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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 06-09-04, 02:40 PM   #1
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Fixies take over cycling...

A guy that I sometimes ride with works for a local bike shop. They are in the process of getting the Bianchi line. In talking with the new rep the other day the subject of fixed gear came up. The rep told them that the Pista was by far the hottest selling bike in their line and that fixed gear was exploding for all the manufactures.

Witness what happened to Specialized and the Langster. I am hearing that they are sold out of some sizes and producing more to meet the demand. If it is true, this can only be good for fixed gear as more manufacturers are bound to enter the market or offer new fixed models.

But, when joe sixpack starts riding fixies will it change the way anyone feels about their chosen obsession? Or, will it still be "cool" no matter how many unwashed masses join the fun...
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Old 06-09-04, 02:49 PM   #2
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Joe sixpack's fixie will quickly end up in the basement next to the stairmaster.
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Old 06-09-04, 02:50 PM   #3
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fixed riding will never be mainstream (again). Your average rider doesn't have the skills or desire for it.
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Personally, the more people who ride fixies the better. I would like to think that the minimalist mindset might spread to other parts of their lives. I know I'm romanticizing it a bit but I think the world would be a better place if more people rode bike, no matter what kind.

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I agree, if fixie bicycle riding becomes trendy hopefully it will get people out of thier SUV's and off of the couch. We have such an epedemic problem with obesity here in the US, I just don't see how more people on fixed gear bicycles could be a bad thing.


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Personally, the more people who ride fixies the better. I would like to think that the minimalist mindset might spread to other parts of their lives. I know I'm romanticizing it a bit but I think the world would be a better place if more people rode bike, no matter what kind.

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i've never considered anything brand new from a manufacturer as particularly cool anyway. weather it be fixed gears or not, straight out of the box just cannot compete with a kick-a$$ conversion. i think as more people ride "new" fixed gear bikes, the custom built bikes and restorations will still be appreciated (even more so).
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Joe sixpack's fixie will quickly end up in the basement next to the stairmaster.

...Or in his garage sale next spring. Just imagine the windfall of track/fixed frames and parts all over America when the fad blows over! No more fighting each other for scraps on Ebay--just walk out your door and down to the dumpster/pawnshop/Salvation Army. I'm already clearing a space in my apartment for future bike bounty!
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iel zingo!
I have been at fixed/SS for over 8 years...I am not going anywhere
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Old 06-09-04, 03:42 PM   #9
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I agree, if fixie bicycle riding becomes trendy hopefully it will get people out of thier SUV's and off of the couch.
Their first choice in bikes for these people would either be beach cruisers or geared bikes..... the thought of not being able to coast will scare them off...

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Unlikely, I would say. Could get some infiltration of that ilk, but come on, these people don't have enough active brain cells or soul to get some style of their own. We'd be able to pick them out like hores on the street.

One thing I would worry about is the quality of stuff that comes out if mass production starts to happen. Usually stuff goes to shyte when they pump out too much. Afterall, Ford's invention did not come with any bugs. To avoid this, we might stay with smaller companies who chose to stay small and avoid mass produced crap a la the Wangster (not necessarily a diss on this product). Think Gunnar, Surly, DeBernardi, Soma, etc at least until they do choose to do things cheap and easy.
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Their first choice in bikes people would either be beach cruisers or geared bikes..... the thought of not being able to coast will scare them off...
Ahh, but think of it this way. If the fad continues, then bikes (hopefully) will get better, prices come down. The fair-whether rides will buy up the products, then garage them. Then they will sell them on craigslist and ebay. So the rest of us can get some good deals later on down the line...
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I ride my fixed because I like it. If more people like it then good for them, it won't really affect my choice to ride fixed any more than geared riders do. If you're concerned about being cool and edgy then you've always got tall bikes to fall back on. I'm pretty sure those won't ever catch on mainstream.
Oh, and I really don't think riding fixed takes any larger skill set than riding geared. Riding brakeless in the city yea, but riding fixed with brakes just requires no coasting, not really a hard skill to master.
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Their first choice in bikes people would either be beach cruisers or geared bikes..... the thought of not being able to coast will scare them off...

Yikes! That's all we need! Drunk fat dumb*sses stumbling around. Couldn't we arrange for them to do dumb drunk activities like stumbling into traffic after Cubs games?
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Sure, their are more larger manufacturers fixed/track bikes now but I highly doubt there will be a mass explosion as there was when mountain biking came into the picture. For the most part, a lot of people are lazy. They've probably sold more of those Land Rider Autoshift bikes than fixies. Most people like the idea of not having to worry about shifting BUT they do not want to work at climbing those "hills". As long as they've got there granny gear and largest cog combo, they're good to go. We fixed/singlespeed riders are a pain-loving bunch...bring on the hill climbs...dirt or road. Whether or not the masses are on fixies or on Landriders or Electra Townies...they're all off their collective asses and on bikes and that all that matters ain't it?
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I'm only riding my bike until I can get a Gazelle (by Tony Little) cheap at a garage sale.
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One has to ask, Why?
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One has to ask, Why?
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One has to ask, Why?
Well, the purely altruistic answer would be "the more people on bikes, the better."

It's probably a bit of that, tempered with the thought of being able to pick up cool stuff for cheap once the wave breaks and the kids move on to old cruisers or lowriders or whatever the next fad is.
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Yikes! That's all we need! Drunk fat dumb*sses stumbling around. Couldn't we arrange for them to do dumb drunk activities like stumbling into traffic after Cubs games?
as a drunk, fat, dumbass*, i have to ask what your problem is with my stumbling around.


* only a dumbass part of the time.
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Their first choice in bikes for these people would either be beach cruisers or geared bikes..... the thought of not being able to coast will scare them off...
hey now...there's nothing wrong with a beach cruiser--i've got three (one SS with coaster, one fixed, and one 4spd nexus)

flames just look best that way.
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If you choose to decide what is cool based on what other people think, or is in fashion, then you have bigger problems to deal with than whether riding fixed is 'still cool.' Come on people, ride your bike because it is fun, not because it makes you look 'cool' or otherwise. As others have pointed out, more fixies means more manufacturers getting into the game and more parts, cheaper. If you are into riding fixed because you enjoy it, you will reap the benefits of the current fad after it has passed.



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The fixie true believers will always ride fixed, whether it's cool or not. There will always be a loyal following of fixies, even if almost nobody else does it.

Look at it this way, thanks to the Ford Model T, cycling itself almost died. It's still hanging in there in the 90+ years since then in one form or another!
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i think one thing i love about riding my fixed gear was learning to ride it. it's like learning how to ride a bike all over again and almost makes me forget that i do knnow how to ride a bike. the same goes with me learning stick along with a friend who is preparing for his driver's test. i love my fixed so much it's going to denmark with me and i will probably drop a bag of luggage to take it. it's something i can't live without.
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Old 06-10-04, 01:46 AM   #24
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i think one thing i love about riding my fixed gear was learning to ride it. it's like learning how to ride a bike all over again and almost makes me forget that i do knnow how to ride a bike. the same goes with me learning stick along with a friend who is preparing for his driver's test. i love my fixed so much it's going to denmark with me and i will probably drop a bag of luggage to take it. it's something i can't live without.
stinkyonions - i couldn't agree more. i'm one of those new pista owners...and my first ride was awesome. i couldn't stop grinning, and i didn't want to get off of the bike. so smooth and quiet; demanding yet liberating. i felt like a little kid. (i'm 25). i had planned to put a gear on the freewheel side, but said f it! i like this. i think i'll convert my mtb for when its too rainy snowy or otherwise inhospitible to my new love.

you guys know. this isn't just a fad. there's a power and a feeling to it that i've only begun to explore. you won't be picking my bike out of the dumpster next year!

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beat the trend... start riding gears... when the masses switch to fixed... you'll be ahead of the curve!
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