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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 12-15-09, 12:29 AM   #1
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What to say when people ask you why you want to pedal all the time...

Normally when asked why I would want to pedal constantly I just respond with a simple "that's just what I like" but today this guy was really persistant and kept asking for a reason. I started getting annoyed and just told him I had restless leg syndrome and pedaled away. What are other good responses?
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Old 12-15-09, 12:37 AM   #2
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I usually say no freewheel.
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Old 12-15-09, 12:38 AM   #3
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punch them in the face, spit on them and throw their bike down on their crumpled body.
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Old 12-15-09, 01:02 AM   #5
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Say you're practicing to "step all over him"
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Read up Sheldon Brown, he convinced me to convert my latest free bike (12 speed) to fixed gear. Go to Sheldon before listening to any of the yahoos here. hehe

http://sheldonbrown.com/fixeda.html

I say, "Well, I have a MTB with disc brakes, a 12 speed road bike, so to round it out, I went with a fixed." I also add that, "its the purest sense of connecting you to a two wheeled machine and I thought I'd give it try, now I love it. "

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Old 12-15-09, 01:28 AM   #7
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I hate sheldon brown! Silly hippy
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Or you can say your too hipster to have a freewheel.
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Old 12-15-09, 01:42 AM   #9
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i've never had anyone ask me this before, they probably just assume i'm a hipster (a correct assumption).

I think when my mom asked a couple years ago i said why not

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Read up Sheldon Brown, he convinced me to convert my latest free bike (12 speed) to fixed gear. Go to Sheldon before listening to any of the yahoos here. hehe

http://sheldonbrown.com/fixeda.html

I say, "Well, I have a MTB with disc brakes, a 12 speed road bike, so to round it out, I went with a fixed." I also add that, "its the purest sense of connecting you to a two wheeled machine and I thought I'd give it try, now I love it. "
you mention zen one more time i will punch your hipster teeth out. actually my spindly hipster arms can't do that, so i'll use my iphone. hopefully there's an app for it
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Old 12-15-09, 01:45 AM   #10
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just ask them why the f*ck they are so lazy as to choose to coast. after all there are starving children in africa.
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Old 12-15-09, 11:19 AM   #11
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The hunger of children in Africa doesn't have a freewheel.
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Old 12-15-09, 11:22 AM   #12
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Sup girl?

wait that doesn't work...
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Old 12-15-09, 11:23 AM   #13
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"I pedal all the time on a freewheeled 12spd bike, so that part isn't any different."

I do like the RLS comment.... gotta remember that one.
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Old 12-15-09, 11:57 AM   #14
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Restless legs syndrome.
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Usually I just say that I started riding fixed in the winter as after about 5 miles, my dérailleurs would be frozen and brakes were pretty much useless. Plus I felt safer going further out into the middle of nowhere when sub zero F temps hit knowing that I had much less stuff to break/freeze up... then ended up sticking with the setup for the rest of the year.

Or I just tell them that it is a Zen thing and they will just not understand, so STFU.
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Old 12-15-09, 01:16 PM   #16
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I just say "I don't know" pretty carelessly and their steam usually cools off as they understand that they won't get an enthusiastic answer.
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The bike sometimes pedals itself, so it all works out.
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Thomas Edison rode a fixed gear, and hes like the coolest person ever.
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Thomas Edison rode a fixed gear, and hes like the coolest person ever.
As did Albert Einstein.
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i've never had anyone ask me this before, they probably just assume i'm a hipster (a correct assumption).
lies, a hipster will never admit to bein a hipster!
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lies, a hipster will never admit to bein a hipster!
except that he's probably some new, obscure kind of hipster. Probably a kind that you've never heard of
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except that he's probably some new, obscure kind of hipster. Probably a kind that you've never heard of
omg, a kind i never heard of might actually be the ultimate kind of hipster. im sorry for doubting you lupin.
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Old 12-15-09, 04:43 PM   #24
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lick your palm and wipe it across their thigh.
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Tell them its not about pedaling all the time, its about the overall feel of the fixed ride. Let them try you fixed gear bike (in a controled envioronment like a parking lot or park) so they can see for themselves. Almost anyone can ride a bike with brakes and freewheel, riding a fixed gear well is special skill and like all things that require sill and practice, it comes with a reward.

Fixed gear to me (after many years or riding road and mountain bike) bring me back to the simple days of riding BMX as kid. Simple machines often provide the purest and most rewarding rides.
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