bruce thomson wrote:
> the fixie phenomenon is a typical American social trend that will end up as a flash-in-the pan shelf life. I have seen some of the bikes done locally, and some too on the net and there seems little to rave about. It is about more of belonging or going along with the fringe crowd., not really riding bikes. Many of these fixies will only ride a few blocks and park at a Starbucks and hang with the rest of the wannabe's . There are a few who can ride and have done well in showing that it is more than being with the 'in' crowd, but they are not the chain smokers and tattooed fringe element.
> Now what I have seen on the bikes want to have me throw up. Luckily most of the grubby little cretins dont get their hands on a classic frame , but when they do there seems to be no interest in the history or restoration value of a classic steel frame. I was in a bike shop two weeks ago looking for a T.A. extractor for my Reynolds 531 Raleigh and one of the kids with all of the chrome shit hanging off his face offered me $20.00 for the frame. Needless to say I declined. I have seen what those butchers do. They cut OFF the dÃ©railleur hangers and burn off the drop-outs to have some cheap-ass track lugs crudely brazed one. Thats why when I see the fixie crowd I want to take a shower. The idea of receiving these frames back from them is highly unlikely. Most will undoubtedly be tossed and the next fad picked up. BT
This guy skewers the fixie crowd best. He is hilarious. He has some words for our tribe as well.
Read the older posts. Good stuff.
Sorry for posting so frivolously, Dale!
Morgan Fletcher Oakland, CA