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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-22-05, 04:34 PM   #1
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NYC vs. SF

Which has the better fixed culture? How are they differnt?

I know they both have some of the best fixed gear cultures in the country, but I would like to know what people think.

Personally I live in BKlyn and have only been to the Bay area once, way before I was into bikes.
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Old 04-22-05, 04:45 PM   #2
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I don't know how you can say one is "better" than the other. I do know that we have a LOT of fixed riders here, but then again, a lot of them are pretty snobby towards each other.

That said, we have a nice group of people here who help each other out. We go on rides, and get together for late night drinking and skidding.

What's it like out there?
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There's only one way to settle this. Hipster cage match.
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Whenever I visit new cities I'm always checking to see whom is riding what and what the local shops are selling. I was just in Portland and never realized how big riding was up there.
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Whenever I visit new cities I'm always checking to see whom is riding what and what the local shops are selling. I was just in Portland and never realized how big riding was up there.
Go and Google "Portland Oregon best cycling city" and see what you get.

Viva la Portland! ...or something.
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There's only one way to settle this. Hipster cage match.

holy s**t . . . so damn funny . . . I LOVE IT!
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I will definitely second the claim that Portland has an awesome bike scene. I dont think that one could necessarily say that riding is more popular because the city isn't as big as SF or NYC really, so it just seems like there are a sh*t load of kids on bikes. As far as the SF v. NYC battle goes, that's a tough one. I might guess that the NYC scene is a little more tightly knit, but that's just a guess.
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Old 04-22-05, 05:56 PM   #9
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I'm just curious- SF is so frickin hilly I wonder how fixers do it. Do y'all just run a super small gear, find more gradual routes, or are just more bada$$ than the rest of us?
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i run a 72 inch gear, which is small enough to get me up the majority of hills.
the other ones i usually just go around.
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Old 04-22-05, 06:01 PM   #11
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we should do a east coast vs west coast alley cat!
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Old 04-22-05, 06:52 PM   #12
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There's only one way to settle this. Hipster cage match.
...how about a "walk off" like in Zoolander.
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Old 04-22-05, 08:02 PM   #13
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awesome i've been practicing my "magnum"
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Hawaii... We even have t-shirts

Aloha Single Speeders.
This is my buddy Ryan winning our first trackstand constest last year.
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Man oh man. You're forgetting Chicago. Always with the coasts.
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I run 74inches and that is pretty easy for all the hills around here. It takes a little planning on the route at times, but it is also a crazy city to ride in. Lots of crap in the road.
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Lots of crap in the road.
Not to mention lots of crappy roads, anyone else notice that, what is up with this crap. I guess they are repaving Valencia; hopefully they will do some other roads.
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Dude, try riding up 5th every day. Talk about potholes.
Or mission between 9th and 1st. Man, there's some killers out there...

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I'm just curious- SF is so frickin hilly I wonder how fixers do it. Do y'all just run a super small gear, find more gradual routes, or are just more bada$$ than the rest of us?
I run a 75 inch gear, which I made it all the way to the top of Bernal Hill on . . . But I don't usually do hills that steep . . .
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Nas, this is an SF v. NYC thread; I definitely think there is no lack of love for Chi-town. SF roads are SO bad. I dont know what the deal is with that. We can afford to replace every freakin' parking meter in the city but cant afford to pave the main streets people ride/drive on? One thing I will definitely give props to the city on is the bike racks request hotline; call, and they'll put one wherever you want; pretty respectable. Never actually done it, but I have noticed an increase in them around the city.
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Yeah, not to mention that the SFBC seems to be getting a lot more leverage lately. They've been striping a lot of new bike lanes recently...
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Hell with you all. Minneapolis is where it's at.
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what an odd thread > Snapples n Orangutans?
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