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Old 19th April 2007   #1
MrSmyth
is it just me or do other cyclists who don't ride fixed think you are mad? i ride socially with a lot of cyclists who ride all sorts, bmx/downhill/mtb/road/4cross/singlespeed mtb/fixed road.
but am getting loads of stick from those who have 'normal' road bikes (and mtb's etc) about having a fixed with a normal and cross lever for the front brake, they think it's some insane crackpot idea and a totally pointless bike to ride on the road when i find it perfectly suitable.

i find "just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's wrong" goes some way to shutting them up but they still think you have a screw loose.

so is it just me or do others get the same amount of stick?
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Old 19th April 2007   #2
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A white van driver called me a c*** recently, he was going the other direction on a dual-carriageway and I was nowhere near him (central reservation and a lane between us). He actually went to the roundabout, came back, slowed next to me and called me a c*** again.

I just smiled and left him behind at the traffic lights.

But yeah, I get stick. Not usually from other cyclists though.
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Old 19th April 2007   #3
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In the messenger scene, you get laughed at for NOT riding fixed. Which just goes to show how silly everyone is.
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Old 19th April 2007   #4
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I like it when you get old guys commuting on Bromptons roll up, and ask whether you go to Herne Hill, and how they used to ride fixed back in the day.

They're usually really surprised when I explain the frame is relatively new (last year), that yes England still has some small framebuild shops making track bikes.

That stuff makes the crap worth it.
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Old 19th April 2007   #5
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I've had loads of good conversations iwth Jamaican dudes in Brixton about riding fixed in Jamaica. I mainly laugh at myself when I go down big hills and imagine what it looks like to see my legs spinning so fast.
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Old 19th April 2007   #6
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Sometimes I get asked what is the point very rearly though. I just tell people that I am too stupid for gears or that I never learnt to count past one so whats the point?
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Old 19th April 2007   #7
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I laugh secretely at everyone i overtake :D
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Old 19th April 2007   #8
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<blockquote><cite> laplusgourmande:</cite>I laugh secretely at everyone i overtake :D</blockquote>

Haha, I do the same!!
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Old 19th April 2007   #9
MrSmyth
i find non-cyclists either have no idea what it means when you explain a fixed drivetrain and look at you all confused or they are cool about the whole thing, when i told my mother i was getting a fixed bike i expected to have to explain and she just said "it was fun riding a fixed wheel down churh hill when i was a kid".
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Old 19th April 2007   #10
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I've only had positive reactions from other cyclists when riding fixed. Non-cyclists have only been puzzled. I guess it does seem a bit weird if you don't much about bikes and everything you see advertised has loads of gears on it.
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Old 19th April 2007   #11
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My uncle couldn't understand why I was riding a bike system that went out of fashion at the turn of the century.
" 'Cause it's fun" I replied with a big grin on my face.
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Old 20th April 2007   #12
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<blockquote><cite> slamm:</cite><blockquote><cite> laplusgourmande:</cite>I laugh secretely at everyone i overtake :D</blockquote>

Haha, I do the same!!</blockquote>

I laugh in their faces, whilst riding no-handed and stroking a white fluffy cat.
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Old 20th April 2007   #13
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Never had a problem with people laughing, mostly just get "Where did you get those handlebars??" questions... I guess poeple are too busy looking at the moustache to notice it being fixed. One of my friends explained to his father what a fixed wheel bike is and he said "Oh, you mean a clown bike" because the only place he's seen them is in the circus, ridden by clowns. Backwards.
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Old 20th April 2007   #14
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Damn, that's evil.
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Old 20th April 2007   #15
Jos
I remember that when I still raced and started as a messenger I thought they where fooling around when te told me that people ride fixed gear. I just couldn't grasp it untill I actually saw it.
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Old 20th April 2007   #16
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<blockquote><cite> mdja:</cite> One of my friends explained to his father what a fixed wheel bike is and he said "Oh, you mean a clown bike" because the only place he's seen them is in the circus, ridden by clowns. Backwards.</blockquote>

Hahahahaha!!!

His dad is obviously a very perceptive fellow!
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Old 24th April 2007   #17
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When I'm in NYC I usually go for a couple of laps of Central Park on sundays.
The path is full of roadies, some really serious about it, with carbon everything etc..
Most are quite slow and easy to pass, but some are really quick.
I remember overtaking one of the fast guys on a slight uphill (where I feel fixed gives you a strong advantage for some reason), and hearing a condescending quick laugh.
Like "ha" mixed with "huh".
Then he got his act together and sped past me to disappear in the distance.

He seemed really offended that I had the audacity to overtake him on my silly bike with jeans, chain, bag and sweatshirt.
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Old 24th April 2007   #18
glow
i get loads of people asking, "how do you stop?" and sometimes like someone else mentioned, old boys coming up to me saying "is that a fixed wheel? i didn't know anyone rode those anymore"
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Old 24th April 2007   #19
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Hell yes I get laughed at for riding a fix. Then again it might be because it looks like a unicorn shit it out and it has a sticker that says I like to ride fat chicks on it and I'm goofy lookin anyways...
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Old 24th April 2007   #20
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ImOnCrank:Hell yes I get laughed at for riding a fix. Then again it might be because it looks like a unicorn shit it out and it has a sticker that says I like to ride fat chicks on it and I'm goofy lookin anyways...
Like this you mean?

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Old 24th April 2007   #21
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Fuckin A. Exactly like that right down to the shants.
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Old 26th April 2007   #22
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People laugh at me. END
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Old 27th April 2007   #23
Rattlebag
A bunch of teenagers in a corsa with an exhaust pipe as thick as my leg were pissing themselves laughing at me yesterday. I thought they might be laughing at me for riding fixed, but they didn't seem like the types to notice, and it's not really the sort of thing you would guffaw about anyway.

When I got home I realised I had a great streak of bird shit on my helmet.
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Old 30th April 2007   #24
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speaking as a confirmed freewheeler who only very occasionally flips to a fixed and promptly falls off I take no offence if anyone wishes to laugh at me, why not spread a little happiness. Hey, I might just have another go thisevening. Get the bandaid ready missus.
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Old 30th April 2007   #25
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That's because you roadie too often kipsy. It was my problem too. I hated fixed at first because I couldn't get used to not coasting and kept being almost thrown off the bike.

Just stick out fixed for a week or two, you won't regret it.
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Old 30th April 2007   #26
MrSmyth
it took me 20 mins to get with the program when i got my fix (only a few weeks ago) was normal on the second day of riding. got on the ss mtb at at the weekend which was really weird, legs kept rocking backwards and forwards trying to slow down.
riding with a freewheel on the road is like sucking a boiled sweet with the wrapper on.
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Old 30th April 2007   #27
RPM
dunno, I've only ridden mtb and bmx along the road with freewheels

compared to a road fixed it's like havin' a bath with yer socks on
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Old 1st May 2007   #28
pete236uk
Well I am 46 and just started ridng fixed and yep fell off to start with love it now although not done the commute to work yet as couple of decent hils to go up and dont have guts yet
and yep think the fixie thing is spreading to the country side now and oh yep ws at local skate park which help with looking after this lad comes up says is that fixed i reply yep sure is his answer cool.......... smiled all day the old git is cool
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Old 1st May 2007   #29
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"compared to a road fixed it's like havin' a bath with yer socks on"

i still feel its more like having sex with a condom on for me.....
safer but not as much fun.
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Old 13th August 2008   #30
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Random bump, as there's a revivalist thing happening round here.
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Old 13th August 2008   #31
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I got wiped out by a Transit Connect van, and as i lay in the road - winded (somehow i landed flat on my back) the fat freak "oozed" his way out from behind the wheel - and began to give me shit about riding a stick thin - piece of shit, with no capability to watch where i'm riding...
The rozzers turned up, and it transpired that the homer simpson looking muthafunksta had no left hand wing mirror, and got fucked over for driving like a lunatic (thanks to a few witnesses) - hence why i have money to spend!! Insurance payouts are sweeeeeeeeeeet!
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Old 13th August 2008   #32
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Random bump, as there's a revivalist thing happening round here.
WTF is going on...
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Old 13th August 2008   #33
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I got wiped out by a Transit Connect van, and as i lay in the road - winded (somehow i landed flat on my back) the fat freak "oozed" his way out from behind the wheel - and began to give me shit about riding a stick thin - piece of shit, with no capability to watch where i'm riding...
The rozzers turned up, and it transpired that the homer simpson looking muthafunksta had no left hand wing mirror, and got fucked over for driving like a lunatic (thanks to a few witnesses) - hence why i have money to spend!! Insurance payouts are sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Nice one pistaboy79, :D

Good to hear a cool outcome to these things.

Now go get spendin'
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Old 13th August 2008   #34
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I got wiped out by a Transit Connect van, and as i lay in the road - winded (somehow i landed flat on my back) the fat freak "oozed" his way out from behind the wheel - and began to give me shit about riding a stick thin - piece of shit, with no capability to watch where i'm riding...
The rozzers turned up, and it transpired that the homer simpson looking muthafunksta had no left hand wing mirror, and got fucked over for driving like a lunatic (thanks to a few witnesses) - hence why i have money to spend!! Insurance payouts are sweeeeeeeeeeet!
giving any of it away?

and glad ur ok !
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Old 13th August 2008   #35
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Kill them all!!!
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Old 13th August 2008   #36
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Some old geezer outside my lbs, after walking around the bike and checking it out fully, pointed at my back wheel and said 'Huh, no gears?' My response was that the only gears you need are your legs. At this he just smiled and walked off.

Somehow I don't think I converted him, and he probably thinks I'm a bit silly and should go and buy a proper bike!

or it could have been...

"Not another hipster twat on a Bianchi Pista!"
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Old 13th August 2008   #37
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Got called a gaylord by a whitevan passenger, thought about getting offended and then realised that not only was I riding a shiny new bike that wasn't a mountain bike, but was also sporting some tight jeans, low v-cut T-shirt and neon pink tracky top. Fair point.
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Old 13th August 2008   #38
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Random bump, as there's a revivalist thing happening round here.
Conversations with the past.
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Old 13th August 2008   #39
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Let sleeping dogs..
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Old 13th August 2008   #40
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Good Bump

It's a mix. i get stick for cycling from a few drivers; not just fixed, and the odd question on why bits are missing from my bike - more in north london cause of the hills and there are fewer fixed/single speeds.

The most stick i get now is from my lady, the minute i ride away from her she starts shouting out "Hipster" "Do a skid" "FAKE MESSENGER". keeps her amused i spose
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Old 13th August 2008   #41
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I like it when you get old guys commuting on Bromptons roll up, and ask whether you go to Herne Hill, and how they used to ride fixed back in the day.

They're usually really surprised when I explain the frame is relatively new (last year), that yes England still has some small framebuild shops making track bikes.

That stuff makes the crap worth it.
Im live in Birmingham which has very few cyclists, so its a very pleasant surprise that that has happend to me a few times.

Old guys who used to ride track!
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Old 13th August 2008   #42
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i get every comment on my bike lol
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Old 13th August 2008   #43
Joe24
Yeh i get that. Took my fixed on a club ride and did 50/60miles on it. Went on a hilly route, a guy on a full carbon geared bike said to me "were going to some hills, your on a fixed i'll tell you what its like to change gear to make it easier"
I went past him and pretty much the rest of the group whilst going up the hills, was faster into a headwind aswell.
They werent laughing then.
I normally get people look at my bike as i ride past spinning, been asked if it was fixed before if they have caught up at traffic lights. Some think its strange that someone on an old 531 frame with one gear can come past them on a geared bike.
Love riding fixed, but when theres long downhills or a tailwind and i'm in a group thats on geared, its hard to keep up with them when they pick the speed up.
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Old 13th August 2008   #44
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@stylist - it kinda blends in no ;)
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Old 13th August 2008   #45
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Im live in Birmingham which has very few cyclists, so its a very pleasant surprise that that has happend to me a few times.

Old guys who used to ride track!
Hey deadly fanny pack - where in Brum you based??????
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Old 13th August 2008   #46
åsm
I got laughed at by a bunch of hipster cunts in spitalfields, all wearing fake spectacles. They called me a scenester for riding 'those trendy bikes'.

It made me feel really sad.
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Old 13th August 2008   #47
RPM

grouchoengers
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Old 13th August 2008   #48
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heh

they don't want to belong to any scene that'll have them as a member
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Old 13th August 2008   #49
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Hey deadly fanny pack - where in Brum you based??????

Moseley.
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Old 13th August 2008   #50
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Moseley.
No shit.
I'm a Digbeth dweller...
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