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    New question here. "State of Single Speed" article?

    I was in a shop and saw a mag with a "State of Singlespeed" article. The article title was on the cover but it wasn't the cover story.

    My kid starting freaking so I only read a paragraph or so, but does anyone know the mag it was in? I think it was Dirt Rag, but I can't find any signs of its existance online. It may have been an old article too... it wasn't on a magazine rack, just randomly on the counter at an Ice Cream shop.

    I think the article was saying that SS is dead, but what do they know

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    It looks like the article is in the current issue. This link has a preview, but it's pretty fuzzy and hard to read.

    Dirt Rag Issue #185 is on its way

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    Thanks Will, that's totally it. Didn't recognize that cover at all while googling around for some reason.

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    I have the issue and read the article. Total crap. Well, the half I was able to read. Seems part of the article is MIA.
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    Reminds me of This article on 63xc

    "Oh, remember back in them days when we were young and X* was really new and exciting and subversive and underground but then it went mainstream so now it's still okay but the cool has faded away"

    * where X can be any lifestyle, type of music, style of clothing or whatever activity.
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    That's it.
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    I read it earlier today - what crap.........single speeds aren't going anywhere as long as beach cruisers are available; I don't rent bikes when I go to the beach, I take my high quality SS and ride it........
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    Yep, pretty stupid article... sorry I even mentioned it. OMG FAT BIKES ARE THE NEW TREND NOT SS! OH NOES!

    Ah well, as a life long metal fan, I am used to this trend BS. Do what you like.

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    Wow. You all got your panties in a bunch about that? As I read it, he's saying "same as it ever was". It's still full of riders giving a double middle fingered salute to increasingly complex bike tech, it's still full of trend hoppers & it's still one rider, one bike, one gear.
    Relax & have a beer for chrissakes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior View Post
    Wow. You all got your panties in a bunch about that? As I read it, he's saying "same as it ever was". It's still full of riders giving a double middle fingered salute to increasingly complex bike tech, it's still full of trend hoppers & it's still one rider, one bike, one gear.
    Relax & have a beer for chrissakes!
    You're right. Imma crush an IPA right after I install this tampon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TManiac View Post
    You're right. Imma crush an IPA right after I install this tampon.
    hahaha, that caught me off guard and hit a soft spot. well played.
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    Singlespeeding might not be cool anymore, but ironic singlespeeding is very cool. Everybody knows that.

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    maybe the author wants us all to think that "the man" wants us to think that they are goig to do away with single-speed specific stuff so we will demand special single-speed stuff (SS chainrings, frames with sliding dropouts, flask holders, etc), and profit from the ad revenue in his magazine.

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    I prefer SS not being cool anymore. This just means a bunch of pretenders will be sellin' their bikes el cheapo on-line.

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    That was one weird and muddled "opinion" . . .

    On a side note, why does some consumer item have to have a "culture" develop around it to make one feel good about owning/using it?

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    Even thinking there is a state of singlespeeding shows you don't understand singlespeeding. There is no state of singlespeeding, there is just singlespeeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    Even thinking there is a state of singlespeeding shows you don't understand singlespeeding. There is no state of singlespeeding, there is just singlespeeding.
    That depends on what your definition of "is", is.

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    Mind- blown...

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    dumb.

    trying (too hard) to be contentious.

    whatevs.
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    The best part of that article... isn't the article... it's the comments.

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    All I got from the article is that SS as a fringe subset of mountain biking is dead. It's mainstream now. Whutevs. Words to fill space and hopefully get you to buy a mag. Nothing more, nothing less. These days, if you don't have some sort of bait click title or inflammatory comment, nobody will read your shizzle.

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    It was some pretty poor writing from Dirt Rag. I generally expect more from them. Sounded like something you would expect from MBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
    It was some pretty poor writing from Dirt Rag. I generally expect more from them. Sounded like something you would expect from MBA.
    This

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    A better title may be, "The State of Dirt Rag."
    Dirt Rag has become the trendy consumer jumping on and pushing each new bandwagon. They've lost sight of the quirky authenticity that drew people to them as a contrast to the polished superficiality of their competitors (yeah, MBA that's you).
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    Single speed only counts if you have a beard and wear girl jeans...no wait that's fixies...is it something about coffee or craft beer? F*ck!!! How will I ever know if I'm cool or not? I tend to always fall back on this gem of a skateboard sticker...
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    Quote Originally Posted by idaz View Post
    A better title may be, "The State of Dirt Rag."
    Dirt Rag has become the trendy consumer jumping on and pushing each new bandwagon. They've lost sight of the quirky authenticity that drew people to them as a contrast to the polished superficiality of their competitors (yeah, MBA that's you).
    After 5+ years subscribing I'll let my subscription lapse. Mountain Flyer inspires me to ride, not buy or *****.
    Also, it's 600% more expensive than it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    All I got from the article is that SS as a fringe subset of mountain biking is dead. It's mainstream now. Whutevs. Words to fill space and hopefully get you to buy a mag. Nothing more, nothing less. These days, if you don't have some sort of bait click title or inflammatory comment, nobody will read your shizzle.
    I read yours.. Thank you for showing others what "Irrelevant" is.

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    I'm totally good with an only SS on the trail. I don't ride with others. Ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stray Mutt View Post
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    It was basically saying single speeders are just a bunch of trend chasers so time to move on to fat bikes. I didn't expect to see that in my favorite mag. I'm sure bike companies appreciated the article though. Make everyone think SS is dead and you will go jump on the Fat Bike trend or go back to spending $3K or more for a new FS bike. Either way, spend more $$$$ to try to stay up with all the new trends and tech.

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    I just tead the article, and then reread it again because I have no idea what it was about. Still dont. Not gonna throw a fit about something written so poorly and pointlessly. Although I do have a favorite part: right after moaning about "mainstream" off the shelf singlespeed bikes he goes on and labels the Trek as "goodness". LULZ.

    Anyways, Dirt Rag in general has gone downhill ATMO and had lost the punk rock ethos it started out with. Pretty endurobro nowdays. Still, its 1000000x better than Bicycling and MB action...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flucod View Post
    What abut a SS fat bike, where do I fit in?
    Well I would fix that gear just to be sure. I'm pretty sure fixed fat gravel bikes are going to be the next big thing. But I would say your safe from being just some pathetic single speeder holding on to yester year.

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    Journalistic wandering is this article. Just one's random opinion from which a few insights may be helpful to some and totally off base for others. For the haters, just shut up and ride, for we all just love the ride. That is all. Peace.


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    Wow, whole lot of nothing going on. Never realized ss was a fad. I just ride ss because i enjoy it and i hate spending more time getting my bike ready to ride than actually riding.

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    I thought they covered this topic last year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by idaz View Post
    A better title may be, "The State of Dirt Rag."
    Dirt Rag has become the trendy consumer jumping on and pushing each new bandwagon. They've lost sight of the quirky authenticity that drew people to them as a contrast to the polished superficiality of their competitors (yeah, MBA that's you).
    After 5+ years subscribing I'll let my subscription lapse. Mountain Flyer inspires me to ride, not buy or *****.
    never hear of mountain flyer is it a real paper magazine or some web thingy?

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    But there is so much joy to be reaped in riding a single speed, that and 9 dollar chains are pretty rad too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    never hear of mountain flyer is it a real paper magazine or some web thingy?
    It's both. MountainFlyer Magazine / Subscribe to the best Cycling Magazine
    Colorado based with focus on, but not limited to, the west.
    I've got no affiliation other than as a subscriber.

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    I ride my homemade ss rigid because I like the simplicity and the challenge and for the relatively few minutes I get to ride any given day (having a job, a family, a home, all that I don't have enough time to ride a lot unfortunately) I get a great workout and a decent adrenaline boost from not (hopefully) eating it on the technical stuff. I wrench my own bikes so putting gears on / off isn't the issue at all. I just like to keep it simple in my relative old age and get the most bang for the buck. Also, growing up, I believe single speed bikes were referred to as "bikes" which we rode for hours, no worries about gears or what not.

    That said - find a bike you like riding, that's the best bike for you. Who cares besides that? I read the first two sentences of this article and tuned out, anybody writing that 'some biking trend = dead' is wasting way too much time hating on the very thing we all have in common here. Pshaw. Saddle up and take a ride, you win.

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    Well said.

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    Assuming you're talking to me (hopefully not presumptuous) - thanks
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    Well said.

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