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What about fixed gear do you dislike?

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Old 04-02-09, 05:11 AM
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What about fixed gear do you dislike?

Basically what the title of the thread is. Feel free take the question in whatever context you please.

It doesn't have to be about the actual bikes per say.
It could be something you commonly see that drives you insane.

Could be about the culture. The "scene". Downward saddle angles...the bright colors. lulz.


Lets hear it.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:19 AM
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It eats your pants, fingers, and chain cleaning cloths.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:21 AM
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You can't fart when you really need to...
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Old 04-02-09, 05:27 AM
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WTF?
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Old 04-02-09, 05:36 AM
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I dislike the italian and japanese frames with velocity products on them.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:38 AM
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You can't fart when you really need to...


well you can you just can't coast into it
it's a bit like riding fixed really it's all about commitment
better make the right choice first time or that fart could end up a shart and thats a bad place to be!
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Old 04-02-09, 05:38 AM
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That whole no coasting thing...
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Old 04-02-09, 05:52 AM
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1. Nice vintage bicycles being hacked up to make fixies.

2. Only one gear. Gears were invented for a good reason.

3. No coasting. Freewheels were also invented for a good reason.
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Old 04-02-09, 06:00 AM
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Steep descents.
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Setting up for bunny hops, etc. is awkward.
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i feel "not being able to coast" and "only having one gear" should not be allowed as answers..

thats like, what don't you like about hiking? - all the walking...
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what if you hate hiking?
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Old 04-02-09, 06:45 AM
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Hmmm.... the riders.
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Anyone who uses "zen" as part of their supporting argument for fixed riding.
The word "fixie"
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so what if it's custom, are you suddenly NOT a jackass?
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Old 04-02-09, 07:22 AM
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Pulling a 5 year-old kid, on a 28 pound trail-a-bike, uphill with 76". That sucks ass.
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I hate hipsters.

With a passion.

F***ers
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Long steep downhills without a brake suck.

The farting thing is an actual issue

And +1 to shapelike, bunnyhops/curb hops are a bit more involved and need a lot more concentration (for me) to pull off without a rim-slap.
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Old 04-02-09, 07:59 AM
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all of the sexual intercourse im presented with because of my drivetrain choices... i mean... a guy has to sleep once in awhile.
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Long rides with long and steep ascents and descents.
Being labeled a hipster because my bike's a little on the tarck side and I have a mess bag.
Folks who refuse to run a brake because it's uncool (Once saw a guy run into a curb to stop. His plan stopped the bike, but he kept going, doing an inverted mctwist onto the sidewalk.)
Being sneered at by roadies and or messengers. (Not all that common.)
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Originally Posted by diff_lock2 View Post
It eats your pants, fingers, and chain cleaning cloths.
Amen to that /\

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i'm pretty sure most will agree: the hipster tax.
i love building and buying as much as the next guy, but when 30 year old bikes are reaching $200.. i just don't get it.
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As a roadie who loves riding the FG I don't like being stereotyped by the general (non-FG) cycling community.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:46 AM
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Headwind. Regretted not taking the road bike out yesterday instead of the fixed bike.
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chain maintenance and adjustments
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Not being able to stand up and coast when my butt has had enough for the day.

roadfix, +1
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