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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 07-28-08, 06:33 PM   #1
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"Neophyte fixed gear riders shouldn't venture into city traffic!"

Rofl.

I was reading through this:
http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Maga.../dp/1579541682

and came upon this great bit:

"Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."


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Old 07-28-08, 08:07 PM   #2
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I find it easier to ride in downtown traffic than most places
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Old 07-28-08, 08:19 PM   #3
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I find it easier to ride in downtown traffic than most places
yup it is. but some people find cars daunting at first.
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Old 07-28-08, 09:16 PM   #4
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How new are we talking here? Barely able to stay upright, or new to city riding?
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Old 07-28-08, 09:38 PM   #5
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"Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."

I hope the errors are yours and not from the book. Persumably it actually read:

"Mastering a fixed gear bike isn't particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or carnage will almost certainly ensue." Did he say "is" or "isn't"? Without "isn't" the "but" is redundant.

Anyway, wise words I'd have thought. In Tokyo there have been quite a few crashes caused by people getting on fgs and thinking they can ride around Shibuya without practising first.
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Old 07-28-08, 09:49 PM   #6
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Actually "but" is merely a conjunction so whether it is "is" or "isn't" it is not redundant. It might have a false implication but that is a different story.
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Old 07-28-08, 10:55 PM   #7
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Grice In The Houuuuuuuuse
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"Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."

I hope the errors are yours and not from the book.
I have a newer version of that book. I actually just read that statement last night and it says "is" and "but;" it does sound off. I remember reading a lot of typos though.

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In this kind of use, "but" introduces something that is true even though it seems unlikely given what has already been asserted. That's why it sounds odd; if we hear that mastering a fg is particularly difficult then it would seem likely to us that neophytes should beware of city traffic.

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