Saturday, April 14, 2012

A reluctant fixie rider

I'm a big supporter of bicycle transit. Since selling my last car half a decade ago, I've done mainly bicycle commuting or simply walked. I'm more healthy, fit and generally less stressed for it.
I'm a fan of English roadsters, mountain bikes, cross and standard road bikes. My current machine is a great green and white single speed from Globe. Clean, simple and efficient, its a very well done bicycle.

With a flip-flop hub in the rear, riders can choose to go fixie if they like. Or as in my case at the moment, someone can steal your brakes while you're at work and choose for you. At least I had the option.

Only having played around with the interesting but ultimately impractical fixie fad, I'm finding for the most part, I'm not a fan for just getting around. I tackle a lot of hills in a given day, carry heavy packs and need to stop just as fast as I go.The translation of energy from human to road is great but I think I'll be replacing those brakes as soon as I lay hands on new ones. In the mean time I'll do my best to not be a danger to everyone else on the road and enjoy my all day spinning class.

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