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Old 01-02-05, 01:56 AM   #1
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Fixed Street Riders in Southern Cali Where Are You?

Hmmm.... I guess it's just frustrating living here and only seeing multi thousand dollar bikes with eight hundred gears and carbon fiber bells and whistles. Maybe I'm just in a dead spot; and does anyone know of bikeshops that carry even any fixie product, let alone a picture of a Fixed bike?????!!!!!!
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Old 01-02-05, 06:09 AM   #2
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I live in LA and ride fixie. Fixie street riding isn't as common here as it in my old stomping grounds in San Francisco and NYC, but there are some of us here. Many of the messengers in downtown LA ride fixie. Just go to the corner of 4th and Flower.

The bike culture is different here in LA. Seems like it's more of an intense racer attitude here and a lot about the titanium Litespeeds and carbon fiber this and that. I do miss the bike life in San Francisco.

We had a Cranksgiving alley cat on the day before Thanksgiving. The last alley cat was a fund raiser for one of the messengers who needed money for medical treatment of his brain tumor. Alley cats typical start at the corner of 4th and Flower, aka "The Bridge"

As for shops...humm not really that specialized and sell track stuff. You may have to resort to online stuff like American Cyclery http://fixedgear.americancyclery.com or Gene Spicer's site http://spicercycles.com/index.cgi?cat=22&cat_desc=Track

But there are some local places that carry small parts...

The owner of Velo Worx on the west side races track up in Encino and down at the new track in Carson. He carries cogs and chainrings. Has some nice photography hanging on his wall of track racers. There site is here http://www.veloworx.com/index.htm

If you are in Santa Monica, check out the used bike shop and repair joint called Bicycle Ambulance on Pico near Lincoln. Tony Barns is the owner and he is the former Olympic track team mechanic from the 1980's. He has his beautiful 80's powder blue track bike hanging in the window with it's sweet wooden rims. He has used track stuff here and there, but it's mostly a local repair shop and he sells bikes he finds at local police auctions. Most people don't know of his past life on the Olympic team as a wrench.

The crazy gang down at the Bicycle Kitchen in Korea Town LA are a bunch of fixie fanatics too. It's kinda hangout place more and not a shop. But they do repairs there and try to promote urban biking as a via means of city transportation.

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Old 01-02-05, 05:42 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention, if you want to see a bunch of fixies, just stop by where the messengers hangout at bar in Echo Park called Little Joy on Sunset Blvd. There should be a bunch locked up in front to the stop signs.


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Old 01-02-05, 07:21 PM   #4
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What he said.

My first leap into the fixed culture here in LA was a week before the Chico Che fundraiser at Bicycle Kitchen.

It seems that since there are so few of us, eveyone is ultra friendly and chill. If you ride fixed, you're in.

Vomitron makes it into the kitchen far more often than I do, but its a cool place to chilll. Hop on up to LA and come kick it.
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i have only seen two fixies the entire time i have been in southern california when i am home from school visiting my parents. i saw one yesterday on the santa ana river bed doing a workout. i think most people are obsessed with gears and trinkets. but i have ridden my fixie here before (it's in denmark right now) when i was at school here. riding pch fixed makes plenty of sense to me for a workout. i was always fine with 48x16 and it really does help your riding out. after riding it for 6 months straight in copenhagen, riding my freewheel at home right now is very different. i can sustain a steady and faster pace for a much longer time now. but i do miss my fixie and wish i had it with me for my visit.
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There are two big reasons you don't see many fixed gears in LA:

Culture - There are tons of athlete types who ride bikes in LA, but riding a bike for transportation is considered very low class...in their minds only poor people who can't afford cars would ever ride a bike. My friends and coworkers think I'm an absolute freak for riding instead of driving.

Hills - LA is quite hilly in places, and its hard to find a flat route if you want to do a spin workout on a fixed. You wind up having to do a lot of low-rpm hill climbing, which from a training perspective isn't as good as climbing on a geared bike. This means that the few people in LA who DO ride bikes, i.e. the athlete, joe-racer types, don't ride fixed.
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i ride fixed now. i'm in venice ca.
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I ride fixed in SoCal, but I'm way out in the Inland Empire. I've seen one other guy here in Redlands on a fixed-gear, and heard rumors of a couple others, but I haven't seen 'em around.

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Word up. As was said earlier, a lot of the messengers ride fixed, but my only contact with other fixed gear riders (other than my roommate) is Bicycle Kitchen. They're REALLY REALLY awesome guys, and are always down for riding or drinking, but usually both. As for parts, there are places in Encino, and this guy down in Redondo Beach. I don't remember the name of the shop, but it's on PCH. It's in the book. Supposedly, he has TONS of track stuff. PM me if you really want me to find out.

Also, Velo Pasadena has some track stuff (hubs, cranks, cogs, track bars, stems, even keirin gloves and double sprint straps), as well as some of the most decked out roadie biked you've ever seen (from $10k colnagos to a 50/50 schwinn paramount with a 50th aniv. campy gruppo). Owner used to race track. There's a place down the street, Open Road, where Steve Lubanksi has some crazy pedals and some really nice old stuff (though it's warehouse style, i.e. you have to look for stuff. He has a Schwinn Paramount track frame hanging in the back. Old Mavic Disc wheels, and he knows a BUTTLOAD about bikes).

Other than that, if you happen to be in the LA area (namely highland park) and see some skinny dork tooling around on a blue GT pursuit bike (you'll know it's mine by the uncomfortable looking geometry), yell, "HI KRIS!" because that's me. Feel free to buy me beer, so long as I can't see through it or count it's alcohol percentage by volume on one hand.

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I live in Riverside and I am working on building a fixed gear...
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Saw a fixie rider heading west on Santa Monica Blvd near Federal in West LA during the rain tonite.

Velo Pasadena is a good stop, forgot about that one. They used to have nice used frames hanging up front. I should stop by.

I ride mostly in the west side and downtown, so anyone in here just scream out "Meat Tooth Paste!" if you see me on my chrome Pista. I too am skinny and usually wearing some old school wool jersey or sweater.

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Word up. As was said earlier, a lot of the messengers ride fixed, but my only contact with other fixed gear riders (other than my roommate) is Bicycle Kitchen. They're REALLY REALLY awesome guys, and are always down for riding or drinking, but usually both. As for parts, there are places in Encino, and this guy down in Redondo Beach. I don't remember the name of the shop, but it's on PCH. It's in the book. Supposedly, he has TONS of track stuff. PM me if you really want me to find out.

Also, Velo Pasadena has some track stuff (hubs, cranks, cogs, track bars, stems, even keirin gloves and double sprint straps), as well as some of the most decked out roadie biked you've ever seen (from $10k colnagos to a 50/50 schwinn paramount with a 50th aniv. campy gruppo). Owner used to race track. There's a place down the street, Open Road, where Steve Lubanksi has some crazy pedals and some really nice old stuff (though it's warehouse style, i.e. you have to look for stuff. He has a Schwinn Paramount track frame hanging in the back. Old Mavic Disc wheels, and he knows a BUTTLOAD about bikes).

Other than that, if you happen to be in the LA area (namely highland park) and see some skinny dork tooling around on a blue GT pursuit bike (you'll know it's mine by the uncomfortable looking geometry), yell, "HI KRIS!" because that's me. Feel free to buy me beer, so long as I can't see through it or count it's alcohol percentage by volume on one hand.


Oh, and don't forget to throw something at him. He likes that.
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Old thread but I'm moving to LA, looks like north area, in two months. You guys still around? Bird flu get you? Who's around?
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I live in Echo Park and work in Hollywood. There's not one day where I don't see several fixies on Sunset Blvd......
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which part of LA Zen?
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Looks like Northridge or Glendale -- that's still the LA area, right? Might sound like a stupid question but I'm in Florida now, so I'm still learning about the LA area ...
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I ride fixed in Long Beach. We've got a decent number of fixed riders here. I was a group of 4 riding down the hill on 7th street yesterday. Most of the guys who work at Jones Bikes on 2nd st ride fixed. Its also a pretty good place to buy parts. For those of you who don't think that LA has a decent track bike shop:
BILL RON'S BIKES!!!!
Is in Redondo Beach. Its only open 3 hours a day on 3 days of the week, but the shop is filled with really nice track stuff at decent prices and the owner was the chief campagnolo mechanic in the 70s and still rides in the masters series at the ADT velodrome, so he knows a ton. If you get there around 3 when it opens, he is more than willing to talk bikes with you. If you get there about 5:30 when he is trying to close, he won't be as nice. Seriously, the place is awesome.
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I ride fixed in San Diego. I'm less than a year into riding fixed, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

From what I see, San Diego is mostly about roadie/triathlete racing culture (lycra/carbon) or mountain biking (full squish/camelback). As far as urban riders, most are on cheap mountain bikes, but I'm seeing an increasing number of old-school road bikes - still, those are geared.

If you talk specifically about single speeds, I'd say 99% of them are beach cruisers. You see plenty of track bikes at the Velodrome, but that's because... it's a track. Urban fixed gear riders are rare, and mostly bike nuts of one kind or another.

I think San Diego is just too damn laid back to generate much of a scene. Hell, even in our sketchiest neighborhoods, it's rare to see a bike locked up with much more than a thin cable. It's as if the thieves are too mellow to do much of anything.
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I ride fixed in Northern Orange County; Fullerton, La Habra, etc. I know five other fixed riders in my area, whom as of late I ride fairly regularly with, and a handful of people attached to that group that want to build fixies and ride fixed. Outside of that group, most people I talk fixed with look at me as if I'm gnutzo.

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I'll be fixed tomorrow....Picking up a Green Pista. Just recently I have seen two guys on fixed gears, whereas before about a month ago, I had never seen one on the streets.
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Looks like Northridge or Glendale -- that's still the LA area, right? Might sound like a stupid question but I'm in Florida now, so I'm still learning about the LA area ...
I'm in Eagle Rock, right next to Glendale.
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Wooot! My first fixed wheel will arrive next week, so I'll be fixed soon too. I'm a single speed guy so far and I live in Long Beach. I do a lot of my shopping on eBay 'cause I haven't been to Bill Ron's yet. I 2nd the vote for Jones Bicycles though...they reportedly have "old track stuff" in the back but you have to ask for it. And the guys are cool.

I hope we can hook up and ride sometime.
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I ride through LB as part of my commute to work.
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I live in Long Beach and ride fixed along with like 5 (I think) other people who I work with in Jones Bicycles. Fixed gear is starting to get more popular in Long Beach as I am starting to see more kids on fixed gears with Chrome bags.
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