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Fixed gear culture has hit a new low...

Old 09-15-08, 09:59 PM
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Fixed gear culture has hit a new low...

https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/842417248.html

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Excuse my ignorance of Fixie hipster culture, but why are his handlebars upside down? Does he know they're upside down? And he won't let you test ride it? $1500 for basically some wheels, and I can't test ride it?
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You let somebody testride in NYC and you can color that bike gone. Reminds me of the movie Clear and Present Danger.

Harrison Ford: I want to buy that chopper. How much is it?
Columbian dude: two meelion dollars.
Harrison Ford: Okay, I'd like to take it for a test drive. Is that okay?
Columbian dude: Sure. If you leave a deposit.
Harrison Ford: How much is the deposit?
Columbian dude: two meelion dollars.
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Old 09-15-08, 10:16 PM
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Coming from someone who rides a fixed gear bike... that is ******** in every way.
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That guy or gal is not part of fixed-gear culture ... that is just an idiot with a really ugly fixed-gear bike. You've got plenty of those around here with ugly road bikes too.
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Here's to counterbalance that ugliness above:

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Even more pleasant images:

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There are idiots who ride all types of bikes. Over at the fixed gear forum we'd put that bike in the Jackass thread, seeing as the bars are in a ******** position and there's no foot retention / no brakes (strongly looked down upon in the community). Yeah, the Zipp's may be a bit jackass too but I'm sure more of you guys would pass those up if you saw them on Craigslist in favor of something that's not a total historic artifact in roadie years (read: not from the 90's).
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All I'm going to say is there's more to bike urban culture than pretty bikes, as a matter of fact they are almost exclusive (of each other)
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...urban culture...
Isn't that an oxymoron?
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Old 09-15-08, 11:15 PM
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as opposed to suburban culture?
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heres the real new low.

https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/465471-my-se-draft-upgrades.html

Nice supportive community.
I guess after bMX kids do enuff crack they are allowed to become fixie hipsters.
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niiiice.. ghetto style.
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A lot of people riding old road bikes around here have the bars like that. I have no idea why.
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i like the 700 and 650 miss-matched wheelset..... looks like he built a fixie out of stuff he had laying around the shop.
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It's more comfortable on their back...
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Originally Posted by Sinn View Post
Here's to counterbalance that ugliness above:

Holy crap for a split second there I thought that looked like a PowerTap hub on the FRONT wheel... phew... close call..

Oh, and would you PLEASE align the tire labels with the valve stems?
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Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
It's more comfortable on their back...
Why not just get a flat bar then? How do you reach the brakes?
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650c, barspins ftw! Lame.
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
Why not just get a flat bar then? How do you reach the brakes?
there arent any brakes. as for the better on the back deal posted above this.....it would be a lot easier on the back if the wheels were same size instead of having a smaller one in front putting you in even more of a forward dropped position.....
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Originally Posted by punksurfer024 View Post
there arent any brakes. as for the better on the back deal posted above this.....it would be a lot easier on the back if the wheels were same size instead of having a smaller one in front putting you in even more of a forward dropped position.....
I mean generally around my city you see people with 10 speed road bikes with bars like that. How do they reach the brakes?

I don't see how drops are bad on the back. More comfortable than my flat bars!
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Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
holy crap for a split second there i thought that looked like a powertap hub on the front wheel... Phew... Close call..

Oh, and would you please align the tire labels with the valve stems?
eeek!

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DUI fixed gear bike
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
A lot of people riding old road bikes around here have the bars like that. I have no idea why.
Back in the seventies, if you rode a department store ten-speed, you probably had suicide levers. This was also before brake lever hoods.

So you only really had two hand positions - drops and tops.

It's a matter of debate as to why suicide levers were called that. Many thought that if you braked from that position, you ran the risk of doing an endo. However, this was negated by the fact that suicide levers didn't really stop the bike.

By flipping the bars you got two things. A more comfortable upright position and access to better brake levers.
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
Excuse my ignorance of Fixie hipster culture, but why are his handlebars upside down? Does he know they're upside down? And he won't let you test ride it? $1500 for basically some wheels, and I can't test ride it?
nothing to forgive, only to praise.

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Coming from someone who rides a fixed gear bike... that is ******** in every way.
ahhh... an expert weighs in.

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There are idiots who ride all types of bikes. Over at the fixed gear forum we'd put that bike in the Jackass thread, seeing as the bars are in a ******** position and there's no foot retention / no brakes (strongly looked down upon in the community). Yeah, the Zipp's may be a bit jackass too but I'm sure more of you guys would pass those up if you saw them on Craigslist in favor of something that's not a total historic artifact in roadie years (read: not from the 90's).
correct, but proportionally more ride fg/ss bikes.


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All I'm going to say is there's more to bike urban culture than pretty bikes, as a matter of fact they are almost exclusive (of each other) ; )
what's "bike urban culture?"

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Isn't that an oxymoron?
no, "fixed gear culture" is.

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as opposed to suburban culture?
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