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What age did everyone here start riding fixed/SS?

Old 01-10-09, 02:03 AM
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What age did everyone here start riding fixed/SS?

I've always wanted to know if there were people my age that ride fixed. I'm only 15 and i have been riding fixed for about 4 months now and have fallen in love with it. I ride it everywhere and Im not all caught up with getting my license like a lot of my friends.

So I was wondering what age all of you guys started riding fixed/SS just because I'm curious to know if I started out at a really early age.
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Old 01-10-09, 02:16 AM
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You lucky son of a gun. I started at 17 and I've been riding for 6 months now.
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Old 01-10-09, 02:18 AM
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Don't get too hung up over making a supertarckbike too. Make sure your setup is safe, fits well, and isn't completely hideous. What're you riding?

I propose we turn this into the young riders thread. Oh wait, that's damn near all of us.
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Old 01-10-09, 02:20 AM
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I rode single speed when i was a little kid, I'd say 5 years old. That's the bike I learned on. Then i moved up to geared mountain bike, then geared road bike, then back to single speed (at age 20), now fixed (still at age 20).
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19. I'm 21 now.
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Old 01-10-09, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by cHaNkStA View Post
I rode single speed when i was a little kid, I'd say 5 years old. That's the bike I learned on. Then i moved up to geared mountain bike, then geared road bike, then back to single speed (at age 20), now fixed (still at age 20).
I think it's fairly safe to say we all learned on a SS of some sort, and then the overwhelming majority of us then moved onto geared bikes (except for those crazy BMX folks). I think the quantum leap is the decision to "return to our roots"
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Oh geeknerd you brought up a good point so I will sort of rephrAse my question. At what age did you start riding fixed and why did you choose to ride a fixed over all othermodes of cycling?
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30. I've now been riding fixed (amongst others) for about a year and half.
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I had a Big Wheel when I was around 5.
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Old 01-10-09, 06:54 AM
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When I was 12, in 1964.
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I started last year, still 17, was 17 when I started
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My first fixed gear bike was when I was 8 ... back in 1964.
That went the way of a smaller bike with a coaster brake within a few months - the bike was adult sized and I was riding it with blocks of wood on the pedals so I could reach them. For some reason my parents decided that wasn't really suitable and bought me a smaller bike.

Realistically though, my first fixed bike was at the tender age of 50, a conversion of a bike I'd bought new in the mid eighties and finally 'upgraded' to a new bike with lots and lots of gears. Interestingly, that old Europa is threatening to become my main ride again once the new Sturmey Archer hub comes out

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started riding a single last week....didn't think I'd like it compared to my geared commuter and other bikes, but with as cheap and easily accessible the parts are I figured it would be easy to build and easy to sell if I didn't enjoy. I'm 28.
I like it though, it's smooth and easy just like hot sex should be. Doubt I'll ever ride a fixed on the street, maybe build one just for the fun.
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Old 01-10-09, 08:25 AM
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From 1975 to about 1980, the got coaster bikes. Got my next fixed at 37.
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My "fixation" began at 41. Been riding only 9 months thereabouts. Now I got my 12 yr old so into riding FG with me too. We have a blast!
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Old 01-10-09, 08:51 AM
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20... when I moved into a walk-up and couldn't face hauling my cruiser up the narrow stairs everyday. I'm 21 now, and anything that coasts just feels wrong.
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Old 01-10-09, 08:54 AM
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18, i'm 20 now... There's a bunch of teeny riders now so your not alone. I've seen as young as 12 tarcking
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Old 01-10-09, 08:55 AM
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I started riding fixed about 10 months ago. Im 22 now.
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23 but I wish I'd started soon.
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My first fixed gear was my trike at around 2-1/2 yos old. I eventually graduated to SS bmx until about 28, then when I turned 46, I bought another SS/fix (Langster-NY), then at 47 bought another (Langster-Tokyo). I ride both of them SS, but have about 200 miles as fixed. Just wasn't for me and my knees.
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I'm fifty-flippin'-five and still haven't started riding a fixed. I'm a roadie and commuter who racked up +7500 last year.

BUT I'm converting my early 70's 10-speed. I have flip-flop hub wheel being built even as we speak. I just wanted to get one post into this forum before my wheel gets here and I end up killing myself. Watch for me in the obits.
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I started riding 700C fixed gear road bikes regularly when I was in my mid 30's. That was almost 20 years ago.

But of course we all had our tiny wheeled fixed bikes as kids......if that counts....
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Fixed- tricycle
SS- bike I learned on
SS- bike after that
geared- the rest
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only a a few months on a FG. I'm 27. road BMX and Mtn. Bikes for years. i use to dirt jump BMX until i almost got wrapped around a tree wider than my car. then i went to Mtn biking. i have been mostly riding my mountain bike on the street, so i decided to get a road bike. i liked what i read about FG so i bought one. i like it. i have yet to get a free wheel to try it SS. when i get my new wheel set i think i will get a free wheel to make a flip flop out of my old back wheel.
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