Posts Tagged ‘single speed’

Know Your Hipsters: The Deceitful Flip-Flop Hub

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

This bike is like a fixie but it’s not:

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For shame.

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.

Sorry.

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…

Here’s Your Next Bike: It’s a Brand-New $99 Fixie from Walmart.Com

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

And Wallie will deliver it to your house for 97 cents, some assembly required:

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All the deets.

Photo of 100-Year-Old Shop Selling Music and Brakeless Fixie Bikes: Place Would Fit Right In On Valencia Today

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

And, from the looks of things, having white tires was old hat back in the day.

Detroit bicycle shop, 1912 – tunes and Harley Davidsons (and Indians!) on the left and fixies, fixies, fixies on the right:

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Seems this au currant ride owned by an area art student would fit right in with the style of a century ago:

What will bikes look like in 2110?

The Futility of Single-Speed Mountain Bikes on the Hilly Streets of San Francisco

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

This guy is all over town- see him with his surfboard trailer coming back from a day at dolphin-rich Ocean Beach? On this part of Scott Street in the greater NoPA / EaPA / Alamo SquareWestern Addition area,  he needs to take both lanes and snake his way up, as if he were ascending the twisty bit of Lombard. 

Which is fine – dude’s a stud, of course. But it seems that $20 worth of Chinese derailer and cassette would be the perfect finishing touch for this expensive custom-looking  rig*. Unless “too many gears spoil the ride” or something.

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Keep on keeping on.

*Upon further review, this thing is so custom that it might not actally be considered an MTB – the rear tire appears to be a good deal narrower than the front, for example. Wonder if the tiny surfboard wheels are in matching carbon fibre. Wouldn’t be surprised…

Our Newly Beiged Market Street is Already Marred by Bicycle Skid Marks

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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?

Sunset Scavenger vs. Fixie Bike Rider at Golden Gate and Polk

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene this morning at around 7:00 AM at the intersection of Polk and Golden Gate in the Civic Center/Tendeloin/Polk Gulch area near City Hall – the aftermath of a collision between a Sunset Golden Gate Debris Box transporter and a green, braked-equipped Masi single-speed bike rider. The cyclist had a helmet and her bike light was still flashing.

It’s hard to say who was at fault at this point. This is one of the “routine” accidents” we have in the City that you don’t hear about unless somebody dies. Are bike accidents increasing in San Francisco? Seems that way.

San Francisco Fire Department Wharf Rats on the job:

Here’s wishing a speedy recovery for the cyclist.

The Fixed Gear Bike Crowd Now Turns to Mountain Biking

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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.

“…we single-speeders…”

“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:

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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.