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What about fixed gear do you dislike?

Old 04-02-09, 04:47 PM
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uh biking in general i'd say driver ignorance, i suppose. i don't put myself on a pedestal over drivers, because I drove pretty much this whole winter (because I'm a ***** about cold, second year living in a state that snows). After being involved in a hit and run accident that ****ed me up pretty badly, I haven't ridden the same since. I don't like getting yelled at "Get the **** off the road" in a two lane road spinning just as fast as their driving.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:01 PM
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1. Try and fail to ride up hill and get laughed by cars & people.

2. More expensive frames caused by popular demands.

3. Cannot do tricks (off road) when I'm really bored.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:52 PM
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I hate hipsters who say they hate hipsters.

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Old 04-02-09, 06:16 PM
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Things I dislike:

The bull$%#! line:
"Riding fixed makes me feel more 'connected' to my bike and the road."
It is bull$#@t.

Being called a *** for riding a bicycle.

Malicious drivers.

The 'scene'.

Finger mashing during maintenance.

The belief that riding a fixed gear bike automatically makes one a h**ster. Please, let's just all stop using that gotdamned word. (perpetuated by many of our very own riders)

Pink bikes. Unless you're a girl.

All white bikes. That's just asking for death.

Purple and pink combos are even worse.

Fashion over function.

The rediculous idea that riding brakeless is somehow safer than having a brake on your bike. Stupidity.

Dip****s that tarck out their bikes and walk them around.

Thing I like:

Simple maintenance.

Lightweight. (generally)

FAST, with good gearing.

Relatively inexpensive.

Really fun to ride.
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Old 04-02-09, 06:35 PM
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Nailed it !

I think we can end the thread there.
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Old 04-02-09, 06:38 PM
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Fashion *****s that don't ride enough to even hold a straight line or pedal smoothly giving me "the eye" for having a fixed gear with brake hoods.

I don't dislike it but I get a bit smug when you see out of shape cookie dough riders busting track stands and fancy skids. The illusion that you ride a whole bunch and have learned that stuff through experience doesn't hold up when you don't have the physique to do a 20 minute ride without having to slow down for rest.

Other than that, it's all good. I have far more great things to say about riding fixed than I have to complain about it.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by pb&jslurpee View Post
I hate hipsters who say they hate hipsters.
Even worse are the hipsters that won't admit that they are, in fact, hipsters. They will fight you to the death rather than admit that they are when it is very, very obvious to anyone that they are.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:20 PM
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going down major hills...
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Old 04-02-09, 07:25 PM
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superstitious riders about white bikes.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:28 PM
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People who dog on other people who think it's stupid to ride a white bike.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:32 PM
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knowing that i'm going to be dead tired after a 40 mile ride on saturday with 53/18.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by crawdaddio View Post
Things I dislike:

The bull$%#! line:
"Riding fixed makes me feel more 'connected' to my bike and the road."
It is bull$#@t.

Being called a *** for riding a bicycle.

Malicious drivers.

The 'scene'.

Finger mashing during maintenance.

The belief that riding a fixed gear bike automatically makes one a h**ster. Please, let's just all stop using that gotdamned word. (perpetuated by many of our very own riders)

Pink bikes. Unless you're a girl.

All white bikes. That's just asking for death.

Purple and pink combos are even worse.

Fashion over function.

The rediculous idea that riding brakeless is somehow safer than having a brake on your bike. Stupidity.

Dip****s that tarck out their bikes and walk them around.


Thing I like:

Simple maintenance.

Lightweight. (generally)

FAST, with good gearing.

Relatively inexpensive.

Really fun to ride.

This.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by captsven View Post
You can't fart when you really need to...
My wife confirms that I have never had this problem on any bike - especially our tandem.
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Old 04-02-09, 11:23 PM
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1. Headwinds
2. Harder to curb hop
3. Being associated with anything hipster

Otherwise I love it and find myself riding my fixie a lot more than my geared CX bike
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Old 04-03-09, 12:00 AM
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dude bros in Idaho or Alabama or wherever that take pictures or videos of themselves pretending they're tough big city messengers. that's like walking around brooklyn with a camo jacket, skoal, and a gun rack and not being all ironic about it like some williamsburgian.

and what's with the messenger fetish? I agree with the person that said when cyclists worship messengers it would be like car enthusiasts that put taxi drivers on a pedestal and want to be just like them.

being a messenger sucks -- been there, done that.
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Old 04-03-09, 12:11 AM
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I for one am getting ahead of the trend curve. I'm riding a reignless derby horse around the city. Everyone knows that the Kentucky Derby is the new NJS.
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Old 04-03-09, 06:12 AM
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classic frames with derailer hangers hacked off.

and that's about it, really. i could give a crap what kind of clothes somebody else wears, or what kind of handlebars they have on their bike, or if they've got a burberry top tube pad.

i've got a bike that i like and enjoy, and they do as well. at least i hope they do.

i may mock them for their goofy, fashion-driven product choices - but i don't really care that they've made them. it doesn't affect me, one way or the other.
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Old 04-03-09, 08:05 AM
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The hipsters.
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Old 04-03-09, 09:29 AM
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I don't see anything different about the current fixed gear "scene" from any other fad/fashion/craze/culture/counterculture.

A small group that is pretty ****geneous is considered by 'outsiders' to be cool. Outsiders emulate the group. As more outsiders seek to join, they bring in their own bits of individuality/character. Resistance/indignance from the 'originals' as they perceive 'their' culture being adulterated. A counter-reaction of 'returning to one's roots' occurs but the tidal wave of train jumpers has irrevocably altered the landscape. Some say for the better, others say it's worse. The disenchanted wander off to join a new 'scene'.
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Old 04-03-09, 12:10 PM
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I don't see the problem with "hipsters". Its a huge group of people that are easy to beat in races with their cute girlfriends watching.
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Old 04-03-09, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by crawdaddio View Post
people who dog on other people who think it's stupid to ride a white bike.
lol
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Old 04-03-09, 12:17 PM
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the fact that other people assume i know everything there is to know about my bike
it's a money pit
chain noise
the fact that somebody will always have nicer **** than me
BRAKES? NO BRAKES? BRAKES? NO BRAKES?
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Old 04-03-09, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by mobius0919 View Post
I don't see the problem with "hipsters". Its a huge group of people that are easy to beat in races with their cute girlfriends watching.
Truth, sir. Truth.

About the only things I don't like are riding into the wind and not being able to change gears (for some reason this bugs me a lot more than hills do), and the fact that if I throw a chain, which I did yesterday, I might end up as a spot on the grille of a hummer instead of merely coasting to a stop like on a geared bike.
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Old 04-03-09, 06:33 PM
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-people who learn to ride brakeless straight away (when they get their bikes), or who are brakeless within a month.
-aerospokes
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Old 04-03-09, 07:27 PM
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-blazing down a bike path like a rocket and getting yelled at by 4-7 soccer moms when i pass them relatively closely because for some unknown reason to me they have to walk side by side taking up the whole path? it drives me crazy

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