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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 09-07-05, 03:18 PM   #1
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what makes a scorcher scorch?

i tried to do a little on-line research on this, even checking out sheldon brown's defintion, but i'm still a little unclear on this.

i know that just because i throw some moustache bars or chopped and flipped cruiser bars on a bike doesn't mean i get to run around calling it a scorcher, so what is it? tire size? brakes (or lack of, depending on whose definition you go with)? geometry? a brooks saddle?

and please, if you can, try not to reference the wright brothers in your answer. thank you.
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Old 09-07-05, 03:24 PM   #2
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from what i understand, "scorcher" refers to the dudes back in the day that would bomb around w/o brakes (before toe clips even) and got a nasty reputation in the eyes of the townfolk. Keep in mind this was before cars, so they were probably the fastest moving traffic out there.

They would bomb down hills and yell "Loose Pedals!!!" as they held their feet up to let the pedals spin wildly.

I think this is all in the Bike Cult book.
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Old 09-07-05, 03:34 PM   #3
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dunno if you found this yet, but it's an interview with the founders of ibis. they give a little background on the whole scorcher thing
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