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Hipster bikes roll on!

johnboy 8 December 2011 42

hipster bikes

As all the cool cats know cars are deathboxes while bicycles set you free.

And people are increasingly pimping their rides.

Down on Bunda Street this morning there’s a particularly fine grouping.

Love your work whoever you are.


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spinact 9:51 pm 09 Dec 11

Maybe Canberra needs Charles Bronsen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEyP4Q8igQY

Hanksinatra 6:37 pm 09 Dec 11

No more than every person can own a villa on the beach can every person on the planet own a car. It would be better to get used to the idea that bikes can be more beautiful, at least if you have children. I did it and I’ve owned at least 50 cars.

dpm 4:36 pm 09 Dec 11

Stevian said :

As far as I can determine Hipsters ARE better than you, and all you can do is piss and moan about it.

Whatever you say, hipster! Hahahaha!
I personally thought this quote was funny though: “Every aspect of hipster culture amounts to little more than a elaborate pissing contest”

Then again, as you say, complaining about (any) ‘different’ people being better/worse than you is really a bit of a pissing contest between lifestyles and choices!

Maybe this thread has caused such a stir because they are hipsters AND cyclists – two different groups!! I mean really, can’t we all just get along?! Hahahaha!

Stevian 3:34 pm 09 Dec 11

As far as I can determine Hipsters ARE better than you, and all you can do is piss and moan about it.

Bussie 3:06 pm 09 Dec 11

This explains hipsters pretty well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I

Deref 2:49 pm 09 Dec 11

Jim Jones said :

Deref said :

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

http://www.latfh.com/

Deref said :

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

http://www.cracked.com/funny-4573-hipster/

🙂

I begin to see. 😀

dpm 2:10 pm 09 Dec 11

Deref said :

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

http://www.cracked.com/funny-4573-hipster/

🙂

Jim Jones 1:47 pm 09 Dec 11

Deref said :

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

http://www.latfh.com/

puggy 1:40 pm 09 Dec 11

Bosworth said :

Except for hipsters. Hipsters are not human.

Damn straight. How can any human possibly squeeze into those friggin’ jeans?

Mang 1:25 pm 09 Dec 11

Except they dont wear lycra body suits and ride on the roads getting in the way…

you know, Im not sure hipsters bother me so much now =/

Bosworth 1:22 pm 09 Dec 11

Brandi said :

I enjoy riding a fixie from time to time. I hope your ill will starts and finishes within the confines of your own imaginings of what a hipster might be.

Hipster, pedestrian, truckie, cop – we’re all human 🙂

Except for hipsters. Hipsters are not human.

Mang 1:22 pm 09 Dec 11

Deref said :

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

They’re just more f***ing Cyclists apparently

Deref 12:55 pm 09 Dec 11

I’m trying to get a handle on what a hipster is. So far, they seem to like riding “fixies” so they’re not very smart. Do they have any other identifying characteristics?

Boring_Name 12:46 pm 09 Dec 11

joeyjojojuniorshabadoo said :

Boring_Name said :

This post is getting long, but I hope somebody else notices how ridiculous fixie bikes are. They were never designed for use on roads and people are being seriously injured because of it. IMHO anyone who tries to justify the use of one without mentioning that it is nothing but a fashion trend is deluded.

I am all for hipsters seriously injuring themselves in the name of fashion.

Is it possible to fracture your spine ironically? I guess you just have to keep a straight face and play down all the attention the “conformist” first aid officers are giving you, I guess.

Brandi 12:46 pm 09 Dec 11

I enjoy riding a fixie from time to time. I hope your ill will starts and finishes within the confines of your own imaginings of what a hipster might be.

Hipster, pedestrian, truckie, cop – we’re all human 🙂

joeyjojojuniorshabadoo 12:24 pm 09 Dec 11

Boring_Name said :

This post is getting long, but I hope somebody else notices how ridiculous fixie bikes are. They were never designed for use on roads and people are being seriously injured because of it. IMHO anyone who tries to justify the use of one without mentioning that it is nothing but a fashion trend is deluded.

I am all for hipsters seriously injuring themselves in the name of fashion.

Boring_Name 11:13 am 09 Dec 11

I’ll share some fixie bike history that I stumbled across.

Apparently they are traditionally intended for use in velodrome racing, as there is no need to stop pedaling in a race. By having a fixed gear, there are slightly less losses between the rider and the wheel. Considering there is no need to change gears in velodrome racing, and you can use the shape of the course to slow down, it made sense to use a fixed gear. At that time cyclists were either road or velodrome racers, with each requiring a different bike for their purpose, but times changed and road racers realised that they can take their road bike onto the velodrome and try their hand in that field as well. The rules were relaxed to allow this and all of a sudden nobody was using fixed gear bikes anymore. So basically the market was flooded with cheap second-hand fixie bikes that nobody wanted.

At the same time, the bohemian moment of starving artists in New York were making a social statement out of being broke and started buying these bikes solely because they were the only transport they could afford. Because of this, fixie bikes eventually became associated with the bohemian movement, and starving artist types (or anyone who wanted to look like one) started buying them up and using them as a status symbol the world over. Fast forward to now, where the hipster movement is absorbing the bohemian trends of the past, while ignoring the underlying meaning in that movement. Just like any fashion trend, it’s a copy of a copy of a copy of the original trend.

This post is getting long, but I hope somebody else notices how ridiculous fixie bikes are. They were never designed for use on roads and people are being seriously injured because of it. IMHO anyone who tries to justify the use of one without mentioning that it is nothing but a fashion trend is deluded.

Grrrr 10:28 am 09 Dec 11

The middle bike is barely “hipster” .. looks like a pretty regular flat-bar roadie that someone’s added a leather saddle-bag to. However, it doesn’t have a front derailleur and it’s too hard to see from the photo if there’s a chain guide on both sides of the front ring: If not, the owner WILL hurt themselves one day.

Thumper 10:23 am 09 Dec 11

Closest one looks like the pushie equivalent of a bobber.

Brandi 10:01 am 09 Dec 11

Tidy looking customs. None of them are fixies.

Lowride cruiser on the left has a coaster-brake hub – note the reaction arm strapped to the lefthand chainstay. Basically drum brakes operated by backpedalling.

The cruiser with apehangers on the right is likely the same.

Flatbar racer in the middle has a rear derailleur.

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