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Old 08-10-06, 10:40 AM
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fixed gear article in the sacramento bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifest...15128104c.html

http://www.bugmenot.com/view/www.sacbee.com
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Old 08-10-06, 10:43 AM
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Old 08-10-06, 10:47 AM
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liberal use of the term "alley cat"
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Old 08-10-06, 11:00 AM
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Stewart Katz, a well-known Sacramento attorney, has often been seen riding his black Eddie Merckx fixed-gear on the American River bike trail. He bought his first fixie in 1979, long before they were trendy.
What a hipster, my old man was riding fixie in 59, when he was 7. His father rode fixie from day one, and so did his father before that. Fixie runs in my blood. Five generations of fixed gear riders in this family. Thats long before it was trendy.

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Old 08-10-06, 11:06 AM
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Yeah, I wouldn't really call that an alley cat either, but we do have the more traditional races in town. I was bummed that I missed that race, they had a great time.
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the race was fun. much faster and more windy than i thought it would be. i got sixth. that's me on the purple khs in the article. i was actually riding a freewheel that day.

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Decent article but I thought the author spent too much time talking about his own riding skills and not enough about fixed gear bikes. Didn't it seem weird that he mentioned that he spent $9 on a new chain but didn't say anything about needing to buy or build a new rear wheel?
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Old 08-10-06, 03:55 PM
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agreed. His mustache hella-rules though.
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The guy with the stash is Andrew. He and a bunch of those guys are some of the voluntees at the Bicycle Kitchen here is Sac. Good crew.
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good race cold beer hop to race in a more traditional alley cat soon I do better sprinting
and dodging cars
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Originally Posted by padelsbach
the race was fun. much faster and more windy than i thought it would be. i got sixth. that's me on the purple khs in the article. i was actually riding a freewheel that day.

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i thought i recognized that khs...
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Originally Posted by dirtyphotons
liberal use of the term "alley cat"
You wouldn't happen to be refering to this, would you?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alley_catting
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