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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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new to the group.

Started by Jeremy. Last reply by Native Son 31 minutes ago. 11 Replies

Let's See those Bikes!

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

Least Expensive Road / Track Wheels?

Started by Regular Joe. Last reply by Rick Shelton Jun 28. 2 Replies

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Comment by Regular Joe 23 hours ago

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 Thursday

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. 

http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/feather

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."

Comment by Brian Splash on April 18, 2014 at 1:46am
The photo is lifted from a Danish site where they have a huge bike community , might be a bit hard for you to fathom but tradesmen use these bikes there so they are everywhere . Helmets are not compulsory in Denmark so hardly anyone uses them , however in Melbourne I use them .
Comment by Native Son on April 15, 2014 at 8:15am

Figures.  I don't proofread and misspell the very first word! Sorry, BRIAN.

 

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