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Fixie

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FixyThe title refers to the bike in the side of the frame.  Fixed speed bikes are the bikes we used to ride as kids but they went out of fashion with the advent of first 10, then 12, 18 and now 21 speed bikes.  Fixed speed bikes or “Fixies” as they’re known have a single speed and have made a big come back and there’s now a whole sub-culture around them.  Their stripped down, lightweight, minimalist design makes them favoured by bike couriers.  Some of the designs are beautiful in their simplicity. Often they only have front brakes, or often no brakes at all and stopping relies purely on the ability of riders to lean back on the peddles.  And, of course, you can’t coast on them, meaning the peddles constantly turn.

As with all sub-cultures today there are a ton of websites, blogs and forums around, and one of them, Fyxomatosis, gets my vote for one of the most imaginatively named sites on the web.

I’ve become a bit obsessed by spotting them and was taking some shots of the bike when the opportunity for a bit of street portraiture presented itself.

Fyxomatosis or Deus Ex Machina have some beautiful, minimalist fixies.

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Written by Phill

May 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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