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Hipster bikes roll on!

By 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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Hipster bikes roll on!
Holden Caulfield 5:10 pm 08 Dec 11

P-E-D-A-L

p1 4:47 pm 08 Dec 11

poetix said :

I don’t understand this; it seems to defy the laws of physics that you have to pedal to go downhill. Sorry if I’m being dim but how does that happen and why would someone make a bike like that?

Sorry, I’m having trouble explaining. You don’t have to peddle. But the peddles have to turn. They are linked via a chain to the rear wheel. If the wheel is turning the peddles are turning.

You can take your feet off the peddles and let then spin wildly. But often these bikes also have no brakes. A normal speeds you regulate your speed buy putting back pressure on the peddles to slow yourself.

poetix 4:18 pm 08 Dec 11

p1 said :

dtc said :

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

Also at least one of them is a ‘fixie’ (‘one’ gear)….

Actually, I fixie isn’t defined by having one gear. It is defined by not having a free wheel mechanism. So it isn’t that you have to peddle harder up hill (you do, but that makes you about as cool as the average BMX bandit). The issue is that if the bike is moving, you *always* have to peddle. Wanna go down a steep hill? flat out peddling the whole way….

I don’t understand this; it seems to defy the laws of physics that you have to pedal to go downhill. Sorry if I’m being dim but how does that happen and why would someone make a bike like that?

Solidarity 3:57 pm 08 Dec 11

Guy I know (but don’t really get along with) broke his neck in 3 places on the fixie, going down a steep hill, the chain snapped.

They’re kind of a dumb bike to ride around town….

p1 3:06 pm 08 Dec 11

dtc said :

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

Also at least one of them is a ‘fixie’ (‘one’ gear)….

Actually, I fixie isn’t defined by having one gear. It is defined by not having a free wheel mechanism. So it isn’t that you have to peddle harder up hill (you do, but that makes you about as cool as the average BMX bandit). The issue is that if the bike is moving, you *always* have to peddle. Wanna go down a steep hill? flat out peddling the whole way….

dtc 2:55 pm 08 Dec 11

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

Also at least one of them is a ‘fixie’ (‘one’ gear) – the one at the back look like it might be as well. Cant say I quite understand this fashion, sure you feel ‘more in tune’ with the environment’ (ie you have to peddle harder when there is a hill instead of changing down a gear), but you live in a city (and probably inner city), which kind of isnt really a natural environment in the first place

daddy 2:37 pm 08 Dec 11

Where are the rego plates???

dph 2:16 pm 08 Dec 11

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

This. Reading some of the comments, a lot of people on here haven’t got a clue what a hipster is. Or a bogan for that matter.

poetix 1:50 pm 08 Dec 11

Velocipedes for women tend not to be as fashionable.
Although my brown early 1980s Raleigh will surely come back into fashion, in another 300 years or so.

Stevian 1:36 pm 08 Dec 11

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

At a guess, from right to left: ridiculously long handle bars; straight across handle bars; a spring loaded seat. There’s sort of retro feel to them.

Henry82 1:17 pm 08 Dec 11

Deref said :

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

hipster!

Deref 12:36 pm 08 Dec 11

What am I missing? They look like ordinary bikes to me.

wildturkeycanoe 12:30 pm 08 Dec 11

I had one of those when I lost my license for a year. Old 10-speed racing bike, bare metal re-spray, with BMX handlebars, rack on the back, painted gloss black though, with fluoro orange bits here and there. I did 4000km on it in that 12 months. Where do you get ape-hangers nowadays? Custom built?
Now, if only they had orange reflectors on the wheels and pedals, a white front reflector and red for the rear and a bell I’d be impressed. Otherwise, they’re just illegal modes of transport like half the cars on our roads.

p1 11:07 am 08 Dec 11

I had a bike back in the late ’80s, which my dad had grabbed from revolve, given a respray and some new tires. It was the height of seriously uncool.

Kinda wish I had it now, it would be painfully fashionable.

KB1971 10:37 am 08 Dec 11

Kewl, I am thinking of dabbling in building bikes at no one does the exact bike I want without me wasteing money on ditching bits.

I would love to buy a cruiser for, just to be seen……….

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