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2008 Fixed Gear Fashion Predictions

Old 12-14-07, 12:30 PM
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2. downhill forks on newer track frames.
personally, i hope it's this one.
i saw a downhill bike with a rohloff hub the other day that was amazing. it almost broke the scale at close to 50 pounds.
 
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Originally Posted by bward1028 View Post
personally, i hope it's this one.
i saw a downhill bike with a rohloff hub the other day that was amazing. it almost broke the scale at close to 50 pounds.
Was that a dude from NYC? That thing is sweet.

A lot of DH bikes approach 50 pounds.
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What are you, a chemistry major?
hes a comp sci major
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Originally Posted by p*****ypride View Post
Haha, yeah, I am a chem major. I don't even like Excel that much!
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hes a comp sci major
Nah, I think he's a chemistry major.
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Turbans.
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Originally Posted by dirtyphotons View Post
shhh!
I woukdn't sweat it. When they (cough, ******bag posers) find out how hard it is on both body and bike.. they'll go back to nJs fashion bikes.
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Well i have mentioned this before, Now that areospokes are sold out, and if i see a fixed rider and they are not on DEEP V's its a abnormal, I say Carbon "super" deep v's

And tubular tyres,
Hah, I just bought some tubular carbon deep section wheels from Cypress (if you want to see them, the thread is still in the top five in the For Sale section), so I'm ahead of the game.

I'm not so good with predicting trends.. the only two I've gotten in on were Pokemon in 3rd grade and this, I guess. But I will predict what will be new with me:

1. Superlight track bike. We're talking 14lbs or less. I'm well on my way already, swapping my Deep Vs (I didn't actually buy them, they came with the Capo) for the carbon tubulars. 1040g at the rims is crap. Oh, and I'm getting an EC90 fork..

2. No more beater bikes. Screw it, I'm commuting on my $1800 Capo everyday to school. Although I will probably build up a sub $100 conversion for college.

3. Convertible between road and track bikes. I've already got a pursuit bike that I welded horizontal dropouts with derailleur hangers on, and because my wheel is meant for a cassette/freehub I can switch between 8spd and fixed gear with Surly Fixxer. This will be really nice for...

4. Distance rides. No longer the weekly 35 miler.. we're talking 100+ now. I really enjoyed my metric century over the summer. Good thing I have a trainer and rollers for winter Oh, and to help with the long rides...

5. Aerobars. Clip-on, of course. Comfy as hell.

6. Speedplay pedals, no more mountain type shoes for non-commuting rides. Compromising between shoes I could walk around in and ride clipless with (and look like normal shoes) worked fine, but I think my new SIDI Zetas will get a lot of use.

7. Tubulars.. That is, Tufo with the sealant. Supposedly works pretty well. If I had my choice, I'd probably go with clinchers, but it just happens that better wheels are more available as tubulars. Tufo tape will be nice too, I don't think I want to repeat my gluing catastrophe in November.. I ruined a nice pair of pants.

8. Zipping around town on an all-white pursuit bike with white disc wheel, white jersey, and white tt helmet. It'll be hilarious. White powe-- uh.. white ftw.

9. Racing at the track. Now that I've fallen once while in a corner, I know it's not so bad.. just wish I had a closer velodrome.

10. And finally... staring at my pretty bikes on the sexy bike stand I made out of PVC. That is, until there isn't an inch of ice on the ground outside and I start riding again..

Any of you guys doing the same?
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Originally Posted by sfcrossrider View Post
I wouldn't sweat it. When they (cough, ******bag posers) find out how hard it is on both body and bike.. they'll go back to nJs fashion bikes.
Fixed 'cross is total balls-to-the-wall brutal, but so much fun. First time I did it semi-competitively (not an actual 'cross race, but close enough), I found myself puking on a tree. All in good fun.
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High end vintage road bikes will be the new track bike.

A major big box retailer will offer a (crappy) fixed/ss bike at an insane price. People here will be unable to shut up about it.

The days of certain products just catching on and the manufacturers just kind of riding out the trend and making their money while they can (Oury, Aerospoke), are numbered. Expect to see a lot more "trendspotter" types here and at your rides and races. Products like the "city" Langsters and the nasty new Felt are just the tip of the iceberg. Large companies with real marketing budgets are going to start selling us what they think we want and push the fixed gear "lifestyle" in new ways. There is going to be a shift from companies reacting to trends to trying to create them.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
High end vintage road bikes will be the new track bike.
Yeah, I totally expected that this year.
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Old 12-14-07, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by el twe View Post
Yeah, I totally expected that this year.
I think it's slowly happened over the last year or two. It's a larger trend, and it's noticeable with all the press that came out proclaiming "Steel is back!" after Interbike. People who spent 1998-2007 chasing carbon frames are now bummed out because you can buy CF at Wal-Mart, so I expect to see them starting to jump ship, and what's left after CF but steel? I don't think there have been this many custom builders in cycling since the late 1980s or so, so someone's gotta by buying these bikes, and I think it's them.

I expect another movement in steel bikes, that will hybridize the wool hat-wearing street rider with the wool everything-else-wearing, steel-loving randonneur type, and likely involve deraillers (or, at the least, horizontal dropouts). Velo Orange and Rivendell will double in size between now and 2010.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
High end vintage road bikes will be the new track bike.

A major big box retailer will offer a (crappy) fixed/ss bike at an insane price. People here will be unable to shut up about it.

The days of certain products just catching on and the manufacturers just kind of riding out the trend and making their money while they can (Oury, Aerospoke), are numbered. Expect to see a lot more "trendspotter" types here and at your rides and races. Products like the "city" Langsters and the nasty new Felt are just the tip of the iceberg. Large companies with real marketing budgets are going to start selling us what they think we want and push the fixed gear "lifestyle" in new ways. There is going to be a shift from companies reacting to trends to trying to create them.
yes i think this is most likely

ive wondered how many trend spotters might be here already

thanks for writing this so clearly so i didnt even have to bother trying
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
High end vintage road bikes will be the new track bike.

A major big box retailer will offer a (crappy) fixed/ss bike at an insane price. People here will be unable to shut up about it.

The days of certain products just catching on and the manufacturers just kind of riding out the trend and making their money while they can (Oury, Aerospoke), are numbered. Expect to see a lot more "trendspotter" types here and at your rides and races. Products like the "city" Langsters and the nasty new Felt are just the tip of the iceberg. Large companies with real marketing budgets are going to start selling us what they think we want and push the fixed gear "lifestyle" in new ways. There is going to be a shift from companies reacting to trends to trying to create them.
unfortunately, i think you're right.

edit: not that i think fixed gears are a "lifestyle," but they are certainly associated with certain subcultures, or should i say, market segments.

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My high end vintage road bike is a singlespeed... Does this mean that I'm next years model, available today?

Probably not, I have brakes.


Next years big trend is that people on college campuses will lube their chains more than never. I pray for this. The squeeking keeps me up at night.
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Originally Posted by chase. View Post
further forays into the netherworld of obnoxious anodized components and eighties-revival; further separation between the "freestyler" 650c/trick riding crowd and the old-school-inspired riders; more interest in european track frames now that the keirin frame scene is way blown up; pista and road drops coming back into fashion, since we've already 'done' bullhorns and flats/risers; increased acceptability of things like bottle cages and frame pumps if you actually ride your FG more than a few miles; another powergrip debate sometime around mid spring when shants is recognized as the messiah.
What he said.
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Originally Posted by ryand View Post
freeskihp bought a Skyway (I think Street Beat?) and a GT performer Pro recently.
ahead of the trend, like always


anyway: now that I think about the whole, super colour matched, anodized, composite wheeled crew it seems like a logical step is towards a second 80s esque BMX boom
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Jewelry made out of the braze on's that were cut off of classic road bikes.

Huge bags that look cool but make riding exceptionally dangerous.

Drilling out carbon fiber parts, inserting tiny LED's and epoxying them in for blinky bike parts.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post

The days of certain products just catching on and the manufacturers just kind of riding out the trend and making their money while they can (Oury, Aerospoke), are numbered.


Oury grips are classic and classy. I see no reason to lump them in with Aerospokes.
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Drilling out carbon fiber parts, inserting tiny LED's and epoxying them in for blinky bike parts.
that sounds so cool that there's probably someone stupid enough to try it.
 
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My high end vintage road bike is a singlespeed... Does this mean that I'm next years model, available today? Probably not, I have brakes.
Yeah me too.

My MASI was my main road bike through the eighties, nineties and the early '2,000's. Now it's living a happy semi-retirement as a single speed (yes, with brakes), for recovery rides. Took it on a club ride once and blew past lots of guys on their new (20 speed!) carbon rigs, so that was fun .

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what if people just rode bikes cause it is fun--
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You ignorent peolples don't now nothing about trend of 2008.
It come from United Kingdom:

ARROSPOK
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Originally Posted by Kol.klink View Post
Well i have mentioned this before, Now that areospokes are sold out, and if i see a fixed rider and they are not on DEEP V's its a abnormal, I say Carbon "super" deep v's Carbon "super" deep v's

And tubular tyres,
Going along this line of thinking....when will Velocity make a Carbon Deep V?
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Originally Posted by Zombie Carl View Post
Oury grips are classic and classy. I see no reason to lump them in with Aerospokes.

I think you're missing the point. Aerospokes and Oury grips have both been around for a long time. The reason I listed them together is because they are both old products that became trendy more or less organically.

Neither company has spent lots of money trying to court hipsters, nor have they changed their product substantially to appeal to the new market. Both are small companies and I doubt either really understands the reasons for the sudden interest in their products. As Bill Micol of Aerospoke says himself in the Bikesnob interview "I've been afraid to question this, as I am afraid I might jinx myself."

If you are in Aerospoke's or Oury's position you do what any sensible small company with an inexplicably popular product does. You keep on doing what you're doing and ride out the trend for as long as it lasts. I am not knocking the quality of either product. I'm saying that both are popular with the fixed gear crowd for reasons beyond pure function.

Malcolm Gladwell is a schmuck but if you really want to understand what I'm talking about, read this article.
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