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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 10-10-12, 11:34 AM   #1
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How do you explain what fixed gear is?

I can't tell you how many people ask me why my bike doesn't have any brakes. How many peple tell me I'm stupid for only having one gear.

So I tell them, it's a fixed gear bicycle. They give me a confused look. You know, one gear, no coasting. "No coasting?!" Why would you only want one gear?

So what I say is "Because its my gear."

Do you guys have any better sayings to get people to understand?
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Old 10-10-12, 11:35 AM   #2
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Old 10-10-12, 11:41 AM   #3
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"On your left!"
*Pauses, then turns slightly to the left*...
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when someone asks me that i look at them and say "derp?"
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It's not difficult to explain what it is. The difficult part is explaining why I like to ride it.
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Maybe it's something about where you live or the people you interact with. I rarely get any comments like that. Even the ones that don't know what it is just say something like "Oh, that seems hard!" or whatever when I explain it. I don't know if I've ever been challenged like that when talking about riding fixed.
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Old 10-10-12, 12:05 PM   #10
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1. minimalistic
2. harder workout
3. design
4. Direct Drive feel

to list a few.

Mount at least 1 brake and you will cut out 3/4 of the "Why Bro!?"
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Old 10-10-12, 12:07 PM   #11
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can't stop, don't want to either







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Explaining what it is easier than explaining why you do it.
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ignore and keep riding. drop those that care enough to make a fuss
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"What's the big deal? You can't coast when you walk...unless you use roller skates."
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“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!” [TABLE]
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1. minimalistic
2. harder workout
3. design
4. Direct Drive feel

to list a few.
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ive had this happen 3 times in the last 6 months, and every time someone asks me "how do you stop on that thing?" while im putting my lights on my bike for the ride home

to which i reply
"my legs"

then i start pedaling
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I can't tell you how many people ask me why my bike doesn't have any brakes. How many peple tell me I'm stupid for only having one gear.

So I tell them, it's a fixed gear bicycle. They give me a confused look. You know, one gear, no coasting. "No coasting?!" Why would you only want one gear?

So what I say is "Because its my gear."

Do you guys have any better sayings to get people to understand?
This thread comes up every month or so and usually gets to 3-4 pages if you feel like searching...

Why fixed gear? (2 pgs)
Why ride fixed gear? (2 pgs)
Why? (3 pgs)
Why a Fixed Gear Bike? (4 pgs)
Why would anyone ride a fixed gear? (4 pgs)

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Old 10-10-12, 04:03 PM   #21
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1. As long as you have air in the tires you're good to go
2. You can make one for dirt cheap and never need to put much work into it
3. They are perfect for stop and go traffic or for moving through small spaces
4. They are more unique than most other bikes because people personalize them more
5. They are just fun
6. If you have to ask you'll never understand
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can't stop, don't want to either
the inability to stop combined with the lust of not stopping.
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it just "is", man.
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it just "is", man.
Depends on what the definition of "is" is.

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