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    When is it time to hang up the fixed?

    You think there is an age limit to a fixed gear? I am 38 and still ride one, but get crazy looks now. It's almost embarrassing to be riding one now. I still skateboard and breakdance (been breaking since I was 14) as well so I am kind of a freak who can't grow up, and I am a family man. I usually don't give a damn what people think, but obviously I am because I wouldn't be writing this.

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    Maybe it's not the bike...
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    If my dad knew how to pop, lock, and bust the freshest I'd have been one happy child. Instead I got an ex-marine for a father. I'd say that as long as your a good Dad, that it shouldn't matter what your hobbies are.

    You hang up your bike or adidas tracksuit and shell-toes when you feel like it.
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    There is not a age limit to this... forget the haters and let them hate... enjoy yourself, that's what matters most!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
    Maybe it's not the bike...
    Could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quixotegut View Post
    If my dad knew how to pop, lock, and bust the freshest I'd have been one happy child. Instead I got an ex-marine for a father. I'd say that as long as your a good Dad, that it shouldn't matter what your hobbies are.

    You hang up your bike or adidas tracksuit and shell-toes when you feel like it.
    I have got a 3 year old son who already knows the basics. It's fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
    Could be.
    Lance Armstrong is 38. Not getting into whether he is or isn't competitive anymore, he doesn't look silly on a bike.

    One of the guys in the MASH crew is about 40 as well. Doesn't seem to get any trouble about his age despite being part of one of the movers of "fixed gear culture".

    If you're really worried about what people think maybe it's your sense of style and how you look on the bike, not the bike itself. I wouldn't normally say this is a big deal but clearly it's bugging you, so maybe taht's something to work on.
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    I hear you. I'm 36 and I did the last alleycat when Macaframa came to town and I rode with a group of kids and pulled them through the whole race. At the end of the race one of the guys I rode with was telling someone about the race said "it was cool, we met some old guy and he totally knew the way".

    All that being said, I don't think there is a time to hang up a bike, just show them how to ride better and share your knowledge.

    The only time I get looks from the young guys is when I'm trackstanding at a light on my CX bike while in a tie on my way home from work.
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    According to the description of the SS/FG forum "Variable Gears are for those over forty-five" so no, you got a few more years. And after that, you'll just be more hardcore than the rest.

    my dad is 51 and he borrows my bike and flips the hub to SS... not quite fixed, but still. not variable gears.
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    I learned this the hard way. They say that experience is the best teacher, but I would have been preferred to just read about it on the internet.

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    Aye dude, you don't need to be embarrassing when you ride a fixed gear.. I am something 30s and I ride a fixed gear what i am proud of. Anyway, I saw the something 60s Man ride a fixed gear bike.. thats soo awesome! So, There and here are no limit age to a fixed gear at all.. a fixed gear is for rest of all ages..
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    Hang it up.
    You already know the truth or you wouldn't have written.

    I'm 58 and ride a sedate, store-bought Raleigh Oneway with fenders, brakes, 35c tire and a bell on the bar.

    Hang it up and run for your life. Don't let this happen to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
    Lance Armstrong is 38. Not getting into whether he is or isn't competitive anymore, he doesn't look silly on a bike.

    One of the guys in the MASH crew is about 40 as well. Doesn't seem to get any trouble about his age despite being part of one of the movers of "fixed gear culture".

    If you're really worried about what people think maybe it's your sense of style and how you look on the bike, not the bike itself. I wouldn't normally say this is a big deal but clearly it's bugging you, so maybe taht's something to work on.
    Style? No I know its not that. I have been riding bikes my whole life. I used to road race from 15 - 22. I live in a somewhat snooty part of town, never used to be but anyways.... I have road bikes, mtb's all that jazz. Just was making an observation of the stares i get when I ride my fixed from the weekend warriors on their geared bikes, what they don't understand I am one too, but I don't look down on people. It's strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
    I hear you. I'm 36 and I did the last alleycat when Macaframa came to town and I rode with a group of kids and pulled them through the whole race. At the end of the race one of the guys I rode with was telling someone about the race said "it was cool, we met some old guy and he totally knew the way".

    All that being said, I don't think there is a time to hang up a bike, just show them how to ride better and share your knowledge.

    The only time I get looks from the young guys is when I'm trackstanding at a light on my CX bike while in a tie on my way home from work.

    That is awesome!

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    I'm 46 (soon to be 47) and rode my fixed gear into work this morning. If people think I'm weird, it's because I rode in on a bicycle, not because of the number (or lack) of gears.

    I say ride until you no longer enjoy it.

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    Don't give up on something you enjoy because of others' opinions. The reason I started riding fixed was when I met this really cool older roadie who told me all about they joys of fixed. I have met people in their 50s and near 60 riding fixed. The only thing that's gonna change is you're gonna start making your bike more comfortable as you age, that's a given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
    I have got a 3 year old son who already knows the basics. It's fun!
    Get him started on head spins.

    I can't believe that any of you would recommend giving up any method of riding a bike. If you get schooled in a scramble by a 30+'er you're the sad chump... not the 30+'er who you think is sad for still riding a FG. Promotion of cycling in any way for should be the credo, even recumbant riding.

    Riding bikes isn't serious buisiness. If you make Cycling into a metaphorical cage-match where your opponents are Keeping-up-with-the-joneses and Mob-mentality, then that's when you should hang up your bike.

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    My dad is 62, surfs everyday, writes songs and records them (although they aren't very good), and we share the same music taste. I think he is pretty cool, and the reason I think he is cool at 62 is because he doesn't try to be cool at all. He just does what he loves to do and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Do what you love, AYHSMB.

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    I've ridden since I could and will as long as I can. On fixed at 34 and don't see an end in sight.

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    I just act and gear up accordingly when riding the fixed gear or any other type bike. No problems here.
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    There are 2 guys who are in their 60's who I see riding brakeless whenever I do bike tours. There are 2 other guys at the velodrome in their 50's who still ride. You really shouldn't care what people think of you. Ride on and have fun


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    Oy. It's a one-speed bike that doesn't coast. It doesn't have to be a fashion statement.

    Sometimes a bike is just a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creejoh View Post
    My dad is 62, surfs everyday, writes songs and records them (although they aren't very good), and we share the same music taste. I think he is pretty cool, and the reason I think he is cool at 62 is because he doesn't try to be cool at all. He just does what he loves to do and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Do what you love, AYHSMB.
    i wish my dad is as cool as your guys dads. my dad is 64 this year....does nothing cool....
    stamp collecting...gardening...garage sales...antique shows
    ...no bike riding
    old people stuff

    boring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
    I am 38... I still skateboard and breakdance
    the world needs more people like you.
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