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Fixie Phenomenon?(5 posts)

Fixie Phenomenon?Steve_0
Oct 6, 2003 5:36 AM
I've gotta ask...I noticed on this bored that a lot of people differentiate between their 'fixed gear' and their 'other' bikes.

"I was riding my fixed gear thurdsay..."
"I use 23c tires on both my road bike and my fixie"
"My commute is 23 miles on the fixte"

People dont generally qualify for other 'types' of bike: 'I was riding my racing-double' or My commute is 23 miles on my tourer'.

Considering the qualifications generally provide little-no benefit to the story or subject, I'm curious as to what drives this.

insight anyone? Am I in the minority for calling my FG 'My bike'?
I'm one of those guys...biknben
Oct 6, 2003 6:32 AM
I'll admit that I distiguish my fixie bike from my others. Coming from a geared background, the move to fixed was big for me. Many things I considered to be typical had to be questioned.

In the last year, my mentality on the bike has changed dramatically. This is mostly due to year-round commuting but it also involves riding fixed. I built up a fixed cross bike with fenders and wide road tires. If you had told me I would own this bike two years ago, I would have laughed. This former ego-driven hammerhead has a greater appreciation for other types and styles of riders and their bikes. After riding the fixed bike throughout last winter, I've become a more well-rounded rider.

For some, riding fixed is normal. For me, it's still odd and a little clumsy. I've had to re-learn how to ride. My riding buds think I've lost it. The differences between fixed and geared is similar to road vs. mtn. It's just a different beast alltogether. I guess that's why I point out the "fixed" aspect in my discriptions.
Fixie "Pixies"MrCelloBoy
Oct 6, 2003 8:49 AM
I'd venture that, like myself, other fixed-gear riders consider themselves in an "elite" class. like tandem riders, "ultra" distance riders, etc.
Riding a "fixie" demands a comittment beyond riding any other "ordinary" bike. It gives back a sense of doing something special. Most riders who stick with it feel that a fixed gear offers the true essence of riding. Of course any bike is a bike and riding at all is what counts most.
right on!ChazWicked
Oct 6, 2003 12:06 PM
Riding a fixie is the simplest expression of riding a bicycle. Anyone who does it is [most likely] a veteran cyclist who's done and tried most in cycling. It's the proverbial end of the road and requires a bit of dedication to properly do and appreciate.

Plus, it's fun
Well, sometimes its a good excuse.Humma Hah
Oct 6, 2003 3:11 PM
... for being so slow.

For me, the primary rides are the singlespeed cruiser and the fixie. Once in a while I ride the 3x7 MTB, but that's the rat-bike I keep up at the cabin. Or I'll ride my wife's 3-speed every now and then.

But, as I recall, when the cruiser was new, it was just "my bike", and everyone else rode a "ten-speed". Today, folks figure I must be part of that new-fangled "singlespeed movement."

100 years ago, if you went for a ride on your bike, it was almost certainly a fixed gear. But now, it is a rare enough type of bike to warrant mention.