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Old 04-11-10, 05:14 PM   #1
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What I Hate about Hipsters

Don't get me wrong. I love fixies. They are absolutuely wonderful.

I ride fixed. But, the difference between me and the everyday hipster that you meet on the street that just got his very first bike yesterday, is that I have always loved bikes. Any kind of bike is nice to me.

Ive ridden bikes my whole life, from when I rode with the 10 other neighborhood kids on a rust bucket, to now when I commute all the way to school and back.

What I hate about them, is how they think they are so cool, they are so self righteous because they ride fixed-gear bicycles. The kind of people that make fun of people who ride singlespeed. The kind of people that make fun of you for riding fixed gear bikes without wearing a messenger bag.

I hate the kind of people that make fun of you because you can coast on your bike, or because you have a geared road bike. THey think that they are the hottest **** on the road because they have fixed gear bicycles, and they only just started liking bikes cuz fixed-gear was "in".

Now I understand my sig says "If its not fixed, its broken". Difference is, its all fun and games. Its a cute little saying I saw somewhere and liked.

But do you guys get what I mean?

My fixed gear bicycle has a flip flop hub which ive taken advantage of, and ive been called wussy, *****, and all sorts of other derogatory names because I decided to ride SS for a while.

Whats up with kids these days? Again dont get me wrong I still love fixed gear bicycles. But I hope you guys know what I mean when I say these things. Bikes are bikes, and you shouldn't hate when you only got a bike yesterday, and never rode a bike 5 miles round trip before in your whole damn life.

If someone wants geared bicycles, so be it. Power to them. If they want trikes, if they want recumbents, if they want TT bikes, or fixed gear, I aint hatin. If they want to ride FG or SS and not be a messenger, or not want to wear messenger bags, or "dress" the way FG riders are "supposed" to dress etc........

If I want to ride SS, then **** off.
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Old 04-11-10, 05:19 PM   #2
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get over other people.
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What I hate about hipsters is that they caused inflation at Goodwill... used to be able to buy 3 shirts for a dollar. Now you can literally buy cheaper clothes at Wal-Mart because apparently dressing like a hobo with a meth problem is fashionable.
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Old 04-11-10, 05:35 PM   #4
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Yeah I liked ________ before it was cool too.
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Old 04-11-10, 05:40 PM   #6
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Hahaha.
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Old 04-11-10, 05:47 PM   #9
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My fixed gear bicycle has a flip flop hub which ive taken advantage of, and ive been called wussy, *****, and all sorts of other derogatory names because I decided to ride SS for a while...
What point are you at in your life that you are being harassed by 94 pound vegans? I just don't get it are the yelling at you as you ride randomly? Which is really weird that anyone would care what the hell your doing with your bike. I think you just perceive people to feel this way, at least mostly. Or these your friends, if so you probably should find new ones if you hate hipsters.
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Old 04-11-10, 05:54 PM   #11
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Subscribing......this is going to be a good thread.
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Old 04-11-10, 06:30 PM   #12
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Just a thought. I was aiming mroe at seeing if people have experienced the same? Not that this forum is a microcosm of the entire FG/SS culture, but I barely hear anyone talk about SS...mostly FG. There are no SS videos on youtube, people at school actually ridicule SS when I've spoken with them (they are FG riders......new hipsters.), etc.

But in any case, there are times you can just tell that someone just got their bike yesterday.

Haha by some of the pics I can't tell if people agree/disagree or love/hate the thread lol.

I did get over people. Just a thought.
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Dude, i'm building up my road bike because its gonna be the next "it" thing.
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Old 04-11-10, 06:40 PM   #14
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The way you wrote the post says you want attention as much as the hipsters you so worryingly hate do.

Just do your thing and don't get all worked up about it!
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Old 04-11-10, 06:41 PM   #15
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I was hating hipsters for all those reasons before you.
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I hate that they think I'm a square for riding a SS too

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hating hipsters is the new hipster thing to do.
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rode through Boston yesterday and it was annoying to shift so often. I eventually got into a groove though but more than a few times I was riding in only 1 or 2 gears and doing lots of starting out of the saddle. this one asian young woman (her race is irrelevant) just thought I'd mention that plus she was a cute young pretty coed type, she had skin tight jeans on - they must have been stretch jeans huh? anyway she totally kicked my butt at one light - not to mention she almost got killed running the light!
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Is it possible that you're being overly defensive? I've been on the receiving end of similar clique-ish behavior, especially when I started showing up to polo games and bringing the fail. Some people knew I was an enthusiastic cyclist and was branching out to new things- others probably still think I'm just a jackass newbie. I don't take the latter personally. I also know that the clique wasn't a bunch a guys that were cyclists first and friends second- they were friends that did things on bikes together.

Anyway, you mention a LOT of incidents and words, but nothing really specific. Are random people biking past you, noticing your chain is wrapped around a freewheel, and yelling 'wussy'? And are you honestly offended by 'wussy'?
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This coming from a guy with four number characters substituted for letters in his username.



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