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Old 08-30-2007, 10:22 AM   #6046
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I guess if you got nothing else going for you, might as well give fixie a try to score chicks.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:31 AM   #6047
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I have it on good authority that chicks dig fixies.

End of fucking discussion.


You don't have a fixie do you Askel
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:33 AM   #6048
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If most of your riding is recreational, and mostly in temperatures above freezing then I can see how singlespeeds and fixed gears don't have as much appeal.

But if you're riding nearly every single day, in all kinds of weather, just to get around a compact urban area, it's a different matter. Not having to deal with keeping a derailleur clean and operating smoothly is a real advantage during the several months of the year that the roads here are strewn with slush and grit. So while the two bikes that I ride almost exclusively for recreational purposes are both geared, when I'm just going to work or running an errand, I grab either my fixie or my freewheeled beater singlespeed.

And I like working on bikes. For someone who doesn't and for whom a bike is a tool rather than a major hobby, this is an even bigger deal. I think a lot of the posters here have long since internalized the details of derailleur adjustment and maintenance and don't realize how opaque they are to noobs, or to those who are hopelessly mechanically inept.

There's also the economics argument for utility cyclists: A decent geared bike is going to be a lot pricier than a decent singlespeed (and will likely be a bigger theft magnet, too). And freewheels and cogs are cheaper to replace than cassettes.

Anyways, look: I find riding my fixie to be a fun change of pace from my geared bikes, and that more than anything is the reason I have it. I don't understand why some folks seem to have a problem with that.


I live in the U.S. city with perhaps the greatest number of bicycle commuters. Fixies are popular, but the vast majority of these daily riders are on geared bikes - riding through the perpetual muck of the pacific northwet.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:39 AM   #6049
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Personally, I place more value in learing how to shift and working on your own bike than scoring chicks.
As I remembered, the reason why people (bike messengers) rode fixies in the first place is that they can't affort to fix the bikes with derailleurs and still require to have a pedal mode transportation for job purpose; not to add another bike to the stable for learning bike handling/pedaling skills.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:45 AM   #6050
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You don't have a fixie do you Askel
Nope.

I pretty much have to rely on my innate, boyish charm.

I'm pretty much shit out of luck.



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Old 08-30-2007, 10:55 AM   #6051
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Cyclists have attitudes.

Yesterday, I went to run some errands. In about 1.5 hours driving the streets, I saw a bunch of cyclists running around in the city streets.

This is what I observed:

1 - Many run red lights.

2 - Many run stop signs.

3 - Many made a right turn on a red light without stopping first.

4 - I saw one running a pedestrian off a pathwalk, apparently because he thought the pathwalk was for bicycles, despite it running along a bicycle lane.

5 - One cyclist cussed me because I was backing into a parking space to parallel park my truck, with my blinker and revrse lights on.

I don't wish to include all of you into this syndrome, but if any of you ride thinking you are the most important honcho on the streets, you can stuff it.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:58 AM   #6052
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Nope.

I pretty much have to rely on my svelte figure
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:58 AM   #6053
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Cyclists have attitudes.

Yesterday, I went to run some errands. In about 1.5 hours driving the streets, I saw a bunch of cyclists running around in the city streets.

This is what I observed:

1 - Many run red lights.

2 - Many run stop signs.

3 - Many made a right turn on a red light without stopping first.

4 - I saw one running a pedestrian off a pathwalk, apparently because he thought the pathwalk was for bicycles, despite it running along a bicycle lane.

5 - One cyclist cussed me because I was backing into a parking space to parallel park my truck, with my blinker and revrse lights on.

I don't wish to include all of you into this syndrome, but if any of you ride thinking you are the most important honcho on the streets, you can stuff it.
You're just jealous you can't ride any more
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:01 AM   #6054
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You're just jealous you can't ride any more
after three months of PhT pedaling a stupid stationary bike which made my injured knee hurt like Dante's hell, I don't want to be near a pedal bike again in the rest of my life.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:08 AM   #6055
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after three months of PhT pedaling a stupid stationary bike which made my injured knee hurt like Dante's hell, I don't want to be near a pedal bike again in the rest of my life.
I'm sorry....I was referring to another form of riding










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Old 08-30-2007, 11:09 AM   #6056
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after three months of PhT pedaling a stupid stationary bike which made my injured knee hurt like Dante's hell, I don't want to be near a pedal bike again in the rest of my life.
Try a recubent.. my neighbors kid got tired of riding his own bike after 10 miles or so, I let him try my recumbent, he rode for another 20 miles with a big grin on his face.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:11 AM   #6057
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I live in the U.S. city with perhaps the greatest number of bicycle commuters. Fixies are popular, but the vast majority of these daily riders are on geared bikes - riding through the perpetual muck of the pacific northwet.
How about Amsterdam? Beijing? I'm pretty sure that both those cities handily beat Portland for percentange of folks getting around via bicycle. And singlespeeds are the most popular bike in both places.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:19 AM   #6058
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How about Amsterdam? Beijing? I'm pretty sure that both those cities handily beat Portland for percentange of folks getting around via bicycle. And singlespeeds are the most popular bike in both places.
For one those cities are not in the US.

For Amsterdam, internal geared (3 or 5-speed) bicycles are more likely to be more popular than singlespeeds.

For Beijing.. perhalps they could only afford singlespeed bicycles, whether or not they are popular by choice is another question.

Most likely, neither one of those cities you would find higher population of fixies than P'land or Frisco..
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:23 AM   #6059
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I live in the U.S. city with perhaps the greatest number of bicycle commuters. Fixies are popular, but the vast majority of these daily riders are on geared bikes - riding through the perpetual muck of the pacific northwet.

Well I see a few reasons for that (in San Francisco area)=

1. You don't get snowstorms, at least nothing like here.
2. You've got alot of hills in SF, where a fixie isn't perfect.
3. It's a bicycle friendly city compared to any in the northeast,
which equals less theft, more respect for parked bicycles/spots to park.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:32 AM   #6060
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I thought Knary was in Oregon ? There I go thinking again.
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