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13 Reasons Why the Fixies Fad should end now

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13 Reasons Why the Fixies Fad should end now

Old 07-14-09, 01:50 AM
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i was at the lbs today buying some cork tape when a kid with shoulder length hair and no shoes walked up, pushing his fuji track pro. he'd replaced the drop bars with risers and had no idea about gear ratio's, lockring being tightened on the cog, etc. he rode without a brake but said he couldn't do skid stops.

regardless, it was frustrating seeing a nice bike being ridden by someone with absolutely no clue. especially considering he'd brought it into the shop just to have a flat repaired!
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Old 07-14-09, 02:04 AM
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There's nothing wrong riding a fixed gear bike recreationally or on the track, but there is something wrong when you do nothing but silly barspin tricks and skids. There's really nothing cool about looking like a colorful *****exual circus clown on two wheels.



Yet another wonderful bike bites the dust due to trend-chasing idiots.
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Old 07-14-09, 02:05 AM
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i was at the lbs today buying some cork tape when a kid with shoulder length hair and no shoes walked up, pushing his fuji track pro. he'd replaced the drop bars with risers and had no idea about gear ratio's, lockring being tightened on the cog, etc. he rode without a brake but said he couldn't do skid stops.

regardless, it was frustrating seeing a nice bike being ridden by someone with absolutely no clue. especially considering he'd brought it into the shop just to have a flat repaired!
eh.

that's more of symptom that people at large are clueless morons that only exist to consume and blame others.

talk to any bike mechanic that has worked in a busy shop and he'll tell you about countless fools bringing in their Huffy K-mart bikes and demanding the impossible or the dentist that freaks out on them for looking at their $6000 carbon I'm-better-than-you-bicycle wrong.

every demographic has its fair share of weirdos and trend-chasers.
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Old 07-14-09, 02:14 AM
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always gets me when bikes are braught in to have the tire changed
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Old 07-14-09, 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by IllSpecialist View Post
Any article with the word "fixie" in it, has no merit as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 07-14-09, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by icelemmings View Post
I was actually wondering today when this would hit the brink and finally taper off.

I was walking through Washington Square Park last fall and some young looking kid was walking with a pack of friends. Slightly overweight, wearing Old-Navy-ish oversized shorts, t-shirt and converse with his backpack on.

His bike? A brakeless red powdercoated road conversion. Blue anodized hubs, matching machined blue anodized rims. A Brooks knock-off saddle up top. Positive rise stem with track bars, no bar tape or plugs. Back from summer at home to show off his new "fixie" to his friends at NYU.

Honestly, I thought that would be the end of it but this board keeps on accruing members each month.
Not necessarily jackass
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Old 07-14-09, 04:27 AM
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almost decidedly not jackass.
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Old 07-14-09, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
I'd like to buy Yosef Solomon (the article's author) a drink. I agree with it all. Especially the worshiping bike messengers thing. I never understood that sh*t. Revering bike messengers is like revering taxi drivers. I don't get it. Never did. I knew rich kids that became bike messengers for the cool points.

Of course, I don't understand cheap, low quality beer either.
i agree with everything you've said ;]
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Old 07-14-09, 06:59 AM
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::shrug::

The irony for me is I had no interest in fg riding a year ago, I only bought a bikesdirect single speed because my old walmart bike had been stolen and I wanted something lighter and simpler to replace it. A hipster friend of mine who built a fixed gear when he moved to brooklyn kept pressuring me to try it, so I gave in, found I enjoyed it, and now I'm more into it than he is.

So hipster-fads can't be all bad.
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Old 07-14-09, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
meh, don't care if the "fad" stays or goes, i'll be riding regardless.
yep. and buying all the perfectly good take-offs from fixsters in craigslist for dirt cheap because they either can't fix it or "upgraded" to a different set of parts.
i, for one, will be glad when the "trend" dies, because it will create an influx of cheap bikes and parts for me!
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Old 07-14-09, 07:54 AM
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I live in Maine so trends migrate slowly, I think most people are baffled by the fixed wheel transmission. People I talk to don't understand why anyone would want to ride a one speed fixed bicycle.
They would understand if they gave it a try.
I will just keep doing my thing.
 
Old 07-14-09, 08:12 AM
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I'm not a hipster and I'm building my first fixed as we speak; why you ask?

I want to haul ass, cadence, and get my legs jacked. I've ridden SS exclusively since I first rode thanks to BMX, and I've built my fair share of 20", 24" cruisers, DJ's, and 29er's, but never a fixed wheel bike. I've also never owned a road-specific bike, only MTB/BMX, so I'm pretty excited.

Nothing really to do with any trends.
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Old 07-14-09, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by benjamin831 View Post
There's nothing wrong riding a fixed gear bike recreationally or on the track, but there is something wrong when you do nothing but silly barspin tricks and skids.
Oh, thanks for clearing that up. I was wondering what you thought about that. Very helpful!
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Old 07-14-09, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
When riding fixed gears hit the mainstream and major manufacturers started offering them the fad was over... now it is just another way to cycle.

It is bound to stick as so many people just like it... my friend's mom just built up her first fixed gear and she is in her 50's.

His dad is working on building one for himself.

This couple rides year round and are hard core cyclists.
I agree 100%. Fixed gear riding is becoming much more diverse and I think the fad is over, but the popularity is still there and growing. It won't die and it's now just a new form of cycling.
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Old 07-14-09, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by benjamin831 View Post
There's nothing wrong riding a fixed gear bike recreationally or on the track, but there is something wrong when you do nothing but silly barspin tricks and skids. There's really nothing cool about looking like a colorful *****exual circus clown on two wheels.



Yet another wonderful bike bites the dust due to trend-chasing idiots.
Yes, so silly.
Are you deciding what's wrong and what's right today?
Good for you.
Your post is jackass.
One of the best features about a fixed gear bike is that I can commute on it and do tricks if I wish.
 
Old 07-14-09, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
I'd like to buy Yosef Solomon (the article's author) a drink. I agree with it all. Especially the worshiping bike messengers thing. I never understood that sh*t. Revering bike messengers is like revering taxi drivers. I don't get it. Never did. I knew rich kids that became bike messengers for the cool points.

Of course, I don't understand cheap, low quality beer either.
Ah, but I think you do.
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Old 07-14-09, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Yo! View Post
I'm not a hipster and I'm building my first fixed as we speak; why you ask?

I want to haul ass, cadence, and get my legs jacked. I've ridden SS exclusively since I first rode thanks to BMX, and I've built my fair share of 20", 24" cruisers, DJ's, and 29er's, but never a fixed wheel bike. I've also never owned a road-specific bike, only MTB/BMX, so I'm pretty excited.

Nothing really to do with any trends.
Cadence, fine. Haul ass? Get a decent road bike. Legs jacked? Get a gym membership.

Please stop trying to justify why you are building a certain type of bicycle, especially if it is fashionable now to have. Get it, ride it, enjoy it. Stop thinking so much about why you should have one.
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Old 07-14-09, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
well ive never seen any chick like in that photo so guess im hanging my fixie out for retirement...
No kidding!

The article's pretty funny, but it does sound like the author needs to:

1) Get laid.
2) Go for a bike ride and relax.

I did really like the "one less fixie" bumper sticker.
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no kidding!

The article's pretty funny, but it does sound like the author needs to:

1) get laid.
2) go for a bike ride and relax.

I did really like the "one less fixie" bumper sticker.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Gah! I own that bag!

Well, I use it for a briefcase, not a messenger bag. But still!
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I got a fixed because i thought they looked hot, big whoop wanna fight about it?!
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Fixed gear riding should die? Well, I am a very recent addition to the fixed gear way. I've been cycling as both a hobby and lifestyle (if you want to call it that) for well over 20 years. I've owned my share of bikes. When I purchased the Steamroller off a guy who owned it for 2 weeks it was a fluke. For the last years I've been down to one bike. A 13 year old Cannondale CAAD3 hardtail frame setup as a Frankenstein mix of cross/touring. It was and is a nice bike. I built up that bike because I was finished not with cycling but with cycling culture. The concept of team riding had and continues to destroy road cycling (cycling is an individual effort), massive travel, full suspension and lack of any real professional talent caused mountain biking to cave, triathletes turned performance cycling into aerodynamic, straight-line boredom, old-schoolers became outrageous freaks whose only real purpose was to look and act even freakier and the only folks that seemed to have the slightest bit of sense left in them were the guys and gals who considered 10 hours in the saddle to be a short day. So, I went my own way and became a by choice solitary rider and person. I was finished with "you" and stayed that way for years. Then I rode the Steamroller. By the time 2 weeks past every single good reason I had for riding in the first place and every single positive feeling cycling had ever given me returned in full force. I was and am reborn. Years of self imposed isolation and disdain for "you" melted away seemingly in a single crank rotation. To me, fixed gear cycling is proof of God's existence and riding one keeps me close to that. No matter what might happen, fixed gear cycling will be alive and well both in my soul and on the roads I travel for the length of time I'm consuming oxygen. You'll know me when you see me - I'm the one waving. I hope you wave back.
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Old 07-14-09, 10:19 AM
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well written response, i agree with most of it.
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Old 07-14-09, 10:31 AM
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I just like riding my bike. Frig everything else.
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