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    How many people here ride FG/SS because...

    derailleur's are just too hard to use, or are sooooo complicated to maintain, or are just really really confusing ?

    I'm starting to get the impression that this is the reason why many people switch.

    Why?

    It's not ****ing rocket science people.

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    It's partially why I switched. They just confused the **** out of me.

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    FG is just more fun to ride and I get more enjoyment out of it. Thats not to say that I don't have multispeed bikes, they don't get ridden nearly as much as my fixed bikes do.

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    i ride fixed gear because everybody else does.

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    I'm glad to mostly ignore derailleurs--
    glad to have the road bike but equally
    happy to let it collect dust 90% of the time

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    Fixed is cheaper for a 15yr old's budget. Kthxbie.

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    What's a derailleur?

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    That's definitely why I switched. Operating the handle bars, paddles and breaks is enough of a challenge for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    I'm glad to mostly ignore derailleurs--
    glad to have the road bike but equally
    happy to let it collect dust 90% of the time
    agreed on all accounts.

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    They break too easily and make annoying noises. Plus the bikes they come on are real expensive if they're any good.

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    Derailleurs suck in the snow.

    Derailleurs suck in the sand.

    Derailleurs suck in the salt.

    Plus I can stop with my fixed wheel if my front brake freezes up or the rims are icy/wet.

    Also, I ride harder and get a better workout without a bail-out gear.

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    i ride because it looks cooler with my skin tight jeans and my slip on vans and white belt.

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    I ride every day and it's less stuff to break down. Also it looks cool and is fun.

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    i love multigear bikes

    i love single gear bikes

    yay

    edit: my fixed riding is less than half of my total riding so eat it
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    I still ride my roadie. But only like once or twice a month.

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    I like my freehub SS cuz I can spin my peddles backward while I coast down big hills.

    I dont actually intend to ride my new FG.

    I'm just gonna change it a lot and post pix of it on velo.
    you dont know me. you girlfriend does. I rode your bike.

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    my guilty pleasure is to haul ass up a hill past lycra clad roadies


    Caveman simplicity, low maintenance, fun and is really the only way to play bike polo in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post

    Also, I ride harder and get a better workout without a bail-out gear.
    ff

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathbdp View Post
    ff
    what is ff?

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    I ride SS/Fixed because:

    -Gears are expensive, if you don't want crap
    -Gears take alot of upkeep to keep them shifting smoothly
    -I don't ever commute more then 20km in one go
    -My city is flat flat flat
    -My city has a wicked winter, a winter that eats salty Deraillers for breakfast
    -I'm too lazy to learn how to fix something complicated

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    I don't have a derailleur because you can't put one on a fixed gear bike.

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    I bought my first fixed gear because of simplicity. I wanted a road bike at first, but I wasn't confident in my mechanical ability with gears and such. I had never heard of fixed gears, but I knew a kid who stripped all the **** off his road bike and built up a single speed. Somehow I stumbled onto fixed gear, bought one, met some other kids who rode too and have been obsessed since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniks View Post
    i ride because it looks cooler with my skin tight jeans and my slip on vans and white belt.
    +1 but i prefer the high-top vans with cutoff jean shorts. makes me feel more "unique".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philatio View Post
    derailleur's are just too hard to use, or are sooooo complicated to maintain, or are just really really confusing ?

    I'm starting to get the impression that this is the reason why many people switch.

    Why?

    It's not ****ing rocket science people.
    For a bike that is used in NYC, deraileurs are a PITA to maintain, add weight, add expense, and add very little payoff. Plus, I like riding fixed. Haven't seen a fixed set up that works with deraileurs yet.
    Remember the 9/11's

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    My friends derailer used to / still does throw the chain off, so I decided that I did not want to deal with all that bullsh(t.

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