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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 05-24-08, 04:49 PM   #1
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Bianchi Pista and city riding

I went to look at a pista today. I told the guy at the LBS that I wanted to ride it in Chicago, and he told me that I should probably go with a non-fixed bike like the san jose or felt dispatcher. So is this true my commute is fairly short and I also want to do recreational riding.
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Old 05-24-08, 04:51 PM   #2
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get what you want. anyone of those bike will get you to where youre going.
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Old 05-24-08, 04:56 PM   #3
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The guy was telling me stories about people running into cars and such and such.
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Old 05-24-08, 05:00 PM   #4
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single speeds can hit cars too just get yourself a front brake and get used to not coasting bro.
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Old 05-24-08, 05:06 PM   #5
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The guy was telling me stories about people running into cars and such and such.
it happens to everyone at some point (whether its your fault or not) while in a congested city. if you want a fixed gear, get a brake with it. it all depends on what you want. either way, youll learn how to ride in traffic.

my first fixed gear was a pista. its a good starter bike.
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Old 05-24-08, 06:14 PM   #6
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For street use you'd probably want a front brake regardless, one option would be to swap out the rear wheel with one with a flip-flop hub. That way you have the best of both worlds.
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Get what you want! I would say that if it's your first fixed you should run a front brake and get used to the bike before hitting rush hour downtown. With that said I am way more comfortable in traffic on a fixed because of the maneuverability and connection to the bike, but you are still going to stop way faster with a brake. But I'd say if you have an interest in trying fixed do it! The market right now is so hot that if you hate it you could sell your bike in 2 days on CL. Good luck!
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chrome pistas are dangerous in chicago. local residents see all the shiny metal, are reminded of cloudgate, get angry and tend to charge you.

ride at your own peril.

or get the blue one.

ps. there has been a lot of recent cyclist deaths in chicago so far this year. because of increased attention to driver behavior against cyclists by police you can also expect to see increased police attention to cyclists breaking laws. there are a lot of stop signs in chicago and it can be a pain in the ass to stop every time without a hand brake. now i know a lot of guys who ride brakeless who follow the rules, but i know that i for one find it a pain in the ass to have to skip stop every block and that having a single front brake makes my ride home from a long day at work that much easier.

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bro you go into a shop and tell the cat you want a fixie he tells you you don't ..i say he didn't have your size or he is trying move some old stuff ...imho
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yeah i say you go with what you want. get the bianchi, or if you are doing some city riding you might check out the trek soho s
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it is kind of ignorant to assume that the lbs is just trying to push a different bike or doesnt have a size in stock on someone, how many kids run out and get a brakeless fixed gear and ride with no clue and hurt themselves? if you want a pista get a pista just dont ride like an idiot and put some brakes on it.
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keep a front brake on to learn, and take it off later if you want.
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This is like when I went car shopping and wanted a manual transmission, and the salesman tried to convince me manual was significantly more dangerous than automatic.

Also he just happened not to have the car I wanted in stick.
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Get what you want, don't listen to that guy. There are thousands of people that ride fixed gears in big major cities. Tell him to shut up and just install a front brake on it.

Riding fixed is a great feeling. I just switched over a few weeks ago from singlespeed and I'll never ride any other way again. I ride in NYC and it's just fine. It does take a few rides to get the coasting instinct out of your head so I would advise to ride around on low traffic streets and get use to it before you jump into heavy traffic.
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who in his right mind would ever say that fixed gears are bad for urban riding? brakeless, sure, especially if youre new to fixed, but isn't urban stuff the only reason fixed gears are ridden on the street these days?
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wow cool thanks for all the advice and I think I will get the Pista with a front brake cool.
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who in his right mind would ever say that fixed gears are bad for urban riding? brakeless, sure, especially if youre new to fixed, but isn't urban stuff the only reason fixed gears are ridden on the street these days?
no! cadence, training, simplicity, and style. sure, the style is huger in urban environments, but other than that it's all better suited to roads where there aren't as many things that can kill you every second.
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it was a great bike for me. i rode it around the velodrome here in portland a dozen times and it handles great in city traffic. i rode it around on tubular tires before i ended up selling mine for a more road-oriented (slacker angles and longer chainstays) fixed gear. it handles great at lower speeds and tracks great around a velodrome but i found myself going over 35 mph often decending hills and over 25 mph through corners and it is squirrelly at those speeds due to the short wheelbase and steep angles.
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I can't imagine being able to commute without leg over skidz and stylish chrome bags.

Get the pista.
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chrome pistas are dangerous in chicago. local residents see all the shiny metal, are reminded of cloudgate, get angry and tend to charge you.

ride at your own peril.

or get the blue one.

ps. there has been a lot of recent cyclist deaths in chicago so far this year. because of increased attention to driver behavior against cyclists by police you can also expect to see increased police attention to cyclists breaking laws. there are a lot of stop signs in chicago and it can be a pain in the ass to stop every time without a hand brake. now i know a lot of guys who ride brakeless who follow the rules, but i know that i for one find it a pain in the ass to have to skip stop every block and that having a single front brake makes my ride home from a long day at work that much easier.
that is the first time I've ever heard anyone casually refer to "the bean" as cloudgate. it's the bean, man!

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no! cadence, training, simplicity, and style. sure, the style is huger in urban environments, but other than that it's all better suited to roads where there aren't as many things that can kill you every second.
well yeah, i just meant that the urban scene (messengers particularly) is what made them popular.
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popular, right... i get your meaning now.
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