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    2009 - The year of the fixed gear bike?

    Has anyone else noticed more bikes than ever so far this season.

    I live in a small university town in Ontario, Canada but already this season (so far a few nice days for biking) I have seen more fixed gear bikes than on any other day last summer.

    In toronto this past weekend I saw more fixed gear bikes in one day than I have seen in any other city on a single day ever. In fact I would say I saw more fixed gear bikes than non-fixed gear bikes.

    Does this mark the beginning of the Apocalypse or was this just a freak weekend and all these bikes will be put away once the nice weather is here to stay?

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    i moved to LA a month ago and while in somewhat downtown and around burbank ive only seen maybe... 4. just a lot of spandex road warriors normally

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhaber View Post
    Has anyone else noticed more bikes than ever so far this season.

    I live in a small university town in Ontario, Canada but already this season (so far a few nice days for biking) I have seen more fixed gear bikes than on any other day last summer.

    In toronto this past weekend I saw more fixed gear bikes in one day than I have seen in any other city on a single day ever. In fact I would say I saw more fixed gear bikes than non-fixed gear bikes.

    Does this mark the beginning of the Apocalypse or was this just a freak weekend and all these bikes will be put away once the nice weather is here to stay?
    Depends on your location. In the larger US cities the fad (that's what it is) is waning. But as all fads do, it's rippling out into medium and small cities as parts become readily available.

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    Was in PacificBeach and Hillcrest area of San Diego yesterday and I saw a locked up fixed gear and a guy doing a wheelie through an intersection on what looked like a Surly with risers. Surprised to only see two fixed gear bikes. I did see like 50 beach cruisers at Pacific beach though.

    Oh and I saw another locked up in my college campus with bullhorns and no bar tape. First I've seen locked up there.

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    more like the decade of the fixed geared bike

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    maybe we just notice it more cause we have one? ie. when you buy a camry, ull see more camrys

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    I don't notice much of a difference from last year.

    Anecdotaly I seem to be seeing A LOT more BMXs in Toronto than I recall seeing last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
    I don't notice much of a difference from last year.

    Anecdotaly I seem to be seeing A LOT more BMXs in Toronto than I recall seeing last year
    Really? That's awesome.

    Young or adult riders?
    Racers or street riders?

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    I have been seeing a TON of BMX riders in Austin, too. Just as many as on fixies. The ones I have seen are anywhere from 16-35
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    ya, the bmx population in austin has exploded, they are everywhere.

    i have not seen any fixed riders out where i live on the north side. downtown there are a lot though.

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    More like 2007 was the year of the fixed gear.

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    >i moved to LA a month ago and while in somewhat downtown and around burbank ive only seen maybe... 4<

    You need to get out more. Tons of ss/fg in Silverlake/Echo Park on Sunset Blvd., all along Melrose Blvd., and the areas around Western and Santa Monica Blvds. I saw two groups of FG riders last Saturday afternoon on one of the main drags west of downtown. (On the other hand, almost no one rides a bike in L. A.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Really? That's awesome.

    Young or adult riders?
    Racers or street riders?
    Street bikes and guys (and a few girls even) that look between 18-30. Even had a guy moving along at a pretty fair clip with me yesterday that impressed the hell out of me riding this tiny bike and just standing and hammering next to me.

    It's too early to see if the fixed gear thing has peaked but it's friggin awesome to see that bikes in general certainly haven't.
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    hipsters in NYC moved onto 80s BMX bikes a while back now. just wait. it's coming......

    getting my Quadangle ready......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nateintokyo View Post
    hipsters in NYC moved onto 80s BMX bikes a while back now. just wait. it's coming......

    getting my Quadangle ready......
    H*ll yeah. My buddy has a Mongoose from the late 80s (when Mongoose's were nice) in his parent's garage. Gonna buy it and clean it up for Ebay. Heh heh heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Young or adult riders?
    You asking that just reminded me of when I went to visit my dad a few weeks back in Washington. We went on this bike ride, and he rode my BMX bike I bought ~8 years ago (since he used to race when he was younger, and I rarely use it anymore, so I gave it to him), and I could not stop laughing. He looked so goofy on it. I mean, he is only almost 40, but I think it is due to the fact that he is my dad.

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    Here in Chicago, I am seeing more Fixed and Singlespeed than anything else. I saw a good 10 or so, and it was raining.
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    Outside my favorite bar in Columbus, Indiana I saw two fixed-gear bikes locked to a post. I didn't think there were two in the city. Typically, when a fad hits Columbus, it's been over for a while.
    This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhaber View Post
    Has anyone else noticed more bikes than ever so far this season.

    I live in a small university town in Ontario, Canada but already this season (so far a few nice days for biking) I have seen more fixed gear bikes than on any other day last summer.

    In toronto this past weekend I saw more fixed gear bikes in one day than I have seen in any other city on a single day ever. In fact I would say I saw more fixed gear bikes than non-fixed gear bikes.

    Does this mark the beginning of the Apocalypse or was this just a freak weekend and all these bikes will be put away once the nice weather is here to stay?
    Ha I just noticed you're in Guelph. I used to live there until a couple of years ago and I don't recall seeing many fixies then. I can't imagine bicycle couriers being a good profession in Guelph either. I'm coming back to Guelph for a visit at the end of the month so I'll keep an eye out for fixies

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    Outside my favorite bar in Columbus, Indiana I saw two fixed-gear bikes locked to a post. I didn't think there were two in the city. Typically, when a fad hits Columbus, it's been over for a while.
    Hmmm.....I used to live in Columbus. Is your name Diz by chance?

    And yeah.....Columbus is quite the bustling metropolis.

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    I finally saw one locked up outside of a coffee shop / bar here in Houston. First one I've seen outside of a bike shop here. KHS Flite.

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    the height of the latest fixed gear craze was probably 2005 or 6.

    it's fading fast.
    road bikes and bmx are in in chicago/new york.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nateintokyo View Post
    hipsters in NYC moved onto 80s BMX bikes a while back now. just wait. it's coming......

    getting my Quadangle ready......
    Bikesnob called this a while ago, I believe.
    "I think it’s dumb when you take the inherently fun like riding bikes and singing songs and say they’re not for everyone as if for your whole life you were cool as $h!t."

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    people realized tricks are better on bmx
    and they can go faster on road bikes.
    and others realized everyone and their mothers
    rode fixed/ss, so they had to move on in order to retain the cool.

    trikes in 2013.

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    future-retro 2013 style.


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