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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 10-27-06, 01:42 PM   #1
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Another rant about "cool"

I'm not one to normally rant, but my latest ride downtown has pushed me over the edge. I live in Savannah, GA, an absolutely flat city. I've noticed, on pretty much every ride I've taken since the summer ended, many people I've never seen before coasting around on the usual array of ebay track frames.. the most recent one riding the wrong way around a square on his Motobecane flipped to freewheel with only a rear brake, and nearly slamming into me head on whilst attempting to say "hi." Later I spotted another riding multiple blocks down the sidewalk in the middle of downtown. Why don't these kids just pick up a road bike at Salvation Army for a few bucks and ditch the derailleurs? I guess I understand the idea of enjoying the clean simplicity of a track bike, but why not leave it fixed? Especially in a city where the biggest climb there is to make is not much more than a speed bump. Don't get me wrong here, there's nothing wrong with a singlespeed bike.. I guess I'm just growing more and more tired of track bikes becoming "cool." I just hope they learn how to ride them.
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Old 10-27-06, 01:46 PM   #2
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Old 10-27-06, 01:48 PM   #3
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another one down..somebody call the wahmbulance...

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Old 10-27-06, 01:50 PM   #4
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Old 10-27-06, 01:50 PM   #5
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Old 10-27-06, 01:55 PM   #6
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it just pusts a smile on my face if someone is on a bike. geared, ss, cruiser, roadie, mtb, wal-mart special, fixed, hybrid, unicycle, whatever.
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Old 10-27-06, 01:58 PM   #7
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I just dread that day I plow into one head-on when they're riding the wrong way. It used to just be the dolts on stolen mountain bikes that did this. Whatevs.
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what type of bike someone rides determines how terrible their knowledge on bicycle courtesy/safety is.
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Old 10-27-06, 02:11 PM   #9
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Complaining about other people riding bikes is the new white belt
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Old 10-27-06, 02:16 PM   #10
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I just dread that day I plow into one head-on when they're riding the wrong way. It used to just be the dolts on stolen mountain bikes that did this. Whatevs.
If I crash into you going the wrong way around a square with my Motobecane flipped to freewheel with only a rear brake whilst attempting to say "hi." will any of your righteous indignation rub off on me?
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Old 10-27-06, 02:20 PM   #11
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c'mon bsmith

#6 would never complain about what bikes people are riding, you know that
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friends don't let friends ride junk.
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just found this exclusive photo of bsmith rollin' on his fixie in savannah.
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Old 10-27-06, 05:42 PM   #16
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I'd rather see kids riding eBay ****ter track bikes, than see them take some sweet road bike and convert it.
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Old 10-27-06, 05:49 PM   #17
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I like that alot of my standard responses were already posted here so that I didn't have to do any work...
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Old 10-28-06, 12:25 PM   #18
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#6 would never complain about what bikes people are riding, you know that
Where am I?
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What do you want from me?!
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Whose side are you on?
That would be telling. We want information. Information. Information.
You won't get it.
By hook or by crook, we will.
Who are you?
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another one down..somebody call the wahmbulance...

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
this was going to be my reply. +1
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Somebody call Don. Maybe we can commission him to build a bridge for this guy.
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what i can't get over is that people actually LIVE in the south... let alone ride conversions.
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Old 10-28-06, 03:45 PM   #23
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I'm not one to normally rant, but my latest ride downtown has pushed me over the edge. I live in Savannah, GA, an absolutely flat city.
Did I ask for your opinion?
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Old 10-28-06, 04:09 PM   #24
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can we just change this to a prisoner appreciation thread?

nice pic shiznaz...the mother of all beatdowns
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Old 10-28-06, 05:55 PM   #25
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what i can't get over is that people actually LIVE in the south... let alone ride conversions.

"South" is a broad term, I LOVE large portions of the southern US... and conversions are cheap
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