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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 09-07-05, 07:18 PM   #1
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Welp. i rode my conversion to class today just like always at uni of oklahoma. About 12:30 i had a two hour break so i decided to get a smoothy with some friends of mine on campus. I was only gonna be in the smoothie king for a minute so i left my bike unlocked/. I honestly have never heard of any bikes being stolen here.

anyway it was in plain site. The bike was in plain sight while i was standing in the longest line everrrr. Then my friend just kind of punches me and says" what the ****" and points. A little fella walks a circle around my bike then jumps on haha.

I suppose it was shock or somethin but bot of my friends were out the door before i even moved. We ran after him for about ohhhhhhh 15 ft. He had taken the first left turn and fallen on his face. haha. My friends held him down while i went and found campus cops.

I have no idea why he fell. Maybe pedal strike... but there were no marks on the pedals. Maybe he just genuinly slipped. I like to think he was bucked cause he tried to coast haha. Anyway he was a freshman named Jarrod. Hes only been at school 2 weeks. 2 weeks. I didnt press charges cause the university has a no tolerance policy and he is out for this semester. i figure his parents are gonna be harder on him than the fuzz. Plus when i got back with the cops his lip was busted. It wasnt before i left. so he learned his lesson i hope.

Thought i would share. I found it amusing at least. Made my day haha.
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Old 09-07-05, 07:29 PM   #2
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hahaha.. way to go chummmmmmmmmmmmmmP
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Old 09-07-05, 07:30 PM   #3
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'Twas noble of you to not press charges. I suggest you make him your b1tch for the next semester or so.
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Meh, I woulda pressed charges...he is just going to do it again. Good that you caught him and yeah, I bet that he fell because he didn't realize that the bike was fixed.
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Old 09-07-05, 07:57 PM   #5
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Pressing charges in a situation like that is probably more trouble than its worth. Freshman kid at college for 2 weeks, best believe his parents are gonna lace into him. If hes stupid enough to do it again he may not get so lucky with the next person that catches him.
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Old 09-07-05, 08:00 PM   #6
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I would have pressed charges too.
You're a much better man than I.
Stealing is so disgusting. That kid deserved whatever punishment the school saw fit.
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Old 09-07-05, 08:01 PM   #7
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Fixed for the win. He tried to coast. Thought he would be cool like everyone else that has a nifty bike. Scrub.

What luck.
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i second the idea of making him your personal b1tch the rest of the semester.
for not getting him arrested you owe him at least that many months of torment.

oh, and pull some strings to get his schedule.
suddenly everywhere he looks he'll see you.

oh god..
i wonder if he'll be back for spring
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Old 09-07-05, 08:07 PM   #9
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i figured that getting expelled or suspended would be enough. even though its only for a semester it kind of permanently hurts him. He has to go through the application process again. So odds are he may not get to go to OU or any college again. What would a couple nights in jail do when your whole life might be ruined.

Oh and could trying to coast really buck you bad enough to knock you off.
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Hope the ***** learned a lesson. STEALING IS MEAN ******BAG
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oh and another learned lesson. No matter where you are in the world. New York City or Norman,Ok . There are always thieves. So ill be locking up my bike even if im just inside for 5 minutes.
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Glad you got your bike back. My ex-brother in law once bragged to me about buying a stolen bike. I don't know the details of the story except that he gave it to a friend who raced and knew it was stolen. What scum.
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Old 09-07-05, 08:26 PM   #13
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'Twas noble of you to not press charges. I suggest you make him your b1tch for the next semester or so.
hahaha i agree make him carry your books and stuff, haze him a little bit, and i agree stealing is for ******s i got all of my **** jacked, but thankfully not my bike.
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Oh and could trying to coast really buck you bad enough to knock you off.
If you were not expecting it, yeah. What is the gear ratio? I understand your reasoning in not pressing charges, but I am guessing you have never had a bike stolen for real. It is a real violation and it sucks, I hope you never have to deal with it.
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oh i misread it... theres no b1tch makin' the kid is getting kicked out until january at the least.. youre right.. that seems fair
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im running 48 x 17 . i guess it was turn + fixed+ attemted coast+ shock= crash
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im running 48 x 17 . i guess it was turn + fixed+ attemted coast+ shock= crash
yeah, especially if he locked his knees to coast, the upstroke would've kicked him off for sure.

once after a short climb, forgot I was on my fixed, stopped pedalling as soon as I hit the top, and the bike threw me off about a foot. good thing I was clipped — the girl thought I was showing off my bunnyhopping skills.
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if he is out for a semester i doubt he is gonna try a move like that again
i wouldn't have pressed charges

i wonder what he thought he might do with it anyway
are there many other fixie riders out there?
the first time i rode a fixed i almost got thrown off so thats noe big suprise

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I love justice, I hope that kid gets any more thats comin to him.
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once after a short climb, forgot I was on my fixed, stopped pedalling as soon as I hit the top, and the bike threw me off about a foot. good thing I was clipped — the girl thought I was showing off my bunnyhopping skills.
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I once did that on a downhill just shy of 30 mph. I actually rode the front wheel for a good stretch before landing it and riding away with my heart in my throat.
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Ha! Good one. Reminds me of when I was about 13 years old and some guy jumped on my 10-speed (leaning next to a window outside the room I was in at school) and took off.

The dolt was riding on grass toward woods. I was (and still am) an impressive sprinter, and was rapidly catching up to him (on foot) when he turned to see me. He dismounted, laid the bike down, and ran like mad.

I made some threatening comments, used harsh language, etc., picked up my bike, and went back to what I was doing, but threw the cable lock on it for good measure.
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if he is out for a semester i doubt he is gonna try a move like that again
i wouldn't have pressed charges

i wonder what he thought he might do with it anyway
are there many other fixie riders out there?
the first time i rode a fixed i almost got thrown off so thats noe big suprise
actually i thought about that. its a rarish picchio conversion with extremely elaborate lugs . I was curious what he was gonna do be one of the five people owning fixies that all know each other. If anyone saw him riding it the would have followed him anyway. ah well. alls well that ends well.
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I joke about this kind of thing to everyone I talk to about riding fixed. This reminds me of those "bait cars" for car theives. I'd like to see a geared bike that has it's ratchet welded shut and it's deraileurs and brakes disconnected just left outside for some one to try and steal. You know, just leave it at a convenient store, walk in, and then when someone tries to take it, start running after them. hopefully they'll try and bike into traffic. What scum.
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You'd get charged because you intentionally created a dangerous situation in the hope that someone would come along and injure themselves. I can't think of the proper legal term at the moment.
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