They see me co-opt'n They hatin'
May 25, 2008 1:56 PM Subscribe
posted by wfrgms (99 comments total)
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We've discussed fixed gear bicycles before.
In the intervening years the cycling phenomena has taken on new proportions. While those early adopters, bike messengers, maybe a dying breed
they leave behind a design that gained some respected proponents
. Almost overnight the fixed gear bicycle attracted a certain type
who found that the messenger-imparted street-cred, not to mention the low cost of entry, fit nicely with a hip aesthetic and do-it-yourself lifestyle. It wasn’t long after that amateur videos
began to circulate celebrating, or perhaps embarrassing
, the fixed gear culture
Though the movement hasn’t been without its terms
of derision it has relentlessly grown. Now major manufacturers
churn out off
-shelf fixed gears
and at least a few
in the entertainment industry have capitalized on the craze. All this commodification
has led some to speculate that high gas prices have made urban bicycle commuting more appealing to a wider audience
. So perhaps the fixed gear, or at least its more user friendly single-speed version
is here to stay...