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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 12-26-04, 03:27 PM   #1
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...have you had to explain why you went singlespeed/fixed gear to a family member that just doesn't get it over the holidays so far. I am up to around 5-6 now. No matter how I explain they still look at me like I'm dumb. Nothing new really. It's just happening a lot more this month.

So you don't eat meat? You don't like Bush? You don't have gears on your bike? You are not part of our family are you?
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Old 12-26-04, 03:43 PM   #2
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So you lost how many pounds biking? Why do you look so slim now (been slim for 5 years aunty...) ? Why don't you have any winter backup fuel on you (we do live in canada, where it is common place to gain 10-12 pounds in winter, never understood why) ? How many bikes do you have now? Why did someone give you a free custom frame? Why on earth don't you put gears on it (cause I'm poor, and this is christmas...)?

The usual really. 3-4 times, I think.
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Old 12-26-04, 04:01 PM   #3
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so you're in my family?? why have we not met?
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Old 12-26-04, 04:06 PM   #4
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What you really mean is, how many times do people fail to understand why I ride a bike? ....and why I would want to? and why I recycle? and why I care about pollution? why I'm an artist? why I have a mohawk? (?? why not ?? ) YEAH, the list goes on...

I feel ya, man.
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Old 12-26-04, 05:51 PM   #5
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Zero. I left the fixed gear part out when mentioning bikes to the family on the phone. Everyone here already knows. I guess I'm lucky.
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Old 12-26-04, 06:39 PM   #6
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My little brother seemed to get it: "One speed? That sounds like it would make you ride really fast!"
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Old 12-26-04, 08:28 PM   #7
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Hey you two, there are to be no success stories in this thread!
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Old 12-26-04, 08:29 PM   #8
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Alright, how many times did you explain it?
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Old 12-26-04, 08:33 PM   #9
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My favorite question:
Aren't you going to put some pants on?
(I wear old wool knickers in the winter...)
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Old 12-26-04, 08:35 PM   #10
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I went looking for some of those last week, but couldn't find them. I even went to the store that the person I saw wearing them told me they bought them. Bummer
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Old 12-26-04, 10:21 PM   #12
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Aren't those handlebars dangerous? They stick straight ahead. What if you hit someone?

So you pedal backwards to stop? Like my old schwinn?
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Old 12-26-04, 11:18 PM   #13
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Never had the question. Then again all my friends bike and know why I built an ss and my family lives on the other side of canada
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Old 12-26-04, 11:21 PM   #14
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OMFG! There are Canadians here?!?
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Lots of us in mountain biking. I am no pure bred though. I have gears on my other bikes (dang mountains)
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Old 12-27-04, 02:26 AM   #16
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Last week I had trouble explaining to someone why I didn't have a kickstand. I didn't even get into the lack of gears or brakes.
With most people, I just say I am into biking, and only bother explaining fixed gear if they seem interested.
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Old 12-27-04, 02:59 AM   #17
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WHAT? No kickstand? Dude all my bikes have kickstands.
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Actually, my mom OFFERED me a kickstand for christmas. Somehow she still thinks I'm in grade school, while I'm trying to have her keep her promise of paying my University, to no avail.
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I'm trying to have her keep her promise of paying my University, to no avail.
Eh, suck it up, work 3rd shift/go to school full time and get no sleep like I did.
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OMFG! There are Canadians here?!?
We're here, we're ungeared, get to use to it!

I crack myself up...oh well back to the poutine.
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I went looking for some of those last week, but couldn't find them. I even went to the store that the person I saw wearing them told me they bought them. Bummer
I think they run small , and most folks say to order a size larger than ya normally wear, but here's a link for ya
http://www.surplusmarketonline.com/m...e.asp?prod=201
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Old 12-27-04, 07:10 AM   #22
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Eh, suck it up, work 3rd shift/go to school full time and get no sleep like I did.
Like I'm doing, actually, don't have much of a choice. Too bad there is no messenger work in quebec, that'd be my favorite job around here.
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WHAT? No kickstand? Dude all my bikes have kickstands.
I got a carbon fiber kickstand in my stocking!! definate UPGRADE!!
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You ride how far to work??!! (ummm.. it's only 20m rt)
How do you get around with one gear? (ummm...you get off your ass and pedal...)
Why don't you just drive your car? (ummmm....because they SUCK and they SMELL)
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