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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 07-26-11, 09:14 AM   #26
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I state that I am not a hipster. I took up broom dancing on electric scooters because it was cheaper in gas than broom dancing on a sit down mower.

Fixed gear will never be mainstream, just like manual transmissions won't be mainstream. There are reasons that some people prefer manual transmissions but for most people the benefits of automatic far outweigh them. The fact that it will never be mainstream is part of what made these bikes so attractive to hipsters.

I do think that the age of people riding these things precisely because they are not mainstream is almost over.

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Old 07-26-11, 09:18 AM   #27
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Unicycles.

Recumbent Unicycles, actually.
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Old 07-26-11, 09:22 AM   #28
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Recumbent Unicycles, actually.
Now that would be damn impressive.
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Old 07-26-11, 09:51 AM   #29
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Fixed gear will never be mainstream, just like manual transmissions won't be mainstream
Depends what country you're in...
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Style?

I'm 52 and just began riding a fixed gear bike last spring. I don't know about style, because I live in the suburbs, but this bike is great exercise. Period. I can't see not riding it when I feel like a workout...

Who really cares if there's a style or fashion aspect to anything? Just do it.
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Old 07-26-11, 11:42 AM   #31
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Love when people act like they didn't know track bikes were in vogue before they bought one.
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Old 07-26-11, 11:44 AM   #32
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I'm 52 and just began riding a fixed gear bike last spring. ...I live in the suburbs, but this bike is great exercise.
Yes, fixed gear = hip is very, very over.
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Love when people act like they didn't know track bikes were in vogue before they bought one.
track bikes are over....it's all about fixed townies now
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I am very behind the times and uncool, give me my 50$ TT bike right friggin now.
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Love when people act like they didn't know track bikes were in vogue before they bought one.
^^^
Seriously.

Also, let's face it....sometimes things are desirable (or not) for reasons other than the fact that they're not mainstream. SS/FG bikes are fun, easy to personalize, and affordable. Alternatively, I think PBR sucks and I don't drink it. Now, isn't that ironic?

Hipsters adopting them has had the effect of making the bikes, as well as the parts and accessories, both more accessible and more affordable for the rest of us. Anyone who is afraid of being perceived as a "sell out" because something they like has become popular can alleviate their concerns and sell me their kilo for $50.
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Hipsters adopting them has had the effect of making the bikes, as well as the parts and accessories, both more accessible and more affordable for the rest of us.
You have obviously never heard of hipster tax.
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Love when people act like they didn't know track bikes were in vogue before they bought one.
Well I bought my track bike before it was vogue and didn't know it, but then again I did buy mine in 1978.
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Fixed gear will never be mainstream
they already are "mainstream". Fixed gear bikes are in TV ads and all sorts of shizz. In my city the majority of riders under 30 are on a FG or SS bike.

If you ride a "fixie" (thats what everyone calls them here) in San Jose, you are not unique or cool or different. You ride what everyone else rides. A true "hipster" therefor would definitely NOT be riding a fixed gear.

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Old 07-26-11, 02:53 PM   #39
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If you ride a "fixie" (thats what everyone calls them here) in San Jose, you are not unique or cool or different. You ride what everyone else rides. A true "hipster" therefor would definitely NOT be riding a fixed gear.
lol i agree. so many people at school ride "fixies" and their bikes are super funny cuz theyre all color coordinated and look like crap imo
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I suspect that even in San Jose that at least 80% of the bike riding that actually gets done is not on a fixed gear. I don't really include single speeds in this equation because it may very well be the case that single speeds are to the 2010s as mountain bikes were to the 1990's or cross bikes were to the 2000's. I don't think this will happen with "fixies" though.

I could of course be wrong about San Jose, but I don't think that something is mainstream until Aunt Bertie in West Bend is considering one for her next bike. I think that this will happen to recumbents before it happens to fixed geared bikes and I think that is about as likely as the whole broom dancing on an electric scooter thing taking Brooklyn by storm.
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Fixed gear may go out of style in the coming years, but I feel like single speeds are going to be around for a while.
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A true "hipster" therefor would definitely NOT be riding a fixed gear.
Oh dear.
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I suspect that even in San Jose that at least 80% of the bike riding that actually gets done is not on a fixed gear. I don't really include single speeds in this equation because it may very well be the case that single speeds are to the 2010s as mountain bikes were to the 1990's or cross bikes were to the 2000's. I don't think this will happen with "fixies" though.
Single speed and fixed gear bikes are kind of hard to separate.. plenty of bikes are both.

The bike riding population in San Jose is very diverse.. the largest group of riders is probably poor people on old xmart mountain bikes, but those bikes aren't "mainstream" either.

Biking in general is not particularly mainstream, but one kind of bike has been in the media a lot lately; if a bike is on TV (and associated with someone under 30), it's going to be a "fixie"...
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lol i agree. so many people at school ride "fixies" and their bikes are super funny cuz theyre all color coordinated and look like crap imo
Yea same here. Usually 6 out of 10 people who ride bikes at my school ride "fixies" and out of those 6, 2 of them are riding without foot retention which annoys the hell out of me.
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I'm 52 and just began riding a fixed gear bike last spring. I don't know about style, because I live in the suburbs, but this bike is great exercise. Period. I can't see not riding it when I feel like a workout...

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I wouldn't say fixed riding is particularly in style outside of big cities.
Most of the people who see my track bike around town have a hard time grasping how/why I ride one.
On the other hand, an hour away in the sprawling cesspool that is ATL, they are a dime a dozen.

Regardless, I'd be all for them going out of style.
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I really shouldn't say anything about anything being cool. I have no idea what bikes they have on TV. And I'm not under 30.
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I suspect that even in San Jose that at least 80% of the bike riding that actually gets done is not on a fixed gear.



I could of course be wrong about San Jose
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