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Are you starting to see pseudo-fixed-gears in your area?

Old 09-12-08, 04:33 PM
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Are you starting to see pseudo-fixed-gears in your area?

I'm starting to see them all over campus here. It's not an isolated incident; I've seen probably a half dozen since school started three weeks ago.

By "pseudo-fixed-gear" I mean a bike that has the classic hipster fixed gear look: chopped risers, Oury's, Deep V's, spokecards, etc, etc, but is running SS instead of fg. The rider is always decked out in perfect hipster attire as well. Basically a picture perfect icon of the fg "culture" that is so fashionable right now, but then when they roll up to a red light or stop sign, the pedaling stops and the coasting starts.

It boggles my mind, because it appears the rider has gone to quite an effort (and probably expense) to replicate the fixed gear "look", but is actually riding SS. If you want so desperately to be part of the fg phenomenon, why the freewheel? I have nothing against SS (I have two SS mtb), but this really makes me

I'm sure someone is going to accuse me of being an elitist hipster crying that college kids are stealing my culture; I can assure you that nothing is farther from the truth. A pic of my function-over-form commuter would illustrate that well.

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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
I'm starting to see them all over campus here. It's not an isolated incident; I've seen probably a half dozen since school started three weeks ago.

By "pseudo-fixed-gear" I mean a bike that has the classic hipster fixed gear look: chopped risers, Oury's, Deep V's, spokecards, etc, etc, but is running SS instead of fg. The rider is always decked out in perfect hipster attire as well. Basically a picture perfect icon of the fg "culture" that is so fashionable right now, but then when they roll up to a red light or stop sign, the pedaling stops and the coasting starts.

It boggles my mind, because it appears the rider has gone to quite an effort (and probably expense) to replicate the fixed gear "look", but is actually riding SS. If you want so desperately to be part of the fg phenomenon, why the freewheel? I have nothing against SS (I have two SS mtb), but this really makes me

I'm sure someone is going to accuse me of being an elitist hipster crying that college kids are stealing my culture; I can assure you that nothing is farther from the truth. A pic of my function-over-form commuter would illustrate that well.

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The fact that some of the riders in MASH (which is one of the cultural lexicons of the "fixster" culture) are running singlespeed, and that a number of city messengers who birthed the whole culture that fixsters borrow from also run singlespeed tends to negate your point that these people are trying to imitate fixed gears. They're just doing the same thing everyone else is doing except with a freewheel
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Old 09-12-08, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
The fact that some of the riders in MASH (which is one of the cultural lexicons of the "fixster" culture) are running singlespeed, and that a number of city messengers who birthed the whole culture that fixsters borrow from also run singlespeed tends to negate your point that these people are trying to imitate fixed gears. They're just doing the same thing everyone else is doing except with a freewheel
Exactly .
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Old 09-12-08, 04:42 PM
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I've seen it. A utilitarian trend that gets stylized and taken out of context: that's what fashion is. It's always been around; this is just a sort of humorous instance of it.
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theyre in my hood too, riding shiny new store bought bikes set on the single speed side of their flip flop hub. always and i mean ALWAYS fumbling to get their feet into their toe clips. epic lulz always follow...

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Old 09-12-08, 04:53 PM
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So where do the SS riders fit in?
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
blah blah blah...

but then when they roll up to a red light or stop sign, the pedaling stops and the coasting starts.

It boggles my mind,

...blah blah blah



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Old 09-12-08, 05:13 PM
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Just FYI, fixie riders don't have a monopoly on hipster fashion.

In fact, I've heard tell that there are some hipsters that don't own bicycles at all! Mum's the word on that one, boys...
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Old 09-12-08, 05:17 PM
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I accuse you of being an elitist hipster crying that college kids are stealing your culture
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Old 09-12-08, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
I'm sure someone is going to accuse me of being an elitist hipster crying that college kids are stealing my culture;
no, i accuse you of being so self-centered and judgmental that you can't even relax and appreciate THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE RIDING BIKES!!!!



if your whole beloved subculture gets completely sold out in the process, it will not have died in vain.
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Old 09-12-08, 05:19 PM
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Lot's of messengers, and hipsters ride on so called "geared" bikes too.
But I hear gears are just rumors anyways.
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pedaling is played out
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Old 09-12-08, 05:21 PM
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This thread is everything wrong with the SS/FG forum.
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Old 09-12-08, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
... the fixed gear "look" ...
Does that include something else besides a cog and lockring? Perhaps you mean "urban bike look.
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Omgz

You gotta be hardcore and ride fixed in order to be cool.

I don't look like a hipster. I ride an SS road bike. It doesn't have cards, but it does have a single brake. I get lots of people thinking its a fixed gear. Not my fault.

Everyone assumes that you gotta ride in full team lycra and have 21 speeds or else you ride fixed gear like the badasses.

Get over yourself. We both ride bike. I give you props if its a BMX, beach cruise or tandem. Bikes are cool.
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Old 09-12-08, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
This thread is everything wrong with the humanity.
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Risers and ourys are strictly for the track, yo.

Edit: Mountain bike bars and grips are strictly for the track. Yo!
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
It boggles my mind, because it appears the rider has gone to quite an effort (and probably expense) to replicate the fixed gear "look", but is actually riding SS. If you want so desperately to be part of the fg phenomenon, why the freewheel? I have nothing against SS (I have two SS mtb), but this really makes me
How do you know they haven't gone to a lot of trouble and expense to replicate the single speed "look"????
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How do you know they haven't gone to a lot of trouble and expense to replicate the single speed "look"????
Because he rides a fixed gear and thinks he has a monopoly on "cool."
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Is this for real? Some people seem to think cycling was invented yesterday and riding fixed gear or single speed is brand new.
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
Is this for real? Some people seem to think cycling was invented yesterday and riding fixed gear or single speed is brand new.
It must have been invented yesterday, because that's when I started riding.
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Old 09-12-08, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
this thread is everything wrong with the ss/fg forum.
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Old 09-12-08, 06:02 PM
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Who in mash rides single speed? I thought they all rode fixed... Links?
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^ ^ ^ In a recently posted interview, one of the guys says he rides his road bike more now.
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I see a lot of Langsters and Pistas around town here. Whatever gets people riding around bikes that aren't beach cruisers is fine by me.
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