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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 01-01-07, 01:33 AM   #1
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Fixed Gear Unique...

I noticed something today... that most people that choose to ride FG are people who are "different". I see alot of insinuations of band-wagon-jumping, but the truth is, there is someting unique, crazy, weird, crazy, and weird too... and just plain-ole different.

The whole vegetarian thread speaks volumes of this. Folks here are on the right "track"... no pun intended.

There are alot of common factors. Is this like a club... like?

Secret society?

Or are we just plain old bunch o' looney's?

What do you say?
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Old 01-01-07, 01:37 AM   #2
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Old 01-01-07, 02:04 AM   #3
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Uhm, I like to ride bikes. Frankly, many of you guys freak me out.
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Old 01-01-07, 02:32 AM   #4
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I think the common thread is that we like to ride, fixed or otherwise. Plus, we're hipsters and we covet the speed holes in other's frames.

But seriously, I think the real common thread is that we like bicycles. I don't see myself as all that "different" from other folks around me. Just because I happen to have a fixie along with my other bikes doesn't make me stand out.
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Old 01-01-07, 03:14 AM   #5
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Yeah, generally speaking I'm a "regular guy" who likes bikes. I'm not a "hipster", I'm not vegan, and I'm never seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women.

There is something of a sub-bike-cult when it comes to fixies, though. I know that I love mine, and I started riding because I'm a dude who loves bikes and this was a different type of bike to try. But whoo boy do my other bike-riding friends look at me all askance when I start talking fixed.
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Old 01-01-07, 04:25 AM   #6
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...and I'm never seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women.
Is that because you wear a disguise?
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Old 01-01-07, 09:01 AM   #8
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Yeah, generally speaking I'm a "regular guy" who likes bikes...
Same here...I am also mistaken for a roadie until a closer look reveals my lack of derailleurs. I enjoy the simplicity and aesthetics of a FG bike.
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Hell, I'm a middle aged suburban white guy. No one would ever take me for a hipster or messenger wannabe.

People have been riding fixed since bikes were invented for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with style, age, or group identity.

But I do like cappucino and Oriental women...
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Yeah, generally speaking I'm a "regular guy" who likes bikes. I'm not a "hipster", I'm not vegan, and I'm never seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women.
Dude, Oriental is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

I guess I do fit that fixed gear stereotype. I am a vegetarian, 22, white, from an upper-middle class background, in graduate school, the proud owner of an iPod with 5000 songs on it, and an occasional patron of an Italian coffee shop where I drink espresso, albeit mostly with Russian women.

Dammit...I'm not a hipster, I promise. SingleSpeeDemon can vouch for my nerdiness.
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Old 01-01-07, 11:05 AM   #11
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Oriental is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.
I don't think Barnes and Barnes would appreciate the politically-correct retrofitting of thier song, heh.

"Roly poly fishheads are never seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Asian-American women, yeah."

Nope, doesn't have the same ring.
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I don't think Barnes and Barnes would appreciate the politically-correct retrofitting of thier song, heh.
Mine was a retrofit in itself from a line in the Big Lebowski.

Clearly we need to swap cultural references.

So I'll google that song, you go watch the Big Lebowski.
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We'd better all be unique, I don't care what you ride. If I see me anywhere but a mirror I'll cut the sum*****
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Dude, Oriental is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

I guess I do fit that fixed gear stereotype. I am a vegetarian, 22, white, from an upper-middle class background, in graduate school, the proud owner of an iPod with 5000 songs on it, and an occasional patron of an Italian coffee shop where I drink espresso, albeit mostly with Russian women.

Dammit...I'm not a hipster, I promise. SingleSpeeDemon can vouch for my nerdiness.
I wouldn't be one to talk. I drive a minivan.
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Sam Houston said it "unique!" My fixie, speaking as a bike junkie, feels so different from any other of my bikes. Regardless of coffee stength, ensemble statement, meat load, vegie high, companion's ethinicity, or personal profile. Me and my fixie go up, down, over, around and under. It's just that..
IT FEELS SO REAL
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