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Why is it that the vast majority of fixies started life as road bike?

Old 12-19-10, 01:40 AM
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Why is it that the vast majority of fixies started life as road bike?

You'll never see pink bar tape or a colored chain on a 'bent. You won't see aerospokes on an MTB. Discuss.
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You will never see pink tape or a coloured chain on my fixed gear bikes... and aerospokes on a mountain make make the baby jesus cry.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
You will never see pink tape or a coloured chain on my fixed gear bikes... and aerospokes on a mountain make make the baby jesus cry.
yes
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too broke to replace multispeed parts, I guess.

I can tell you that it's piss annoying to find a special tool to replace obsolete, worn out freewheels.
Then when you realize the cost of a 8/9/10sp rear wheel or wheelset + cassette + chain, you will opt for that fixed/fw rear wheel and sell off the derailer and shifters to cover some of the cost.
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The original point of the 'movement' seems to have been to go as fast as you can for as little investment as possible. The mountain bikes would not be fast, and a recumbent would break the budget. Also, a true track bike would tend to be too expensive in most cases. But, there are lots of older second-tier road bikes that were pretty fast to begin with, and can be had and modified cheaply.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
too broke to replace multispeed parts, I guess.

I can tell you that it's piss annoying to find a special tool to replace obsolete, worn out freewheels.
Then when you realize the cost of a 8/9/10sp rear wheel or wheelset + cassette + chain, you will opt for that fixed/fw rear wheel and sell off the derailer and shifters to cover some of the cost.
I think I have almost every freewheel tool ever made... even have a 3 notched tool for a freewheel I have only seen in images.
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There are more old road frames available than old track frames, recumbent frames, or MTB frames.

Also, have you ever seen anyone try to do a track stand on a recumbent? Have you ever seen a bike currier try to weave through traffic on a recumbent? Not a pretty site. Have you ever seen a racer out for a winter conditioning ride on a recumbent? Pretty pointless, to be sure.
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Don't mind banerjek, he just wants to feel superior to somebody for a change. Those bent riders don't get any respect (for good reason)
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Why is it that the vast majority of fixies started life as road bike?
This seems too obvious, but the vast majority of fixie riders (where I live) ride on the road, so it seems logical to start their projects with a road bike.
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At least the hipsters are keeping old steel road bikes alive, even if they do hack them up by removing braze-ons and der hangers. The problem is that the majority of modern road bike riders have utter disdain for steel and if it were left to them, steel bikes would be melted down to make bottlecaps for their expensive micro-brew beers.
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Originally Posted by RUOkie View Post
Don't mind banerjek, he just wants to feel superior to somebody for a change. Those bent riders don't get any respect (for good reason)
Why? Because they are a lot faster than road bike riders?
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post
Also, have you ever seen anyone try to do a track stand on a recumbent?
Sure. I can literally do one in my sleep and have....

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Cop bikes are always totally Fredded out. I've never quite understood what that's the case.
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because I wanted a fixed gear and road bike geometry without having to buy a brand new frame. The horror
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You'll never see pink bar tape or a colored chain on a 'bent. You won't see aerospokes on an MTB. Discuss.
You're missing the driving factor for many hipsters--to always be different
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I did worse; I got my Fixie/SS straight from a manufacturer:

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Oh great, more nonsense about "hipsters."
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I think I have almost every freewheel tool ever made... even have a 3 notched tool for a freewheel I have only seen in images.
I'm going to ask my mechanic about that one. Knowing him, he might have the freewheel. Or a bike it came on.
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I did worse; I got my Fixie/SS straight from a manufacturer:
You actually bought the bike you wanted -- where's the sense in that? At the very least, you should throw away the brakes.

To add insult to injury, you haven't pitched the CPSC mandated reflectors or valve stem caps...
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What a terrible question.
Because: Similiar geometry, old frames have a horizontal dropouts, it's available.

Why are you carbon dated squares yammering about hipsters and fixies? Only Messengers/Track enthusiast get to rag on Hipsters. You guys are supposed to be picking on the "Freds".

It's kind of sad, seeing people limit themselves to one kind of bike.
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What a terrible question.
Because: Similiar geometry, old frames have a horizontal dropouts, it's available.
It would be easy enough to convert any bike

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Why are you carbon dated squares yammering about hipsters and fixies? Only Messengers/Track enthusiast get to rag on Hipsters. You guys are supposed to be picking on the "Freds".
I don't eat my own kind.
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It's kind of sad, seeing people limit themselves to one kind of bike.
That sadness is in other threads -- no one here has advocated for only one kind of bike.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Cop bikes are always totally Fredded out. I've never quite understood what that's the case.
the guy in the front has the panniers full of doughnuts.
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