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Jim Biancolo 08-26-2008 10:51 AM

Alien Bikes
Howdy folks,

I saw this link to Alien Bikes on Cool Hunting today (safe links, and I have no affiliation with the linkees):

... and immediately thought of the CF crowd, as I've seen interest in fixed-gear bikes here before.

Take care,


Peter Keller 08-26-2008 02:49 PM

Re: Alien Bikes
I think I'm in love.

What to tell the wife...?

Derek Maffett 08-26-2008 04:01 PM

Re: Alien Bikes

Originally Posted by Peter Keller (Post 385935)
What to tell the wife...?

You mean about the money or that you've fallen in love with a bike? The first is probably easier to explain.

Peter Keller 08-27-2008 08:49 AM

Re: Alien Bikes
Yeah, the latter is the concern...

David Sharp 08-28-2008 12:41 AM

Re: Alien Bikes
I like the stripped down look of them, but what is the point?

Why no gears? I don't get it.

Aaron Trent 08-28-2008 03:01 PM

Re: Alien Bikes

Originally Posted by David Sharp (Post 387347)
I like the stripped down look of them, but what is the point?

Why no gears? I don't get it.

I'm going to preface what I say with this caveat: Maybe I am bitter about the fixie kids running around town a ****ing off drivers or doing Critical Mass that only disrupts traffic. Maybe I think it is silly to want a "track bike" because it's the cool thing to do, or maybe I think that riding sans a brake is dangerous and/or really terrible on the knees.

So as you can gather, I'm not a fan of the fixed gear fad. Track Bikes have a home. It's on the velodrome(track).(wfs)
I fully intend to own a fixed gear bike when I take up Pursuit(wfs), but I will ride it on the track without being pretentious, thinking I'm, cool, or thinking I'm a more pure cyclist.
Fixed gear road bikes do have application, but a front brake makes sense.

I don't mind the bikes, but the attitude of many riding them annoys the hell out of me.

Jamie J. Skibicki 08-28-2008 03:08 PM

Re: Alien Bikes
Road Cyclists with crappy attitudes, who would have thought. There was a road cyclist that threw something at my car because I wouldn't give him the whole lane. I had just washed and waxed the Audi, it got ugly.

THat and two kids on single speeds were riding down the middle of the road last night when I left work. In the middle of a downtown street going about 10 miles an hour.

I'm so glad Aaron isn;'t like this.

I just looked at the site, they really come with no brakes, I just thought people took the off. What kind of jackaasery is this. I'm all about old school, see my thread in stuff and nonsense, but no brakes is just stupid. Hopefully these idiots don't wear helmuts either.

Matthew Stafford 08-29-2008 07:47 AM

Re: Alien Bikes
I'll preface this by saying I want a Redline 925 badly (it has brakes, and fenders!)...

I don't understand how all the hipster kids ride a brake-less fixed-gear without dying. I mean, these are twig kids who barely have the strength to hold themselves upright, much less the leg power to resist the motion of the pedals.

I have no problem with bikes on the road, but then again I grew up in Amish country. Moving over a little bit to pass a bike is a lot easier than moving over to pass a horse and buggy on Sunday.

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