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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 07-01-05, 08:17 AM   #1
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Fixie (and me) on the radio

A month and half ago, I was interviewed for a radio piece for WNYC/Public Radio's Studio 360 about fixed gear bikes.

This weekend, Kurt Andersen hosts yet another show which will be broadcast all over the nation in cities except ironically Chicago where it was produced and where I live.

Fortunately, there's online radio!

In the lower right, Design for the Real World - thankfully they linked good ol' Sheldon.

http://www.wnyc.org/studio360/show070205.html

Hope I did you all good and proud.
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Old 07-01-05, 08:21 AM   #2
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off topic : does anyone else hate real player as much as i do?
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Oh yeah. Use Real Alternative: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4094.html
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I think I hate it more than you do!
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too late, listening to you already. "permutations of the gears"
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i think you did very well. I am proud. If you could have thrown in something like "its not for everyone, especially you dirty hipsters" or something, that might have been cool. But you kept it serious and not about some trend, which is awesome.

my bike has ten gears in the back.
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naz, you bike nut, that was great.

I Love NPR.
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A+

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Is it strange to hear your voice recorded?
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Yay! That's awesome!
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Is it strange to hear your voice recorded?
Yes, very much so. Oddly enough, I thought I sounded better than I expected, which is saying a lot since I think I sound horrible.

The actual interview was well over an hour. There was a lot more stuff in there and they wanted to have a lot of material to work with. There were a few "takes" where during the course of something I'd lose my thought pattern and do it again. I also had to be very explicit about what I was talking about since it's a monologue and you don't hear the interviewer ask me the questions so it's made to sound like I'm just rambling on.

It turned out really well actually since I thought Jonathan Menjivar (the producer/interviewer) pieced over an hour's worth of stuff into 3 minutes and yet managed to produce something that covers fixed gear bikes pretty well I think.
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Send Phil Wood a note about the new visibility of the delicious, cotton-candied metal adorning studio360's website; perhaps a small appreciative haiku too:

Circular journey,
to the source we all return,
pink hubs get me there
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Send Phil Wood a note about the new visibility of the delicious, cotton-candied metal adorning studio360's website; perhaps a small appreciative haiku too:

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Note for 165
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Yup, that seatpost _is_looking good!
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absntr -- did i detect an accent? if so, what? Pardon my cornfed white boy lack of cultural knowledge.
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absntr -- did i detect an accent? if so, what? Pardon my cornfed white boy lack of cultural knowledge.
I'm a bit of an odd one:

First 10 years of my life - London, UK
The next 10 years - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
And the last 7 - Chicago, USA

My accent/voice is a mish-mash of things. When I'm in the UK, I tend to pick up that accent more again and likewise when I'm back in Kuala Lumpur and here as well. I've had to adapt a lot over the years. I still say things oddly (at least for people Stateside but not for the brits) too - I'll say "lift" instead of elevator, "queue" instead of line and pronounce Saturday as "Satday" and of course I spell all my words with "ou" - colour, honour, favourite.
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how many tounges do you speak? are you gonna start sounding like one of bill swerski's superfans?
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so here's one for ya, who would win in a game of golf, God or Ditka?
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sweet-o-reeny, naz! "you just go and stop". that pretty much sums it up.
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Well done Naz! Seriously, I want to hear Garrison Keillor or This American Life wax about a fixed gear now. They had Neu! playing in the background!
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awesome!! well-spoken, absntr. also, i love hearing CAN (or neu?) in the background
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dangit, i would like RealAudio fine if I could get it to work!! ever since i upgraded to os X it never plays...and the alternative suggested is only for PC...boohoo...nice to see yer bike again tho Naz

ah...well...gonna go see if I can download new realaudio version #2,354
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Just as a note of cross promotion. I worked on the game Psychonauts which is also featured on that same page. Our leader Tim is usually pretty funny in interviews, too.
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