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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 09-15-05, 12:04 AM   #1
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do people often ask you about your bike

people not on bikes?

everytime i lock my bike out front of work (which i avoid) people ask about it

when i go out for a smoke i often catch people looking at it
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Old 09-15-05, 12:56 AM   #2
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On my trek one day I had a little boy (probably maybe 8 or so) come up and say "Is that a mountain bike?" "Something like that, sure" "WOW! COOL!" I've never seen someone so excited as to see a bike...then he started asking questions and tried to rip off my derailuer to look at it...I wish I had known about fixies then...that was a day I couldn't work...
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Locking up before going into Wendy's:

shady guy by the payphone: Is that some sort of racin' bike?
me: Something like that.
shady guy: You win any races on it?
me: I haven't raced it yet...
shady guy: Did you buy it like that or make it?
me: I put it together myself. Don't let anyone steal it, okay?
shady guy: alright.
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Old 09-15-05, 08:00 AM   #4
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get used to hearing "where are your brakes?" and "where are the gears?" on a daily basis.
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Old 09-15-05, 08:12 AM   #5
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no. fixies are everywhere in chicago.
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Old 09-15-05, 08:24 AM   #6
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they're everywhere in NYC too, but so many people "aks" about 'em.
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Old 09-15-05, 08:42 AM   #7
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'dang, is that a track bike?!'

from older people usually
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Old 09-15-05, 09:06 AM   #8
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A lifespanily-challenged woman, one of those hip types in black clothes and a beret, came up to me while I was waiting for a friend near Grand Army Plaza one day this summer. Like literally changed direction to come over to me to ask me about my bike.

"It's so basic. No wires or anything." (Meaning gear/brake cables, I imagine.)
"Yes. No gears, no brakes, no clangin' around. Very smooth, very quiet. I love riding this thing."
"I woke up this morning and thought, 'Simplicity!' I come outside to go to the greenmarket and your bike caught my eye. Very minimalist."
"Thank you." (I think.)

Maybe she was just trying to pick me up.
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Old 09-15-05, 09:23 AM   #9
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We get "them is some racin' bikes" all the time.
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One time I saw this toothless old drunk outside a bar in Cambridge watching me unlock. Obviously I was expecting the usual "How do you stop with no brakes?" question, but to my total surprise he said, "Fixed gear, eh?" I nodded. "What's your gear ratio?" he then asked. Astonished, I told him, then rode off vowing never to return to that freaky bar ever again. (A vow I broke about a week later.)
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The security guard at the daily show asked me about my bike and to my surpise called me a wimp because he runs 52-13 and I only run 48-16. I couldn't decide if I was proud to have caught his eye or sad because he was right.
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When on the trails there are two factions. Mind I'm riding SS and rigid.
"Wouldn't catch me dead on that thing" - usually the 45+ people
and the "Wow, you nuts" - 40 and under.
Favorite was, "Saw your friend riding here last week on a SS 29er." I have yet to meet another SS trail rider in Houston.

On the roads, its usually "You crazy?, and one gear too?"
There is a group of regulars at one bar that keep telling me "I'm going to call you up to show me how to convert my bike to SS"
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The security guard at the daily show asked me about my bike and to my surpise called me a wimp because he runs 52-13 and I only run 48-16. I couldn't decide if I was proud to have caught his eye or sad because he was right.
Was he hobbling around?
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Old 09-15-05, 10:36 AM   #14
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it always bugs me a bit when they ask if it costs a lot or "how much do those things cost?" all the while eyeing my bike up and down then eye me up and down, as if trying to decide if they can rob me later. This usually happens on fulton when I stop in the pseudo chinese food joints late at night.
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nah, he was a big middle aged black dude who looked like he could harm me
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"One time I saw this toothless old drunk outside a bar in Cambridge watching me unlock... to my total surprise he said, "Fixed gear, eh?"

In 17 years, the ONLY time i've been asked was when I was being passed by an elderly woman (mustve been nearing 80) who shouted back 'nice to see a fixed gear again!"
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Dude, obviously a 1940's OG hipster
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I feel like I spent more time talking about my bike than riding it.

I usually got (before it broke): "Is that a racing bike?" or "is it fast?" "why is the front wheel so small?" "what is that made of (rear wheel, carbon)" "is it light?" "how much did it cost?" "that's one gear, that's a racer thing, right?" "it's expensive, huh."

Primarily, I got "is it fast?" which is by far my favorite question, insofar as it let me **** with people.
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not too many comments from pedestrians (yes fixies are fairly commonplace here) but other cyclists often ask "is that a pista".... i ride a vintage chrome carlton catalina... i'm considering making a little custom sticker for the back of the seat tube:

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Old 09-15-05, 11:31 AM   #20
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I get people asking if they can pick up my bike to see how heavy it is.
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I love the random people you run into sometimes. My friend Hans and I were riding around in the Sunset District and we stopped at some random gas station for a soda. Well it turns out one of the mechanics there used to race track in Russia. So you have this big solid guy, Ben Davis jumpsuit and boots, doing no handed trackstands while hes talking to us "Yeah I was more of a sprinter, you needed the bulky muscle to power through the short distances." Sweet.
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no. they don't.
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no. they don't.
what kind of bike do you ride?
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Only the Vello Kombi Spesial gets questions asked about it.
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what kind of bike do you ride?
a trek 1982 510 conversion.
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