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Old 01-22-18, 10:56 AM
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Old 01-22-18, 10:57 AM
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Old 01-22-18, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
I guess you could say that a fixie is a SS, but a SS is not a fixie.

Dan
No, a fixed gear bike is not a single speed. It has a single gear ratio but a single speed bike has a freewheel.

And lets please stop using the "Fixie" word. Not only is it archaic but there's just so much baggage tied to it. Let's just agree not to go there, hm kay?


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Old 01-22-18, 11:09 AM
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There's beauty in practicality, comfort, and general engineering sense. From bottle openers to microwave ovens, the most desirable items, or the ones which stand the test of time, seem to be those that make the most sense.

So when i see a state-of-the-art carbon road bike with a seat tube the shape of a number 5, it just looks awkward, i don't like it. And that's before i even see someone apparently breaking their back on one.

I don't think the bike alone is the only aspect. If the seat is twice the height of the bars, i know it looks uncomfortable. This is a deal-breaker. Same for tiny wheels on a folder, or any matter of heavy compromise.

I like to see. Scenery. The sky. Ain't nobody got a smile like someone on a shopper bike.

There's something very 'right' about a '90s mountain bike. The one above is all flashy, but in fact it's the simplicity of them, and that common-sense profile, the balance of sizes everywhere - the promise of BMX agility, cruiser riding position, wide gearing, toughness, ability, comfort.. the subconsciousness falls in love and the shape becomes attractive.

As a young teen i'd tried all manner of bikes, but never had i wanted a bike as much as i did when i saw a mountain bike. Falcon Sierra or Muddy Fox Courier, i wasn't too fussed. I knew an 'All Terrain' bike was the bike for me. And since subsequently buying a Diamond Back Topanga in 1989, i've never really looked back. And i still own a '96 Merlin today.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:14 AM
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Old 01-22-18, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
No, a fixed gear bike is not a single speed. -Tim-
Technically a fixed gear bike "IS" a single speed bike, though that single gear is "fixed", whether by intention or through rust.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
No, a fixed gear bike is not a single speed. It has a single gear ratio but a single speed bike has a freewheel.

And lets please stop using the "Fixie" word. Not only is it archaic but there's just so much baggage tied to it. Let's just agree not to go there, hm kay?


-Tim-

FG and SS can not only look nearly the same, but as you are aware a particular bike can easily be both. (flip/flop hub)


While I personally don't use the term "fixie", it bothers me none if others do. It's really not any more cutesy than hm kay, is it?
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Old 01-22-18, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
Technically a fixed gear bike "IS" a single speed bike, though that single gear is "fixed", whether by intention or through rust.

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Old 01-22-18, 11:28 AM
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Wow, new to me too...is I possible to find a bike both cool, and ugly?
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Old 01-22-18, 11:32 AM
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Also, as the OP, my personal choice is a drop bar bike with off-road tires, so a gravel or cyclocross bike...steel prefered...Salsa has some good ones.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:44 AM
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On the topic of fixed gear bicycles: let us not forget about the possibility of a variable speed fixed gear! Sturmey-Archer | S3X Silver

I'm also kind of over the term "fixie". It was kind of cute back in 2004, but now brings up thoughts of cheap crap bicycles in which the builder paid more attention to matching parts than to the practicality or durability of components. Check ebay for good examples. Nothing against fixed gear bicycles - I have one and ride it - they're just not cool or unique any longer.

As for me, I'll drool all day over a high end road bike.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:45 AM
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Lugged, steel road bike. Or a 80s bmx with mag wheels, I never had one as a kid.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:57 AM
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Old 01-22-18, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
No, a fixed gear bike is not a single speed.
If a fixed gear bike (I'll still say "fixie") is not a single speed/gear bike...then how many speeds/gears would it have (in use at one time...not including flip flop wheels/hubs)?

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Old 01-22-18, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
If there's no horizontal top tube, I don't give it a second glance.
In general, I agree. But there are some exceptions that are just so well done...




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Old 01-22-18, 12:52 PM
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In general, I agree. But there are some exceptions that are just so well done...




Makes me want to find some cinder blocks and build a ramp for some Sweet Jumps
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Old 01-22-18, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Good lord. I had never seen that one before .... I don't need it but now I want it.
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Wow, new to me too...is I possible to find a bike both cool, and ugly?
Yep, pretty much spot on! There is a combo hockey/bike shop near me, everytime I go in for tape and see the 1120 sitting there I have a burning desire to own it, yet I have zero practical application for it.
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Old 01-22-18, 01:17 PM
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TT bikes just look awesome. They're the cutting edge. But there's something perfectly timeless about a steel-framed track bike.
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Old 01-22-18, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
IMO each style of bike looks best in the setting it is design is intended for.
+1

(Or should that be 'n+1'?)
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post

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What I really don't like is the color/paint/decal scheme on many of the newer bikes. IMO, less is more when it comes to all that. Why distract from the beauty of a nice machine will all that crap!?!?

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Rolling billboards. Like Tommy Hilfiger shirts. Somebody is laughing; you're paying (maybe extra) to advertise their product for them.
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Classic steel road bike (or modern interpretation of a classic road bike) with lots of shiny silver instead of dull anodize black.
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Old 01-22-18, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
If a fixed gear bike (I'll still say "fixie") is not a single speed/gear bike...then how many speeds/gears would it have (in use at one time...not including flip flop wheels/hubs)?

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Neither a single speed bike nor a fixed gear bike have gears. Both have sprockets.

Sprockets are connected by chains. Gears mesh directly without chains linking them.
Gears, Sprockets, and Cogs In The Machine
Both have variable and multiple speeds depending on the cadence of the rider.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Neither a single speed bike nor a fixed gear bike have gears. Both have sprockets.

Sprockets are connected by chains. Gears mesh directly without chains linking them.
Gears, Sprockets, and Cogs In The Machine
Both have variable and multiple speeds depending on the cadence of the rider.


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Tim...come on my friend. That's semantics. I think everyone in this forum understands that the sprockets, and the number of them on a bike are generally refered to as "gears." You yourself used the term "Fixed gear bike" above.

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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
You yourself used the term "Fixed gear bike" above.

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he had a bike with gears ... and he fixed it!
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