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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 12-02-11, 12:03 PM   #1
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Single Speed On A Whole New Level.....

Think you're a badass....?

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Old 12-02-11, 12:10 PM   #2
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Is there supposed to be something after the rhetorical question?

Edit: video didn't show the first time I loaded this post.

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Old 12-02-11, 12:16 PM   #3
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I wish we had trails like that here.
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Old 12-02-11, 12:24 PM   #4
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I use to do this back in the day as a kid riding my old bike through the woods by my house.

I just have one question, where did they carry their beer?

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Old 12-02-11, 12:39 PM   #5
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Hell yeah...when I was a kid racing BMX in the 80s, we discovered a gnarly series of trails in the woods made by motorcross racers running along a river near my house which stretched for miles. My friends and I would spend entire days down at those trails doing stuff just like that.

Last year I went up to my hometown, drove down to the ol' river and was extremely disappointed to find rows and rows of crappy condos where the trails were.
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Old 12-02-11, 12:39 PM   #6
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Can anything be the purest form of something without sounding like a tool?
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so, going back to the 60's roots. I have a ****ty beach cruiser, LETS DUE EEEEEEET
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Old 12-02-11, 01:34 PM   #9
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Hell yeah...when I was a kid racing BMX in the 80s, we discovered a gnarly series of trails in the woods made by motorcross racers running along a river near my house which stretched for miles. My friends and I would spend entire days down at those trails doing stuff just like that.

Last year I went up to my hometown, drove down to the ol' river and was extremely disappointed to find rows and rows of crappy condos where the trails were.
This is exactly the same experience I had...down to the condos replacing the old trails we used as kids.
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Old 12-02-11, 01:48 PM   #10
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Man, so many summers as a kid spent discovering and riding trails in the woods. I miss it all.
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Old 12-02-11, 03:18 PM   #11
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Great. But its not like the trails are hard or technical. And they're skidding like jackasses. Hella erosion brah.
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Old 12-02-11, 03:32 PM   #12
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They are just doing what, Tom Ritchey, Gary Fisher, etc did back in the day. Which created mountain biking
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Great. But its not like the trails are hard or technical.
Why do they need to be? They're having a blast. Are you so over fun that everything needs to be "hard or technical" to be worth doing now?
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Think you're a badass....?
Nope, I'm too much wuss for some of the doubles that yellow bike dude was hittin'.
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Old 12-02-11, 06:22 PM   #15
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I wish we had trails like that here.
This vid was filmed in my hometown (Bellingham) I've spent many fun summers on the plethora of bike trails up there. The mountain biking infrastructure is just incredible. The guys in the video are soooo typical of bellingham. Nobody there knows what a hipster is because pretty much everyone is one There's a really big and lucrative mountain bike scene up there but sadly nobody knows what a fixed gear is. I probably saw two other guys riding fixed last summer and I rode almost every day.

Here's a short clip of one of the trails on Galbraith Mt. (In bellingham). You could spend days up there and still not cover it all. I've biked probably half of them but I'm not a very good mountian biker so a lot of them were too crazy

This map probably outlines 10% of the trails on the mountian.


Can anyone tell I'm homesick?
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^ that looks like so much fun. Next bike I'm buying is a MTB. Epic, how is it riding single speed? any problems?
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One of the worst parts about the Portland/Vancouver metro area is the long drive to get to real trails. I've been car free for a few years now so rarely get to hit trails. Closest trailhead is 25 miles away, or I can take the bus to the end of the line and it's just a 13 mile ride from there to the trailhead.

I should just move up to B'ham.
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Old 12-02-11, 07:46 PM   #18
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^ that looks like so much fun. Next bike I'm buying is a MTB. Epic, how is it riding single speed? any problems?
Once you get the right gear ratio it's a breeze. I love not worrying about the chain hopping off. I rode 32-18 on my 29er all summer and I never had an issue. It was slow on the street between trails but even on the steep stuff I could mash just fine.
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Oh man thats low. I was thinking of possibly building one up with something like 30-11 or 33-12 haha
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I tried 32x15 on my 26er on local trails and didn't get too far. Gonna try 32x17 here pretty soon.
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I rode 34x17 on my 26er last winter before I sold it. On flatter stuff, it was fine. Then I took it out to Camp Horizon, where there's a ton of elevation changes, and it was a freakin' nightmare. Ended up converting to 1x7. Man I miss that bike.
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That little black dog is the shizzy!!!
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Call me a *****, but that looks mostly frightening.
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Great. But its not like the trails are hard or technical. And they're skidding like jackasses. Hella erosion brah.
did you miss the part where the guy was jumping huge gaps (WITHOUT a back tire???????) and doing wallrides......?
keep in mind, this was all done on a worksman-esque cruiser with steel wheels and a coaster brake!
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did you miss the part where the guy was jumping huge gaps (WITHOUT a back tire???????) and doing wallrides......?
keep in mind, this was all done on a worksman-esque cruiser with steel wheels and a coaster brake!
Yup. Got bored and stopped watching about a minute in.

I don't think there's anything wrong with having fun. I love having fun. I just don't see the "badass" part the OP was referring to. And no, I don't think I'm one either.
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