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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby shizmo » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:28 am

Wish i could grow a dirty mo, every time i try it turns into an amazing porn star mo :(

Also wish i had the motivation to be hip... I am usually too lazy to change clothes ride in my work clothes... Dress pants and shirt/tie haha bet it looks stupid as...

Guess that's the difference between cool people and uncool, I really dont go out to impress people it happens naturally :P
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby backofthebunch » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:09 pm

shizmo wrote:Wish i could grow a dirty mo, every time i try it turns into an amazing porn star mo :(

Also wish i had the motivation to be hip... I am usually too lazy to change clothes ride in my work clothes... Dress pants and shirt/tie haha bet it looks stupid as...

Guess that's the difference between cool people and uncool, I really dont go out to impress people it happens naturally :P

Whats the difference??



anyhoot.... its uncool to care. As long as u are comfy in jeans, lycra, spandex or overalls... riding fixed, road, penny farthing or a dragster.... people are cycling which is great!
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:42 pm

backofthebunch wrote:Whats the difference??



anyhoot.... its uncool to care. As long as u are comfy in jeans, lycra, spandex or overalls... riding fixed, road, penny farthing or a dragster.... people are cycling which is great!


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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Verbs & Nouns » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:46 pm

jules21 wrote:i'm amazed to see the number of hipsters complete with hipster uniform, including skinny jeans and ironic moustache riding fixies. it's past the point where they have become a parody of themselves, but this appears to act as no deterrent.

don't get me wrong, i'm not hipster bashing, i'm all for live-and-let-live, but it's still kind of amusing to see that they aren't perturbed by the sniggering. maybe that actually makes them cool?


i'm amazed to see the number of roadies complete with roadie uniform, including lycra and expensive helmets riding expensive top-of-the range road bikes. it's past the point where they have become a parody of themselves, but this appears to act as no deterrent.

don't get me wrong, i'm not roadie bashing, i'm all for live-and-let-live, but it's still kind of amusing to see that they aren't perturbed by the sniggering. maybe that actually makes them cool?

Sorry, couldn't help myself. :wink:
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby jules21 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:08 pm

i note that the new VB ads parody both OTT roadies, as well as hipsters trying to squeeze into tight jeans :)
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby flashrider » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:09 pm

Aaaaaw man can I pllllleeeease nick this for my sig?
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im too lazy to care about trends
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby AUbicycles » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:59 am

Now some of the hipsters must be riding crappy cheapy bikes, but some of them will have good bikes... and when the trend dies - will there be good value fixies/ss on the market for the real cyclists?

Will there be a convert back to road bike trend?

Being over in Europe - I am seeing a lot more retro road bikes now, taking over from fixes, and of interest, a lot of women on the retro road bikes. A lot of the bikes are simply from the 80s, out of the cellar and dusted off - though just like a fixie, for everyday riding are not as comfortable as a city bike - but cool in an 80s type of way.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby elStado » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:40 am

AUbicycles wrote:Being over in Europe - I am seeing a lot more retro road bikes now, taking over from fixes, and of interest, a lot of women on the retro road bikes. A lot of the bikes are simply from the 80s, out of the cellar and dusted off - though just like a fixie, for everyday riding are not as comfortable as a city bike - but cool in an 80s type of way.


When I was in Germany a few weeks ago I noticed that the majority of people ride crappy older bikes. It was quite rare to see a modern urban/road bike.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby kerolah » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:28 am

In Holland they have 1000000000000 old rusty beasts around ... i was told by a local if you have one better it just gets stolen.

SO... lets rub some rust on our bikes

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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby elStado » Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:31 am

kerolah wrote:In Holland they have 1000000000000 old rusty beasts around ... i was told by a local if you have one better it just gets stolen.

SO... lets rub some rust on our bikes

WHere did i park my bike ?


Lol, yeah there's thousands. The older and nastier they are the better (as long as they actually ride that is). It's funny actually as people there attach flags or wrap things around their bikes so they can find them later.

I had a nice 20km cruise around northern Holland when I was there in July visiting family. Wanted to do a longer ride but I was with my family who aren't strong cyclists and we were riding these heavy Dutch bikes which only had 3 gears and were a PITA to ride.

In regards to making your bike less desirable, I have been thinking of getting some sort of blue/purple painters tape (low adhesive so removable) to wrap my frame with to cover the branding and make it look crap. Haven't committed to it yet as I have a ABUS u-lock keeping it safe anyway.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Stovepipe » Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:09 am

who's the bigger wonderful person?:
#1. the 40something yr old who walks into a bike shop and drops 10 grand on the latest carbon roadie, fancy helmet, hi-tec bike computer, cycling protein bar showtime, flamboyantly coloured skin tight lycra pro team kit, "aero" sunnies, and silly gloves, then shaves his legs so he can be super aerodynamic like the pros while he rides said products down beach rd every sunday.
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#2. the person that enjoys using a fixed-gear as a cheap and fun way mostly to get between A and B, wears the same clothes that they would normally be otherwise be wearing, and has potentially decided to personalise their bike with some colour(or lack of) to their taste(or lack of).



well evidently, according to the cycling community, clearly #2
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby elStado » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:04 pm

Stovepipe wrote:who's the bigger w****r?:
#1. the 40something yr old who walks into a bike shop and drops 10 grand on the latest carbon roadie, fancy helmet, hi-tec bike computer, cycling protein bar s***, flamboyantly coloured skin tight lycra pro team kit, "aero" sunnies, and silly gloves, then shaves his legs so he can be super aerodynamic like the pros while he rides said products down beach rd every sunday.
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#2. the person that enjoys using a fixed-gear as a cheap and fun way mostly to get between A and B, wears the same clothes that they would normally be otherwise be wearing, and has potentially decided to personalise their bike with some colour(or lack of) to their taste(or lack of).



well evidently, according to the cycling community, clearly #2


Strange since the majority of the cycling community are people with $1000 bikes and regular gear.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby AUbicycles » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:43 pm

Stovepipe wrote:who's the bigger w****r?


My answer to this is neither - though I am still interested in the trend in cycling.


elStado wrote:When I was in Germany a few weeks ago I noticed that the majority of people ride crappy older bikes. It was quite rare to see a modern urban/road bike.


Cycling is more functional (purpose orientated) and integrated into the culture whereas in Australia cycling is more often for sport or recreation. If you are on the right streets early in the morning - you will see your road cyclists heading out of town, or in the evenings notice the hipsters cruising around.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Dahondude » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:10 pm

Its bleeding obvious...all this hipster hating is simply skinny jean envy. The people that don't like the hipsters on their fixies in skinny jeans are the old blokes who can no longer fit into skinny jeans. Its the same as middle aged Mums who stand around slagging off the younger Mum's at school gates.

What would you prefer to see? Those middle aged CEO's riding road bikes in lycra with their beer bellies sticking out (but safely covered in lyrca), or those middle aged CEO's riding a fixie in skinny jeans with the hairy muffin top and even hairier beer belly in full view? Stay on the road bikes lads! :D
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby munga » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:26 pm

give your sisters pants back, guys..
and why do ppl persist on making fixies so damn ugly?
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby elStado » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:54 pm

munga wrote:give your sisters pants back, guys..
and why do ppl persist on making fixies so damn ugly?


Subjective. I have seen some horrible looking fixies, and I have also seen some beautiful ones (check out the gallery).

Same deal with road bikes.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby aaron » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:34 am

munga wrote:and why do ppl persist on making fixies so damn ugly?

You reckon these are ugly?
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Uncle Grumpy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:24 am

aaron wrote:You reckon these are ugly?


Yours aren't ugly. They are a study of taste and restraint.

Give me a blue frame with a white aerospoke, a pink deep-V and green Ourys and I want to find the owner and repeatedly punch the skinny jeans, scarf wearing little prat in the throat.

"But Grumps, it's ironic man, don't you get it!?"

I get irony. I don't get dressing up a bike to look like my 3 year old projectile vomitted a bag of unchewed Skittles.

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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby aaron » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:51 am

Like this?
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby jimsheedy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:06 am

Verbs & Nouns wrote:
jules21 wrote:i'm amazed to see the number of hipsters complete with hipster uniform, including skinny jeans and ironic moustache riding fixies. it's past the point where they have become a parody of themselves, but this appears to act as no deterrent.

don't get me wrong, i'm not hipster bashing, i'm all for live-and-let-live, but it's still kind of amusing to see that they aren't perturbed by the sniggering. maybe that actually makes them cool?


i'm amazed to see the number of roadies complete with roadie uniform, including lycra and expensive helmets riding expensive top-of-the range road bikes. it's past the point where they have become a parody of themselves, but this appears to act as no deterrent.

don't get me wrong, i'm not roadie bashing, i'm all for live-and-let-live, but it's still kind of amusing to see that they aren't perturbed by the sniggering. maybe that actually makes them cool?

Sorry, couldn't help myself. :wink:



Oh dear. My regular road rides 30 - 60ks are on a fixie. I wear nicks a helmet and clipless. I guess I'm in the enviable position of being hated by everyone.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Zynster » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:22 am

I seem to remember 80s road bikes with some pretty garish colour schemes. Personally I'm all for personalising bikes. Both of my bikes I've built myself and they are unique. I'd rather see a hipster on an outrageous fixie than a boring old hybrid/mountain bike commuter any day.

Don't knock the MAMILs. They keep LBSes afloat.

What do you call a middle aged guy in skinny jeans riding a fixie?
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby rkelsen » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:23 am

Stovepipe wrote:who's the bigger w****r?

I don't care for fashion (or understand it :lol:), but at least these people are out riding bikes.

Yes, sometimes I see things that hurt my eyes or make me chuckle, but it's all about individuality, no?
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby simonn » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:04 am

Zynster wrote:I seem to remember the 80s with some pretty garish colour schemes.


Fixed that for you.
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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Uncle Grumpy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:32 am

Zynster wrote:What do you call a middle aged guy in skinny jeans riding a fixie?


A middle-aged guy in skinny jeans?

I call him "underfed".

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Re: hipsters on fixie trend continuing

Postby Uncle Grumpy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:51 am

aaron wrote:Like this?
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That's kind of like it, but too much stuff matches. I've seen far worse than that.

Garish and bright is one thing, the visual equivalent of a puked up big-night out is another. Aaron, your bikes are proof that someone can build a fixie and make it look like there's some respect for the bike.

And yes, I'm expressing my opinion. I'm not telling people what I should or shouldn't do with their bikes. Some people can't stand the 80s flouro paint jobs, the 90s paint splatter paint jobs or the airbrushed whackiness of some high end Colnagos, for example. It takes all kinds to make a world, people can dig what they want and that's cool.

And to show that I'm not just a critic, here's my road single speed...

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I'm happy to cop criticism for the aesthetics of it because I dig it and I don't care what anyone else thinks.

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