interesting take on it. probs some truth to it too. but you imply there wasn’t a shitload of irony on here prior to people becoming old and jaded and outgrowing fixies… i seem to recall a fuckload more hazing/flaming of n00bz back when fixies were actually far more popular than they are today.
i’d argue that the reduction in forum traffic is far more the result of other platforms taking preference, such as instagram groups etc. that’s my experience at least. this forum seems to me to be a community of people that like bikes first and foremost, it was just fixies that happened to catch a lot of their attention, resulting in joining here coz it was harder to access decent track gear through your local shop, which then evolved along with user interests (bikepacking, CX, MTB etc).