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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 05-19-05, 10:02 PM   #1
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brakeless and unnoticed

After gettting those new syntace bars, I decided not to attach a brake to them immediately (which turns out may not happen at all). I was leaving for a beer last night (not just an excuse to go for a ride) when my downstairs housemate catches me and says "Wow. you don't have any gears!" I smile and think to myself that she moved in 6 months ago and my bike has been locked to the banister in front of her door every night of those 6 months... and she never noticed? She then proceeds to tell me that I don't have brakes either, asking me "what do you do with that thing?" I respond "go fast" as I again try not to think about her SUV and her love of Bush.

I know there was another thread about getting noticed... I guess this one is more about not getting noticed. Anyone experience this?
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Old 05-20-05, 06:13 AM   #2
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i get noticed a lot, since most of my co-workers drive, but it usually takes people quite a while to notice my lack of gears or brakes
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Old 05-20-05, 06:40 AM   #3
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people notice that i have a bike...or that i dont hesitate to carry it up and down stairs but nobody has ever noticed on their own that i dont have breaks or gears...bah
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I live in central Vermont and have never seen another fixie on the road up here, though I've heard rumors of a guy who rides to Montpelier, 60 miles away, for lunch. When people do notice, they don't get it. They can't conceive of a bike with only one gear and no freewheel. My commute is 25-50 miles, depending on whether or not I drive part way. It's along a river valley, so the hills aren't as bad as they might be. My favourite part is riding through the local "Miracle Mile," where I regularly beat cars from one end of the strip to the other.
Some teenagers sprayed me with a Supersquirter last summer, then didn't notice me catch up to them at the light until I hosed the shooter with my water bottle.
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Some teenagers sprayed me with a Supersquirter last summer, then didn't notice me catch up to them at the light until I hosed the shooter with my water bottle.
at 2am on my way home from Whitehall I had the same car throw waterballoons at me twice, about 10 min apart. They missed both times, but when I caught up with them at the light i was sans water bottle to seek revenge with...
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After gettting those new syntace bars, I decided not to attach a brake to them immediately (which turns out may not happen at all). I was leaving for a beer last night (not just an excuse to go for a ride) when my downstairs housemate catches me and says "Wow. you don't have any gears!" I smile and think to myself that she moved in 6 months ago and my bike has been locked to the banister in front of her door every night of those 6 months... and she never noticed? She then proceeds to tell me that I don't have brakes either, asking me "what do you do with that thing?" I respond "go fast" as I again try not to think about her SUV and her love of Bush.

I know there was another thread about getting noticed... I guess this one is more about not getting noticed. Anyone experience this?
If you are referring to the silver Syntace bullhorns I just mounted the same ones last night and rode them to work the first time today. I too decided to take the front brake off along with the old drops..."just to try the bars and make sure I like the fit". I pull in my building and the door guard and the mail guy (who I see everyday, and they know my bike) say " wow, you got nothing on that bike...it looks naked".

I was like SWEET.
I may leave the brake off as well and avoid any big hills!
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Old 05-20-05, 08:39 AM   #7
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If you are referring to the silver Syntace bullhorns ...
Indeed I am. I'm happy, although I need to wrap them still. Aesthetically they really don't need it, but my hands get sweaty here in Florida.

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a gaurd at my college once talked to me about my bike, he said "that bike must be some racer bike, there's nothing on it!"

it got me stoked.
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So maybe if I took off my front brake I'd have a better chance of being noticed and they would actually see me in their right hand mirror which I KNOW they are checking when they make right turns..... just kidding, I think drivers only use that mirror 5% of every right turn....
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