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Old 09-03-05, 02:32 PM   #1
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do you consider fixie riding to be an urban sport?

not really a question so much as a "discussion topic"....

i tend to think more and more of urban fixed-gear riding as an "extreme sport" or "urban sport" or whatever you wanna call it. skateboarders, skaters, bmx-ers and fixie riders have each grown their own subculture, and they all tend to use the urban setting as their playground.

just wondering what you all thought.....
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Old 09-03-05, 02:39 PM   #2
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I don't really consider non-competitive activities to be sports. This includes skateboarding and many types of cycling.
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Old 09-03-05, 02:56 PM   #3
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I don't really consider non-competitive activities to be sports. This includes skateboarding and many types of cycling.
then you are overlooking one of the primary defintions of the word sport, which can be any recreation, active or not, even card games.


I think urban areas are more conducive to cycling in general. More people are likely to commute to work becuase of the shorter distances and the ability to easily move through heavy traffic areas. This also makes it more likely for a cycling culture to develop. Suburban areas seem to almost encourage driving.
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why does everything need a marketable label? Fine, It's a nerd hobby. Similar to Chess playing and belonging to the math club.
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...Fine, It's a nerd hobby. Similar to Chess playing and belonging to the math club.
I disagree, it's more like the debate club.
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any of those activities could be a sport. and when they're done in a city you could call them an "urban"
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Is spending time on interenet message boards considered a sport? Maybe that's why I'm so tired after work.
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EXTREME TO THE MAX!!! WOOOHOOO!!! YEAH!!! DEVIL HORNS!!! YEAH!!! DOUBLE DEVIL HORNS!!! WOOOHOOO!!! YEAH!!! EXTREME TO THE... UHm... extreme.

I don't know what got a hold of me. must've been the dew that I did.

seriously I wear a helmet and ride like a scared roadie what's so extreme about that?
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Old 09-03-05, 10:34 PM   #11
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I don't think I'd consider it urban, though perhaps it is, since I always cringe when I see those "urban assault" doofuses ride by on their blacked-out 8" dual-suspension freeride bikes.

I'm not really a part of the fixed gear culture here, so I'm not sure if I count, but the majority of my riding is done to destinations pretty far from the urban core.
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Old 09-04-05, 01:34 AM   #12
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I don't really consider non-competitive activities to be sports.
I think you may have it wrong here.

Are you telling me that you don't race against traffic? Or derive some sort of pleasure knowing that because you could fit inbetween the dumptruck and the parked cars, you made it through the yellow light, while the taxi is still back there blowing his horn? Or what about the cyclist in front of you,,, can you catch him/her?

the challenge and thrill of competition is everywhere when you ride in the city. its no bikepath,, no lonely highway,, its cars and busses and people and risk and threat of death on every corner..

what about that can't be construed as "urban sport"?
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nascar is a sport.
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i dont consider it a sport, i consider it transportation

unless you're in a trackstand or sprint ULTIMATE ASSAULT

but yeah, just a bike
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Old 09-05-05, 08:04 AM   #16
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nascar = non athletic sport centered around rednecks
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i wasn't trying to focus on the label, just the concept
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Suburban areas seem to almost encourage driving.

Read the book Suburban Nation for full disclosure on this.
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It's sport (probably) to all of us some of the time, and to some of us all of the time. I think it has more to do with the way you use your bike than the type of bike it is. The commuter and/or messenger is no different than the guy who drives to work and then drive for work (say, a pizza deliveryman or cabbie)- it's transportation and a tool for the job. To the guy who has a non-cycling job, does not commute, but races his buddies in the street on weekends or whenever, it's definitely sport, by any definition worth using.
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nascar = non athletic sport centered around rednecks
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Another weapon in my bag of insults to get the rednecks wound up at work!
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Old 09-05-05, 01:33 PM   #21
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this gets my vote as the stupidest thread to grace the pages of the fixed gear forum...ever... even dumber then discussing duel drive bikes for the nth time... and thats pretty dumb.
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Old 09-05-05, 03:24 PM   #22
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haha! that's gold Jerry, gold!
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My Zic Zac, an urban asphalt-rocket.

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I think alleycat races and whatnot definately fall under the urban sport category. Other riding is probably more recreation than sport.
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this gets my vote as the stupidest thread to grace the pages of the fixed gear forum...ever... even dumber then discussing duel drive bikes for the nth time... and thats pretty dumb.
you're right, **** discussion. we need more accident stories.
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