Hello! You were of big help when I had to choose my first single speed (fixed), and when I was rebuilding a very old frame (custom paint + total build).
I come back, because I took the occasion of changing bike (I am leaving my fuji classic), and to know a bit more of this 'urban single speed' world. I know London and England in general has a lot in common with velodromes, track races, and 'urban fixies' if that's the name.
Now, the thing is: the word hipster. I know the meaning of the word and concept, but I don't really have it clear what does it have to do with riders and bikes.
And anyway my question is: now it is quite some time single speed and fixed gears have been very common in the cities outside the oval tracks...but what is the point of mounting 1000 euros wheels (HED, ZIPP) to do funny tricks like no hand trackstands and so on?
I like the kind of bike, it is really the one I prefer for the city. I have ridden all kinds of bikes, and I find a single speed the best for the streets. Comfortable, light, fast, low maintainance. I would never go without brakes as I think skidding is not safe enough (?).
But anyway, you know more than me...could you give me a picture of what it is like now? Doesn't matter if I live in a totally different place (switzerland), your explanation could still be very helpful. All the videos on youtube show track bikes and components, used in a way that has nothing to do with 'racing' or even 'riding'.