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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 12-16-03, 11:23 AM   #1
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Playing with bikes.

So my daughter wanted to go outside and play. This means that she wants to run around with the dog and completely ignore me. She's not quite 2 so I have to be out there with her. What to do.....
I got out my bike, my SS mountian bike that is. I rode it up and down the driveway. I tried to do wheelies, I've never been able actually ride a wheelie. I still can't. I also practiced stoppies. It feels weird with the suspension fork but I probably did them better than I ever have. I practiced jumping up and down an 8 inch concrete ledge, fast slow, at an angle.
In short, I just played on my bike. Like when I was a kid and we used to do it for hours and hours in the summer. It was probably the best time I've had on a bike in a while. I love going for nice long fast rides on my fixie but that's a different kind of fun.
I'm definatly pulling my old Huffy BMX out of my parents garage when I'm home for christmas to see if I can make it work. Bikes can be so fun when you stop taking them seriously. I blame my new SS/fixie love for bringing the fun back into bikes, which is why I thought I'd share with you guys.
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Old 12-16-03, 12:55 PM   #2
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Know exactly what you mean. My fixies have dragged my butt out in weather this fall/winter more than I would have guessed. They beg to be ridden if only around the block.

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Wait til you get the BMX bug proper. That Huffy will start you on a steep and slippery slope, once you discover the wonders of tricks
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Sometimes you just gotta let go of the handlebars and go "Wheeeeee !!"
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Old 12-25-03, 11:41 AM   #5
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I blame Harris Cyclery for this fixed gear madness. Sheldon introduced me a number of yeas ago and I now ride fixed gear exclusively. Stop me before I build another one.

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