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    What are the reasons you ride fixed???

    Hi all,
    Just curious as to what the reasons are you ride fixed. I see a fair amount around here in Madison, WI.

    I am one of those old-school "roadies" and I have one exclusively for winter training, and nasty weather commuting, geared 44x17. In WI, winters are nasty, slushy, and salty, and destroy a more complex machine in short order. 2000+ winter miles cost only 2 chains, a chain ring, and 1 severely chewed DA cog.

    What makes you ride one of these archaic machines? I hope not everyone is as strictly utilitarian as I am.... I am sure this is not the case.

    Cheers~

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    For me, it's a combination of reasons.
    1. fewer parts to maintain/worry about
    2. exercise
    3. generally lighter-weight than geared bikes
    4. fewer dollars required to build & maintain a fixed gear
    5. fixies are sexy. I rarely see a geared bike that makes me want to blur the line between man & machine in an erotic fashion.

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    The quiet.
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    so I stole one Then I prayed for forgiveness. -emo philips

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    Fun. Different than my roadie. I use it as a winter commuter/rain bike (though I rode it in to work today). And it's fun.

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    sorry if this doesn't help at all ( and sorry for the car reference ) BUT it's a similar feeling to why people choose manual transmissions.

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    It's fun and I like when people look at me doing flawless rear dismounts.

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    Because it's fun to hop on a fixed gear after riding my geared bike for 50 miles and try to coast, nearly snapping my leg in half at the knee.

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    It feels that void in between running and geared biking. I don't know if you'll understand, but I feel like you earn the speed you maintain. If you want to go fast, you gotta pull your legs fast, if you tire out, you still have to pedal through it. It doesn't give you a choice, just makes things simple. With a geared bike, it's should I drop to lower gear, coast, brake, on a fixed, you just go or stop. If reminds me of the days when I was a runner but now I'm moving much, much faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camashtorcal
    It feels that void in between running and geared biking. I don't know if you'll understand, but I feel like you earn the speed you maintain. If you want to go fast, you gotta pull your legs fast, if you tire out, you still have to pedal through it. It doesn't give you a choice, just makes things simple. With a geared bike, it's should I drop to lower gear, coast, brake, on a fixed, you just go or stop. If reminds me of the days when I was a runner but now I'm moving much, much faster.
    I like this analogy. Though most of the bikers that I know hate running, I love running and I think fixed is like running and biking combined. You don't work, you don't move.

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    It's like a really big bmx bike.
    I ride with pants so tight that they're spandex.
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    "riding fixed makes you a better lover"

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    cause dudes in spandex are gay.

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    so that moe sizlack doesn't find out i'm gay

    (i wear my spandex under cargo shorts)
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    fun, coolness, and the simplicity factor, in that order.....

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    not that there's anything wrong with that.

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    well i started because i saw June on www.oldskooltrack.com do reverse circles and wanted to try it myself then it went to the feeling of having so much control and fun on the bike. it's true that you really exerience what biking is on a fixed. its also cheaper because of less parts needed (unless you get into the aesthetics realm) and is just so much fun. Did i mention its fun? o yea its fun.

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    cause my porsche is broke down

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    Quote Originally Posted by moe sizlack
    cause dudes in spandex are gay.
    As a dude in spandex, I resent being called a roadie. I have a fetish.

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    Dudes in spandex are Bi-curious is a little more accurate.

    Fixed gear is an attempt to control a rocket.
    Foco for life.

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    thighs of power from running big gears
    my drive train is a ninja
    chicks dig fixed guys ;-)
    the feeling of control
    the simplicity

    also, see thread about the pros and cons of fixed vs. free

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    i find other bikes boring and tedious to work on
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    Skidding is fun, and there is nothing to maintain. I don't have to worry about it, just jump on and go.

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    Because I absolutely adore the way riding fixed makes me feel connected to my bike and the road. I like feeling that I am soley responsible for my own mechanical advantage.

    And because it gets me lots of kissings from cute skinny boys that are into girls on bikes.
    Take me to the back seat.

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    because it can make a terrible day better

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    Aside from maintenance, simplicity, exercise, etc., it's all about controlling speed with your legs. I hate hitting brakes, even when I'm driving my car (that said, I will always ride with a front brake on my bike). I just hate that grinding feeling. I've found countless other reasons after I made the switch from free to fixed, so I dont count those.
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