Trends in Biking

by Lesley on September 3, 2008 · 4 comments

in biking

Has anyone else been noticing the single speed bike trend in their cities? I’m assuming that this trend is old news in San Francisco– Emily? I’ve only been taking notice the last few weeks in Sacramento and Boston but in both cities it seems everyone is on a single speed! And they’re all wearing their Timbuk2 bags, which are also a new phenomenon for me. I thought only cool people like Rachel owned Timbuk2! Am I way behind on this trend? And could someone please answer why anyone, in their right mind, would want a bike with no breaks?

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rachel
rachel

just so you know...my very much hipper-than-me sister got me my timbuk2 bag. she rides a road bike (not a fixed gear though) and runs with the bike crowd. i, however, ride a very impractical old mountain bike that is probably not deserving of a timbuk2. the bag is still great though- super functional!

Aly sun
Aly sun

my daughter has a 1 speed bike and doesn't know the wonders of multiple speeds. I rememberer getting my first 10 speed bike. I have no earthly idea why a grown-up would do such a thing to themselves to go back. It is like living by works instead of grace. Live in grace, people and switch gears going up hills. *Obviously there is a place for works, I don't mean to base my entire theology on this bike thing, but it is working for me right now.As for timbuk2 bags, they have not made it to my little corner of the country, so your friend Emily would be welcome here. She just needs to know the difference between John Deere and Case tractors. The farmers don't wear nifty tote bags.

emilykatz
emilykatz

Kevin wins. Fixed gear or fixy bikes do exist. It's a TOTAL hipster thing. Also, if you don't have your timbuk2 bag in customized colors in this city, you better leave. In fact, I just bought my plane ticket outta here. I'm not welcome. No bike. No bag. Shooooooooot.

Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas

not to be all snobbish on you, but i think it's actually called a "fixed gear" bike. and i would not ride one if i were you. i dont understand the non-brake phenomenon, but when bikers just get SO cool, they have to find ways to be even COOLER. Bikes.