Funny, because the bike pictures has a front and rear brake.For a fixie, though, it is nothing more than posing — if the riders were that worried about safety, they’d buy a front brake.
Waste a sentence explaining a function, then complain about it not having function?use these five-spoked wheels so they can more quickly sling a chain through the front wheel. As always, fixie riders took the form but not the function
This article is pretty crappy.
"There are many variations on the mindless mutilation of fixie ‘bars. It seems that the less practical and more uncomfortable, the better. Standout mods include handlebar tape (or the lack of — the less the better, especially in winter) and the "flop-and-chop," which means that you flip your drop handlebars in the head and cut the ends off, often resulting in something a matador would be scared to face."
How is the "flop-and-chop" impractical?
I don't get it
I don't think the author of the article has heard of bullhorn handlebars.
I liked the article. I hate bike fashion. Always did and always will. When I see a hipster with cards in his spokes I don't see trendy, I see someone wearing parachute pants in the early 90's. The one single thing that attracted me to fixies and SS is their simplicity and function. I ride for the joy of it, not to look cool or fit in.
One of the benefits of getting beyond youth is the realization that we can free ourselves from this particular bondage. It's liberating.
I ride a SS, but every time I stop at a red light downtown next to another rider, they immediately say, "Hey, is that a fixed gear?!" I tell them, no, it's singlespeed. They usually go from smiling to a disappointed expression. Maybe I should throw a top tube pad on there just to give them something to be happy about. (not gonna happen)
I'm not sure the writer of the article knows what a bicycle is. Or it was a kind of heavy handed attempt at humor. Their particular example of a Brooks saddle was pretty funny, but in a laughing at not laughing with sort of way.
I love Wired, but the people who write on all the bike stuff are idiots. They were saying how the Raleigh One-Way is impractical for riding in a city, purely because it's SS and steel, therefore the enormous weight of the steel would be impossible to ride up inclines w/ no gears.
"rhetorical part of the overall biking community"
what does that mean?
i hate that hating has become cool.