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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 02-05-08, 01:39 AM   #1
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Fixed Gear Conversation Help

Long time reader, first posting. I've been trying to meet fixie riders but i'm having trouble starting up a friendship. What should I open with? gear inches? powergrips vs clips and straps?

are there any guides online that i can read?

sorry if this is a repeat thread, i tried to use search.

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-08, 11:06 AM   #2
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i heard some guy from portland was selling hipster kits, maybe you should pm him for help.
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Old 02-05-08, 11:11 AM   #3
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get a front aerospoke, you'll be beating new friends of with a stick
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Old 02-05-08, 11:14 AM   #4
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conversation does not mean conversion.
get yourself an easy gear
powergrips or clips is a personal preference
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Old 02-05-08, 11:21 AM   #5
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lol
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Old 02-05-08, 11:41 AM   #6
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conversation does not mean conversion.
get yourself an easy gear
powergrips or clips is a personal preference
actually in this case I think conversation MEANS conversation

you could just go with the "fixed gear hermit" thing

been workin for me
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Old 02-05-08, 11:48 AM   #7
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i think the best method is to avoid other cyclists at all costs. scowl alot. when the other cyclists see your behavior, they'll think you're somebody special and they'll all want to meet you!

continue to blow them off. they'll come in droves!

remember: the more aloof you hold yourself, the more important you must be.
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Old 02-05-08, 11:51 AM   #8
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you could just go with the "fixed gear hermit" thing

been workin for me
been working for me too,
nobody rides fixed here (ouataouais,Quebec) ive only seen one person on a fixed gear here, ever.
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Old 02-05-08, 11:32 PM   #9
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get a custom reload bag that says "from myspace to my place"
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hahahaha ^^^

ride the fliest ****, practices no handed pop up wheelies to barspins. get the leg over the bar skid down at speed. and finally ride a big gear. problem solved.
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Old 02-06-08, 12:40 AM   #11
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try introducing yourself whilst doing a no handed light a cig skid. it gives them something to remember you by, and shows off your reigning skills. if you can't do this, then you dont deserve to have friends.

EDIT: i can't believe i forgot to mention this. light a joint skids have been scientifically proven by the PHDA to increase likeliness of friendships by 28%.
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Old 02-06-08, 08:53 AM   #12
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fixed gear salute.
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Old 02-06-08, 09:57 AM   #13
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Just keep on talking because you have no way to stop.
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Suck up to them by complementing their brakeless UO8 conversion with the daring droop in the chain and the wild cards stuck in the spokes of the rear wheel. Tell them you are planning on using a chopped piece of wood 10 inches long up front on your next conversion.
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Hahaha YES! Do this.
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Introduce yourself as dutret. Then everyone will want to know what you're like in real life.
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Is that an NJS quill stem in your pocket or are you happy to see me?
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Usually while posing at coffee houses people come to me.
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Usually while posing at coffee houses people come to me.
I've tried this but haven't had much success. Do I actually want to stand over my bike or just hold it by the stem and put my hips at a funny angle? Sadly my conversion is WAAAYY too big for me, so standing over it might be an issue...
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I think normaly they are too small. I know mine is.
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"Just took my front brake off. I'm an L49 fixie!"
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Introduce yourself as dutret. Then everyone will want to know what you're like in real life.


you win!
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skid stop in front of them and immediately bike away. play hard to get, you'll get more respect
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for me it's hard to meet other riders while actually riding. i'm either too busy checking out their bike, while avoiding immovable objects, or i'm just in a rush and need to get to where i need to be. i think most of the networking needs to be done off the bike.

does anyone else seem to get the stink eye from other fixed riders while riding? i'm sure it could be a bunch of other things, but i don't know...
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Smoke a roadie, or become someone's b-tch.
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