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Fixed on Fixed hate

Old 08-06-09, 12:18 PM
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Fixed on Fixed hate

So I guess I just needed to vent or something, but it just seems kinda pointless for fixed gear riders to hate on each other. Like I catch grief because my bike right now is a Specialized Langster Boston edition. The main thing is some people will hate on it because it's a factory assembled bike and it came hooked up right out of the shop. Ok, I get it, my bike isn't some Frankenbike that I built from the ground up, or some company that's "underground" or whatever like Charge or Iro or whatever. But that doesn't mean I don't love riding my fixie. I didn't get into riding because I wanted to be a "cool kid" and skid my brains out and all of that, I just picked up a fixie one day after riding my buddy's bike because I loved the way it felt and reminded me a lot of skateboarding, like just the response you get from the bike and the feeling of it. We're all doing the same thing right? So why all the hate? I dunno, sorry for the rant, just had to get that out.
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Old 08-06-09, 12:22 PM
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Lol, i always give cyclists a head nod, like whats up dude? and the only ones that never respond are fixed riders.
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Old 08-06-09, 12:24 PM
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Cool story bro.
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Langsters suck.
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skid my brains out
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Old 08-06-09, 12:30 PM
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It's not because of your bike. It's because you're from NJ.
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Originally Posted by Cy Trivialities View Post
Lol, i always give cyclists a head nod, like whats up dude? and the only ones that never respond are fixed riders.
Me too. Noone ever nods or anything back. Probably because I ride a rediculous looking tarck bike and I'm all covered in tattoos.

Oh well, I like riding and anyone that doesn't want to nod back can lick the underside of my left nut (thats the sweatier of the pair).




And to the OP.....Maybe it's because you call your track bike a "fixie." I take insult to that when someone says "ooh.....you ride a fixie." I tell them "nope." and then they look all confused.
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Old 08-06-09, 12:54 PM
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Meh
Just enjoy your bike and rise above the hate.
 
Old 08-06-09, 12:57 PM
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Gee, sounds like the vert scene in the 80's.
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Responses 3-7 are just so heartwarming. I love this place.
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Originally Posted by seedubs1 View Post
Me too. Noone ever nods or anything back. Probably because I ride a rediculous looking tarck bike and I'm all covered in tattoos.
Same thing here. I'll pass people and I get the worst looks because I'm all tattooed and rockin Vans Authentics and toe clips. These are also the people that are decked out in spandex and when you pass them they get all mad and you hear them shift gears and try to catch up with you. Good times, good times.

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Old 08-06-09, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by seedubs1 View Post
And to the OP.....Maybe it's because you call your track bike a "fixie." I take insult to that when someone says "ooh.....you ride a fixie." I tell them "nope." and then they look all confused.
Well I got into this big debate with this bike snob at work one day about how the geometry on a fixed gear and track bike are different and you can't ride velodrome on a fixed gear because it's not a track bike and blah blah blah, so I just call it that now. Didn't mean to insult you or whatever, my bad.
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^^I always thought 'Fixed Gear' was a drive train reference as was 'Single Speed' ^^
Track bikes are fixed geared as are street-style "fixies"

Pretty soon it'll be "Locals Only" assaults on the street, cuz 'you not from dis 'hood'.
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Same thing here. I'll pass people and I get the worst looks because I'm all tattooed and rockin Vans Authentics and clipless pedals. These are also the people that are decked out in spandex and when you pass them they get all mad and you hear them shift gears and try to catch up with you. Good times, good times.
Vans and clipless? How does that work?
 
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Vans Authentics make me feel old.. Nothing like being able to wrap your foot around your pedal...sounds painful.
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Old 08-06-09, 01:28 PM
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I usually use my Authentics, and yeah, I feel like an old man that should be kickin around on a boat dock somewhere, but I like the way they feel on the pedals. I'll switch it up to Nike Tiempo indoor soccer shoes though when I go on longer rides.
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Originally Posted by SpecializedNJ View Post
Well I got into this big debate with this bike snob at work one day about how the geometry on a fixed gear and track bike are different and you can't ride velodrome on a fixed gear because it's not a track bike and blah blah blah, so I just call it that now. Didn't mean to insult you or whatever, my bad.
iirc hellyer rents out langsters. not "track geo", but hellyer is definitely a track

oh yeah, and try platforms with clips, or clipless shoes. you f-ing hipster you.
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They were just Vans when I was skatin'.
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Vans and clipless? How does that work?
Meant to put to clips. I was looking at the Vans site and they actually make an SPD shoe now, had the clipless on my mind as I was typing. Had to work a "midnight madness" sale last night, so I'm runnin on 4 hours of sleep, ugh.
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oh yeah, and try platforms with clips, or clipless shoes. you f-ing hipster you.
It's awesome how I start a thread about people hating on other riders, and this is one of the posts in it. If indeed I were a "hipster", I might take offense to it. But seeing as how you don't know me, you have no idea of how I am. Just further proving the point of the original post. Thanks for your example of ignorance.
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Honestly I am pretty open to meeting new people especially cyclists. But when I'm riding if I see a cyclist on the other side of the street out of the corner of my eye I don't focus over to look a them, I just keeping looking forward. Maybe that's why no one waves back?
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Originally Posted by SpecializedNJ View Post
It's awesome how I start a thread about people hating on other riders, and this is one of the posts in it. If indeed I were a "hipster", I might take offense to it. But seeing as how you don't know me, you have no idea of how I am. Just further proving the point of the original post. Thanks for your example of ignorance.
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I was riding over a little pedestrian bridge a few days ago and a dude on a geared bike riding the other direction yelled "SPINNNER!" at me as I went buy.

I think he was being cordial enough. I was doing like 90 rpm.
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