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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 09-22-05, 05:14 PM   #1
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what was your first bike?

a theory if you will, of mine, that alot of people into riding fixed/singlespeed were at one point really into bmx. Am I wrong? Hate me alot? Want to prove me wrong? then go ahead...

what was your first bike, first bike that you rode seriously, or first bike you fell in love with, before riding fixed or singlespeed road/mtb?

for me it's always been bmx, and fixed just reminds me alot of it.

so yep, I'm bored.
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Old 09-22-05, 05:18 PM   #2
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pk ripper, age 10.
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Old 09-22-05, 05:21 PM   #3
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hmm, not sure, i remember it was blue with red and white stars or dots...and white wheels. age 6?
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gold & black Kent Ambush when I was like 5.
Then some red and blue huffy I rode everyday. Followed by an early 80s diamondback BMX I found in my grandparents shed (with the die-cut diamond plates attached to the top and down tubes at the front).

my childhood was all bmx until I moved to the city.
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Old 09-22-05, 05:30 PM   #5
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i grew up riding bmx bikes and even rode one in college
last december when i was out in california i road a road bike for the first time, my buddies 80's japanese singlespeed, and it was dream. the minute i got home from my travels i got my dad's old road bike up in running until i could find or build a singlespeed
which i did in august
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Old 09-22-05, 05:30 PM   #6
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hand me down race inc. from my sisters boyfriend. 1981. 8 years old.
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Old 09-22-05, 05:35 PM   #7
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26"xfraction wheels, english-threaded fork, sturmey archer 3speed hub. I was like 12. I still have it.
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Old 09-22-05, 05:53 PM   #8
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purple girls bike (i'm not a girl) with solid rubber tires, then a generic bmx bike, then a gt performer at age 9 and it was all over.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:01 PM   #9
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my first bike was a dawes when i was a kid. old english road bike w/ fenders.
first was ss a bridgestone mb-3 converted to ss and repainted orange.
favorite ss was a .243 racing dj bike.
first roadbike as an adult was a bianchi campione.
favorite road bike was some no-name straight guage 3/25 ti frame i built up, took my time about it, ended up all dura, velocitys, nuke proof hubs, can't remember bars and stem.
first urban beater was a general lee 24" cruiser with a manitou black fork.
first fg was a torpado road bike, pink!

sorry; they were all firsts of a kind
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Old 09-22-05, 06:03 PM   #10
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i can't remember how old you are in 4th grade, but my paper route and lawn mowing money went to a pink gt mach one with pink mags (i wanted black to make it look tough, but for whatever reason i ended up with pink). i rode that thing every day until 8th grade or so when i got a chrome raleigh bmx frame from a friend and traded out the parts. i grew up in arkansas, and 4 years of dealing with the daily hassle of being a pubescent boy on a very pink bike in redneck country got to be too much for me to take.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:05 PM   #11
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seems to me that not only do ss/fg riders have a bmx connection, but there's also something with the girly colors...
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Old 09-22-05, 06:07 PM   #12
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Rusty red trike hand me down.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:10 PM   #13
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seems to me that not only do ss/fg riders have a bmx connection, but there's also something with the girly colors...

girly colors and *blogs*
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Old 09-22-05, 06:15 PM   #14
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a cheap generic taiwanese bmx bike my parents got me when I was around 7. Didn't have training wheels but took it downstairs (was living in taiwan in an 10storie apt building) and taught myself how to ride a bike in 30min.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:18 PM   #15
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I forgot to mention my radioactive orange 80's bigwheel. I ruled the streets on that jammie. I suppose that my first bike was a fixie afterall!
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Old 09-22-05, 06:23 PM   #16
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my first bike was a huffy thunder road, it was kinda a chopper style dirt bike with a huge spongy bannana seat. I think I was about 8 or 10 years old when I got a Hutch
pro racer for my birthday. totally chrome - Bling!! rode it for a couple years til it got ripped off out of my parents' garage. Got a huffy ten speed after that. Man I could leave those huffys anywhere without them getting ripped off.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:34 PM   #17
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we were camping in upstate new york, and even though it was late summer, it was cold in the mountains. so we huddled together in our tent. somehow, cindy and i wound up alone there. . .

ohhhhhhh, first BIKE. who cares?
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Old 09-22-05, 06:41 PM   #18
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My first bike was a neon green Huffy.

I rode that bike over I-294 [near Chicago] on a catwalk when I was 7 years old at full speed. Anyone who rode these catwalks circa 1990 knows that they were not the safest bike paths around. The ends of the catwalk consisted of "rough gravel" - golf ball sized chunks of rough and ragged rocks. Rough gravel is decent traction if you are on large tires and travelling slowly, but coming down off of a 50 foot ramp over 8 lanes of highway is another story.

As I barreled down the other side of the catwalk in an enthusiastic burst of energy, my front tire a large piece of rock. I went over the handle bars face first. I have no memory of hitting the ground, but I am told that my face was the "friction point". I slid along my forehead which eventually slowed me to a stop, a few inches further and I would have lost some eyes. All of my teeth were out of alignment, I had to go into emergency oral surgery for them to crack and reset my pallete. Novicane in the roof of the mouth is quite possibly the worst pain I've felt. Even worse than the accident itself. I spent 3 hours in the E.R. in intensive care next to a guy who had been axed by his wife about the head.

My closest memory to the accident was spitting out teeth and blood into the wash basin of a house at the end of the path before the ambulance came.

I still ride too fast.
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I rode that bike over I-294 [near Chicago] on a catwalk when I was 7 years old at full speed.
I still ride too fast.

Is that the one from Western Springs to Hinsdale? I wiped out on that one when I was about 10, not as bad as your story though.

My first Bike was a Classic Schwinn Kids bike. I was about 5 and it was red and shiny with a sparkly red banana seat. My first real bike was a Red BMX of some make, cant remember. The first bike that I thought was the $hit though was my Huffy White Heat Mountain Bike

My routes are in BMX Single Speed no doubt.
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Old 09-22-05, 06:55 PM   #20
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huffy, green/blue...white handle bars...pink somewhere...white peddles...weighed more than me...
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genero red huffy 20" mtn-style bike-shaped object with pegs and a huge bag under the seat.

then a genero blue huffy 24" mtn-style bike-shaped object with sweet greay and flourescent yellow splatter paint (imagine '92 LA-Gear sytlee).

then a semi-genero yellow schwinn 26" mtn bike that made me fall in love with mountain biking, but got stolen by a crackhead over by PSU.

then a motobecane singlespeed touring conversion that made me fall in love with singlespeeding.. it eventually became my first fixie conversion until the chainstay broke..

and the rest is history!
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Mid 80's white Huffy Stu Thompson model, with those little glow in the dark spoke rattler things, a transformers reflector, and a license place with my name on it. Those were the days.
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Old 09-22-05, 07:22 PM   #23
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i hated bmx i skated. and my first bike was a marin moutain bike, age 4. also first ride to sausalito at age 4
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my bike chronology

- hand me down red trike from my sister
- hand me down red coaster-braked banana-seated cruiser from my sister (this one tried to kill me by throwing a chain going down a steep hill. I was 8)
- my first "new" bike....a BMX from Eaton's
- rigid MTB that went through many personality changes. (rigid->suspension->slick wheeled commuter. This one tired to kill my sister during it's rigid phase) I've had this one for 15 years?
- and over the last year i've acquired ... road bike/fixie conversion/track sled.
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Old 09-22-05, 07:32 PM   #25
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I guess I should have answered my own question...

I've had a few loves, my all time favorite was the GT Pro Series (89 model I beleive, and I still have it) used it to race, got me to #26 in Maryland before I gave up racing. an old chopper my dad pulled out of a house he was renovating, think I might throw it on the rack tomorow and make it all purty, long raked out front fork, it's goregous. oh and my first "freestyle" bmx bike, it had foot plates instead of pegs, and this weird bar behind the seat, still have it hangin in the barn, it's now painted with a leopard scheme. oh bikes........ *sigh*

now I'm really missing the old days of reading bmx plus in class instead of doing work, dreaming of fancy bikes, seeing lots of cool things show up on bikes, like GT's belt drive bike with disc brakes. the old Titan bmx frames that had half front forks and half rear triangles, those things were wild looking! Auburns with the removable rear triangle, for seemingly no reason................
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