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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 04-18-08, 01:17 PM   #1
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Who knew? Henry Miller rode fixed...

Stumbled across a picture of everyone's favorite literary hero, Henry Miller - posing with what looks like a fixie... truly a man ahead of his time!
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Old 04-18-08, 01:18 PM   #2
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tropic of cancer is a ****ing awesome book
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Old 04-18-08, 01:25 PM   #3
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i see a coaster brake
likely a single speed

still a cool pic
i guess he was a rivendell fit kinda guy
sort of

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Old 04-18-08, 01:40 PM   #4
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Slack chain ZOMG.
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Old 04-18-08, 01:46 PM   #5
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Never heard of him.
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Old 04-18-08, 01:48 PM   #6
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Never heard of him.
go to a library.
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Old 04-18-08, 01:58 PM   #7
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I was just at the Turku one, with all that glass. Doing nothing.

EDIT: What does going to a library have anything to do with knowing this guy?
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Old 04-18-08, 02:11 PM   #8
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Hemingway liked bikes. He wrote some great stuff (if you like hemingway) about the velodrome.
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Hemingway liked bikes. He wrote some great stuff (if you like hemingway) about the velodrome.
Titles of this stuff? (i've only read the sun also rises).
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Anais Nin was a fan of literary hipsters.
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Old 04-18-08, 02:33 PM   #11
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Titles of this stuff? (i've only read the sun also rises).
It's in A Moveable Feast. The excerpt that most internet bike geeks know is this: http://www.ciclisucarta.it/stuff/hemingway_en.htm Good stuff!
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mmm, yep... definitely appears to be a coaster brake...

Miller riding bicycles and Hemingway writing about the velodrome seems quite fitting...

Ah, the sporting life...
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Miller is the man.
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Henry Miller is the original NYC bike hipster, he wrote a story about growing up in Brooklyn and riding an old Czech track bike (with a slanting top tube) he got from an ex six-day racer, and how all the neighborhood mothers would warn their kids to watch out for him, because he rode really fast and had no brakes. He also had an aforementioned skinny, hip lady friend with a bob... I think the story is called "My Best Friend"
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Henry Miller is the original NYC bike hipster, he wrote a story about growing up in Brooklyn and riding an old Czech track bike (with a slanting top tube) he got from an ex six-day racer, and how all the neighborhood mothers would warn their kids to watch out for him, because he rode really fast and had no brakes. He also had an aforementioned skinny, hip lady friend with a bob... I think the story is called "My Best Friend"
Seriously? No shenanigans? I will look for this at my local library.
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totally a coaster.
cool, regaurdless.
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Henry Miller is the original NYC bike hipster, he wrote a story about growing up in Brooklyn and riding an old Czech track bike (with a slanting top tube) he got from an ex six-day racer, and how all the neighborhood mothers would warn their kids to watch out for him, because he rode really fast and had no brakes. He also had an aforementioned skinny, hip lady friend with a bob... I think the story is called "My Best Friend"
http://books.google.com/books?id=9qG...hl=en#PPA54,M1
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Good read. Thanks man!
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Stumbled across a picture of everyone's favorite literary hero, Henry Miller - posing with what looks like a fixie... truly a man ahead of his time!
i'm gonna take issue with the "man ahead of his time" statement. even at that point fixed gear was still not all that new.
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