NCBC Fixed Gear
I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!
--Henri Desgrange, L'Équipe article of 1902
M. Desgrange, founder of Le Tour de France, famously argued the case for the fixed gear with his rival
Paul de Vivie (better known as "Velocio").
A bike like the Wright Brother's rode, designed, built, loved and sold, back in the
days before Lycra
No derailleur, no shifting, no freewheeling - just a solid connection between the chain and the rear wheel.
Racers ride them for winter training.
Sheldon "Coasting Is Bad For You"
Brown (Alpha–wrench and many a cyclist's Guru) prescribes fixed-gear for
"fun, fitness, form, feel & 'ficciency!"
Lacking fragile derailleurs, fixed gears make great travel bikes and are gaining popularity in off-road applications - see 63xc.com – the Offroad Fixed Gear Site
It's a great way to give a whole new life to that old steel–tube ten–speed that you never ride anymore.
is the mother lode of conversion information)
They've got a certain rebel-youth attraction (What cyclist isn't a youth at heart?) – Messenger turned author Travis Hugh Cully
fawns over fixies in his
book "The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power"
Striped of cables and extra ecoutraments, the bicycle takes gains a beautiful simplicity.
Then, there's the "Retro-Grouch" snob appeal...
Competition Track cycling is done on derailleurless track bikes, some of which can be quite extreme
are easily recognized by the reverse-raked fork which allows for close pacing behind a motorized pace vehicle.
They're used in setting cycling land speed records – See Dr. Abbott
Often at the other end of the spectrum
, there's a huge collection of Fixie Photos in the Gallery
– mostly road bike conversions.
Here's some submissions from the Triangle:
And here's some more submissions from around the state:
NPR's Noah Adams ("All Things Considered") interviews Wes Williams, owner of the Crested Butte Bicycle Company, regarding
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