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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 02-19-08, 06:24 PM   #1
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Suspect "Business" Selling Fixed Gear

Camera shop posing as a bike shop. This guy has dealt at least one stolen bicycle in Costa Mesa, CA. Check the comments on the article.
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Old 02-19-08, 06:39 PM   #2
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Old 02-19-08, 06:43 PM   #3
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"Experienced fixed-gear bikers can "track," or stand in place at a stop light, or even ride backward. Although California bikes are supposed to have brakes, some fixie riders don't use them, either mastering a natural slowing technique or braking with a foot on the back wheel."
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Old 02-19-08, 07:00 PM   #4
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Old 02-19-08, 07:02 PM   #5
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**** that's probably the greatest article I've ever read.
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Old 02-19-08, 07:10 PM   #6
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Here's the real story: fixed-gear bikes ought to be illegal. The only reason they aren't is because cops and motorists don't know that they exist. What do you think a cop's reaction would be if you said, "that guy is riding a bike down Newport Boulevard or 17th Street with no brakes and no helmet?" The reaction would be a ticket. And yet, that's common Costa Mesa fixie-dude behavior. I see it every day. Any bike that you have to struggle to stop (brakes or not), any bike that encourages you to violate traffic laws with impunity, is an unsafe bike. I've been a cyclist for 20+ years. I've ridden everything from old Murray Montereys to $3,000 Felts. I took 2 short rides on a fixie and quickly filed it under "worthless". They put brakes on bikes for a reason. They put gears on bikes for a reason. You want to be in control of a bike, not compromise that control. The self-styled renegades who turn classic road bikes into these clown machines like to think they're making some kind of statement against "car culture" and achieving some kind of Zen "oneness" with the bike. Let me sum up their real choice: "I was getting bored with my ride, so I decided to make it more exciting by making my bicycle a danger to myself and others." Fixie dudes, you can't dispute this: you are riding bikes that discourage you to stop and enourage you to break the law.
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Old 02-19-08, 07:11 PM   #7
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truth, i'm bored with life, and I cant stop. oH noEzzzzz!!!!!
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Everything that guy said stopped mattering when he called me a fixie dude.
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Everything that guy said stopped mattering when he called me a fixie dude.
it stopped for me when he started talking about "traffic laws"
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It stopped mattering the moment he hit submit.
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Old 02-19-08, 07:55 PM   #11
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;fux all these people.
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I will come clean and fully admit that my chosen bicycle discourages me from stopping.
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What sort of publication is the OC Register? That article was poorly written and even more poorly edited.
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The bike was way too big for me, it had no lockring, just a cog that had been JB welded to the hub, a seatpost that was stuffed entirely into the frame just so that I could ride it, a quick release on the rear wheel that was barely even tightened, two garbage hubs, a frame that had dents filled in with putty, a bent fork, a chainring that had been chopped straight off of a road bike 3 ring setup, a razor sharp chopped aluminum pole as bars, and some plastic pedals that looked like they came off of a tricycle.

Once all of this garbage was assembled, he decided he would cover it up and make it worth its selling price by spray painting the entire bike black. When I say the "entire" bike, I mean the headset, stem, bars, chainring, cog, frame, fork, hubs, and spokes.

For all of this, I paid $350. And what did I get in return?
Priceless. Another hipster learns a lesson, in that he got exactly what he paid for.
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Old 02-19-08, 08:40 PM   #15
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I will come clean and fully admit that my chosen bicycle discourages me from stopping.
Hi, My name is Stuart. And i ride a fixed gear because i don't like stopping. There, it feels soo much better once you have admitted it to yourself. Ok now, who up for some drag racing mommys car, bikes are dangerous.
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I will come clean and fully admit that my chosen bicycle discourages me from stopping.
Hi, My name is Stuart. And i ride a fixed gear because i don't like stopping. There, it feels soo much better once you have admitted it to yourself. Ok now, who up for some drag racing mommys car, bikes are dangerous.
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I will come clean and fully admit that my chosen bicycle discourages me from stopping.
This is so true! Why, just the other day I was out riding and there it was a big RED light staring me down. I thought to myself, "I should slow my peddling and stop for this." It was just then that I heard my bike speak up. It said, "Don't be a puss-puss! Eff that light, he's nothing on you. What, are you going to stop at every light for the rest of your life? If you stop lights win and lights hate your freedom! As do S*!Ty writers and bike thieves."
Man, I'm glad I didn't stop. I'm even thinking of taking my brake off completely, at the behest of my bike - of course.

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haha that shop is right down the street from my house in newport, i finally went in there (since they've had fixed gears) to see what they had going on, i used to go there for the majority of my used camera equipment (as the other owner is extremely knowledgeable and offers fair prices) on all of their gear. dustin was working on a very clean red japanese bike with gold lugs, gold phil's, etc not sure what they were trying to fix but they were definately struggling. there were also 4-5 "hipsters" (by this i mean nappy hair, excessively tight jeans, cut up shirts, etc) kids (had to be 16ish) hanging out there for what to appeared had been the majority of the day.(every time im back in newport i see some new YOUNG kids riding around on fixed gears) he had a motobecane messenger on purple deep v's with a purple tt, threadless carbon fork, risers and purple ourys, a pursuit bike in the window, an orange conversion w/ aerospokes front and rear, and a couple other conversions. also had a plethora of frames and old road bikes in the back and hanging out that looked as if they were in the process of being converted. he regularly has 5-15 bikes listed on oc craigslist.
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"The duel personality store had its genesis in Dustin's decision to go on some group bike rides for exercise and relaxation a couple of years ago."

That article was out of control, but to be honest, I'm not really surprised. The OC Register has always been a joke. I've never met anybody who actually read it.
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Everything that guy said stopped mattering when he called me a fixie dude.
stopped for me when he said "here's the real story"

you know what they say about opinions,....
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man. i really wanted to open up a used camera shop and maybe do a little bicycle business on the side after i graduated. swear to god, wasn't sure how it'd work but i knew i wanted to sell cameras and bikes.

thanks for ******** everything up dude.
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Most people here just ride for a photo op, so that would have worked out fine.
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lol
I always see this guy posting his **** bikes on CL in OC. Crappy road conversions with loctited or JB welded cogs for $350. Jeez, I only paid $125 for my suicide hub conversion which I bought last year. Im thinking who the hell pays $350 for a piece of ****, but alas its trendy so people do it.

I even spoke with dustin on the phone once when he first started advertising the fixed gears on CL. I asked if he had any real track frames for sale. He said he didn't but was thinking about expanding later so that he would have real track stuff at his store. I guess he finally did. I wonder how much more inflated those bikes will be?
He sounded pretty friendly. But jeez he is totally screwing people over with those $300 bikes. I guess it caters to all the rich kids in newport.
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