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Old 03-18-09, 12:43 PM   #1
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Please explain "Fixed"

Hi there,
My name is Darren. I live in Southern California. I've been reading the forums (Commuting, Road, Utility, and Family/Rec) for the past few months.

In many threads, I often see people posting simply the word "Fixed" usually in response to a previous comment. Can someone explain what is meant by these "Fixed" comments?

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Old 03-18-09, 03:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to BF.
The person posting "fixed" has changed a previous post to read so it is PC or funny or has a completely different meaning. Just a bit of humor.

Now, tell us about yourself and your bike(s).
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Old 03-18-09, 04:49 PM   #3
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Or they could be talking about a "fixed gear" or track bike, often referred to as a "fixie" or something similar. It has only one cog in the back, and no freewheel, so when the back wheel is turning, so are the pedals. A track bike normally comes with no brakes, though some people add one for use on the road. They take a bit of adjusting to get used to riding them, since you are unable to coast!

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Hi there,
My name is Darren. I live in Southern California. I've been reading the forums (Commuting, Road, Utility, and Family/Rec) for the past few months.

In many threads, I often see people posting simply the word "Fixed" usually in response to a previous comment,"Best?".

Can someone explain what is meant by these "Fixed" comments?

Thanks,
Darren


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Old 03-18-09, 06:34 PM   #5
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Fixed.............and sleepy.

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Many versions, eh?

But Ron speaks the truth!

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Old 03-19-09, 10:45 AM   #7
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Got it. Thanks for the replies.


A bit about me:
I'm 35 yr old.

I started riding when I was a kid. When I was a teenager, I got a used road bike that was way too large for me. I did a few charity rides, had a really bad experience on one where I got separated from the group and got lost. Then my bike was stolen from my back yard. That ended my road cycling involvement.

I had a freestyle bike, but it was heavy and I was too weak to do any tricks. And that ended things.

When I was in high school, I got a Trek 820 "mountain bike". However I only used it for mountain biking a handful of times. I took that bike with me to college and used it to get around.

After college, I stopped riding altogether. But I kept the bike.

In August 2008, I dusted off the Trek and turned it into a commuter bike. In October 2008, I got a Specialized Allez Triple (2008 model) and started using it for commuting. I have a 16 mile (round trip) commute which I do 2-4 times/week. I ride around Irvine and Newport Beach on the weekends if I have time for it.

I recently bought a Bianchi Avenue for $150 at LBS and put a baby carrier on it (BoBike Mini) and started going on family rides with my wife and 10 month old.

I really want to get into bicycling advocacy to help change the negative perceptions that motorists have about cyclists. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Old 03-20-09, 10:27 AM   #8
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If fixed means single speed, I cannot understand why in the world anyone would want to ride a single speed/fixed bike, unless they were track racing.

Can anyone explain this to me?
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If fixed means single speed, I cannot understand why in the world anyone would want to ride a single speed/fixed bike, unless they were track racing.

Can anyone explain this to me?
If one lives in a place that is relativley flat, or the gearing allows you to do the hills you need to ride...

It's fun
low maintenance, good in the winter, or bad weather
different
a cheap way to get a relatively light bike
Less for a thief to take off your bike
Good exercise, more exercise in a shorter time than possibly your freewheel bikes.
Improves your pedal stroke, makes you stronger up hills, good practice spinning fast
It's fun !~ really!
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Old 03-20-09, 12:28 PM   #10
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I rode a fixed gear bike the first day I became a messenger in DC. I was immediately addicted. I now race roadies, but my pedal stoke allows me to ride stronger and longer because of how efficient I became on the track bike. Oh yeah, they look cool.
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