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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)

View Poll Results: [SKIDDING HABIT] Do you still skid?
Yes i skid on every ride and buy new tires every other month 30 28.04%
Not anymore, i did when i first started but i know better now that it's not actually practical 48 44.86%
Never skidded because i dont.know.how/afraid.to.learn/live.in.a.cave.never.heard.of.skid 29 27.10%
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Old 03-06-11, 11:39 PM   #1
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Do you still skid?

so the numbers have changed since the last time a poll like this was done.
lets get an updated percentage to better capture our new and changing ssfg population
(welcome to the forum guys!)
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Old 03-06-11, 11:39 PM   #2
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no this poll did not work
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Old 03-06-11, 11:41 PM   #3
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I only skid on hill climbs.
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Old 03-06-11, 11:42 PM   #4
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Maybe
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Old 03-07-11, 12:05 AM   #5
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only on the way to the rave party/in front of hipster girls.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:09 AM   #6
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only...in front of hipster girls.
I have to settle for sorority girls.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:12 AM   #7
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I do when it rains just to see how far I can go, other than that not intentionally. It happens occasionally in a quick stop as I grab the front brake and my legs lock up.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:17 AM   #8
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I skid when I feel like it. It's fun, but it takes a lot more effort than squeezing my hand on the brake lever. I'm currently running a ratio that I don't feel comfortable skidding at unless I get substantially out of my saddle, so I usually just back pedal or use my front brake.

It's also super duper fun to find a snowy parking or parking garage roof and slide around.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:19 AM   #9
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i do all the time but it's only a problem when i'm using my track bike as my primary errand/transport/commute bike, like this past week.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:40 AM   #10
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Mostly unintentionally. Mashing at lights on sketchy pavement, emergency car-interaction situations and the like.

Rarely, intentionally. And only for sup girls.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:46 AM   #11
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only in an emergency when i use both the front brake and lock the rear accidentally by back-pedalling a bit too eagerly
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Old 03-07-11, 12:51 AM   #12
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whip skids if i need to kill a lot of speed quickly, otherwise hop skip.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:57 AM   #13
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i skid as my main form of stopping and I run a suicide brake for emergencies. put 500+ miles on the fixie daily commuting this way.

(before new ESI grips)



and how my back tire looks.

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Old 03-07-11, 01:00 AM   #14
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my only emergency brake is to ted shred!
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Old 03-07-11, 01:18 AM   #15
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We all skid in secrecy!
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I do sometimes for giggles. depends on what part of town I am in.

but i had a cop follow me a block home just to tell me my bike didnt have reflectors,
so I tend to keep my silliness to a minimum when I am in the north side of town where I live.
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i skid all the time because why not. used tires are still cheaper than gas, and i'm not going through them that quickly
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i skid all the time because why not. used tires are still cheaper than gas, and i'm not going through them that quickly
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Old 03-07-11, 01:36 AM   #19
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I still skid, though not that often... I do it for fun once in a while...
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Old 03-07-11, 02:06 AM   #20
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i still skid quite often to kill speed. i figure even if i bought whole new tire set every month it'd still be cheaper than car insurance. i figure eventually i'll buy/install a front brake. until then, skidz it iz.
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Old 03-07-11, 02:39 AM   #21
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I dont normally skid, I'll skip to a stop or resist, I like to skid only when I'm trying to entertain myself lol.
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Old 03-07-11, 04:16 AM   #22
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Skidding is too mainstream.
So I don't skid except when doing it ironically.
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Old 03-07-11, 04:23 AM   #23
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I skid a lot when it was more icy out but not so much anymore. I still skip sometimes, but mostly brake and back pedalling.
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Old 03-07-11, 04:57 AM   #24
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I skidded a bit when I first started riding fixed not because "I didn't know better" as the middle option indicates but simply because I could. Now that I've mastered it, I don't really do it anymore because tires are expensive and anyone who'll be impressed by a fixed gear skid is probably not worth impressing.

...every once in a while if I see a nice long patch of grass still slick with morning dew, I can't resist though.
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I skid occasionally for fun or at a skid competition other than that its all leg or hand brake
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