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Old 09-23-05, 04:59 PM   #1
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Fixies and the Christian Science Monitor

In today's issue, an article is entitled:
For hard-core biking, try one gear, no brakes

(http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0923/p11s03-algn.html)

A selected quote: "This trend won't last."
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Old 09-23-05, 05:01 PM   #2
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i spotted that earlier but didn't get a chance to read it
thanks for the reminder
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Old 09-23-05, 05:15 PM   #3
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dont bother... Im bored as sin and still feel liek I wasted my time reading that.
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Old 09-23-05, 05:17 PM   #4
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Interesting to get some sales figures, atleast. I always vote for more pictures.
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Old 09-23-05, 05:20 PM   #5
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for some reason internet news sites are always so frugal with photos, it seems so silly to me. the internet is such a great media for picture filled news articles
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Old 09-24-05, 03:09 PM   #6
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One of the people featured in the article, Jack Curry, is our own ImOnCrank from this forum....
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In today's issue, an article is entitled:
For hard-core biking, try one gear, no brakes

(http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0923/p11s03-algn.html)

A selected quote: "This trend won't last."
I like the bit immediately preceeding the one you've quoted even more:
...The experienced road rider bought a fixie in the spring. Now he's selling it. "I only rode it 24 miles," he laments...
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Old 09-24-05, 05:20 PM   #8
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damned you boston calling me out like that. He misquoted the **** outta me and I can't email him since i'm in london and my email is all screwy. First of all my name is jack drury, second of all i own one track bike, not three (although you know, that'd be nice), and third of all the only italian parts besides the frame are the bb and headset (again if you wanna hook me up that'd be nice). But ken meant well and the article was definitely meant for people unfamiliar with fixies. He's a nice guy as well, for what that's worth. All love to ken but, you know, phone interviews don't tend to work so well.
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you gotta admit it's interesting when the vice president of a corporation (Sky Yaeger - Bianchi USA) admits that his (edit: by "his" i mean "her") products are "a lawsuit just waiting to happen".

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Old 09-24-05, 07:06 PM   #10
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i think he's a she
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The "trend" probably won't last with the unwashed masses, but the true believers will always ride fixies, whether they're trendy or not.
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Old 09-25-05, 12:58 PM   #13
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I know I will
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Hell NO! once they bring back Razor scooters, this trend is played and I'm OUT!

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_Yawn_ everyone writes for the Christian Science Monitor these days...
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where is Jesus in all this?
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where is Jesus in all this?
Funny, I was just about to ask the one question my grandfather taught me to ask about any newsworthy development: Is it good for the Jews?
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Yaeger in the Sky.
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i've seen that article before. this time it's just written by somebody else, published in a different paper. hits all the main points though--urban, hardcore, tattoo, crazier than you, how exotic, et cetera. the craze is interesting, but is there really that much to say about fixed gear bikes?
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Old 09-26-05, 09:46 AM   #19
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hey! that's RedMenace in the top photo.
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As a clarification, Sky Yaeger's comment about "these things are a lawsuit waiting to happen," doesn't in way inidcation that she's talking about her own products. She could be talking about Bianchi bikes, but she could also be talking about fixed gear bikes in general.
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As a clarification, Sky Yaeger's comment about "these things are a lawsuit waiting to happen," doesn't in way inidcation that she's talking about her own products. She could be talking about Bianchi bikes, but she could also be talking about fixed gear bikes in general.
She could be talking about brakeless 'track bikes' sold by many companies, including the bike which she personally helped design...
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the pistas ship sans brakes, no? that lawsuit waiting to happen is probably one of the dumber comments I've ever seen in print. When the lawsuit does drop the plaintiffs now have evidence that Bianchi was aware of the legal risks of selling 'track' bikes for street use without brakes...
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also that 10,000 number is surprisingly low, guess the explosion is really just an urban core thing. Even if conversions and imported/dug up used track bikes are factored that's not a huge market at all. Maybe 20-30,000 additional fixies in the US last year? Wonder how many of those get bought and barely ridden too? Judging from CL and some people I know probably a lot...
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Bianchi covers their own ass (so does IRO, if I remember correctly) by stating that you should always use a front brake if riding their fixed gear bicycle in the street.
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yeah, that helps them, but I don't think it ensures them of any legal victory, not to mention potential bad PR if a suit gets launched... And no matter how you cut it an executive in charge of a product describing it as a lawsuit waiting to happen is not smart.

I wonder if they ever had any internal discussion weighing the benefits of shipping with and without the brakes? At their level what does adding a front brake cost, $5? $10? If they decided not use a brake cause it pushed them out of their target price point and it can be shown they were aware that most people would be using these on the street, that'd be a pretty nasty lawsuit. All hypothetical, but man, if I was a Bianchi exec I'd definitely want those things shipping with a little something more on the front..
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