Been riding my “fixie” bike ALOT lately, started out commuting to work and stuff and now i can’t get enough of that mufuka! I bought a Nishiki road bike that i was going to convert to a fixie, and it got me hooked on riding road bikes initially….my local bike shop guy said “hey this bike is cool why don’t you just leave it and get a fixie bike?”…”uh cuz i live in a closet of a apartment and i don’t feel like spending an arm and a leg on bikes that i have no money or room for”…but he was right and i’m glad i left the nishiki as is and bought a fixie off ebay. So i bought an old 70’s italian road bike “Atala” off ebay that was converted to a fixie for the most part but was a little banged up..perfect! I got it and put new wheels/tires on it, painted it and have been LOVING that mufuka each day! When i first got on it i was like oh shit this is a trip like i’m learning to ride a bike all over again…and i ain’t no slouch, i consider myself a pretty coordinated guy, been skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and what not for years. But this bike is a “bad boy” and he forced me to go slow and learn…you can’t just hop on this thang and go…I could go into any bike shop and pull down a $2k road bike and go ride the shit outta it…but you can’t do that with this $200 fixie, no way..you even start to sketch going down a straightaway at first, let alone a hill. The roads you used to mob on you now have to relearn to mob on a fixie…and now you have to keep your head up and alert and look ahead because your stopping distance is increased with no real brakes…all depending on skidding/skipping and your legs. Its fricken fun as hell to ride…i climbed on my regular road bike the other day which i hadn’t been on in months and i was like…wow this is weird, the bike feels all slow and loose…don’t get me wrong i used to fly on my Nishiki but compared to my Atala which is so tight and stiff its incredible…i was going to throw in a joke but i’ll spare u. Now i feel that i’m getting pretty good on it but i have so much more to learn and its the type of thing that is not easy which is why it makes it so fun! I guess thats the allure of all those kinda aggro dude sports/activities.
Its also weird now i’ll be riding to work and i’ll pass some spandex wearing label whores on $2000 bikes and and they’ll make some shitty comment “hey organ donor” or “get some gears” or some stupid shit to me (and i even have a geared road bike!). I would never say some shit like that to someone for riding fucking bike! We’re on bikes for christsakes! “oh well”….and then i proceed to ride with them for a while when they think that they’ll blow right by me…”cuz they’re way better riders than me, right” I really want to say “ya know, i can ride the shit outta your bike but i bet you can’t even go down the street on my bike, its all about trying to become a better rider right, you Lance Armstrong wanna be?” “Just because you look the part more now, doesn’t mean you should get the role”. But thats not really my personality…i’m more of a shy non confrontational peace loving person. I’m using my bike for more than just getting logo’d up, buying the latest parts and gear and pulling it off the roof rack of my Volvo and going for a spin around town on a weekday before i meet with clients or cuz i have the day off work. I’m using it for actual transportation – to work, the grocery store and trips around the neighborhood day and night…(trying to reduce my pollution filled footprint on this earth)….thats in my perfect world and shit.
Though, one really cool thing happened to me the other morning on my commute to work. I’m stopped at a 7 mile stretch that i just completed, soaking it in and catching my breath a little when an older guy musta been about 80 who was on a very nice old road bike and pretty geared up in spandex stopped right next to me “i mean right next to me” and just looked down at my bike for a good 4-5 seconds….At first i’m like “oh no here we go….just start talking shit old man” and he said “track bike huh” and i’m all “yeah its alot of fun ya know its all about fun” then he goes “yeah, i don’t have the coordination to ride one of those”, then i said “yeah but i like your bike too, its nice!” He then proceeds to pat me on the shoulder and ride away, that pretty much put a smile on my face and made my day!
See, just because we ride different bikes or have different clothes, haircuts and lives doesn’t mean that we can’t get along (just as in real life), shit, we’re all the same “idiot on a bike” as far as some rushing/hurried driver is concerned and we can all get tagged by a car just the same.