That paddy wagon looks awesome, I would like something high end like that now since I know fixies are my thing.
My focale is just a bit too big for me, bruised my shin getting off it on the weekend and am on the search for something like a Soma Rush in a 49cm or anything nice in my size with full crmo frame and fork, just want something to last me years and years of riding but this pandemic has jacked the prices on bicycles everything seems so overpriced now.
There’s a reason nobody here rides fixed. It’s because if you stick around long enough you’ll be converted into riding a fat-tyred drop-barred bike-packing rig through the bush wearing a flanno and working on a beard. And probably a roadie, and a MTB, and a very sensible commuter.
That said, some here (me) tend to get excited around spring, build up a new fixie, ride it around during the Summer Of Track Bike, and then sell it again in autumn when the weather turns. This autumn I sold a nice Steamroller with Phil wheels. Last autumn (or maybe 2018) it was a full NJS build Makino. Who knows what the warm weather will bring this year.
enjoy your bike, you’ll love it and get addicted to tinkering with it or upgrading parts.
theres not much activity on this forum anymore, because all the regular posters got old and jaded and out grew fixies which is OK - but then they chastised anyone coming on here to post about fixies. Literally still there can be no mention of a fixed gear bike without an avalanche of irony. crazy how that killed off a fixed gear forum…
theres still shitloads of useful info here though if you need to look stuff up or want to learn more
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).
I copped a heap of flames in the summer of fixie 2k7 but stuck around. The internet has just moved on from forums to a large extent. There are still a lot of kids getting around fixed, but as an old fart I have no idea where they’re congregating either virtually or IRL.
This forum became more about the people than the bikes a long time ago, as noted by roby.