Velo Men

For men who realize that nothing is manlier than using real man-power for transportation: get on a bicycle!

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Started by Specs&Beard. Last reply by Rick Shelton Oct 22. 15 Replies

Let's See those Bikes!

Started by Jamie Fellrath. Last reply by Regular Joe Oct 3. 61 Replies

Least Expensive Road / Track Wheels?

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Comment by Regular Joe on October 22, 2014 at 8:36am

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. ;)  

Comment by Native Son on October 21, 2014 at 7:58pm

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.

Comment by Regular Joe on October 20, 2014 at 8:58am

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. 

Comment by Native Son on October 16, 2014 at 8:57am

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.

Comment by Regular Joe on October 15, 2014 at 8:16am

NS: See Fuji Feather for a good example.

Comment by Regular Joe on October 15, 2014 at 8:16am

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. :)

Comment by Native Son on October 14, 2014 at 11:12pm

Gentlemen!  I almost can't believe this, but an outbreak of common sense is happening amongst the "hipster cyclists" in the SF Bay Area.  I've recently been seeing single speed bike that look like "fixies", but actually have a free-wheeling rear hub and a brake on the rear wheel!  I mean it's a bike that's actually safe to ride AND stop in urban traffic.  And they look very cool as well!

Comment by Brian Splash on April 29, 2014 at 8:16pm
Ordered myself the bullitt today
Comment by Brian Splash on April 27, 2014 at 6:20pm
I don't get the fixi fascination other than the sleak lines and no clutter but I'd never own or ride one . As for the brain bucket I'd never not wear one when I'm on my drop bar or commuting on a busy road but I'd love to not have to wear one on designated bike paths when you are only crushing at a leasurely pace .
Comment by Native Son on April 27, 2014 at 11:01am

Sorry for the delay getting back to you.  Since the price of petrol (gasoline for us Yankees) in Denmark is better than twice the price in California (as of February, $8.22/gallon for the Danes, $3.89/gallon for the Californian), I can see why that type of bike would be popular for tradesmen in a relatively flat, compact country such as Denmark.  Not at all hard to fathom, the bike is simply something I've never seen in my part of the world.  On the other hand, I do have a bit of trouble comprehending why anyone would want to ride a "fixie" (no brakes, no free wheeling rear wheel--essentially a velodrome racing bike) on the street.  I like my brakes, and my lights, and my "skid lid."


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