facetious remark about fixies

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Adam Funk, Oct 6, 2010.

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    Adam Funk Guest

    (I am merely repeating, not endorsing, the following comment.)

    7. Don't go buying midlife toys

    Nothing screams complete idiot more than the sight of a middle-aged
    man with a load of expensive gadgets. Not so long ago, you could
    identify these men by their sports cars or motorbikes. This year's
    midlife accessory is the fixed-wheel racing bike. You are not a
    courier; you are an overweight man whose reactions and balance
    aren't what they were. Ride one of these and you will certainly end
    up in A&E. Where the doctors will try not to snigger as they cut
    off your Lycra before wheeling you into surgery.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/29/10-point-guide-to-beating-that-midlife-crisis
     
    Adam Funk, Oct 6, 2010
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    Mike Causer Guest


    Thank goodness there are no Grauniad readers where I ride my fixie.
    It's Daffy Wail believers hedge-to-hedge here.


    And I am NOT middle-aged! That was 20 years ago :-(((


    Mike
     
    Mike Causer, Oct 7, 2010
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    bugbear Guest

    The whole article has an autobiographical ring to it!

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Oct 7, 2010
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    In Adam Funk
    What these knee-jerk response 'journalists' don't understand is that many of
    us have always had these 'midlife toys', so why should we stop buying and
    using them? I fully agree I'm heavier, my balance and reactions aren't what
    they were, but I now ride within the envelope I'm comfortable with. OK,
    off-road I throw the rules away and go well outside my limits and do come
    off ... but try my damndest not to 'cos I also don't mend anywhere near as
    quickly as I used to!

    But that's the same on pushbike, motorbike, Landrover, Trials bike, horse,
    whatever .. ;)

    I've stopped motorbike road-racing, mostly however through cost rather than
    physical degeneration .. ;)
     
    Paul - xxx, Oct 7, 2010
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    Simon Mason Guest

    When I was hit by a car and ended up in A+E, the ambulance woman did not
    believe that I was 51, there was no sniggering, only the comments that I was
    an example to the large number of people my age who are clinically obese who
    are the real burden to the NHS.

    Agree about the fixie though, I need my 10 speed block.
     
    Simon Mason, Oct 7, 2010
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  6. I don't know about you, but I don't see overweight middle-aged men
    wobbling on fixed gears. Fit wiry middle-aged men, yes.
     
    David Damerell, Oct 7, 2010
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    Marc Guest

    My next project is a fixie...
     
    Marc, Oct 7, 2010
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    Andy Morris Guest

    Many years ago as a teenager (1978 ish) I put together a fixie for the
    fun of it, I was later involved with a bike shop in Leeds, Two Wheels
    Good aka Freewheel. I rode a fixie most of the time because my comute
    wasn't too hilly and after fixing up customers bikes all day I couldn't
    be arsed with much maintenance, also it was so much fun to ride.

    We had a saturday boy Brant Richards who later went on to be part of
    On-One, who sold the first production road fixie, the Pompino.

    I left the cycle trade due to laziness and a wish to get paid for
    faffing with computers and settled down to raising a family. After many
    years of mid-life non-cycling and weight gain, I rediscovered cycling,
    started commuting and in the second winter of my cycling 2nd life I got
    an old road frame and made myself my a fixe.

    Because I've always been a clod footed rider, I ended up cracking the
    frame and got in touch with On-one and Brant to talk about getting a
    Pompino frame. In conversation he mentioned that his interest in single
    speed bikes started when I introduced hime to road fixies at TWG.

    So its my fault, sorry.
     
    Andy Morris, Oct 8, 2010
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    bugbear Guest

    I don't wobble :-(

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Oct 8, 2010
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    Adam Funk Guest

    I'm sorry to hear about the collision (of course), but it's reassuring
    to read about the ambulance woman's reaction.
     
    Adam Funk, Oct 8, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    When I fell off amongst the Old Pungent Racist with a carrier bag of
    tomato plants, I went to A&E just to make sure I hadn't borked anything
    along with the bruises, cuts and abrasions.

    The first question was - had I been drinking?
     
    Rusty Hinge, Oct 10, 2010
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    Tony Raven Guest

    Makes a change from "Your helmet saved your life"

    Tony ;-)
     
    Tony Raven, Oct 10, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    I've *GOT* a helmet, but it never gets used for anything but carrying
    wild mushrooms.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Oct 10, 2010
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    Clive George Guest

    You could probably wash it :)
     
    Clive George, Oct 11, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    Sometimes I do - I like to keep my mushrooms clean.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Oct 11, 2010
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