i just don’t get it. seen a few people around bristol recently riding fakenger bikes (ie that charge plug fixie with the green rims) and hi vis vests, helmets, lycra and in one case a set of panniers. surely you ride that kind of bike for image (ie if you just wanted a fixed wheel bike you wouldn’t get/ride something so blatantly tarted up) and then you destroy that image by wearing sensible instead of your sisters jeans.Posted 9 years ago
just to point out i’ve got nothing wrong with people commuting to work on fixed wheel bikes, it’s more people who have fixed wheel bikes with too many chrome/neon parts and dildo bars who have obviously made an effort to make HHSBs who then wear lycra and hi vis clothing (note site wear not american apparel wear)Posted 9 years agopaulosoxoSubscriber
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just to point out i’ve got nothing wrong with people commuting to work on fixed wheel bikes, it’s more people who have fixed wheel bikes with too many chrome/neon parts and dildo bars who have obviously made an effort to make HHSBs who then wear lycra and hi vis clothing (note site wear not american apparel wear)
It’s all just riding bikes. there’s internet forums about it and everything.Posted 9 years ago
paulosoxo – Member
It’s all just riding bikes. there’s internet forums about it and everything.
what i’m trying to say is why go to all the trouble of colour coordinating your bike to fit in with a particular popular image and then go and move away from that image by adding a pannier to it…Posted 9 years agotangMember
my good friends who are pro skaters and run 50/50 store at the bottom of park st have taken to fixies, as the older you get skating takes its toll on the body. think theyve started selling them. to be fair my old mate who owns the shop rides everyday to work and does not drive. im working on turning them to dirt but they are cool ‘street’ chaps..Posted 9 years agoBigDummySubscriber
Implicit in the OP is the idea that once someone has gone part of the way with an “image” he or she is obliged to go the whole way with it. I am not sure that makes a lot of sense. 😕
I am a roadie who also rides a folding bike, a cargo bike and mountain bikes (some singlespeed, some not). I shave my legs in summer, do not have a beard, wear lycra quite a lot, baggies occasionally, tweeds, cords and hiking trousers a fair bit and often wear a boldly striped pair of socks under my sandals, although not usually on the road bike. Often I wear a rapha racing cap under a helmet, but am currently affecting a broad brimmed winter Tilley hat and a scarf to keep my head warm, at least when riding the cargo and the folder. I am a city tax lawyer by profession, and when in the office I wear handmade suits, ironed white shirts and knitted silk ties.
Do I have an image? A series of images? A parade of destroyed images? Schizophrenic tendencies? Or just a selection of clothes and bicycles?
🙂Posted 9 years agoalpinMember
my fixie has a rack and panniers on too. two lights on the back. four cards in the back wheel (they act as reflectors being white on the reverse side – although that’s prob just an excuse to have them there…….one of them is a union jack.)
fun and practicle bike……
just realised i have no photos of it built up….Posted 9 years agotangMember
at 50/50 they also got a tirade of jibes on the blog from people giving them a hard time, they couldnt see it as it was just another addictive fun urban thing that thay wanted to share. tbh any bike riding is a good thing. i wanted to be tim gould or jmc when i was young. perhaps some people just want to be cool. if they are serious that will wear off and a life long relationship with bikes will start. heres hoping.Posted 9 years agoRetrodirectMember
Dislike the cheap impersonators just about asmuch as I dislike the ‘bike-messenger’ ownership of ‘fixies’. But having worked as a courier and having been to a few “fakenger” events I do think the scenes are growing apart. The urban-fixie group – at the moment – seem to be having their own momentum, good looking practical bikes getting more bums on saddles; unlike the courier group who get their identity by NOT being fakengers.
Fads grow into trends; trends grow into accepted lifestyles.
just wish after people had spent so much money putting velocities onto their hi-tensile ‘pile of’ they would take the time to learn about bike setup; YOUR SADDLE IS TOO F888ING low!Posted 9 years agomingstaMember
I think trendy urbanites getting in to bikes can only be a good thing. Everytime I see a pretty young thing on a fixie riding down the south bank, it makes me smile regardless of whether or not she knows her Eddie Merckx’ from her Sheldon Brown.
As for the coloured rims and reflective vests thing…I dream of owning some vintage steel, but that doesn’t mean that I’d be going round with wool shrts and a beef steak stuffed down me kecks.Posted 9 years agomyfatherwasawolfMember
I ride fixed, I don’t ride a ‘fixie’ 😉 when I ride it to work I upset the stereotype a bit by wearing muddy mtb shoes and a karrimor rucksack, also I don’t have a peak on my helmet – even when on the mountain bike! Kerayzee!
For what it’s worth, I’ve had it since last Jan-ish do 20 miles a day 5 days a week and haven’t changed anything (although the chain is well worn and the tyres are a bit square in profile!). Great commuting bikes.Posted 9 years agoRudeBoyMember
Saw this in Evans t’other day:
Nice enough, but lose that nasty frame pad and matching saddle!
Oh, and it has a freewheel, which makes it ok.
TBH, it’s nice to see that cycling is becoming a bit more ‘trendy’ and fashionable. That can’t be a bad thing, if it gets bods on bikes.Posted 9 years ago
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