Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Wherever good bikes are sold
Bikes: Thylacines...only Thylacines.
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Having way too many bikes is a lifestyle. It is not optional, it's a must-have - right up there with Ikea furniture and Country Road place-mats.
Singlespeeds are usually mountainbikes, usually have no gears, and usually a freewheel is attached to the rear wheel, so you can stop pedalling when you need to. Apparently there are people who ride fixed gear off road, and even unicycles, but obviously these people are smartarses who need a swift kick in the pants for trying to be 'silly'.
Track bikes or 'fixies', although originally designed for the velodrome, have found their way to the streets initially by bike couriers wanting something low maintenance. Now though, everyone who owns a courier bag and also lives in the city feels the need to also owns a fixie, so things get a bit confusing there, which is why they're just referred to as 'fixies'. Heck, I ride a singlespeed mountainbike in the city, so who am I to judge?
To confuse matters more, there's nothing stopping you having a 'singlespeed roadie' - that is, a road or track frame that has a freewheel. Whew. Anyway, now that you got 5 different explainations, I'm sure that clears things up.