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Old 02-21-07, 04:41 AM   #1
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fixed gear site launched - fixiewiki.com

howdy fellow fixers, i've started a wiki site just for fixie riders.

the content is pretty sparse right now, but that's where you come in! you can add your own pages to the site, or edit what i've already added.

anyhow, check it out: http://fixiewiki.com.

and of course post your feedback here...
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Old 02-21-07, 05:06 AM   #2
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Cool, maybe we should put up a brake / no brake debate? Only kidding

Good idea. well done.
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Old 02-21-07, 05:43 AM   #3
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What of everyone who hates the term "fixie" ?
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Old 02-21-07, 07:10 AM   #4
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your site opened on my birthday. i somehow feel obliged to add content....
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The first step is to get Sheldon's permission to organize all his content into the wiki pages.
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Old 02-21-07, 08:00 AM   #6
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The first step is to get Sheldon's permission to organize all his content into the wiki pages.
Wicked! Duplicating material just for the sake of looking like you have content!
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Old 02-21-07, 01:53 PM   #7
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What of everyone who hates the term "fixie" ?
how could anyone hate the term fixie?! i had no idea...

well, if peeps don't like fixiewiki.com, they can type in http://fixedgearwiki.com instead, although i prefer the shorter name.
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so is this site unbelievably inaccurate because of cluelessness or has it been the victim of vandalism already?
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Old 02-21-07, 02:36 PM   #10
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so is this site unbelievably inaccurate because of cluelessness or has it been the victim of vandalism already?
probably both, not to mention it just started last night.

the whole point of a wiki is that if you see something inaccurate, you friggin' fix it!

so... what's inaccurate?
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all the 1/8" stuff at least. I don;t see the point in the wiki since Sheldon already has a great write up on making a conversion.
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Old 02-21-07, 03:34 PM   #12
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What's wrong with the entries on the real wikipedia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixie
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Old 02-21-07, 04:53 PM   #13
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i'm all for this. sheldon brown has an amazing resource, but trying to navigate it leaves something to be desired. that being said, it will only work if you contribute your knowledge. (psst, more on bb threadings, less on ways to make "your fixie unique")
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Old 02-21-07, 05:01 PM   #14
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Wicked! Duplicating material just for the sake of looking like you have content!
wait, have you ever been to sheldon's site? That guy needs a little php...
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how could anyone hate the term fixie?! i had no idea...

well, if peeps don't like fixiewiki.com, they can type in http://fixedgearwiki.com instead, although i prefer the shorter name.

i hate the term fixie. it makes me think of people who say words and phrases like "duder" and "i like phish" with a straight face. blegh.

and i keep seeing "fixiewiki" and thinking..."fixie wixie? now THAT's some junk."

but anyways. i think it's a good idea to consolidate information.


thanks for the alternate link. now if you could just remove the word "Fixie" from the title and the main page, i'd be happy.
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Old 02-21-07, 05:11 PM   #17
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i was about to say "since making you happy is such a priority for everyone else", but then i realized that i also hate the word "fixie" and so do most fixed riders.
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Old 02-21-07, 05:17 PM   #18
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LOL the fixed gear article on the Wiki is Wikipedia's
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What's wrong with the entries on the real wikipedia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixie
there's nothing wrong with it, but you have to admit wikipedia aims to be general. for instance there's no page for doing a skid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skid

whereas on fixiewiki site there is, and there's no ambiguity about the term, you know what skid it's talking about: http://www.fixiewiki.com/index.php?title=Skid, or at least you can assume it has something to do with our lovely bikes.

P.S. i did learn something from the wikipedia.org's skid page:

"It can also be a term used to refer to gangs of disenfranchised, delinquent youth, often blue-collar, who live in middle class suburbs and linger on the fringe of society. The original skids were from the West End in Long Beach, New York."
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I think this is an excellent idea. When I was starting to research Fixed Gear bicycles, I learned the most by hearing people's comments on new threads in this forum.. but if people aren't here to read the whole context of the discussion, they wouldn't be able to know it or search for it.
Bike Forums has a ton of great information but it isn't organized. Since it is a discussion, most of the 'answering' posts are one-liners, which makes it hard to find them in the search, such as:
1st post: "What are some ways to take care of my leather straps?"
2nd post: "oil it"
10th post: "I use murray's english knee lotion. It works excellent!"
Searching for "leather" or "straps" MAY find the first post, but good luck finding the informative post on the second page.

A wiki page would put everything under catagories and dedicated pages (in this case, to straps and their care).
I found Sheldon's site to be helpful, but it wasn't as well organized as a wiki page could be. Additionally, we must wait for him to update the page. If I want details on a specific product, most places like Re:Load or TrackStar don't post detailed descriptions on their products.

A wiki would allow groups of people to give tips about specific items of fixed gear.
I think an excellent example is the discussion on how to install drops without scratching recently.
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Old 02-21-07, 10:22 PM   #21
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This is a great idea. I'll be working on some stuff tonight(mainly the suicide hub entry). I just need to get wiki editing figured out.
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all the 1/8" stuff at least. I don;t see the point in the wiki since Sheldon already has a great write up on making a conversion.
Sheldon has lots of great info, but his site sucks. It is very cumbersome and clumsy.
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Sheldon has lots of great info, but his site sucks. It is very cumbersome and clumsy.
I'll bet you a million dollars that it would take you ten years to get this wiki to show up in search engines as well as sheldon's site. You don't HAVE to be able to navigate it... just go to google and type "sheldon gear ratio" or whatever. What's ironic is that Sheldon's word linking works just like Wiki.

Would I arrange his site differently? Yes, but I certainly wouldn't make it yet another half-hearted wiki.

Clearly the originator is concerned more with top tube pads, seat reupholstery and skid patches than the practical/mechanical information someone like Sheldon has. Go for it, but realize that focusing on that content means half your market won't want anything to do with it.

This page was enough to make me never go back

http://www.fixiewiki.com/index.php?t...ixed_gear_bike
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Re: incorporating Sheldon's material: How about asking 11.4's permission to collect all his tech posts on here? That guy is a frickin' encyclopedia.

BTW, I have no problem with Sheldon's site. It's certainly not very decorative, but practical enough. And he has a million shortcuts (listed in the mechanics forum). So you can make pretty good guesses about where you'll find stuff. sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild or .../brakes /wheels /cranks etc.
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I hate the term fixie too. It's like when girls call frogs "froggies" and horses "horseys", cute and feminine.
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