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Best fixed gear article EVER!

Old 05-01-08, 06:36 AM
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Best fixed gear article EVER!

I just thought you guys would want to see the best fixed gear related article ever. I just stumbled on this so hopefully it hasn't been posted before.

example quote:
"This is biking at its most primal – no stopping, no coasting with the pedals stationary, no helmets. It's a ride built on adrenaline and danger, like walking across a lava flow in flip flops."

enjoy.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0501/p20s01-ussc.html
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Old 05-01-08, 06:39 AM
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Sorry, but Bike Snob has better almost every day...


http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2008...e-fast-on.html
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I like the part when the guy in all black told the skinny kid that he was his father and he was all "no, no, ahhhh"! "Why didn't Ben tell me"?!?!?!? That part was cool.

(edit) The new BSNYS made me spit coffee. I spat coffee. I don't even drink coffee!

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Old 05-01-08, 09:30 AM
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So at the end of the video where they say 'so how do you stop one of these bikes?' and the guy busts a skid... I kind of cringed when he brought nuts to stem to do it, not that fast of a way to stop at all. Can no one bust a seated skid when approached by media? Jesus.
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Originally Posted by ralphm2k View Post
Sorry, but Bike Snob has better almost every day...
I'd have to agree. IMHO Bike Snob does a good job explaining the reason for his opinions which seem to be based on experience, fact and thought. Not so with the inexperienced nouvo fixie riders who just perpetuate heresay.


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So at the end of the video where they say 'so how do you stop one of these bikes?' and the guy busts a skid...
I cringed as well because if that's the best skid stop he can do yet chooses not to at least have a front brake, chances are he'll soon be a statistic.
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Best ever ?

Nah.
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Gotta love the ATL!!
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Originally Posted by sfcrossrider View Post
I like the part when the guy in all black told the skinny kid that he was his father and he was all "no, no, ahhhh"! "Why didn't Ben tell me"?!?!?!? That part was cool.

(edit) The new BSNYS made me spit coffee. I spat coffee. I don't even drink coffee!
Hah, I spit my soy chai.
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wow.
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Yes. Thats what i do when i need to stop as quick as possible. as long and drawn out balls to the stem skid as possible.
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I learned that balls to the stem skid then lean over my bars and just grab my front tire works great It was actually a pretty well done article but I do feel that they missed one of the huge draws to this "fad" one of the biggest draws to me was actually building up my bikes exactly how I want and learning some of the basic wrenching skills to continue to build/change/repair and the sense of ownership and pride for a bike I build is huge! Then again I would say that many if not most of the guys who picked this up in the last 6-9 months are not learning a thing about the mechanics behind their bike they just want to get rolling and pay an LBS or have a kind enough friend to convert absolutely any bike they find with horizontal drops. I can't make up my mind yet on whether this is good or bad. One part of me hates that fixed gears have become this outrageous fad/lifestyle yet the other half of me loves seeing anyone on a bike and enjoying it. Who cares I'm going to go ride my bike there is actually sun in Oregon today!
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Thank you for spelling 'ever' correctly.
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