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Old 07-11-07, 09:42 AM   #1
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Looks like people are coasting..

Hi,

Goofy question - I was watching some alley cat races on youtube and I saw a few guys grabbing onto cars and letting the car pull them, however they weren't pedaling while this was happening. Is this because they were not riding a fixed gear or were they skidding? Just curious is all.

Same thing when people do that smooth rolling dismount...they just locking the rear wheel at the same time?

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Old 07-11-07, 09:44 AM   #2
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They have freewheels.
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nattyfab can coast on a fixie.
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link me this, i wana see it
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Old 07-11-07, 09:50 AM   #5
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obviously, you have to do a nose wheelie while you are skitching on a fixed gear bicycle.
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all nevermind i see it
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coasting rules!
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coasting rules!
Coasting is the new black which in turn is the new pink.
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zOMFG you means I don't need an uber-break-less-fixie to race in alleycats?
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I just bought an ENO freecog. Coasting became fun....again...
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doubt it.
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Skitching is at 3:10 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNgJrfgXijg

and the smooth dismount is at 1:25 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9G_...elated&search=

I realize that these people may be using singlespeeds, but I was wondering if that is indeed what they are using or is it possible on a fixed?

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Old 07-11-07, 10:26 AM   #13
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it is.
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skitching is possible on a fixed.
skidding while skitching, on the other hand... i don't even know how such a thought would occur to somebody. what are they doing? trying to slow the car down? or GASP, alleycat racers not riding fixed?

alleycats aren't about riding fixed. plenty of people do, sure, but by no means all (monstertrack excluded, of course).
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Skitching is at 3:10 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNgJrfgXijg
That guy is on a road bike.
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and the smooth dismount is at 1:25 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9G_...elated&search=
You can do that on a fixed-gear bike too.
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and the smooth dismount is at 1:25 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9G_...elated&search=
The guy dismounting is on a fixed-gear however he is not skidding at all during that dismount. You can clearly see that the pedal lifts his entire body up as he swings his leg over the saddle.
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Ok, thanks a lot guys. I'm just building up my first fixed gear so I was just watching all these videos trying to get an idea of what is possible on one. I appreciate the help.

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nattyfab doesn't skitch on cars; cars skitch on nattyfab.
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nattyfab doesn't skitch on cars; cars skitch on nattyfab.

From here on in skitching will be called fabbin
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And to think, Ohio determines the fate of our country.
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i hate ohio.

worst. state. ever.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:21 AM   #22
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Those videos are awesome!
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the frequency and endurance of nattyfab jokes is somewhat of an incredible phenomenon - especially for me because i knew him long before i joined bikeforums. maybe they're only still funny to me because i actually know him and i assume none of the people making the jokes have ever talked to him. he's actually a really friendly guy who's a lot of fun and not at all full of himself or under the illusion that he's a super-bad-** bike messenger. he's also a pretty knowledgeable mechanic and volunteers at a community bike shop.

(i fully expect everyone to make fun of me/not take me seriously on these forums after this post)
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obviously you don't get it-- which is definately my fault. seriously.
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the frequency and endurance of nattyfab jokes is somewhat of an incredible phenomenon - especially for me because i knew him long before i joined bikeforums. maybe they're only still funny to me because i actually know him and i assume none of the people making the jokes have ever talked to him. he's actually a really friendly guy who's a lot of fun and not at all full of himself or under the illusion that he's a super-bad-** bike messenger. he's also a pretty knowledgeable mechanic and volunteers at a community bike shop.

(i fully expect everyone to make fun of me/not take me seriously on these forums after this post)

I take you fully serious and probably would like the guy if I met him myself.

Never the less, he took a silly photo, and will die being known for it.
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