Fixie zen...

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by tredder, 1 May 2008.

  1. tredder

    tredder New Member

    East Anglia
    I have been drooling over the fixie's on 'fixedgeargallery' and have noticed two things... 1) some bikes seem to have beer mats (or equiv) wedged in the spokes and 2) some bikes have a leather strap wrapped around the top tube.

    Any clues as to what this is all about?
  2. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    The beer map is like a spoke card i think. They are pretty cool to look at when you are riding along, and if you have someone behind you i have been told they look good when they go round.
    The leather strap is there to proctect the top when getting on or off, to cover the decals and to stop the top tube hitting a vital bit on a man body when doing rear wheel skids.
    Thats if i remember right.
    I once made up a cyclechat spoke card with the logo and had it in my spoke fo a while, it was a good thing to watch in the shadow or to look down on when i was going. The wheel never seemed to be going as fast as i thought.
    Its a styling thing. The spoke cards came from alleycat races or something so the riders didnt have numbers on them and they could be indentified when the bike was stopped. Search it on wikipedia. There are some cool designs about, its a messenger thing i think.
  3. feckless

    feckless Über Member

    Not all that close
    I think that's what long top-tube pads are for (aside from attracting the ire of Bikesnobnyc).

    The little leather or cloth straps towards the front are to protect the tube from dings and chips if the handlebars swing around. Well, that's what I think they're for anyway.

  4. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    1) bits of rubbish caught in the spokes
    2) to protect the top tube from the handlebars on bikes with free swinging forks
  5. Sorry joe the cards are flyers for gigs that are going on and the strap is to stop the handle bars denting the top tube.
  6. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Yeh, as soon as it was put about not denting the top tube i remembered it.
    Wiki is wrong about spoke cards though.
  7. andygates

    andygates New Member

    So correct it. ;)

  8. Why its fine!
  9. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Wikipedia is right about the playing cards thing but people have also taken to ramming flyers in their splokes as well. Not to promote gigs but to look "kewl".

    IMO 99% of it is all arsey hoxton fakenger hanging around coffee shops reading kafka "courier chic" crapola nonsense
  10. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Riders fix cards into their spokes as an "affectation of messenger culture"?!*

    Why would anyone want to pretend to be a cycle courier?

    It's no different from aspiring to be a postman, surely, except with even less job security and less secure working-conditions.

    Admittedly, I do like the idea of customising a bike and the idea of using cards, images and spokes is an appealing one.

    However, such a thing would last a week on my normal commute.

    Which leads me to conclude that such activities really are only for the "non" cyclist who can afford the time and ride to keep it all spick and span.

    I hold them in the same esteem, therefore, as men who would have and would spend oodles of time fine-tuning their facial hair a la that singer (you know who I mean).

    Tough but true.
  11. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    The leather strap is for impromptu bondage sessions
  12. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    unfortunately 'tis true. I've often wondered why these media types would want to emulate couriers. Nothing wrong with being a courier but it seems a bit odd.
    Stand around town long enough at start/end of day and sure enough you'll see plenty of fakengers. Have a wander 'round Soho and you'll see fixies in every agency foyer (and they're not owned by the guy dropping off a parcel).
    I s'pose there's nothing wrong with riding a certain type of bike as a lifestyle choice but a bike's primarily a tool for a job. Substance over function never made much sense to me.
    This whole concept of fixie zen, be at one with the bike, doood, etc. doesn't help dispell the myth that riding a fixie somehow makes you slightly better than other cyclists and part of some underground club that actually doesn't exist.
  13. feckless

    feckless Über Member

    Not all that close
    But what about us media types who just want to ride fixed because it appeals to some misguided sense of simplicity?
  14. Thats up to them and if it gets them from a car to a bike all the better.
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