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Old 05-28-07, 08:28 PM
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Philly inquirer fixie article

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_...No_thanks.html

Saw this in the paper today.
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Old 05-28-07, 08:52 PM
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. interesting
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Old 05-28-07, 09:03 PM
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So you're saying people are riding bikes without brakes?
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Old 05-28-07, 09:07 PM
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so you're saying the uarts kids ride without brakes and almost run into me due to their inability to stop JUST because of sheer simplicity? hot damn.
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Old 05-28-07, 09:09 PM
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that dreadlocked guys handle bars are WICKED TINY
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Originally Posted by D.C.M.D.V.A.
that dreadlocked guys handle bars are WICKED TINY
He's a messenger. It makes riding around on them ALL DAY LONG a lot more comfortable.


(where's the 'gagging' emoticon?)
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Old 05-28-07, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by br995
He's a messenger. It makes riding around on them ALL DAY LONG a lot more comfortable.
And climbing hills a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch!
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Old 05-28-07, 10:13 PM
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Read like a pretty good, simple article to me.
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Originally Posted by philly inquirer
But like bonfires and a cappella, the fixed gear is so fundamentally fun that anyone who's felt the love has a hard time imagining the world without them.
[emphasis mine]

What?
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Old 05-28-07, 10:35 PM
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It's all about the sing-along man.
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i do have a hard time imagining the world without them

whoa....
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why the hate?
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how would you peeps compare this one to th nyt article
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i hate it cause its from philly fyi
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if i see one the word "fixie" in print one more time i'll hurl.
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How easily your sensibilities are offended.
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it's a phenomenon that's definitely reached a tipping point
anyone want to tell me what the hell this means?

other than that cool article! isn't that dude in the picture the wheelie king (super blazed guy who rules the best trick comp at lots of alleycats round here)?
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Old 05-29-07, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by max-a-mill
anyone want to tell me what the hell this means?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_Point

http://www.gladwell.com/tippingpoint/
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Old 05-29-07, 08:49 AM
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These fixie articles all imply that nearly everyone who rides fixed rides without a brake, which is simply not true. I dislike seeing false info in news articles.
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^^thank you! I keep thinking the same thing.
I <3 my brake.
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two people in that article say they use brakes.... i know trophy would definitely recommend one to any greenhorn buying a fiixed gear from them! any bike shop that doesn't really is asking for a lawsuit when rich little jhonny gets run over by a bus cause he couldn't stop his bike.
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Old 05-29-07, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by max-a-mill
other than that cool article! isn't that dude in the picture the wheelie king (super blazed guy who rules the best trick comp at lots of alleycats round here)?

not unless they got the name wrong. wheelie king is named jay (jayson i think) and rides a 650 bike
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Originally Posted by danish
if i see one the word "fixie" in print one more time i'll hurl.
Seriously. Use a thesaurus, or at least find out if there are other words... Fixed gear, track bike, trackie, anti-coaster, direct-drive, etc. Hell, make up a word. Just don't use "fixie" 530 times in one article.
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Old 05-29-07, 11:49 AM
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well, theoretically, a fixie is not by definition a track bike. My bike is fixed gear, but not a track bike, as it is a road conversion.

Some things are inapropriate to use, but i understand your sentiment.
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Old 05-29-07, 11:59 AM
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....... huh?





























oh. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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I do not buy the line that fixed gear bikes are way easier to maintain. Whether you have derailers and brakes and pawls, if you ride your bike every day you have to look after it and tinker with it a lot. Turning an adjustment barrel or checking pad wear doesnt add significantly to this required daily maintenance though its part of it. And besides it's offset by the need to obsessively tweak chain tension and install ghetto ass boots in all the holes in your skidded out rear tire.

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