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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 09-14-05, 02:40 PM   #1
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new to SS and FG...

I was wondering if someone could point me to some reading material about the history of the SS/FG scene. I'd like to know why it's so popular and what the benefits are.

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I don't know of a source of info on history, but from my experience and talking to other ss/fixed fans, I'd say they're biggest benefit is their simplicity and they're popular because they're simple.
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Old Skool Track has an intro and FAQ-like page about the street origins. 63xc talks a little bit more about scorchers and old racing bikes. Then there's the ubiquitous Sheldon Brown who gives a bit more technical description of FG/SS. Lots of people like to wax poetic about zen, freedom, and pie. YMMV
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Sheldon Brown at Harris Cyclery, Newton, Mass., is BY FAR the best place to seek your answer. He will have all the relative info and links. Start there.
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Hey bigbuzz,

www.fixedgeargallery.com

You may need a moist towelette.
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