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 03-25-09, 10:39 AM
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i still love my fixie, face it they're fun.. fad or no fad but i guess bikes in general are fun
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plus they're the easiest to maintain... hence the reason i tore off all the gears and threw the lockring+new hub on
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Old steel road bikes are going to be the next fad because, seriously, they are effing amazing. They are also relatively cheap and can be left locked up without having to worry too much about them.
There aren't any left. They were all converted during the Great Conversion. An old road bike in good working condition is now more rare than ever.



I'm being soft of funny, but it's also sort of true.
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I believe there will always be a fairly strong market for new and vintage quality track (true track) bikes/frames, whereas the conversion market is more trend driven, and has already peaked in some areas. Also, the craigslist seasonal selling cycle plays a big role in bike sales in general.
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You must be speaking for yourself. I was in the game before Nike had Air. Seriously.
That just makes you old....not cool. Feel me?
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That just makes you old....not cool. Feel me?
We all get older, youngster. Even you...if you are lucky.
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I've been noticing this trend too. As a result, some nice stuff's come up on the market for a reasonable price.
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That just makes you old....not cool. Feel me?
go easy on us. youre from new york and ride a fixed gear. we dont have a chance.
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I haven't noticed much of a dip in price for fixies on the Vancouver craigslist yet
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That just makes you old....not cool. Feel me?
I love litte snot nosed kids that think they were born with the knowledge of everything, where the **** (sounds like "duck") do you think everything you've ever learned came from? old guys like us, thats where. Feel me?

Things seem to be going down hill because all the people who jumped on the fg/ss band wagon have all jumped off preparing for the next "Cool Fad"
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amen!! (/\)...

...although I think I may fall under the category of 'snot-nosed kids' seeing as how I'm only 19. Hmm, something to think about. At least I don't go bandying it about like an idiot! =)
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I'm in ATX as well, and keep a pretty close eye on quite a few different for sale sections of CL. I've been seeing fixed gear wheel sets, cranks, etc.

Too bad I'd rather sit on my money right now than take advantage of any of the deals.
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Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
I love litte snot nosed kids that think they were born with the knowledge of everything, where the **** (sounds like "duck") do you think everything you've ever learned came from? old guys like us, thats where. Feel me?

Things seem to be going down hill because all the people who jumped on the fg/ss band wagon have all jumped off preparing for the next "Cool Fad"
Im 30 yrs old bud. Not exactly a "snot nose kid".

And stop trying to take credit for my infinite knowledge.
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Originally Posted by krevo81 View Post
I'm in ATX as well, and keep a pretty close eye on quite a few different for sale sections of CL. I've been seeing fixed gear wheel sets, cranks, etc.

Too bad I'd rather sit on my money right now than take advantage of any of the deals.
Yep, all the goods pop up when my wallet is thin. I saw some real good deals yesterday, I hate bein' broke!
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Im 30 yrs old bud.
many would argue that it is in fact you that is old.
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Im 30 yrs old bud. Not exactly a "snot nose kid".

And stop trying to take credit for my infinite knowledge.
Wait. Body of a 30 year old and the mind and attitude of a 19 year old?

Not really a great combination.
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I always figured I could singlehandedly kill the SS/FG fad dead by revealing I was riding FG back in 1976. I think it makes a lot of sense for riding around town. Light, simple and nimble bikes will always be popular.
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the fg market here in the sacto/bay area is still pretty strong. the high end Ti bike market isn't very strong though. dunno if it was ever a very big interest segment. maybe I don't know what a lynskey r320 with full Red is worth
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Wait. Body of a 30 year old and the mind and attitude of a 19 year old?

Not really a great combination.
Sorry mate but it's hard for me to take guys who put pink Deep V's on a concept seriously.
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I see a turn in the status as well, seems like you're an idiot now if you ride fixed gear, unlike 2 years ago you were cool. Oh well I still like them.
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LOL its not that serious...

There are still people using fixed riding as an entry into cycling in general. Many people will start gravitating towards other types of cycling or do all at once.

I loved fixed gear due to the simplicity of it, but I have a love for road bikes with all the gears and precision as well. No one made a rule that you could only love one.

As someone said earlier, fixed riding is like a gateway drug into other forms of cycling. It's the "cool" thing right now, but people will eventually get bored, move on to something else, or stick with it. As long as people are riding bikes (no matter what form) we should all be collectively happy and relieved that there is one less car on the road.
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if Atlanta and NYC werent so far apart i would just suggest for you two to get it on, then move on...
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
There aren't any left. They were all converted during the Great Conversion. An old road bike in good working condition is now more rare than ever.



I'm being soft of funny, but it's also sort of true.
I have mine, and I'm doing a complete overhaul now. And although I'm looking at purchasing a single speed, this one will never be (has vertical dropouts anyway).



18 years of mis-treatment and it's coming back into form nicely.
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