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To Whom Ever Is Making And Selling All The Clown Bikes In Riga......

Old 03-18-10, 01:25 AM
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To Whom Ever Is Making And Selling All The Clown Bikes In Riga......

To whomever is making and selling all the clown bikes in Riga,

Lately I've seen quite a few of the bikes you have been selling, which is surprising considering that the streets are still full of snow. While I might think that they look silly with their neon colors and tiny handlebars, I really don't care as I don't have to ride them.

What I do care about though is my safely, and the safety of others, as both a fellow rider and a pedestrian. So I'll ask you in goodwill to put either some sort of foot retention or a brake on the bikes you sell. Both would be nice, but neither is ****ing ridiculous.

I know fashion can be a *****, but just how do you expect people to stop with neither toe clips or a brake?

All the best,

Ziemas.

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Greetings from your slow neighbours. Here in Tartu, which is a student town with many cyclists fixed-gear is also popular, I don't ride it but many do. As much as I see and hear they haven't caused accidents and they are not racing or causing dangerous situations. My opinion is that if you can ride it without puting others in danger let them do it. Let them by fashionable, it will go over soon as fashion always changes. Loads of snow here too, it's not going to melt before May, but that doesn't stop cyclists from cycling.
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Originally Posted by Etsike View Post
Greetings from your slow neighbours. Here in Tartu, which is a student town with many cyclists fixed-gear is also popular, I don't ride it but many do. As much as I see and hear they haven't caused accidents and they are not racing or causing dangerous situations. My opinion is that if you can ride it without puting others in danger let them do it. Let them by fashionable, it will go over soon as fashion always changes. Loads of snow here too, it's not going to melt before May, but that doesn't stop cyclists from cycling.
The problem is, FG riders without brakes or retention ARE putting others in danger.

As explained (many times) elsewhere: If your feet come off of the pedals, they're gonna keep spinning. If you don't have brakes either, you're not stopping without touching the ground, and that's typically not graceful. Retention will keep your feet on the pedals and prevent this dangerous situation from happening.
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how'd this get past the censor to begin with?
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Um, what are the odds that someone ~150 miles away from Riga responded to this post within 20 minutes?
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riga where?
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Riga, please!
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Riga, Latvia. Im assuming
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Originally Posted by Etsike View Post
Greetings from your slow neighbours. Here in Tartu, which is a student town with many cyclists fixed-gear is also popular, I don't ride it but many do. As much as I see and hear they haven't caused accidents and they are not racing or causing dangerous situations. My opinion is that if you can ride it without puting others in danger let them do it. Let them by fashionable, it will go over soon as fashion always changes. Loads of snow here too, it's not going to melt before May, but that doesn't stop cyclists from cycling.
Oh, I love FG bikes and have several that I ride in Riga. The issue with the bikes being sold here is that there is no safe and secure way to stop them, and they are being sold to new riders who don't seem to realize this.

Heavy traffic + lots of pedestrians + FG bike with no foot retention or brakes = trouble for all cyclist after the first serious accident.

BTW, I do visit Tartu from time to time. It's a nice town.

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riga where?
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Riga, Latvia. Im assuming
Jaa, Riga, Latvia.
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reminds me of belin, was it berlin?, banning fixed gear bikes with no brakes.
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It was Berlin.
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reminds me of belin, was it berlin?, banning fixed gear bikes with no brakes.
No one is banning anything. Someone is selling FG bikes with no foot retention and no brakes. You know, bikes that can't easily be stopped in traffic, especially by the new riders that are buying them.

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No one is banning anything. Someone is selling FG bikes with no foot retention and no brakes. You know, bikes that can't easily be stopped in traffic, especially by the new riders that are buying them.
no, no, you have me all wrong.

If there are enough idiots riding around causing enough accidents because they don't have bikes that can stop properly, then the government might crack down on it.
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no, no, you have me all wrong.

If there are enough idiots riding around causing enough accidents because they don't have bikes that can stop properly, then the government might crack down on it.
That's what I fear. The last thing we need is a police crackdown on people on bikes, especially if it's seen as a revenue source considering the country is bankrupt. Not to mention that some innocent person might get injured.

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Riga, please!
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I spoke with some kid the other day riding with neither brakes or foot retention, and his comment was that he rides 42x18, so it's 'easy' to stop. I see a lot of chipped teeth in the future. He was a nice guy though. I hope he get's some toe clips.....
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Yeah Berlin cracked down hard. As long as you have a break they let it slide though. The the fixed gear boom is boomin here. People are riding all sorts of janky conversions to look cool. No foot ret. etc. You also see lots of single speeds with only the front brake. No rear or coaster brake. It gets scary out there sometimes. Since we had really nice spring weather the past days, everyone was out in force after not biking all winter. It was full on running of the bike-salmon.
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Saw my first Fred Flintstone panic stop the other day. Some guy on his FG with no foot retention and no brakes had to slam a foot on the curb in the middle of heavy traffic to stop. He was going about 15km/h. Urgh.
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reminds me of belin, was it berlin?, banning fixed gear bikes with no brakes.
Geography FAIL!!
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Riga, please!


EDIT: didn't see scrod's; still
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I think you mean "whoever" not "whomever"
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So, I don't really have the time to go through the whole thread: has the culprit responded?
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Geography FAIL!!
how so?
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There is a kid that I know through my girlfriend, I haven't spoken to him about it personally but she has. He converted his old road bike to a singlespeed, in the process he removed both brakes, he decided that it looked cooler that way, so he left them off. The first time he was riding downtown he did a faceplant trying to stop in traffic... he still hasn't put any brakes on. Also, I doubt he has the competency to know how to remove/install a freewheel, so I'm assuming he left the entire cluster on the rear hub. One more thing, he rides in unwrapped drops and flies around campus having to flintstone it every time he stops.
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