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Old 07-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Fixie Riding vs. Single-Speed Riding in NYC

Since I rack up way too many parking tickets because I like to park where it's "convenient for me" [I know, I know] I've decided to start riding a bike around NYC, parking farther away than my destination and biking, keeping my car in a legal spot.

Anyhow, my issue comes in when picking a bike. I'm pretty sure I don't want a multi-speed bike because I simply won't need it on the relatively flat grounds of Lower Manhattan. So, with that said, I want to go the maintainance-free route of something either fixed-gear or single-speed. I know that fixies offer a lot of control over the bike, but stopping and decellerating seem to be an issue. Then, with the single-speed, I'll wonder if I'll really want that little control over gearing / slowing and stopping w.out a break [naturally the bike would be equipped with at least one, but I don't want to be dependant on it.]

SH: Anyone ride fixed-gear and reccomend it for NYC? Or should I get a single-speed w. a break?

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Old 07-09-2007, 05:07 PM   #2
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Not that I know anything on the subject, but I've learned in OT that "fixies" are for trendy wankers.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:08 PM   #3
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Not that I know anything on the subject, but I've learned in OT that "fixies" are for trendy wankers.
they definitely are, but they sound kinda fun. a couple of my friends have them and they rave about them -- then again, they dont go as fast as i would.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:09 PM   #4
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buy a unicycle...its a fixed gear and its a lot smaller than a two wheel bike to take in and out of your car
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:13 PM   #5
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some of my buds ride fixies for a while now, and they have been crashing them for a while now too trying to dodge asshats in cars and dumb ass peds that assume this particular bike has brakes. I would think a fixed gear bike in NYC would be suicide.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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buy a unicycle...its a fixed gear and its a lot smaller than a two wheel bike to take in and out of your car
bad for potholes
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:16 PM   #7
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bad for potholes
avoid them and youll have no problem
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:17 PM   #8
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some of my buds ride fixies for a while now, and they have been crashing them for a while now too trying to dodge asshats in cars and dumb ass peds that assume this particular bike has brakes. I would think a fixed gear bike in NYC would be suicide.
none of my friends have said anything about crashing and whatnot, but then again, they might not want to admit it. i feel like they dont want to talk about the disadvantages; all they do is rave about them.
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I dont think a busy city is where you wanna try out a fixie. Go for the SS and have fun.

Edit: I have only rode a fixie once, it was in the city, only for a little, and I didn't enjoy it. By the time I got through half the block, I was already trying to decelerate. I have no idea why people like them so much.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:18 PM   #10
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**** this fixie ****.

i jsut found a 50 dollar bike at wallmart and plan on buying it for my 1 mile trek to work every day.

Then I hope to take it on the train to NYC and bike around instead of walking all the time.


http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1977659
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:18 PM   #11
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I dont think a busy city is where you wanna try out a fixie. Go for the SS and have fun.
I lean closer and closer to that as I debate it.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:19 PM   #12
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**** this fixie ****.

i jsut found a 50 dollar bike at wallmart and plan on buying it for my 1 mile trek to work every day.

Then I hope to take it on the train to NYC and bike around instead of walking all the time.


http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1977659
that's my ultimate plan -- to bike instead of driving into manhattan everyday
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:19 PM   #13
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some of my buds ride fixies for a while now, and they have been crashing them for a while now too trying to dodge asshats in cars and dumb ass peds that assume this particular bike has brakes. I would think a fixed gear bike in NYC would be suicide.
I can't help but think a bike with no brakes is kind of......dumb


what about downhills?
intersections?
all kinds of stuff pops into my mind when I htink of a bike with no brakes.
just seems kinda useless...why don't they go old school and toss on the cool back brakes like my sweet schwinn had when I was a kid....push the pedals back...and bingo..insta brakes
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I would get somethign with a brake just be safe, especially in a city environment.

One bike I have had my eye on is a Jamis 29er single speed. Granted its a moutain bike (no suspension i think), but I ride my mtn bike around city environments and I think it is great for giving you that extra confidence to ride through some grass, and or dirt when you need to without worrying about flat tires.

It also has disc brakes for good wet weather braking.

There was an article not that long ago in moutain biek action comparing 2 single speed, no suspension, 29" mtn bikes. One of them was this Jamis, and it looked sweet.

Of course I am anoob to biking and also not very trendy with it either. I see what I like and that is what I ride. In fact right now I am riding a Target bought Schwinn mtn bike and it is perfectly fine for me. Plus if it gets stolen I am not out very much $.
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Omaha - with a fixie, your legs are the brakes.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:22 PM   #16
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For just commuting around town, a simple single speed doesn't seem like a bad idea to me at all. Especially if it's flat and level.

Thing being, don't be a retard. Get a bike with brakes. Don't get a "fixie" without brakes.

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Of course I am anoob to biking and also not very trendy with it either. I see what I like and that is what I ride. In fact right now I am riding a Target bought Schwinn mtn bike and it is perfectly fine for me. Plus if it gets stolen I am not out very much $.
So that's what happened to Schwinn.
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Going with what nick99 is saying with the mtb. When I rode in the city, I would be pretty brutal on how I treated the bike. I guess if you just stay in the street a road bike would be fine, but I had a blast taking the stairs as a shortcut. (Sorry to those who will bitch at me for riding on the sidewalks)
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:24 PM   #18
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Omaha - with a fixie, your legs are the brakes.
I want a "fixie" car.

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Omaha - with a fixie, your legs are the brakes.
yeah I get that part



but it still makes me think anyone who wold own one would be instantly branded as a "darwin candidate" by myself or anyone I know.
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Then I hope to take it on the train to NYC and bike around instead of walking all the time.
Dude, the other LIRR riders will want to kill you for bringing a bike on the train.
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but it still makes me think anyone who wold own one would be instantly branded as a "darwin candidate" by myself or anyone I know.
I agree. Those cabbies dont care if you have brakes or not.
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OP, how far would it be to bike all the way into work?
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yeah you will get some burly muscles after a while. Fixies kill though, get a SS with brakes. I love my SS mountain bike.
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why not throw a front brake on the fixie? i rode around richmond brake-less and was fine. NYC is a different story though i suppose.

feel free to PM for bike suggestions etc..
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**** this fixie ****.

i jsut found a 50 dollar bike at wallmart and plan on buying it for my 1 mile trek to work every day.

Then I hope to take it on the train to NYC and bike around instead of walking all the time.


http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1977659
Thanks for the link! I'd been meaning to get a "cheapie" bike for a while. This would be perfect for a simple commute to work. Lose weight and save on gas FTW.
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