I was in NYC on Thursday and Friday on business. I noticed something disturbing while walking from train station to hotel, hotel to meeting, meeting to lunch and just about all over Manhattan. I noticed that messengers don't ride fixies! After two days of quickly checking out drive trains as they whizzed by and examining bikes locked to all manner of things, including one junky three-speed locked to nothing at all, I only saw one single speed. I cannot even be sure it was a fixie.
This, of course, has serious implications for us all. How can I be cool if my messenger bike isn't really a messenger bike? I suppose I could just call it a track bike, but Kevin Bacon doesn't act in movies about Marty Northstein.
Iím beginning to think the entire fixie thing is a vast Right-threaded conspiracy designed to boost sagging sales of track gear and used steel frames.
Are any of you people even real or do you all sit in the marketing department at EBay?
Interested in hearing your thoughts - unless you're a shill for Shimano.