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Old 07-04-08, 11:46 AM   #76
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All hipsters are dorks

Not all dorks are hipsters

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Old 07-04-08, 11:50 AM   #77
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chopped flat bars are flop.

that being said, if you ride your fixed gear and do mad stunts, it's function.

"I chopped them to navigate city gridlock" is blowing smoke.

if you've chopped your bars narrower than your buddies in a one-upmanship fashionista battle, yet can't spin your bars while stopped, you win the poseur prize.

Fixed gear idiocy is currently in vogue with youth.
It could be so much worse. They could be doing these one-upsmanship things with motor vehicles.
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Old 07-04-08, 12:29 PM   #78
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Not relevant to commuting but this is where I post and read so deal with it. Why do I see all of these fixed gear bikes with wee little straight bars about the same width as my drops. Its like drops but with less hand positions available. And its clear than most of these bikes have been converted from bikes that would have had drops. So someone must have taken the drops off and replaced them. Is there a good reason for this? Am I missing something?
A flat bar will have fewer hand positions. Otoh, "look around" and grip for steering and braking will be MUCH stronger. Hint: why do you think MTBs have flat bars? For riding in traffic flats can make much sense.

Also otoh, those multiple hand positions on drops really equal "too low to see", "second rate braking", "can see, but can't brake" - at least in traffic. (Most drop bar users haven't realized all of the above because they don't know how to brake aggressively, so braking grip isn't an issue for them.)

As for cutting flats down, the correct size is about shoulder width, for fairly obvious reasons. (Hint: try sticking your arms in front of you.)

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Old 07-04-08, 01:25 PM   #80
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As for cutting flats down, the correct size is about shoulder width, for fairly obvious reasons. (Hint: try sticking your arms in front of you.)
Well, yeah, except the style is to cut them down as narrow as the flat portion of a drop bar:



These really are just neutered drops, and provide very little leverage, or function (tricks are not a function).
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Old 07-04-08, 03:21 PM   #81
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Ok, taking this thread in a slightly different direction...

The word "hipster" has been thrown around a lot. What do you define as a "hipster?" What does a "hipster" look like?
A dork with tats?
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A dork with tats?
Does one with tats become an instant dork? Say it ain't so!!!
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Does one with tats become an instant dork? Say it ain't so!!!
Only if he/she is a hipster on a fixie especially if wearing shants.
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Only if he/she is a hipster on a fixie especially if wearing shants.
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The fixie craze is a resurgence of infatuation with bike messengers. Think "Quicksilver" but 20 years later.
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Weird, I thought bullhorns will all the rage with fixies. I know a local bike shop that runs a blog in which they post builds and conversions and several of their fixies has been converted with bullhorns.

Also, I found this video when looking up a pair of Nitto bullhorns... it's cool as hell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoTMnlSFU64
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Also, I found this video when looking up a pair of Nitto bullhorns... it's cool as hell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoTMnlSFU64

Fruitboots vs Fixies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeNmFhIjGXE

And something completely irrelevant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vy2aJY6rq8
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Weird, I thought bullhorns will all the rage with fixies. I know a local bike shop that runs a blog in which they post builds and conversions and several of their fixies has been converted with bullhorns.

Also, I found this video when looking up a pair of Nitto bullhorns... it's cool as hell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoTMnlSFU64
Nice video. Are bladers that fast in real life?
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Nice video. Are bladers that fast in real life?
Well, I never was anyway!
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Nice video. Are bladers that fast in real life?
While gliding downhill, an inline skater in a tucked position can achieve speeds that exceed the speed of a tucked cyclist. This is due to lower wind resistance. The rolling resistance is similar for a cyclist and a skater -- it is only when actively skating (i.e., in the skating stroke) that the skater incurs greater resistance. Skating is roughly 50% slower than cycling on flat ground. Skaters routinely achieve downhill speeds of 60 km/h, similar to cyclists. Compared to cyclists, though, skaters particularly suffer on uphills, when the drafting advantage disappears.

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On the other hand I think swept back upright bars (Albatross bars and the like) look great on racing frame single speeds (especially if it's an older lugged steel frame). /QUOTE]

+1 ..... got one of my havnooians set up that way.
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A flat bar will have fewer hand positions. Otoh, "look around" and grip for steering and braking will be MUCH stronger. Hint: why do you think MTBs have flat bars? For riding in traffic flats can make much sense.

Also otoh, those multiple hand positions on drops really equal "too low to see", "second rate braking", "can see, but can't brake" - at least in traffic. (Most drop bar users haven't realized all of the above because they don't know how to brake aggressively, so braking grip isn't an issue for them

You're kidding, right? Can't brake? Don't racers decelerate from 50mph? The difference in stopping power between road bikes and MTBs isn't because of the levers. It's because of the brakes. Would a road bike with drops and discs be a poor stopper? There's absolutely nothing about the drop bar that gives a rider less visibility. There are bike fit issues that do, but I've seen plenty of fixie hipsters running their flat bar way lower than I run my drops.
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Are all fixie riders truly "hipsters"?

Maybe some of them are just complete dorks.
All fixie riders... yes. They're both. Fixed gear riders on the other hand are a whole different breed that are actually dedicated to fixed gear riding. And then there's track bike riders. Now, fixed gear and track bike riders can be the same but there are some differences in the two. But back to the topic at hand, fixie riders are all form over function with their cheap but "attractive" frames and heavy deep v wheel sets. Anyways, I hope we can all learn our proper terms in this vastly diverse fixed gear community.
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A little late to the party but I like flat bars.

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The old school motorcycle guys would say "It's not what you ride, it's that you ride."

Then the hipsters ride by on their Harleys.
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What do you suppose he Googled that made him find that 9-year old thread and was so interesting he signed up here to post a response?
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Not relevant to commuting but this is where I post and read so deal with it. Why do I see all of these fixed gear bikes with wee little straight bars about the same width as my drops. Its like drops but with less hand positions available. And its clear than most of these bikes have been converted from bikes that would have had drops. So someone must have taken the drops off and replaced them. Is there a good reason for this? Am I missing something?

Yes...Three Rollfasts, a Schwinn and soon a Shelby. Actually, so are they. But they are also MTB riders and can't shake it I think.


I just can't ride in a dropped position, I'm fat and can't turn my head like girls used to in those daze...
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What do you suppose he Googled that made him find that 9-year old thread and was so interesting he signed up here to post a response?

Probably because it was much better than the sub-prime crash...oh wait...CRASH.
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