The point of a fixie...

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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:15 pm

I have a carbon road bike and a fixie. Each has its purpose.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby backofthebunch » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:24 pm

has anybody said to ride track lol
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby jaseyjase » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:07 pm

damhooligan wrote:I dissagree with that.
I have no intention of riding fixed, but i am interested to know why people do.
It is interesting to see why, and knowing this helps me understand why they ride them so much.
O.k. this doesn't change my interest levels of riding fixed, but stil interesting.

Just for argument sake, because i am happy with my current bike, (carbon-road) does this mean according to your logic i am not 'allowed' to understand ;
unicycles /tandems/recumbrents/downhill bikes/MTB's/titanium frames/touring/trikes/ and other type of bikes ???

Just wondering.....


I dont think its about being 'allowed' to understand, i think its simply easier to 'understand' what the fuss is about if you actually go out and ride a fixed gear bike as opposed to trying to 'understand' other peoples personal opinions and experiences.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby il padrone » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:23 pm

aaron wrote:
il padrone wrote: Mind though, if you need to carry a load of gear, the fixie will lose it's appeal.



Why?

Because trying to haul an extra 20-30 kgs of camping gear up an 8%, 15 km climb, or across a roller coaster of smaller hills, with a 65" gear is hard, slow work

aaron wrote:Your 'buddies' sound soft (with all due respect)

You have no idea! These are people who ride 200-300 kms in a day, have ridden multiple Audax Alpine Classics, one who has done two PBPs (Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 kms in 4 days). I wouldn't call them soft :roll: . I am nearly as fit as them, maybe fitter (over short steep riding), but haven't been tested at that endurance yet.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby aaron » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:53 pm

^ my post was a stupid one. Sorry forget it.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby il padrone » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:54 am

No problem. Not stupid, just a bit light-hearted.... you weren't to know, so don't worry :wink:
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Alistair » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:39 am

I asked for some advice when i was building up a single speed and got talked into trying fixed. I thought it would be like a road bike without gears, but it really isn't. I find hills easier on it than my mtb and it gets a really nice momentum going so it is cruises effortlessly on the flat.

I was going to reluctantly switch to single speed as i'm finding it a bit hairy not being able to coast through tight gaps in traffic on my new route to work, but i would feel like i was stealing its soul... so i'll just find a better way in or save it for chilled out rides along the beach.

It is definately worth trying and i'm the least fixieesque person ever. The real challenge is riding one without looking like a douchebag.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby aaron » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:50 am

Alistair wrote:The real challenge is riding one without looking like a douchebag.

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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Alistair » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:50 am

I got on mine over the weekend at home in st kilda just to go around to the shops... was coming back along the beach and realised i was wearing tightish jeans and a knitted (non-ironic) jumper. I could feel the hate from the beach road guys at the traffic lights.

Usually my uniform is mtb shorts, spds and the helmet with the light mount, battery and visor for minimum fixie cred
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby brauluver » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:18 pm

Alistair wrote:realised i was wearing tightish jeans and a knitted (non-ironic) jumper. I could feel the hate from the beach road guys at the traffic lights.



Wow..I think you've just come out on a public forum :wink:
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:58 pm

Alistair wrote: i was wearing tightish jeans and a knitted (non-ironic) jumper.


Mate way to hipster for the Melbourne'ites..... as long as the chick dig it
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Alistair » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:22 pm

brauluver wrote:
Alistair wrote:realised i was wearing tightish jeans and a knitted (non-ironic) jumper. I could feel the hate from the beach road guys at the traffic lights.



Wow..I think you've just come out on a public forum :wink:


My girlfriend buys the country road knits!

My jeans aren't that tight, although it can appear that way on the bike... when i grow an ironic moustache i will agree that there is a problem!
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby hartleymartin » Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:04 am

Just promise us that you're not going have bum-crack showing and a cigarette hanging out of your mouth.

I rode fixie in Canberra for a little bit. When you hop on and try it, you start to see the sense in it. The momentum of the bicycle keeps your feet moving and all you have to do is add a little extra effort on the down-stroke of your pedals. I just had to remember that my usual dismount technique (one foot on the pedal and one off to touch the ground) does not work on a fixie.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:50 am

Come on Alistair, we know your the dude in this vid

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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby alex » Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:18 pm

the point of a fixie is to fit in with all your mates who happen to live the unique ironic knitted jumper lifestyle, just like you
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby aaron » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:56 pm

^ what crap!!
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:13 pm

Aaron, much as many of us would agree with you, IMO that post did not deserved to be dignified with a reply.

Some get it, some don't. Their problem.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Verbs & Nouns » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:40 pm

Because you can go faster and further than on a skateboard.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby .isaac. » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:41 pm

Fixies are Fun!
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby brauluver » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:48 pm

EvilGenius wrote:Fixies are Fun!


I didn't think you had one yet :?:
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby nathann » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:31 pm

brauluver wrote:
EvilGenius wrote:Fixies are Fun!


I didn't think you had one yet :?:


Awkward.............
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Lark2004 » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:14 pm

nathann wrote:
brauluver wrote:
EvilGenius wrote:Fixies are Fun!


I didn't think you had one yet :?:


Awkward.............



Not really, He's 12 years old....
He knows everything. :mrgreen:
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby brauluver » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:55 pm

Lark2004 wrote:
nathann wrote:
brauluver wrote:
I didn't think you had one yet :?:


Awkward.............



Not really, He's 12 years old....
He knows everything. :mrgreen:


Apparently so
This from another thread
EvilGenius wrote:KMC are one of the best Fixie chains.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby .isaac. » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:43 pm

ALOT of my friends have Fixies and I ride on them after school and they give me advice like about parts and that...
I might be a tad over confident also and I don't mind admitting it.
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Re: The point of a fixie...

Postby Thoglette » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:08 pm

damhooligan wrote:I have no intention of riding fixed, but i am interested to know why people do.

As always, the answer to any bike question is Ask Sheldon
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