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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 01-27-11, 10:15 PM   #1
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Pittsburgh Fixed Gear Community

So I'm a Pittsburgh fixed rider, and I'm curious if there's any kind of community in the steel city like you see in some of the larger cities. I'm having a blast riding, but I'm the only person I know that rides a bike as more than just a way of getting to/from class, let alone rides a fixed gear.

Or I suppose if there's anyone interested in getting together to start it!
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Old 01-27-11, 11:04 PM   #2
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Man, there's a huge fg community in da'Burgh. http://www.otbbicyclecafe.com might be a good place to start. Also, find out where all the messengers hang out as most of them ride fixed. I'd guess somewhere on the Southside. Meanwhile, enjoy this video. I posted it on another thread: http://www.wqed.org/its-pittsburgh/watch A 48 year old guy on a fg w/45x22 gearing completed this ride. Pittsburgh Pro Bikes is a solid lbs. It's in Squirrel Hill, someplace...can't remember what street.
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thanks nashcomm! I've actually never heard of otb, or else I'd have been there already. I live in Oakland, so I mainly get my stuff from Iron City Bikes, but as soon as this snow melts enough to ride I'm checking out Pro Bikes for sure. Seems like it's just a straight shot down forbes.
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I ride in the Dirty Dozen (www.dannychew.com) every other year, so I'll be there in November of this year. Lived there from 1993-2002 and owned my own window cleaning business. Almost every business in Oakland I served at one point or another. 'The Original' was a mainstay of mine. Try the french fries...they're epic. The Beehive in the Southside is a cool coffeehouse hang.

Also, there's a group of cyclists on the down-low that do urban assault pretty often, but you'll need a suspension mtb, because part of the route is .5mile of rr track crossties. I tried the rout on a hardtail stiff fork and almost vibrated my fillings out. Pittsburgh has some of the loosest, no bs, straight ahead cyclists you're likely to meet.

Get yourself plugged in and you'll be plenty busy. Between the hills and the bridges Pittsbugh's a cyclist's dream.
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wow the dirty dozen sounds crazy! can't imagine riding sycamore street in any competitive way haha. and canton ave! wowwww, intense.

hopefully i find some other likeminded riders soon. thanks again for the help man, appreciate it!
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So I'm a Pittsburgh fixed rider, and I'm curious if there's any kind of community in the steel city like you see in some of the larger cities. I'm having a blast riding, but I'm the only person I know that rides a bike as more than just a way of getting to/from class, let alone rides a fixed gear.

Or I suppose if there's anyone interested in getting together to start it!
I am relocating to Pittsburgh in October and bringing my USSR track frame with me So i would absolutely love to join somebody to ride together.

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i'm working in pittsburgh, well really braddock, for the second week of november, anyone want to go for a ride?
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i'm working in pittsburgh, well really braddock, for the second week of november, anyone want to go for a ride?
Sure, will join you if I am there at the moment.
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