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2006-09-02 14:08:31.389827+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

[ related topics: Art & Culture Sports Pedal Power Bicycling ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-02 20:33:29.042825+00 by: ebradway

Yikes: Cycle Ball!

One of my classmates rides a fixed gear bike. Hadn't seen one before but must be interesting. No free-wheel. No gears. NO BRAKES!

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-02 23:44:21.721513+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep, several of the more advanced cyclists I ride with use fixies on the easier rides, although most of them make the concession to a front brake. But watching their feet spin at well over 150 RPM on some of those downhills is kinda weird.

However, among bike messengers in big cities, where fixies are common (even in SF, where the hills mean you have huge legs and mad bike skills), brakes are far less common, you either have to apply pressure on the up-stroke, or bunny hop and lock your legs resulting in a skid. I've heard two explanations: it's one less set of components that a theif can rip off your bike, and if they take the whole bike with no brakes karma is likely to catch up with them that much faster...

Aaaand, a fixed gear bike without a separate hand brake is illegal in Oregon, through a decision that illustrates some amazing leaps in logic and lack of critical thinking on the part of the judge, and may be illegal in a few other states for similar reasons.

In the road biking crowd the theory is that they do amazing things for the smoothness of your pedal stroke.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-02 23:48:08.751299+00 by: Dan Lyke

The Sheldon Brown fixed gear testimonials page has lots of reasons people ride fixed gear bikes.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-03 13:22:33.915769+00 by: meuon

While reading the fixed gear testimonials, I find myself amazed at the breadth and depth of options in cycling, and the peoples interest in it. No fixed gears for me, I LIKE coasting.