For men who realize that nothing is manlier than using real man-power for transportation: get on a bicycle!
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Join my Face Book page-FBCI. Lots of stuff re road racing with a little mid western nostalgia thrown in.
I had a Frejus Track bike which I made into a 5 speed and raced the Cross Fla Tour.
Yeah my older cycling buddy used to ride a track bike outdoors in Cleveland in the sixties. He told about another guys dad who also rode a fixed gear in the fifties.
We used to ride a fixed gear in the spring for training. Have a pic of another guys dad who was riding a fixed gear in 1937.
It actually rained again in the SF Bay Area. And I quickly got nostalgic for the coaster brake on the Schwinn I had as a youngster.
We have that sub-community too, Native Son. But they're mostly bike messengers, bike polo players (who are mostly bike messengers) and hipsters. But even the hipsters are mostly switching to single speed (freewheel) with at least one brake lever and/or coaster brakes because many of them have realized that they can get the same look as a fixie without the actual physical challenge of driving a fixie. Then there's an even small sub-set of fixie riders. Get this . . . THEY'RE ACTUAL CYCLING ATHLETES who competitively ride track bikes in velodromes and who also ride fixies (usually with brakes for legal compliance) on the roads for training purposes. HOW FUCKING NOVEL, EH? I get a laugh when people find out that fixies were an actual thing long before hipsters appropriated them, and that they're a legitimate wing of athletic / competitive cycling. ;)
Regular Joe, it appears the bicycling community in Ottawa is a bit different from the bicycling community in the San Francisco, CA area. Down here, we have a noticeable subset of cyclists who think riding only something with a fixed, i.e., no free-wheeling, rear wheel and no brakes is the only thing worth riding. The "fixie looking" bike with a cruiser-style one speed rear axle (and no coaster brake) is literally a brand new phenomenon in my area.
That's essentially what most of them are. They're mostly commuter bikes for people who want the simplicity of a cruiser or fixie but prefer the appearance of a road or track bike.
Except for the front brake, it's pretty much what I'm seeing. Most of the ones I've seen so far look like they've been built by local bike shops...lots of drop bar variations, mostly with steel rims. Very nice, practical, minimalist bikes for those who don't favor the "Cruiser" style.
NS: See Fuji Feather for a good example.
NS: They're pretty common up here, too. Most bike manufacturers make a single speed bike with brakes. The rear wheel usually has a flip-flop hub so you can switch between fixed gear and freewheel pretty easily. I bought a late 70s / early 80s road bike for 10$ recently and plan on converting it to a single gear freewheel bike. :)
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