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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 07-22-04, 11:54 PM   #1
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Single Speeds vs. Fixie

Discuss...there must be some rivalry here.
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Old 07-23-04, 12:00 AM   #2
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Singlespeeds are for girlie men...
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Old 07-23-04, 12:46 AM   #5
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I think the best thing you can do is love what you have: bikes, jobs, cars, women, dogs, cats, kids, friends, parents. Love whatever you have right now. Not sure about the order.
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Singlespeedin is for those of us who don't give a big rat's arse what the rest of you think.
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both.

fixed/free.
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Unless you're fixed, you're never really free.
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Unless you're fixed, you're never really free.
I tried explaining that to my cats, but they wouldn't listen.
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Fixed is a bit like driving a nimble old sports car with a finicky transmission. Otherwise, they're pretty similar.
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Unless you're fixed, you're never really free.
You are never free as long as you conform.
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You are never free as long as you conform.
If you are conscious of your freedom, you have conformed.
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I've got both. Love 'em to death. Fixed for the road, free for the dirt.
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hows that?
Let's just say cultural and societal non-conformity is a bit of a sticky wicket. I'm not sure how or what part of conformity I must eschew to achieve freedom. If I make a conscious decision to be "free," I must be conforming to something, right?
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The freewheel side of the flip flop is very handy when one has a sprained ankle.
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Let's just say cultural and societal non-conformity is a bit of a sticky wicket. I'm not sure how or what part of conformity I must eschew to achieve freedom. If I make a conscious decision to be "free," I must be conforming to something, right?

agreed. however, the "freedom" issue is an illusion at best. there are only degrees of freedom. absolute freedom does not exist for us mortal men and women.
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I have a fixed De Bernardi track sled as well as a Surly Steamroller (with 3 purple hearts) freewheeler that was/is my commuter bike. I prize my De Bernardi too much to leave it locked up outside all day in Chicago (when I was living there). I suffer the duality of this question being posed in the thead, and revel in the flexibility and fun of each.
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Old 07-23-04, 10:51 AM   #20
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IN the name of riding fixed: Once you go ______, you never go _______.
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Riding a freewheel is for those who haven't tried a fixed gear yet.

And even the fixed riders with brakes are *******. I do have a lot of respect for the few people that I've seen (2) riding brakeless on freewheels... But I think they just spun off their lockrings on the fixed side of the hub and were going home to re-build the wheel... It would scare the crap out of me...
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Old 07-23-04, 12:21 PM   #22
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is'nt a freewheel like a training wheel for a fixt?

I just really don't see the point of goin free unless of course it is a geared bike.

Ride fixt and feel the force. Be...
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thankyou Iso;

I never even knew i was riding a 'fixie' until 10 years later,when it became fashionable to ride a fixie.
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And even the fixed riders with brakes are *******.
come on now.

thanks trackfresh for this enlightening thread. how about another rap?
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come on now.
Sorry - was hoping he'd take the brakes off and ride around the hood...

I like doing that!
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