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Old 10-09-10, 04:40 PM   #1
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Fixie Videos

To preface this, I ride a Bianchi Campione fixie conversion and I love it.

Is it just me or are fixie videos extremely lame? I'm not really impressed with most of the tricks you see and even the ones that are impressive aren't incredibly interesting, like skid stops.

Also, I think it's kind of dumb that road fixies are a new form of trick bike. I can definitely see a bmx style bike with fixed gears being a pretty cool thing for tricks, but I think it's completely ridiculous that people go around doing tricks on their fixies with road wheels on them.

Am I alone?
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Old 10-09-10, 04:42 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-10, 04:47 PM   #3
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You are not alone.

I believe that those guys work really hard and get banged up like all other freestyle athletes. But, if the the bikes were smaller and more agile, it would open the door to many, many more tricks. Tricks that would be much easier and much bigger. Those bikes exist, but for some reason they aren't interested in BMX bikes.
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Old 10-09-10, 04:56 PM   #4
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a lot of the big bike brands make trick specific frames, so it's not like they are tricking on real "track" bikes

don't get the ride a bmx argument eihter: does that mean mean running is pointless because cycling is faster and driving is even faster

some people have fun doing tricks and i don't mind them doing it
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I think that doing tricks on a road style fixed gear bike is pointless because the parts are expensive and not durable (compared to BMX parts), especially wheel sets. I think most of the reason people do tricks on a fixie is because they are not good enough to look cool on a BMX. That is just my 2 cents though...
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I think that doing tricks on a road style fixed gear bike is pointless because the parts are expensive and not durable (compared to BMX parts), especially wheel sets. I think most of the reason people do tricks on a fixie is because they are not good enough to look cool on a BMX. That is just my 2 cents though...
Riding fixed freestyle is entirely different that riding bmx. Yes some of the tricks are the same but the differences in the two types of riding is vast enough to make your statement sound ignorant.
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Riding fixed freestyle is entirely different that riding bmx. Yes some of the tricks are the same but the differences in the two types of riding is vast enough to make your statement sound ignorant.
His assessment is not ignorant. I'm not ignorant (as in uninformed). I'm quite familiar with both genres of the sport. Riding fixed freestyle is not entirely different. In fact, there are much, much more similarities than differences. Actually, the only significant difference between a state-of-the-art (meaning the most modern) fixed freestyle bike and a 24" BMX cruiser is the fixed rear wheel and the toe straps.

Things that are different:
- Rear hub
- Toe straps

Things that are similar, but different:
- Wheel diameter
- Forks
- Frame dimensions

Things that are identical:
- frame materials
- cranks
- pedals
- stem
- bars
- saddles
- pegs
- front hub
- tire thread
- chain rings
- chains
- grips
- seatposts
- tricks

Every trick that is being done on a fixed gear bike has been done on a BMX...20+ years ago. I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers here. Just stating the facts.
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Weight too, my fixed gear is at least 5 lbs lighter than my BMX...

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skid stop is a fixie trick??
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My rear brake skids better than your whole bike




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I say let people do what they want to. And if you don't want to watch them do their unimpressive and uninteresting 'fixie' tricks, then don't watch the videos.

Oh and a pet peeve of mine is the term "fixie". Just say fixed gear, please.
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Hey, welcome to last year when all that was happening.
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Just for the record, I used to race BMX and all the people I ride with ride freestyle BMX. I am not ignorant of the riding style. There is no "freestyle" trick that I am aware of that can be done on a fixed gear bike that can not be done on a BMX.
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Dude, it's bad when at the NACCC (North American Cycle Courier Championships) in the street trick competition, the biggest tricks were like a Disaster or a 360 air off of a jump box.

Between the competition sessions...the local BMXers would get on and shred.


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I say let people do what they want to. And if you don't want to watch them do their unimpressive and uninteresting 'fixie' tricks, then don't watch the videos.
I guess my thing is, when I was a kid, teen, and young adult, getting a video part was a BIG DEAL. You watch the videos mentioned in the OP and it's like, "Huh? That guy got a video part by doing a Keo Spin and jumping a 5 set?!?!"

I don't want to hear anything about it being a new sport and BMX started off lame, too. I mean, these guys can't even do the tricks that were done in Quicksilver 25 years ago. BTW, the kids that performed the tricks in quicksilver were pro BMXers.


None of these guys seems to want to admit that their sport is merging towards BMX. I mean, look at the parts list above. Look at how the frames are getting smaller and smaller. I think they are being bullheaded about it. Honestly, nobody cares if your bike has a fixed or free hub. Really. A big trick is a big trick.

...but the other side of that coin is that: nobody cares if your bike has a fixed or free hub. Really. A lame trick is a lame trick.
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Here's what it takes to deserve a video part (in my very humble opinion)

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