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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 12-20-05, 11:21 AM   #1
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To coast or not to coast

I ran across this blog entry this morning - kind of funny, if you ask me:

http://askwobg.blogspot.com/2005/11/...-to-coast.html
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Old 12-20-05, 11:25 AM   #2
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never coast. never.

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Old 12-20-05, 11:31 AM   #3
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i love how OWBG is all over the NJS stuff.

& here's the first commenter "My not-very-humble opinion: If you are gonna ride fixed on the street, you NEED a front brake; no ifs, ands, or buts. Yeah, I know the Cool Kids do not have brakes, but they are secretly the Fool Kids."

oooooooh, that hurt
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Old 12-20-05, 12:36 PM   #4
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I can coast ... as long as I unclip and "hug" the frame with my legs.
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Old 12-20-05, 12:44 PM   #5
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I like this part:"They look elegant and classic, and they boost their riders' self-esteem by implying skill and daring."

I don't know if I agree, it just makes me giggle.
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Old 12-20-05, 12:58 PM   #6
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I like this part:"They look elegant and classic, and they boost their riders' self-esteem by implying skill and daring."

I don't know if I agree, it just makes me giggle.
I do agree with that. That clean loop of chain sans drealiures has always apealed to me aesthetically, and while I doubt it effects many people's opinion of me, riding fixed does do something for my self esteem to which is different. I don't think riding fixed is difficult, but it is different, it's a specific skill, and adding that to my ever-growing list of cycling skills does make me feel good about myself.
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Old 12-20-05, 01:04 PM   #7
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that blog is awesome. Thanks HereNT. Going in my favorites bookmarks.
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Old 12-20-05, 01:21 PM   #8
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I do like the clean lines, but that's purely my minimalist, retro aesthetics.

I think going ss, and then fixed, boosted my riding self-esteem. Then again, some of my more foolhardy stunts have happened while riding fixed. I don't think of myself as a skilled rider. I know that there's so much to learn.

I'd equate it with learning a martial art. I know a little more than a complete newbie and feel comfortable talking about those basics and showing them the little bit I know. But I defer to people with more knowledge and experience than I have, and try to learn as much from them as I can without completely jumping too far beyond my skillset.
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Old 12-20-05, 01:24 PM   #9
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I know the Cool Kids do not have brakes, but they are secretly the Fool Kids.
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Old 12-20-05, 01:34 PM   #10
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damn...this whole time...nothing but a fool


"Such is the human condition."
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Old 12-20-05, 01:53 PM   #11
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Seemed pretty accurate to me.
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except for the recomendation of a 40x18 (holy whole lot of spinning) i thought that was actually a pretty decent article...
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Old 12-20-05, 02:38 PM   #13
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Some people ask too many questions. Borrow a friends ride. If you like it, fix your bike up, if you don't, move on with life.

Too much god**** handholding.
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except for the recomendation of a 40x18 (holy whole lot of spinning) i thought that was actually a pretty decent article...

Or he lives in a Pittsburgh like topography
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