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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 01-30-07, 03:22 AM   #1
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I'm a poseur.

Well, yesterday was the day I officially became a poseur.
It all happened while I was in downtown Boston riding my SS around.... It was a nice sunny day and I just finished mashing the pedals uphill on State street, in front of the state house, when the ground leveled off. Knowing full well that I was riding SS, I decided to take advantage of this and enjoy a short moment of coasting pleasure while the sun warmed my face.... but wait... what's that in the distance? A FG rider? Oh-oh... I quickly went into stealth mode and started pedaling my gear ratio out of fear that the approaching rider would judge my inferiority due to my coasting single speed. Luckily, having owned a couple of FG bikes, I was able to emulate the look, turning the cranks in a smooth and seamless repetitive fashion as the passing rider eyes my derailleur-less machine and gives his nod of approval.... all is well. But wait! (dramatic music playing) As I continue to revolve the crank, my knee locks up..... I am left there, exposed. The damage was done. There was nothing left to do except coast by with my head bowed down in shame as his judging eyes burned a whole through my freewheel. I am dumbfounded as to why I did it in the first place... but I did, and that's all that counts. No chocolate chip eggos for me this morning.
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Old 01-30-07, 03:54 AM   #2
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Wow. You have issues, man.

Why not just buy a fixed rear wheel and save yourself thousands of dollars in therapy?
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Old 01-30-07, 05:42 AM   #3
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Well, yesterday was the day I officially became a poseur.
It all happened while I was in downtown Boston riding my SS around.... It was a nice sunny day and I just finished mashing the pedals uphill on State street, in front of the state house, when the ground leveled off. Knowing full well that I was riding SS, I decided to take advantage of this and enjoy a short moment of coasting pleasure while the sun warmed my face.... but wait... what's that in the distance? A FG rider? Oh-oh... I quickly went into stealth mode and started pedaling my gear ratio out of fear that the approaching rider would judge my inferiority due to my coasting single speed. Luckily, having owned a couple of FG bikes, I was able to emulate the look, turning the cranks in a smooth and seamless repetitive fashion as the passing rider eyes my derailleur-less machine and gives his nod of approval.... all is well. But wait! (dramatic music playing) As I continue to revolve the crank, my knee locks up..... I am left there, exposed. The damage was done. There was nothing left to do except coast by with my head bowed down in shame as his judging eyes burned a whole through my freewheel. I am dumbfounded as to why I did it in the first place... but I did, and that's all that counts. No chocolate chip eggos for me this morning.
Did you ever consider that he too was riding a freewheel? Upon spotting you, he freaks out and tries to pretend he's on a fixed gear just like you did. Unfortunately, you "blinked" first and accidentally coasted in front of him, much to his relief I imagine.

Frankly, both of y'all need to be hit upside the head.
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Old 01-30-07, 05:44 AM   #4
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Sure he wasn't a poseur also?
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Old 01-30-07, 05:50 AM   #5
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just wait until a roadie rides past on a $7000 race machine and smirks at your fixed gear.

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Old 01-30-07, 06:05 AM   #6
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And then the three of you get flipped off by a kid speeding by on a hoverboard.
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Old 01-30-07, 07:05 AM   #7
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That made Mayo look like Updike.
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Old 01-30-07, 07:27 AM   #8
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OMG nobody rides fixed ever!!!! its all lies!!!
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I am a poseur and I don't care
I like to make people stare
I am a poseur and I don't care
I like to make people stare

Exhibition is the name
Voyeurism is the game
Stereoscopic is the show
Viewing time makes it grow

My facade is just a fake
Shock horror no escape
Sensationalism for the feed
Characatures are what you breed

Anti-art was the start
Establishments like a laugh
Yes we're very entertaining
Overtones can be betraying

oh snap i wish i thought of this earleir...
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Old 01-30-07, 08:24 AM   #10
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And then the three of you get flipped off by a kid speeding by on a hoverboard.
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Old 01-30-07, 09:54 AM   #11
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You can't go on water though-
Unless you have POWER.
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Old 01-30-07, 10:22 AM   #12
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just wait until a oadie rides past on a $7000 race machine and smirks at your fixed gear.
Roadies wave at me.

But then again, my bike is a big dumb puppy that everyone loves.
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Old 01-30-07, 11:13 AM   #13
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haahahah, great story!
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Old 01-30-07, 11:26 AM   #14
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your pedalling is usesless! We can tell anyway!
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Old 01-30-07, 11:28 AM   #15
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Committing seppuku would have been the honorable thing to do.
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Old 01-30-07, 11:29 AM   #16
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while your story is slightly neurotic, i can entirely relate to the whole, "oh ****, i'm downtown in boston and my bike ain't that nice and that dude is totally staring me down for it" mentality. you'll get over it. since moving to new york, i have never once gotten the biker stare down like i used to. i think its really a boston thing. i worked for the same company as some of these guys that would pretend i didn't exist when i was in the office with them. just a whooole lot of "are you cool? do i know you?" looks.
but i hold no grudges at all. i absolutely love/miss riding in that town.
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Old 01-30-07, 11:41 AM   #17
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while your story is slightly neurotic, i can entirely relate to the whole, "oh ****, i'm downtown in boston and my bike ain't that nice and that dude is totally staring me down for it" mentality. you'll get over it. since moving to new york, i have never once gotten the biker stare down like i used to. i think its really a boston thing. i worked for the same company as some of these guys that would pretend i didn't exist when i was in the office with them. just a whooole lot of "are you cool? do i know you?" looks.
but i hold no grudges at all. i absolutely love/miss riding in that town.

Haha, sometimes I wish someone would judge me like that just so I could not care. That's why I kinda miss high school...
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This thread is hilarious!

Sometimes when I drive my girlfriends car which is an automatic I act like i'm driving a manual.
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Old 01-30-07, 11:59 AM   #19
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what's the difference between a fixed gear and a singlespeed?
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Old 01-30-07, 12:25 PM   #21
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The real way to salvage such a situation is to flip over the bars when your knee locks up, as would happen on a fixed gear if you were too inept to continue pedaling.
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we're through being cool
eliminate the ninnies and the twits
going to bang some heads
going to beat some butts
time to show those evil spuds what's what
if you live in a small town
you might meet a dozen or two
young alien types who step out
and dare to declare
spank the pank who try to drive you nuts
time to clean some house
be a man or a mouse
waste those who make it tuff to get around
if you live in a big place
many factions underground
chase down mister hinky dink
so no trace can be found
put the tape on erase
rearrange a face
we always liked picasso anyway
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what's the difference between a fixed gear and a singlespeed?
None at all. A fixed gear has a single speed.
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Why the heck would he give a **** whether or not you were riding fixed? I haven't gotten past that part yet.
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