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Old 07-14-09, 06:34 PM   #1
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Is it wrong that I enjoy riding my fg....

And not doing mad bar spins, jumps, skids, trackstands, backflips, no footed can-cans and all of that other awesome stuff? Not that I have ANYTHING against those people at all, but some of the fixed gear communities in CA seem to look down upon those that just enjoy riding. I stopped at a light today and put my foot down, meanwhile another fg rider came next to me and trackstand the entire light. When it turned green I swear he gave me a look of "welp, your street cred is back down to 0." Is anybody else getting this or is it just me?
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Old 07-14-09, 06:36 PM   #2
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what's that, I didn't hear you, I only listen to people with street cred
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Old 07-14-09, 06:58 PM   #3
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I learned to track stand, thinking it would allow me to accelerate faster from a dead stop, but I learned that pushing off from the ground is faster...now I just track stand because I think its fun. Forget street cred, as long as you are riding, thats what matters. I notice a lot of people standing around in groups with their rad new track bikes, basically just showcasing, doing the occasional trick, blah blah blah. thats lame....
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Old 07-14-09, 06:59 PM   #4
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Trackstanding is like the 2nd reason why I love riding fixed.
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Old 07-14-09, 07:06 PM   #5
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i can skid, i trackstand at lights, and i can ride backwards for like 10 seconds. its all in the name of fun. i'd much rather be hauling ass somewhere. doing stupid little tricks is for drunk nights in the cul de sac.
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i can skid, i trackstand at lights, and i can ride backwards for like 10 seconds. its all in the name of fun. i'd much rather be hauling ass somewhere. doing stupid little tricks is for drunk nights in the cul de sac.

couldn't have said it better myself
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According to some people, it's wrong to enjoy anything.
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i think its mostly about attitude. A LOT of fixed gear riders and people that do tricks on them, are hipsters plain and simple. i could'nt care less if you want to barspin your bike or anything, what gets me is the ****ty elitest, everythings ironic, attitude.
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Old 07-14-09, 07:29 PM   #9
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I also just enjoy riding, but doing the occasional skid or trying to see if i can trackstand for a whole light is also fun.
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Old 07-14-09, 08:23 PM   #10
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To answer your initial question, yes. You should hate riding your bike. It has also recently come to my attention right here on BF that you shouldn't find anything about your bike visually appealing. Ever.

Having a hideous bike that you can't stand to ride is the all the new rage.
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Old 07-14-09, 10:15 PM   #11
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He's right. It's either that, or you risk being a tarck faux-messenger poseur.
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Old 07-14-09, 10:21 PM   #12
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He's right. It's either that, or you risk being a tarck faux-messenger poseur.
Man, that's so ironic.
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You are what you want to be, plain and simple. I spend time working on tricks (unemployed) because they are fun. I can barspin, wheelie, bwc, working on Keo and Prolly spins. I am 35 and I was a skater kid before there was such thing as concave...so I want to make the most of my bike...it's fun. I am no hipster, I'm a college educated (did I mention unemployed) adult that loves to ride my bike. Do what you want, if someone hates it's because their mom's spanked them too much. Oh, and I like to trackstand at lights for two reasons: 1. because I don't have to come out of my clips 2. it makes my girlfriend mad because she can't
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Great thread!
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Man, that's so ironic.
No it's not!!!!
Do you people even know what ironic means!??!?!

This whole "what ironic means", confusion started with that Alanis Morriset song.

The ironic thing about the song being that every example she gave as to what is ironic was indeed not ironic. (unless that was actually the goal, to make a song ironically wrong, and therefore validate the title... hmmmm... I wonder....)

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No it's not!!!!
Do you people even know what ironic means!??!?
Isn't it a light chicken gravy?
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No it's not!!!!
Do you people even know what ironic means!??!?!

This whole "what ironic means", confusion started with that Alanis Morriset song.

The ironic thing about the song being that every example she gave as to what is ironic was indeed not ironic. (unless that was actually the goal, to make a song ironically wrong, and therefore validate the title... hmmmm... I wonder....)
It's really ironic that you didn't notice the italics in sanderswm's post.
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I did, unless he was being sarcastic about the other guy saying hipsters have a everything is ironic attitude.

In that case its alright.
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I did, unless he was being sarcastic about the other guy saying hipsters have a everything is ironic attitude.

In that case its alright.
You got it man. Hipsterism is all about being ironic. Even when you're not.
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I did, unless he was being sarcastic about the other guy saying hipsters have a everything is ironic attitude.
whoa!

someone being sarcastic about irony?

lock this thread now.
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And not doing mad bar spins, jumps, skids, trackstands, backflips, no footed can-cans and all of that other awesome stuff? Not that I have ANYTHING against those people at all, but some of the fixed gear communities in CA seem to look down upon those that just enjoy riding. I stopped at a light today and put my foot down, meanwhile another fg rider came next to me and trackstand the entire light. When it turned green I swear he gave me a look of "welp, your street cred is back down to 0." Is anybody else getting this or is it just me?
Well doing a trackstand is useful, like when you are at a light. Who knows if he can do bar spins etc. I can not do a track stand, but I wish I could, and I will learn soon.
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i just wish they knew more tricks. It's sooo lame to see all guys on track bikes doing the same 2 "tricks" over and over. holy S**T was that another wheelie? Grand.
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You are what you want to be, plain and simple. I spend time working on tricks (unemployed) because they are fun. I can barspin, wheelie, bwc, working on Keo and Prolly spins. I am 35 and I was a skater kid before there was such thing as concave...so I want to make the most of my bike...it's fun. I am no hipster, I'm a college educated (did I mention unemployed) adult that loves to ride my bike. Do what you want, if someone hates it's because their mom's spanked them too much. Oh, and I like to trackstand at lights for two reasons: 1. because I don't have to come out of my clips 2. it makes my girlfriend mad because she can't
this is the attitude that hipsters need to adopt.
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tricks are for bmx imo
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