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    8 Full Hours of Sleep roastbeef's Avatar
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    Is the fixed gear scene dead?

    I got into the whole fixie thing pretty early on, rode like hell for awhile and loved it. Unfortunately, It didn't seem to take much time before it turned into a bastardization of itself and more of a fashion statement than anything. More and more fixie riders started popping up with their skinny jeans and colored deep v's. Pretty soon "fixie" was synonymous with "hipster". Now, I'm certainly no purist and could generally care less about what people do with their bikes, but eventually something I really loved for its simplicity was now almost like a watch for pair of sunglasses.

    I bought myself a nice road bike with gears and a freewheel, then a mountain bike, then another one, and never really looked back. Even the scene in San Francisco (home of mash, macaframa, and the like) seems to have shifted from the trendy fixed gear to the more practical multi-geared road bike.

    So, that begs the question: is the fixed gear bicycle really just a slowly dying fad?

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    I bought my Schwinn Madison for the simplicity, durability, maintenance, and value. I don't really care if they are popular or not. Or if any "scene" is dying. I'm no hipster.

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    i'm a huge hipster and i love my deathbike regardless of how dead this scene is.

    it's been dead for a while, btw.

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    There is a scene ?

    Guess I have been too busy riding my bikes to notice or care.

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    Come out to Fremont for the alleycat may 7th and see just how dead it is.

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    I think it certainly has been dead for a good amount of time, but I don't know if I was ever affected and if it's even relevant. It seems like if you enjoy riding the bike that you ride, you're going to keep riding it. In San Francisco there will always be a fixed gear scene.

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    I'm thinking many of the people that got into fixies because they were/are cool actually fell in love with cycling and started to explore other ways of doing it. I know all kinds of these people that now go on self supported bike tours, bought mountain bikes, or started racing. I don't see fixies fading away here yet
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    What's a scene?

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    I was riding everything before I built my first fixed gear and it has always been just another way to enjoy cycling... it has been nice to see some of the guys who cut their teeth on fixed gear bikes start to appreciate other forms of cycling.

    Because of health issues I spend more time riding my geared bikes but it is still nice to get out on one of the 3 fixed gear bikes I own and be able to enjoy the ride.

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    Don't beg the question. Someone around here might get their panties in a twist and try to correct you.

    Also, only hipsters care about whether their "scene" is cool or not. Just go ride your bike.

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    The polka scene is alive and well.

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    scene is dead i guess. a few of my friends still do a wednesday night ride, but no new faces have shown up in the past year. though i guess on the rare occasion someone new came out they probably got dropped.
    I hate fixies

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    The polka scene is alive and well.
    thank god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by striknein View Post
    don't beg the question. Someone around here might get their panties in a twist and try to correct you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin View Post
    Come out to Fremont for the alleycat may 7th and see just how dead it is.
    ever ride hellyer? good fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roastbeef View Post
    ever ride hellyer? good fun.
    Not yet it's on my list of things to get around to. You'll usually find me riding aimlessly around Fremont/Newark area. Seriously though, we're having an alleycat May 7th and the proceeds are being donated to aid japan in their current situation. Click HERE for flyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultraspontane View Post
    I'm no hipster.
    hipster

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    definitely isn't dying in davis. in fact, i've noticed a huge increase in single speeds/fixed gears in the past year. for a city claiming to be the bike capital of the world, it's certainly slow to catch on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YaBoiHeSoFresh View Post
    definitely isn't dying in davis. in fact, i've noticed a huge increase in single speeds/fixed gears in the past year. for a city claiming to be the bike capital of the world, it's certainly slow to catch on.
    Likewise at san diego.. heck Emi from mash and leader is here LOL

    There's an entire gang of guys on leaders here. And a whole bunch of cheapo chinabuilds.

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    I'm very embarrassed I'm so late to this thread.

    Yes, it's dead, move along.

    P.S. Please send me your old parts on the way out.

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    For some people fixed gear is their introduction to cycling since childhood, and some of them are just simply moving on to other disciplines of cycling like road, mountain, BMX, CX etc etc...I don't see it as a fad as people will always ride fixed gears.

    It's all good, they're on a bike, right?

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    years and years ago I got into fixed gears for their simplicity the feel of them and just for the love of bikes I have been in love with cycling since I was a kid.
    when fixed gears took off and everyone and their mom had one at first I was miffed as they didn't seem to know how to ride however it made me happy to see other people on bikes
    since then the bike polo league in my home town has taken off some have ditched fixed gear for coaster brakes or single speeds others still ride fixed gears as well as dabbling in other sorts of bikes.
    I personally love single speed bikes I have several different types to include mountain bikes folding bikes town bikes, I think I have about 8 bikes in my garage right now not including my 2 fixed gears and my new track bike I am building
    the bottom line is love bikes ride bikes stop caring about everyone else and the bs of a scene and just enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by YaBoiHeSoFresh View Post
    for a city claiming to be the bike capital of the world, it's certainly slow to catch on.
    wait since when is Davis bike capital of the world?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin View Post
    Not yet it's on my list of things to get around to. You'll usually find me riding aimlessly around Fremont/Newark area. Seriously though, we're having an alleycat May 7th and the proceeds are being donated to aid japan in their current situation. Click HERE for flyer.
    good **** man, i might make it out. liking the area cycles sponsorship. they're right in my neck of the woods, solid shop. almost wish they catered to more than just ss/fg.
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    seems the consensus is that the whole fg thing was most definitely a fad, but the cycling purists pedal on. solid.

    Quote Originally Posted by bleedingapple View Post
    wait since when is Davis bike capital of the world?
    don't worry portland, we haven't forgotten about you.

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