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Old 07-18-12, 08:56 AM   #1
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Would you consider this a hipster bike?

I know its a touchy subject, and if you want to ridicule someone please ridicule me rather than each other or parts of the cycling community. But I do have a question I wanted the board's view on.

I love riding road bikes more than any other type of bike. The problem is that even within the city, I make quite a lot of kilometers/miles and my current "beater" or "pub" bike is an awful and uncomfortable bike (that I ride 80-100 km a week ). Therefore I was looking for a cheap road bike for everyday use that I could lock lock up outside / ride in the winter / not clean every single week.

That quickly takes me into the vintage road bike category. Fine, these bikes have components that can last ages, attractive steel frames and there are a lot of second hand ones that are being sold. My problem is,.... I do not want to look like a try-hard or someone trying to look cool. I just want to be comfortable and take my road bike anywhere without being "that guy". I am fully aware that this is stupidly ironic. After all, apparently I care a great deal about what I look like. But so be it.

Anyway, here is the bike. Penny for your thoughts:

http://verkopen.marktplaats.nl/photopopup/574467108/1

Would add white bartape. Apparently it is in perfect condition. Can go pick it up this Saturday.
EDIT: Will add fenders as well (SKS chromoplastic)

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Old 07-18-12, 09:00 AM   #2
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I know its a touchy subject, and if you want to ridicule someone please ridicule me rather than each other or parts of the cycling community. But I do have a question I wanted the board's view on.

I love riding road bikes more than any other type of bike. The problem is that even within the city, I make quite a lot of kilometers/miles and my current "beater" or "pub" bike is an awful and uncomfortable bike (that I ride 80-100 km a week ). Therefore I was looking for a cheap road bike for everyday use that I could lock lock up outside / ride in the winter / not clean every single week.

That quickly takes me into the vintage road bike category. Fine, these bikes have components that can last ages, attractive steel frames and there are a lot of second hand ones that are being sold. My problem is,.... I do not want to look like a try-hard or someone trying to look cool. I just want to be comfortable and take my road bike anywhere without being "that guy". I am fully aware that this is stupidly ironic. After all, apparently I care a great deal about what I look like. But so be it.

Anyway, here is the bike. Penny for your thoughts:

http://verkopen.marktplaats.nl/photopopup/574467108/1

Would add white bartape. Apparently it is in perfect condition. Can go pick it up this Saturday.
Doesn't look too much like a hipster bike to me, then again, isn't that hip?
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Old 07-18-12, 09:03 AM   #3
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I consider that to be a pretty nice middle of the road, road bike. Nothing hip or glamorous about it. If it were mine it would have fenders, racks and lights....kind of like my Giant Excursion

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I consider that to be a pretty nice middle of the road, road bike. Nothing hip or glamorous about it. If it were mine it would have fenders, racks and lights....kind of like my Giant Excursion

Aaron

That is a beautiful bike. Adding fenders is very practical and a great way to de-hipstify it. I was actually planning on doing that with the Dutch weather and all (middle of summer, we have had rain for a straight week).
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Thanks! I actually have two of them.

They were a Euro spec bike back around 1989/90. I much prefer the fully equipped bikes, like you can easily purchase in places like the Netherlands, but not the US . All but my road racing bike and mountain bike have fenders, most have racks and several have permanent lights installed.

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It's difficult to see what condition the bike is in (rust, damage) but that looks like a nice vintage road bike. Level the seat, replace that horrid seat wedge, get some nice white bar tape and ride that beauty! The blue color is stunning.
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Old 07-19-12, 09:14 AM   #7
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I would pass on it if it were not the right frame size.

So, do you have a grasp on what is the Bike frame size you are comfortable with?

Data numbers.. ST & TT lengths.

If Not, sort that out first..
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It's got brakes. It's got gears. How could people mistake it for a hipster bike? The bigger question would be, do you dress like a hipster?
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Old 07-19-12, 11:01 AM   #9
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It would only look like a hipster bike if you converted it to a brakeless fixed gear with skinny 700c wheels, and switched the handlebars for chopped and super narrow flatbars

That's what I see a lot of hipsters riding these days. Or they'll buy an off-the-rack fixed gear with flat bars/risers...
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its only a hipster bike if you are a hipster.
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shades, beret, sandals, check.

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Nice Bike!

BTW

There's a difference between being "Hip" and being "Fredly".

I rather think the Fred thing is coursing through your veins!
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If you had asked this in the Single Speed and Fixed Gear forum they would have laughed at you and shown you what hipster bikes look like. They just had a long thread about the whistling sound that is caused by stretched earlobes. The answer to your question is no.
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In my mind, a Hipster Bike is a cheap Chinese knock off track bike with chopped BMX bars and a painted chain, being walked rather than ridden by a girl-jeans-wearing, ironically mustachioed, Parliament-smoking, PBR-guzzling Trustafarian.

Your bike is fine.
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Much like the R.O.U.S.s, I don't think hipsters exist! Nice bike, though.
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Thanks for all the reactions. Seems like the consensus is that I am fine as long as I dont grow a mustache and ride around in v-neck shirts. I think the closest I get to being a hipster is wearing suede Clarks. Though I am not even sure whether that can be considered hip. My dad wears them too...

Of course I have to see the bike first before I buy it. I know it is "roughly" the right size, but I have to see it / try it to know for sure. I wont buy a bike that is too large or (much) too small. Though I am less picky with the size and geometry on this than I am with my good road bike. It will be hard for it to be less comfortable than my current beater. If its a decent size and I can get comfortable it will do.

Again thanks for the responses everyone. If I end up getting the bike and add bartape/fenders, I will make a pic.
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I'm guessing that there aren't hipsters around where Grim Ace lives. If there were, he wouldn't be asking such a question.

Of course, if he wants to make sure that no one mistakes him for a hipster, what could be better than fixing his bike up as a scraper bike.

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So, you think it's hipster just because it's a classic bike? Go over to the C&V forms with that suggestion, see how many friends you make.

It's only hipster if you convert it into a breakless single speed, and take everything else off the frame too. Otherwise, it's nice looking beater.
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I consider that to be a pretty nice middle of the road, road bike. Nothing hip or glamorous about it. If it were mine it would have fenders, racks and lights....kind of like my Giant Excursion

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Love that bike !!

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It's got brakes. It's got gears. How could people mistake it for a hipster bike? The bigger question would be, do you dress like a hipster?


side note: spent the first 22 years of my life in LR. happy to see another Arkansan
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We've made some progress bike wise. Come on back some day and enjoy riding the River Trail.

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If you had asked this in the Single Speed and Fixed Gear forum they would have laughed at you and shown you what hipster bikes look like. They just had a long thread about the whistling sound that is caused by stretched earlobes. The answer to your question is no.
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That looks awesome. Added to my list.
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As long as you don't remove the brakes, derailers, chop the bars, get a color chain with matching grips, and grind off all the cable stops, derailer hangers, and put supr deep Vees with a track hub on, then film yourself doing elephant trunk skids next to the bike polo field, you will be fine.
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Ok so, I ended up going for another bike because the frame size ended up much smaller than what the seller said it would be (I kind of suspected it from the way the frame looked in the picture, but the seller assured me it was actually an 58 cm frame. I should have known better).

I got into contact with a guy who fixes old Koga Miyata's. Went to his house where he proudly showed me some of his collection. Cool dude, and he had some fantastic looking bikes for sale.

Sorry for the crappy pictures, but now that it is dark I wont be able to take better ones until tomorrow. they dont really do the bike justice.

Its a Koga Miyata Granwinner from 1986 if I'm not mistaken. And in awesome, largely original condition. Of course I was worried that the paintjob (which is original, the stickers have just been removed) made it look a little too fancy. But I no longer care. I love this bike. It is the perfect size, and rides great. And I cant help but love the color. I traded in another old Koga granwinner I had (but was much too small for me).

There is one problem however. I was looking for a pub/beater bike. Price-wise this fits the bill, but I like it so much that I would still be worried about leaving it places. I lock up my bikes well and dont leave them anywhere for too long, so I think I am going to use this as my bike for around the city. Maybe I'll also use it to replace my "modern" racing bike every now and then, and as a commuter when the weather is good. I will just have to be a little more careful than I would with a typical beater bike. Maybe in the future I will have to resist the urge to buy a nice bike and get a crappy one that i can leave at the trainstation at night and not worry about it. Though I doubt I could do that to any functioning comfortable bike.

Again thanks for the responses in this topic. And about the original question: I just have to accept that I like colorful looking bikes. Time to grow up and stop caring.

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