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    I hate fixies.

    Because one just bucked me off (trying to avoid getting doored) and put my face into the asphalt.
    Not really hurt, just annoyed that I forgot how to ride one of them hipstermobiles (borrowed) ...
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    Glad to hear you aren't hurt. Whenever I ride my fixed gear commuter after a while of riding geared bikes, I have to fight that split-second temptation to relax and coast.
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    For the street they don't make sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    For the street they don't make sense to me.
    And they do for the mountain?

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    ^probably means track

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    Some time ago I was riding downhill on a fixie and jumped off a curb. Well, I normally do drops with the cranks horizontal so that's what I did this time as well. I managed to stay on the bike but damn, you really can't let your guard down with them!

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    Seen it like twenty times, but it still makes me laugh:

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    I wouldn't ever ride a fixie on the street, especially brakeless. Save it for the velodrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    And they do for the mountain?
    They are a fun on snow and ice. I love mine in Winter.


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    never rode one but am interested to try. here in L.A. there are a ton of morons riding them through traffic like it's a playground, with no brake or helmet of course. Its so Hip. Problem i see is that many of them aren't very good on a bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    And they do for the mountain?
    ...As opposed to being used on a velodrome.....You know, what they were really meant for.
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    I used to ride a fixed gear bike with a front brake. A car cut me off to go into a parking space and I hit the front brake and stopped pedaling as I rolled over the curb onto the sidewalk. That resulted in the back wheel popping several feet off the ground as I was heading straight for a telephone pole. I rode on the front tire and just managed to stop before hitting the pole. I probably could have controlled a regular bike much better than that.

    If you are really good at skidding, you can slow down in about twice the distance you could using a normal bike with brakes. Even with a front brake, you most likely won't be able to stop as quickly because you'll still have to lock up the back wheel. All that skidding wears out rear tires really fast. The money you save in brake pads is meaningless compared to the number of tires you will destroy.

    Bottom line - fixed gear bikes are interesting and maybe even fun but kind of silly and definitely more dangerous. I have a single speed road bike with front and rear brakes and a flip flop hub and I never bother to use the fixed side because coasting down hills is one of the best things about riding a bike.

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    Can someone explain the pros of a fixie? I don't get it

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    Fixed gear commuter here, and on a track bike of all things!! It won't see a velodrome to be honest, as that is not why I got it. I wear a helmet, and run a front brake because I am not insane. The bike is a hell of a lot of fun to ride on the street. I don't ride like an idiot and I stop at lights/stop signs.

    You have to relearn how to ride a bike when you make the transition. You don't get to cheat on the hills. You don't get to take that break from pedaling on a slight decline. You don't get to prepare yourself by placing the pedals at 3/9 to pop a curb.
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    They'll improve your cadence with a low gear if you mash a lot, and keep you spinning when you would be slacking. It'll teach you to post up and pedal over rough stuff instead of counting on your freehub to save you.

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    I have one for commuting. It works well for that tasks because it needs low maintenance, its quiet, and fun.

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    Lol ok well that sounds dangerous to me.. Good luck!

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    watch "to live and ride in L.A." streaming on netflix. you'll see how some of the fixie guys ride around here. Some of them are good cyclists but running red lights and narrowly escaping being slammed by a motor vehicle is just idiotic

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    I have a fixie made with an old aluminum frame from the 90s. This thing looks like complete crap but it's fun to ride. It's pretty simple and makes you peddle all the time, so on climbs your arse and legs are gonna be hurtin. It's just the sheer simplicity of the bike that makes it fun to me.

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    This guy gets bucked off his fixie too.


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    Caution: Riding a fixie for any length of time can cause a hazardous change in ones personality.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    I hate fixies.

    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Caution: Riding a fixie for any length of time can cause a hazardous change in ones personality.
    Riding (or attempting to ride) a fixie off road may cause a hazardous change in ones body. In believe there are people who actually do this, not hipsters, but equally smug retrogrouches. Can think of few things more nuts.
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    I've gotta say that having a fixie in the stable (although it's not a typical hipster fixie) has improved my off road riding. In twisty spots where I used to tap the brakes, I'm now much more likely to just let the bike do its thing. It was surprising, but a nice benefit.

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    Re: I hate fixies.

    I like a nice fixed gear bicycle, but I absolutely despise the average mindless zombie trend follower that comprises most of the fixed gear community.

    It's certainly dying down, though. Soon, they'll all be on to the next trend, with a brand new costume to go along with it, and their ugly trend accessories will be overflowing the craigslist bicycle classifieds.

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    Am I the only one that has no desire to ever ride one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandSpur View Post
    Am I the only one that has no desire to ever ride one?
    Nope, and I'll take it one step further and say I have no desire to even ride a single speed for any length of time, at least on my commute. I feel like I am always compromising, set up for the hills I am spinning out on the flats and vice versa.

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    I commuted a singlespeed for two years or so. I was in Manhattan, though. But, it was kind of fun. I bought the bike as a crappy 10-speed, but after I'd thrown out enough parts, it was actually really fun. It developed a much lighter, sportier feel.
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    Re: I hate fixies.

    I rode a singlespeed when I lived in Manhattan. It's a very flat place and I left the bike locked outside. So when geared components stated disintegrating, I started throwing them out. Pro tip: the right BMX freewheel threads right on to a threaded hub. I did keep the brakes, though. I was pretty happy with the result. Getting rid of all the old, junky 10-speed stuff gave me a fun, sporty ride. In retrospect, I can't help wondering how much weight I got off it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandSpur View Post
    Am I the only one that has no desire to ever ride one?
    Nope, I'm right there with you. Riding (to me anyway) is about pleasure and not pain. I'll stick to my 6" FS, 2x9 setup thank you.

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    I started out on fixies growing up. But I eventually upgraded.

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    I hate fixies.

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    Am I the only one that has no desire to ever ride one?
    Well I built one and am afraid to ride it. Just the thought of having to pedal constantly, and never be able to freewheel tires me out


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    This is a fad that makes no sense lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I rode a singlespeed when I lived in Manhattan. It's a very flat place and I left the bike locked outside. So when geared components stated disintegrating, I started throwing them out. Pro tip: the right BMX freewheel threads right on to a threaded hub. I did keep the brakes, though. I was pretty happy with the result. Getting rid of all the old, junky 10-speed stuff gave me a fun, sporty ride. In retrospect, I can't help wondering how much weight I got off it.
    And what does any of this ^^^ have to do with a fixie.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Caution: Riding a fixie for any length of time can cause a hazardous change in ones personality.
    I cannot seem to quote the picture that you posted of the "hipster", which will make my post seem less effective. The only thing that applies to me from that picture is the Chrome messenger bag. I have one because I simply cannot find a better made and more useful bag to commute with. Durable, and so easy to use. I checked out bags from Timbuk2 and other manufacturers, and they just don't match up in quality and ease of use along with the comfort of it.

    I have tattoos, but had them before I got a fixed gear. I don't call them fixies either. It is simply a fixed gear. I shave my face, my head, and am well groomed. If I ride in jeans, they are not skin tight, and only the right leg is rolled up to keep it out of the chain. When you don't wear skinny jeans, you have to do this. I wear a helmet not a cycling hat. I wear Shimano biking shoes and clip in. I wear a normal belt. No spoke cards (yet lol). My keys ride in my bag or shorts pocket. My bike was professionally assembled at a reputable shop by reputable mechanics. I wear riding glasses simply for eye protection, clear or tinted depending on the conditions. And finally, I would never have gauges in my ears, ever. They aren't even pierced.

    While the fixed gear community does have quite a few people in it like this, there are so many of us that are not like that. Just like the mountain bike community has the full blown spandex kit wearing ultra douche bags that are so annoying, not all mountain bikers are like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Well I built one and am afraid to ride it. Just the thought of having to pedal constantly, and never be able to freewheel tires me out


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    I used to worry about that also. Like how in the heck would I be able to ride any type of distance and not be able to rest my legs. It is pretty easy once you do it a few times. Your legs have to go through the motions, but you are not always "pedaling" the bike. I rest my legs as I ride and just let the pedals do their thing. My feet are still on the pedals, but I am not working my muscles at all. My first commute to work on a fixed gear was 8.5 miles. I thought that I would die. The ride home was even worse because my legs were not used to riding fixed. Last Friday night I rode 52 miles with a group of people, and did sprints up to about 30 mph in some short bursts. My rear hurt more than my legs did when I got home.
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    I used to worry about that also. Like how in the heck would I be able to ride any type of distance and not be able to rest my legs. It is pretty easy once you do it a few times. Your legs have to go through the motions, but you are not always "pedaling" the bike. I rest my legs as I ride and just let the pedals do their thing. My feet are still on the pedals, but I am not working my muscles at all. My first commute to work on a fixed gear was 8.5 miles. I thought that I would die. The ride home was even worse because my legs were not used to riding fixed. Last Friday night I rode 52 miles with a group of people, and did sprints up to about 30 mph in some short bursts. My rear hurt more than my legs did when I got home.
    Inspiring. I have a flip flop hub and intend to flip from SS to fixed today. So much rain here the trails are a mucky mess. The fixie on the road seems like a challenge that can only do good for the legs. I have front and rear brakes and can stop if I can't handle anything.


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    ^ give it a shot. The worst that happens is that you don't like it, and you flip it back. That is how I started. Was riding single, and one day I decided to try fixed. Didn't work for me right off the bat, but I kept trying, and now I love it.

    Hope that you have a good experience with it. My experience with it is that more rear brake is better than front since you want to stop the wheel that is "powered".
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    ^ give it a shot. The worst that happens is that you don't like it, and you flip it back. That is how I started. Was riding single, and one day I decided to try fixed. Didn't work for me right off the bat, but I kept trying, and now I love it.

    Hope that you have a good experience with it. My experience with it is that more rear brake is better than front since you want to stop the wheel that is "powered".
    Flopped mine to fixed today and popped my cherry. Only 10 miles of rolling terrain, but enough to learn lessons Hard things: mounting, descending. Not so hard: tempo riding, climbing.

    Mounting reminiscent of mounting mountain bike on hill , only the crank is turning. I straddled the top tube , clipped in right foot, started moving forward slowly and was able to catch and clip left foot on pedal on 2nd or 3rd crank revolution. Not elegant but successful. Descending, hardest thing is to resist overwhelming temptation to try to coast, which of course you can't. So using my rear brake as anchor, I slowed bike ever down to speed where crank cadence was comfy and manageable. On flats, just hammer as smoothly as possible , using the pedal in circles technique. Climbing is exactly like a SS mountain bike. I put flat bar on fixie; so I stood pulled, on the bars and pushed and pulled on the pedals. The troll who once posted on this forum that there's no upstroke in pedaling a bicycle has never ridden a fixie , much less climbed on one.


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    Was this on or off road?

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    Was this on or off road?

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    ^ now ride fixed for a week, and then switch back to a bike with a freewheel again. I find that my legs have to re-learn how to coast, which is a really bizarre feeling.

    Right at the start of a ride I'll try to hop a curb or something. My brain wants to level the pedals and preload the bike, but my legs absolutely refuse to let me level the pedals and instead they just keep spinning like idiots. I figure it out again pretty quickly, but it usually takes a block or two to get things down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Caution: Riding a fixie for any length of time can cause a hazardous change in ones personality.

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I cannot seem to quote the picture that you posted of the "hipster", which will make my post seem less effective. The only thing that applies to me from that picture is the Chrome messenger bag. I have one because I simply cannot find a better made and more useful bag to commute with. Durable, and so easy to use. I checked out bags from Timbuk2 and other manufacturers, and they just don't match up in quality and ease of use along with the comfort of it.

    I have tattoos, but had them before I got a fixed gear. I don't call them fixies either. It is simply a fixed gear. I shave my face, my head, and am well groomed. If I ride in jeans, they are not skin tight, and only the right leg is rolled up to keep it out of the chain. When you don't wear skinny jeans, you have to do this. I wear a helmet not a cycling hat. I wear Shimano biking shoes and clip in. I wear a normal belt. No spoke cards (yet lol). My keys ride in my bag or shorts pocket. My bike was professionally assembled at a reputable shop by reputable mechanics. I wear riding glasses simply for eye protection, clear or tinted depending on the conditions. And finally, I would never have gauges in my ears, ever. They aren't even pierced.

    While the fixed gear community does have quite a few people in it like this, there are so many of us that are not like that. Just like the mountain bike community has the full blown spandex kit wearing ultra douche bags that are so annoying, not all mountain bikers are like that.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Re: I hate fixies.

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    And what does any of this ^^^ have to do with a fixie.
    You'd be surprised how many people don't distinguish between a singlespeed road bike and a fixie.

    Aside from you won't ever see me take a brakeless bike on the road, I have some definite sympathy with fans of fixies. You don't realize until you try removing it how much crap a multispeed drivetrain adds.

    I actually have a track bike now, but aside from a few training sessions before my first time on the velodrome, I've only ever had it on the velodrome. Brakes aren't legal there, and I'm too lazy to add and subtract a bunch of stuff all the time.

    It's an interesting feeling to be able to slow the bike by resisting the pedals with my feet. At risk of sounding cliche, I actually kind of liked it - I felt a lot more connected to the bike.

    I wore the finish off the parts of the brake levers on my old MTB that I put my fingers over. I used to say that was my zen-like connection with the bike. But there really is nothing quite like a fixed drivetrain.
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    ^ now ride fixed for a week, and then switch back to a bike with a freewheel again. I find that my legs have to re-learn how to coast, which is a really bizarre feeling.

    Right at the start of a ride I'll try to hop a curb or something. My brain wants to level the pedals and preload the bike, but my legs absolutely refuse to let me level the pedals and instead they just keep spinning like idiots. I figure it out again pretty quickly, but it usually takes a block or two to get things down.
    I ended up selling my geared cross bike for this reason. I ended up hating it because I found myself cheating by coasting.

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    I liked the movie about the fixie couriers in New York a year or 2 ago. That's as close as I will get to riding one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    I liked the movie about the fixie couriers in New York a year or 2 ago. That's as close as I will get to riding one.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    The cliche is that you feel connected to the bike. It is true though, at least for me. I really enjoy it and look less and less forward to the winter and getting a geared fat bike and commuting on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    A lot of the riding scenes in the movie were done by Austin Horse, who is one of the best bike messengers in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    But there really is nothing quite like a fixed drivetrain.
    Yeah it's a constant pedal nightmare.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Especially on the road, I pedal almost all the time anyway. Actually, that makes the track bike a little sketchier in some ways - it doesn't feel any different than what I do all the time anyway, so it's easier to forget I can't coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Especially on the road, I pedal almost all the time anyway. Actually, that makes the track bike a little sketchier in some ways - it doesn't feel any different than what I do all the time anyway, so it's easier to forget I can't coast.
    C'mon now. I'm calling BS. NOBODY pedals all the way down a long descent, UNLESS they are on a fixed gear. It ain't natural to spin out pedaling if you have a freewheel. Its natural to coast. It's a huge strain to keep
    pedaling on a fixie while descending. Resisting the urge to coast is a mindf ***. Bless you if can do it. Me , I have to pull rear brake to slow the bike down to a speed where the cadence is manageable, if not comfortable.


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    I have a fixed gear with a front brake that I used to commute on and it is fun to ride. Simple, nothing can really go wrong with it. When I lived in a Winnipeg I started riding a single-speed on the trails in the city but swapped it ti fixed to make it more interesting. A fixed gear mtb makes the same old trails seem new and exiting. I wouldn't do it where there are long steep hills though. Fixed gear is just another way to have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    C'mon now. I'm calling BS. NOBODY pedals all the way down a long descent, UNLESS they are on a fixed gear. It ain't natural to spin out pedaling if you have a freewheel. Its natural to coast. It's a huge strain to keep
    pedaling on a fixie while descending. Resisting the urge to coast is a mindf ***. Bless you if can do it. Me , I have to pull rear brake to slow the bike down to a speed where the cadence is manageable, if not comfortable.


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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    I liked the movie about the fixie couriers in New York a year or 2 ago. That's as close as I will get to riding one.
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    Probably going to age myself here, but when I first read your post I assumed you dropped a zero and were talking about Quicksilver...LOL The first fixie fad movie.

    I will have to check that one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yep I'm with dirtjunkie on this. "A constant pedal nightmare"
    "Nightmare" is a bit extreme. Think of it as "constant pedal challenge". Yes, you are locked into pedaling, but brakes do make it manageable. What could be a better fitness , leg strength builder than being forced to pedal?

    Off road use , however, is beyond my powers of imagination.


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    Kindof surprised no one has posted this yet: Post Your Fixed Gear MTB

    I use mine on the tame singletrack that's around, but it's pretty terrifying.

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    I hate fixies.

    There's a fixie/single speed forum on road bike review. One of the regulars put it like this:

    For most riders, it's kind of an all-or-nothing thing: if you don't hate it, you'll get addicted to it.
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    You can put your feet on the top tube if you really want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    You can put your feet on the top tube if you really want to.
    You also can get off your mountain bike and hike a section you think is too gnarly, but it is not exactly a badge of honor.


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    You want to see some crazy fixed gear riding you should check out Line of Sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    You also can get off your mountain bike and hike a section you think is too gnarly, but it is not exactly a badge of honor.
    Yeah, I know what you mean. Machismo can be entertaining, when it can keep itself from telling you how much it can bench press.

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    It's funny how it's always a rider with gears telling people they couldn't ride a singlespeed bike, and an SS rider saying he couldn't ride a fixie. People are quick to limit themselves. They are not sure they can do something, so they won't. It's safer to stay within the boundaries you set yourself, especially if you know you can reach them. But where's the fun in that?

    I find it very important in life to do things even if I'm not sure I can do it.

    And there's a little secret: it is easier to ride with just one gear if that's all you have. Forget simulating it with a geared bike on one gear - it's just not the same. Also the constant pedalling is easier on a fixed bike. It can't be mimicked by just doing it on a bike with a freewheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    Yeah, I know what you mean. Machismo can be entertaining, when it can keep itself from telling you how much it can bench press.
    Heh

    Reminds me of this joke: Q. How do you know if a guy rides a fixie?

    A. He'll tell you
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    Right? I suppose that joke could translate to anything from how do you know if a guy rides a fixie to thinks he's buff, loves guns, races motorcycles, can fix anything, is an idiot chauvinist, etc.

    Seems like a lot of guys are 'funny' like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    Right? I suppose that joke could translate to anything from how do you know if a guy rides a fixie to thinks he's buff, loves guns, races motorcycles, can fix anything, is an idiot chauvinist, etc.

    Seems like a lot of guys are 'funny' like that.

    Maybe so. The fixie joke is well known among roadies
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Maybe so. The fixie joke is well known among roadies
    Ive heard that joke but with two other groups.

    with triathletes and firefighters..
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    I've heard the variation with vegetarians.

    Here's a new one: How do you know if a road cyclist hates fixies?
    - You tell a joke and he doesn't laugh. Turning to more serious subjects, he explains that too much saddle-time on a narrow saddle has made him impotent, which has made him bitter and unable to see or enjoy fun things in life.

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    I've also heard that joke concerning apple fanboys. Here's another Vege joke or more of a saying I suppose:

    Vegetarian is an old indian word for bad hunter.

    Now, of course, this is a terrible joke and is insulting not only to vegetarians but meat eating native americans as well. The real joke is that my dad went on vacation a few years back and got me a t-shirt with that boldly printed on it, not only that but he got one for himself as well.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Thonet Bike Ė An amazing wooden fixie bike
    ďThonet BikeĒ is a concept of wooden fixie bike created by designer Andy Martin in collaboration with Thonet. Equipped with carbon fiber wheels, this fixie bikes first strikes by its clean beech wood frame made through a process of steam bending developed in the 1930s. Beautiful.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    ^ 10/10 would ride.

    I don't care if it is a fad or what anyone thinks. I love riding fixed.
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    ^ 10/10 would ride.

    I don't care if it is a fad or what anyone thinks. I love riding fixed.
    +1 And I'm not hesitant to tell anyone/ everyone I do.


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    Rode 45 miles last night with a group, 20 miles or so at a slower group pace, and then the rest as a small group terrorizing the town with sprints, cruising, etc. Was a blast, and I pedaled the whole way! The horror!!!
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    purely aesthetics but i think fixies look anemic. the frames can be beautifully done but that single cog at the back makes me think: "where's the beef?" one of the nice things about gears-gears-gears is the ease they gives your knees.
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    That is pretty funny, because I look at a geared bike, and think to myself, man that looks like a hot mess with the derailleurs and the extra cables and then shifters or whatever. And then when you are in the biggest gear, the derailleur hangs way down like that and the chain looks really stretched out. If you remove all of that, wow, the bike looks really clean!

    This thing is beautiful!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    This thing is beautiful!!

    Yeah, I get to ride it every day!
    Pardon me sir but isn't that one of those road thingamajiggys.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    It sure is! Having a blast on the road on it and not looking back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    It sure is! Having a blast on the road on it and not looking back.
    there's no denying the "bare essentials" appeal of a fixie but for those of us equipped with less than olympian knees, a big, fat, bulging rear sprocket, loaded with options is just what the doctor ordered.

    like that old joke about a young bull and an old bull standing on a hill overlooking a herd of heffers. the young bull says "let's run down and screw 'em all" and the old bull says "no, let's walk down."

    that 18th gear is myyyyyy buddy.
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    Nope, the young bull - Penn says " let's run down and screw one of them" and the old bull - Duvall says " no, let's walk down and screw `em all. From movie Colours...

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    My car has no shocks/springs or brakes and has only one gear.

    Said no one ever.

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    I am running a front brake because I am not crazy. Cars and bikes cannot be compared here.
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    Check out my high-end (ehm) single speed. What is not to like about it? It even has bells ffs!



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    yes ... a picture is starting to emerge here of nilistic curmudgeons with a (singular) cog loose ...

    i think we may be able to relate after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Fixie donít stop, fixie donít care.

    HAD to google and find the source..

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    Follow a truck that closely at that speed, and you are bound to wreck. Rider is an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I am running a front brake because I am not crazy. Cars and bikes cannot be compared here.
    Comparing vehicles? Its crazy talk right?

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    I hate fixies.

    My "regular" road bike has compact chainrings and 11-30 ten speed cassette. My mtb is a 650b 1X10 with 30T chainring and 11-40 cassette. Generally, like most mormal people, I prefer the geared bikes. Though I also have an old school 26'er mtb SS, geared at 32:17. I do prefer having low gears. My fixie is geared 42:16. Considered low in the fixie world where 44T is the default ring.

    What is surprising to me and others who don't ride SS, much less fixed. is how quickly you adapt to climbing in higher gears that you normally would. All except extreme grades, that is. Very steep terrain requires an animal on a SS or fixie. Of which there are many, present company excluded. But in moderate terrain it's easier than it sounds, even for regular riders


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    It isn't that hard to climb...especially when you know that you only have one gear. Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
    Sounds like a woman I once knew.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    It isn't that hard to climb...especially when you know that you only have one gear. Just turn your mind off, ignore your legs, and start cranking.
    Reminds me of pro road racer, Jens Voigt, with his famous mantra. "Shut up, legs "

    I climb seated in that one gear up grades I didn't think I could. Only stand when the grade starts hurting the knees too much. My standing stamina isn't peak yet, though. I'll need another season of practice, meaning "wait till next year."


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