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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 01-01-05, 01:36 PM   #1
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Charlotte fixed gear

I was in downtown Charlotte last night just before the big block party, when I ran across a guy walking along with a girl down near the Mint Museum who had a sweet looking fixed gear road bike with high flange track hubs, time trial bars, mismatched wheels, chrome dropouts, and no brakes.

(Don't remember the name on the frame but I don't remember much after the New Year's Eve party.)

We went on down to Ri-Ra's and heard some music and had a few beers but I wish I had spoken to you, if you are reading this board.

I was wondering what you thought about riding brakeless around a city like Charlotte, where the drivers are the worst.
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Old 01-01-05, 03:13 PM   #2
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that wasn't me, but i go to UNCC and ride fixed. want to ride sometime?
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Old 01-01-05, 03:33 PM   #3
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that wasn't me, but i go to UNCC and ride fixed. want to ride sometime?
Thanks anyway, I am probably out of your age class, and a heart patient to boot, so I am not real fast.

But if you ever see an old man out on the Greenway or going up 115 toward Cornelius, or over at Latta plantation on the horse trails riding either a geared GT mountain bike or single speed GT mountain bike, it's probably me. Introduce yourself.

Do you ride with brakes or brakeless? I am thinking about the fixed thing but there are days when I think coasting is real handy.

Ever been to Ri-Ra's?

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i don't care about age class or speed, just looking for people around the area to ride with. i haven't really met anyone else interested in bikes since i've been in charlotte. i have spotted a few fixies around though. one guy riding a blue track bike with bullhorns around campus, and another guy riding a white road conversion downtown.

i ride brakeless unofficially as of now. i've got the front on, but haven't used it in months. i'm going to take it off whenever i buy a new front wheel, because then i can kill two birds with one stone. i'd enourage you to at least try riding fixed out. maybe you could test ride a buddy's bike, or go to a shop to see what they have, just to get the jist of it.

i've never heard of Ri-Ra's... i'm new to the area, and don't really make it out of the university area often (riding there is horrible, btw). care to enlighten me?
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Ri-Ra is an Irish pub that was literally disassembled in Ireland and reassembled in downtown Charlotte, and I heard they were expanding, as a chain. Just take Tryon all the way to downtown and you'll see it.

I was down there listening to some session music, which is the kind of music the band was playing in "Titanic" while Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett were dancing in steerage - in fact, they were playing that very tune.

That was a hell of an idea about test riding one. There is a bike shop in Statesville, First Flight Bicycles , who sells the Surly Steamroller. Maybe he'll let me try it:



If you want to see a cool bike shop, just take 77 north to Statesville. Call them and they will direct you or get directions from Mapquest.

As far as riding goes, again, the people who have ridden with me over the past year haven't asked a second time, so I am pretty sure I am too slow for most healthy people. There is a LBS west of the
University on WT Harris called Bike Line - there are some guys there who can probably hook you up.

Since I have been here I have see exactly ONE tour going on. You'll see the odd roadie knocking around but most of the serious riding here is off road.

However, one of my favorite rides is to take route 115, old Statesville Road, all the way from where I live off WT Harris, to Huntersville, or, if I get out in time, to Cornelius. I see a lot of roadies out there riding up and down 115.

Alternatively, you could try the Greenway, which is where I go to ride when I don't have much time, but it's mostly recreational riders down there.

So I guess it's a matter of knowing where to look.

Are you mainly a street rider?
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Old 01-02-05, 09:36 AM   #6
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i've been to bike line before. they were alright guys, but pretty pricey if you ask me. it's a plus that they're within biking distance of campus, though. i never really thought about going there and asking about rides, but i'm sure they could help me out with something.

i've heard of the greenway, but don't really know anything about it. i'll have to look into it.

i'm definitely a street rider. i ride for transportation and recreation, and only own a road bike...
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the person that you saw may have been rich "dicky"...he's a messenger uptown. there are two other messengers uptown that ride fixed also. but dicky rides a debernardi, and it is indeed a very awesome ride.
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the person that you saw may have been rich "dicky"...he's a messenger uptown. there are two other messengers uptown that ride fixed also. but dicky rides a debernardi, and it is indeed a very awesome ride.
Actually, that does sound like the name on the frame. How is it that you happen to know this "Dicky" person? Think you could hook Jesse up with some group rides?

A security guard was talking to him like he knew him, and i got the impression that the guy was a courier.
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yeah, we are both couriers uptown. there are several of us that are talking about pulling together a bike crew here in town. for races, and things of that nature. and the messengers will be putting another alleycat on in the next couple of months hopefully. i think that i know jesse..."punk rock jesse"??
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Old 01-02-05, 10:29 PM   #10
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nah, he was talking about me. i do sort of know punk rock jesse though, through mutual friends and stuff. if you get any info on that alleycat, be sure to post it on here...
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cool man, i will.
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jason, could you enlighten me on the courier scene in charlotte? from what i've heard and can imagine, it seems to be fairly small and probably pretty difficult to get a job as a new-comer. i've always played around with the idea of trying to get a courier job, but how feasible is it?
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Old 01-03-05, 09:32 PM   #13
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yeah...there are 12 of us uptown. its pretty hard to get in, because there isnt a lot of work right now. though i would think that charlotte in 10 years will hold a good bit of courier work...though i dont plan on sticking around to find out... i have really been thinking of it more in terms of a good starting place, to say that you have messenger experience in a bigger city. and the pay is not too bad. though, i am planning on moving in the next 7 or 8 months, and if you are still interested...
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thanks for the info. if you ever want to get together for a ride, just get in touch with me. do you ever go to the critical mass uptown?
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Old 01-04-05, 07:05 AM   #15
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on weeks that i am in town, i try to make it. i have been to one...but am really interested in trying to stimulate more turnout...but yeah, i go when i am around.
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word. i haven't made it to one yet, but maybe january will be the month that i do...
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hey, im from charlotte and i ride fixed... but i live on the other side of town (by the arboretum) hopefully i will see you guys up at critical mass sometime.
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just out of curiosity, do any of you know a guy who rides a blue track bike with black bullhorns? i saw him around campus a couple times at the beginning of last semester, but wasn't ever able to talk to him.
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nah, i dont know anyone that goes to UNCC that rides really.
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i'm back in charlotte for school, and am going to try to make it to critical mass this month. see you guys around...
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i got honked at a couple times while riding to class this morning. then later on, a guy told me that my bike was the coolest he'd ever seen. and on my way home, someone yelled "bikes are for queers!" at me. gotta love charlotte...
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are any of you guys planning on going to critical mass on friday? we're planning to meet at the corner of trade and tryon around 5:30, and riding around 5:45. i hope to see some people there!
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Need a bike

So I'm trying to get into fixed gear biking, but a lack of a bike is a problem. Since the fixed gear community in Charlotte is so small, you can't just buy a proper fixie at a store, aminly because black sheep cycles closed. But yet i see people on them all the time downtown and on central avenue. Is there a store i don' know about, or am i out of luck?
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Buy a bike online or convert a bike.

Many of the online retailers even offer free shipping.
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holy thread revival!
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