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Is it Fixie or Fixed Gear?

Old 12-07-18, 05:35 PM
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Is it Fixie or Fixed Gear?

Change my mind if I'm wrong, but calling my bike a fixie sounds like someone calling their "heavily modified car" a legit car. When in fact, it's a ricer with an exhaust pipe that emphasizes what the car really sounds like. Calling a bike a fixed gear seems much more proper. A fixie to me is someone who believes in form over function, when in fact I believe it is always function over form. I'd rather have a bike that I'm not physically attracted to the appeal of it, but is very responsive and fits my needs, over a bike that looks very flashy, yet is uncomfortable to ride in every way. What are people's thoughts?
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Your definition of "fixie" versus "fixed gear" is highly personal, like they all are. Bottom line, "fixie" is just an informal slang-word used to denote "fixed gear". As far as I'm aware there isn't any additional inherent meaning.
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Personally I like to use the word fixie because it ruffles a lot of feathers among those who take themselves too seriously. I freely refer to my Wabi as a fixie and my Dolan as a track bike. To me FG bikes on the road are fixies and FG bikes on the track are track bikes.

So for me it's about the application and less the machine. But that's just the way I like to use those terms.
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faith trust and fixie dust
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I prefer fixed gear but I try not to get worked up if someone uses fixie. (Unless they say fixie but their bike actually has a freewheel, because that nonsense will not stand, sir!)
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fixie is the new black

edit: actually no, nvm, "fixie" is so 2012
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grease faith rust trust and fixie dust
Fixied that for you.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Personally I like to use the word fixie because it ruffles a lot of feathers among those who take themselves too seriously.
Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
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@caloso (Unless they say fixie but their bike actually has a freewheel, because that nonsense will not stand, sir!)

-you said it. stand up to those frauds!
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Every time I hear fixie I think of the Schwinn Pixie. Imagine a Pixie fixie with training wheels.
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It seems like an almost pretentious thing, the ''cool kids'' in the know will scoff at anyone who calls it a fixie... and those who have never gotten into the ss/fg culture are predisposed to the term fixie so thats what they use. I've heard ''fixie'' come from really dumb college aged kids, to bicycle shop owners. Seems to be a if you know, you know kinda deal. Just my .02...

I personally call it a fixed gear, BUT do I care at all what someone else calls it? **** no! Call it a turd covered in more turd, don't care
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Fixied that for you.
i like it
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me too.

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Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
Perfect. The irony of calling your Paramount a "fixie" is enhanced by the fact that it's a great bike! Blasphemy I tell you!!
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Maybe I'll follow suit when I show off my Paramount to other cyclists. I'd like to see at least one person get flustered.
Gotta go all-in and call it a sweet fixie.
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Perfect. The irony of calling your Paramount a "fixie" is enhanced by the fact that it's a great bike! Blasphemy I tell you!!
Bringing a bike snob to melt down will be very satisfying, ya know??
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Fixie or Fixay are what me and my riding buddies say. We are all very gay and very flamboyant though.
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I find it baffling that anyone actually cares enough to be bothered by a word, or what kind of bike anyone else rides. I mean, it’s basically 2019. When was ‘fixie’ a major thing? 2011? 12? I mean, you’re welcome to such an opinion, I just can’t for the life of me understand why you feel the need to have one. Isn’t it tiresome caring about what strangers say or do, or ride?
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fixed gear is diificult to say for me...English is not my first language. i think its due to the ed in the middle of a name. it sounds awkward when i say it.

fixie roll out of my tongue much eaasier and smoother.

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fixed gear is diificult to say for me...English is not my first language. i think its due to the ed in the middle of a name. it sounds awkward when i say it.

fixie roll out of my tongue much eaasier and smoother.
for American English, I don’t think you’d have to actually pronounce the ‘ed’. You could easily enough just say ‘fix gear’ and everyone would know what you mean. In fact, I doubt anyone would notice you left off the ‘ed’.
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I never liked that word it seems to have inherit distain. Fixie.
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it does, which is also it's appeal
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Mrs. Reagan also taught me to just say no to shifting and be kind to elderly bicycles.
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