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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 11-22-05, 02:52 PM   #1
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You guys think you're tough?

I saw this bike, and several like it, on the streets and in the countryside around Goma, DR Congo. No brakes, no chain, (no metal at all), loaded with 500lbs of bananas, zipping down the mountainside into town. I'm still not quite sure how they stop.

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Old 11-22-05, 02:56 PM   #2
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I'm still not quite sure how they stop.
what's that thing on the back wheel?
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you wouldn't be able to get enough resistence to slow 500lbs

and speaking of which
where would you put the bananas?
on that front thingy?
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Actually, now that I think about it, I seem to recall that that wooden beam visible in the backgroun is used for friction against the rear wheel somehow. The bananas (or water tanks, or tied-up goats) are strapped to the crossbar, and people ride standing up toward the back, kind of draped over the goods.
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Why didn't you ask to ride it?!
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wow that thing is awesome

pets are tougher in africa too...



theres a photo spread in a recent Mass Appeal of these dudes with wild hyenas and baboons(that wear human clothing) and other wild pets/friends
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That's tight. I would totally have a crazy pet, like an African Mandrill. Teach him to ride a fixie.
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Why didn't you ask to ride it?!
because I was at the bottom of the hill (volcano, really), and when I went towards the top, the people weren't stopping
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