I’m thinking that this kind of scene is pretty much what you could have seen in each of the past 13 decades…
Posts Tagged ‘fixed gear’
This bike is like a fixie but it’s not:
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Hey! Do you know cycling is up a lot in San Francisco during this Era of Fixie Bikes?
It’s because this is the Era of Fixie Bikes.
Cycling has its boom and busts and right now we’re in a boom.
This boom has nothing to do with having more bike lanes in the city recently.
But that’s why assigning more real estate to bike lanes won’t increase cycling 500% by the year 2020, which is the official goal* of SFGov.
*I don’t think anyone believes in this goal, but it’s what people say nevertheless…
See? At this rate, this part of Market Street won’t stay beige very long.
Still, a lot of those fixed gear bike riders have no other way of stopping, so That’s How It’s Gotta Be.
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(Guess which mark (nicely modulated, made using disc brakes) is mine…)
Wouldn’t green be a better color?
Some fixed gear bike riders have it tough because they don’t have brakes on their bikes. So when they have to stop on the bottom of an incline they need to skid their rear tires. This leaves a loooong skid mark on the pavement, as you can see.
Let’s be careful out there:
We’ll close with Morrissey’s thoughts on the matter:
“No brakes, I don’t mind.”
What’s the funniest line in this article from San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Dan Giesin – Single-minded cyclists have old-school cool
“We’re shedding new light on an old tradition,”
“You feel like a purist,”
“You don’t need all those fancy gears.”
Too many gears can actually spoil the ride.
“They are such a cool group,”
“It’s kind of a counter-culture,”
“There is that underground element: a little bit different, a little bit dangerous.”
This is called starting your own league, so it’s the same old thing. These people aren’t really dangerous either. They’re just having fun on bikes, nothing wrong with that. But you can have fun on bikes with or without gears, right?
There’s probably a more extreme element of fixed gear MTB-ers out there that eschews even having brakes. The photo below clearly shows the typical non-fixed, freewheeling setup:
It’s the same crowd that’s attracted to fixed gear city bikes that find single-speed mountain bikes appealing.
And arthroscopic surgery is becoming cheaper and cheaper these days, so you should get in on this fun as well.