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Old 10-02-08, 09:48 AM
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I Just Flipped Into the Total Dweeb Zone Again

I admit it. After weeks of trying to prove otherwise, I did not like riding a fixed gear bike, so I flipped the hub (which now makes it a single speed bike with a freewheel; and hence I can coast). Once again, my brush with the cool-guy zone is an utter and total failure.
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Okay for the bike, but how are you gonna get rid of all those tattoos?
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
I admit it. After weeks of trying to prove otherwise, I did not like riding a fixed gear bike, so I flipped the hub (which now makes it a single speed bike with a freewheel; and hence I can coast). Once again, my brush with the cool-guy zone is an utter and total failure.
Can you share the full, however harsh, details?

I'm very susceptible at the moment to Specialized Langster, Surley Steamroller, Trek Portland, Pashley Guv'ner, Bianchi Pista thoughts.

If you can give the honest truth of your experience, I'll be grateful. (For a little while, before I ignore it)
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Okay for the bike, but how are you gonna get rid of all those tattoos?
The tatoos are more of a problem but the pierced body parts will heal over in time.
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I ride my fixed gear bike more and more, and love every minute of it.

But . . . like tatoos and piercings, fixed gear bikes are not for everyone.

Still, single speeds are still cool, so no worries, OP!

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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
I admit it. After weeks of trying to prove otherwise, I did not like riding a fixed gear bike, so I flipped the hub (which now makes it a single speed bike with a freewheel; and hence I can coast). Once again, my brush with the cool-guy zone is an utter and total failure.
I decided that back in the 50's, still remember..
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Old 10-02-08, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
Can you share the full, however harsh, details?

I'm very susceptible at the moment to Specialized Langster, Surley Steamroller, Trek Portland, Pashley Guv'ner, Bianchi Pista thoughts.

If you can give the honest truth of your experience, I'll be grateful. (For a little while, before I ignore it)

The nutshell version: Love the simplicity of the singlespeed, but after grinding uphill, I want to have at least the option of coasting for a spell. Being in fixed-gear mode all the time made me feel like I was always eating my spinach. I actually love spinach, but I also like the idea of a little dessert, in the form of not pedaling, now and then.

I'd say, if you're interested in a fixie or singlespeed, go for it.
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Old 10-02-08, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
I'd say, if you're interested in a fixie or singlespeed, go for it.
I am not interested!!! With the hills round here- A fixie at 34/27 would give me too high a cadence when gravity takes over.
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Looks like some entepreneuring person out there would come up with a simple single speed drive with an equally simple pin lock to make it fixed on demand.
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OK, you dabbled as a "fixie" for a little bit. Now your back with us SS guys, that is all right, and we accept you no matter how damaged (inked) you are from the experiance.
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SS is still cool. They look the same sitting still, after all.

OTOH, SS is probably the most common bike in the world. And they sell millions of them in the USA every year, mostly in the form of cruiser and city bikes.

While I'm not cool enough for a SS, I do like 3-, 7-, and 8-speed internal hubs, paired with a single crank. Easy to ride, easy to maintain.
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I simply do not understand the "cool" factor of a fixed gear bike. I, of course, am seriously cool (just ask my kids) but have no desire to ride a fixed gear bike. Can someone explain that to me?
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Originally Posted by Kerlenbach View Post
I simply do not understand the "cool" factor of a fixed gear bike. I, of course, am seriously cool (just ask my kids) but have no desire to ride a fixed gear bike. Can someone explain that to me?
Kinda the same thing as posters on this forum saying how great friction shifters are.
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I simply do not understand the "cool" factor of a fixed gear bike. I, of course, am seriously cool (just ask my kids) but have no desire to ride a fixed gear bike. Can someone explain that to me?
Different strokes for different folks. (and so on and so on and shooby dooby dooby).

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Never!!

Hmmm..... I think I said that about a road bike, and now I have two.......
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Single Speed, fixed, I don't get either one.
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Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
I'm very susceptible at the moment to Specialized Langster, Surley Steamroller, Trek Portland, Pashley Guv'ner, Bianchi Pista thoughts.
There are many Bianchi Pistas for sale on Craigslist.com. Just ask Bike Snob NYC (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2007...rs-manual.html)

I had a wonderful day at work after an exhilarating 90-minute spin on my ancient Frejus track bike. Worked on my no-hands technique, did a few road-sign sprints in a 72-inch gear, and never coasted.
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HHMMMmmmm. I've never taken you to be a: Dim-Witted Eastern-Educated Boor. But, I could be wrong. Let me ask a few questions about your foray into fixie land: 1. Did you give up your helmet and just ride with a vintage Campy or Seven-Eleven cycling hat? 2. Did your basic cycling attire change and sleeveless shirts and 3/4 length pants become the norm? (Have to be able to show off the tats.) 3. Did you spend 10 to 15 minutes before each ride making circles in the parking lot next to the fitness center? 4. Did you purchase a new messenger bag at REI and then beat it with tire chains to make it look well used? Heck, I'm betting you were never really fully into fixie land. Hence, you never left your original state of being. You just had a very brief affair with a harsh mistress.
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
I admit it. After weeks of trying to prove otherwise, I did not like riding a fixed gear bike, so I flipped the hub (which now makes it a single speed bike with a freewheel; and hence I can coast). Once again, my brush with the cool-guy zone is an utter and total failure.
I had exactly the same experience. I like to coast and I've reached an age where any attempt to look cool only makes me look foolish.
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Since when is it not "cool" to be free(wheel)?
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I have been riding fixed for about 7 weeks and 600mi and I love it.I have been riding mostly flat and small hills there is one hill at the end of my regular ride thats about 2 miles down then 2 miles up I have not got the nerve to try it yet but plan to this weekend I will let ya'll know if I still love it after that lol.
I also have been riding Harley Davidson motorcycles since 1971 and work at the local HD shop I have no tatoos or piecings.I out grew cool along time ago or maybe I'm just semi cool.
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I was never cool back in the 70's when it mattered to me a little bit, and now that it doesn't matter, I am fine with people riding whatever they want.

I son't understand the fascination of fixed gear or single speed any more than body piercings, but the bikes look interesting, just like the piercings.
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I simply do not understand the "cool" factor of a fixed gear bike. I, of course, am seriously cool (just ask my kids) but have no desire to ride a fixed gear bike. Can someone explain that to me?
I became really cool when I started riding fixed gear bikes in my late thirties. This is way before tattoos and body piercings became associated with fixed gear riding. Chicks started to dig me all of a sudden. This never happened before, even on my cool titanium road bike.
I don't have tattoos and piercings, but I still enjoy riding the fixed gear whenever I can, which is often. Even with my balding gray hair, chicks still dig me and my fixed rides....
Yes, I am cool.
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I became really cool when I started riding fixed gear bikes in my late thirties. This is way before tattoos and body piercings became associated with fixed gear riding. Chicks started to dig me all of a sudden. This never happened before, even on my cool titanium road bike.
I don't have tattoos and piercings, but I still enjoy riding the fixed gear whenever I can, which is often. Even with my balding gray hair, chicks still dig me and my fixed rides....

Yes, I am cool.

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