, 03:22 PM   #15
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unicycles generally attract attention in a positive way...

ROFL.
On topic: I don't hate fixies. I hate scenesters.
I have friends who bike courier here in vancouver who ride fixed, or single speed w/brakes primarily (the best way to go imo).
It is easy to tell a person who knows fixed for what it is from someone who is just trying to look cool: Those who have been doing it not as a "trend" but as part of their life (NOT lifestyle); as compared to the scenesters who are just statistics looking for an insurance form/accident report to be on; and most of them look like FOOLS with their clean cycling caps, and clean Converse runners.
I ride multi-gear primarily; but have a weekend warrior Raleigh that I converted to freewheel single speed w/brakes.
I like the simplicity; but since I am not scared of derailleurs etc.: My multi-speed is my "Go to".
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Okay...I'm not sure I can say anything now, sorta...whatever. I'll soldier on.
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Old 12-05-08, 09:21 PM   #17
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As both a journalist and a fixed gear rider, I think it was very well written, and not written in hate.

The guy makes a good point, the greater majority of fixed gear kids don't know full well what they're doing, and in high traffic situations... could cause a traffic accident ending in major injuries or death.

That said, I've been riding fixed for like a week now. Mainly to get back into shape, and where I ride, bikes are quicker to get around on than cars. On top of that, its damn fun. I still use a front brake, and I don't think I'll ever roll without it. The risk vs cool factor isn't worth it in my opinion.
For what it's worth, that was a pretty poorly written article. Maybe Oz has a whole seperate set of acceptable grammar rules, but if not, that guy seriously needs an editor. Or maybe a new editor... (mind you I can be fairly lazy grammatically as well online, but I'm not publishing anything)

I'd also say that while he did make some points for and against fixed gears, it was over-all against. That's irrelevant though as he's got as much right to voice his opinion as anyone else. As usual, though, some of the comments are pretty asinine from both sides, but that's where the real fun usually is anyway! =D
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Old 12-06-08, 08:50 PM   #18
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The article was an opener. The battery of comments was the main event. One must celebrate Ozziness. I knocked down a cold Fosters during the entertainment.
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Old 12-06-08, 10:30 PM   #19
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IDK about everyone but I kinda like fixed gear bikes. I ride a geared road bike now mtb before and will most likely have road bike till I cant ride anymore. But, on the other hand I love to tinker and I think it would be a fun project to build a fixed gear from a bunch of parts and an old frame of some sort
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IDK about everyone but I kinda like fixed gear bikes. I ride a geared road bike now mtb before and will most likely have road bike till I cant ride anymore. But, on the other hand I love to tinker and I think it would be a fun project to build a fixed gear from a bunch of parts and an old frame of some sort
Whether fixed or freewheel with hand brakes: It is a great idea. I recommend it.
As stated ealier; I ride with gears primarily; but my single speed is a pleasure to ride (built from an old Raleigh frame).
And hell: If you want to rally let your inner "Rat Rod Cycler" out you can go to town and paint it up!
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Old 12-09-08, 08:41 PM   #21
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i just have far far more important things to concern myself with what kind of bike someone else is riding.

like breathing, for example. or thinking about how many miles until I need a new chain. or that my big toe itches.
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