Cycling News,Discussions,Questions - Portland: Keep Going

webgeek - Feb 12, 2018 - 09:29 PM
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A good, nicely done video.
TimH - Feb 13, 2018 - 12:51 AM
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I don't know.

There are a few small groups in cities such as Portland, San Diego and Toronto, holdouts really, but the Lucas Brunell days of chopped bars, splitting traffic and brakeless skid stops is pretty much dead. People are free to live their lives their own way but the idea that this type of riding is somehow more pure or the riders are more free is a romantic notion. I say this as someone who rides fixed gear regularly. These guys continue to do a disservice to the rest of us and cities like New York are cracking down on bikes in general because of them.

I'd encourage anyone who has ever thought about fixed gear or single speed not to judge fixed gear bikes by videos such as this. There is a new breed of fixed gear road bikes available and I'm starting a new build based on the Wabi Lightning SE frameset.

Columbus Spirit tubes with true road bike geometry, carbon fork, braze-ons for bottle cages, Dura Ace drivetrain and brakes, Fizik, Vittoria, etc. It will be a fixed gear road bike, not a "Fixie." The word "Fixie" is the N-word of cycling.

Even my lowly Bianchi Pista set up as a normal road bike and has been to Sosebee a few times for rides up to 65 miles.

webgeek - Feb 13, 2018 - 02:02 AM
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Certainly, most people don't have a secret wish or dream that riding a fixie and getting knuckle tattoos is a soul liberating experience. But, if those riders could be herded into an arena of sorts or a parking structure crit, people would likely pay good money to watch their crashing and antics.
TimH - Feb 13, 2018 - 04:43 AM
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That's already happening Chris, complete with name brand sponsorship and world class athletes.

I'm talking about normal road riding, not closed course racing.

webgeek - Feb 13, 2018 - 01:48 PM
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TimH wrote:
That's already happening Chris, complete with name brand sponsorship and world class athletes.

YouTuber Francis Cade has covered several of the RedHook events.
He's actually doing decent cinematic work; uses a high-end Sony camera.

If you're thin and good shape, someplace like the Comet is a good place to work fixie training skills. Over the many years that I've been riding, I've only crossed paths with one person that really rode a fixie all the time, it was a guy in California. We called him the King of Spin, he rode a century with us one day.

Checking Google, even the local Atlanta Faster Mustache group has morphed into a mtb group.
So, I guess there's a message there.
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