Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

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Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby JW83 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:43 pm

Urban Cyclist magazine, from the makers of Procycling, is launching as a fully fledged magazine on the 10 December. We're looking for readers to send in pictures of their fixed gear or single-speed bikes for the first issue, along with details of the bike, where you ride and why you love to ride it. All photos, in as high a resolution as possible, should be sent to Jamie Wilkins at Jamie.Wilkins@futurenet.com.

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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby DonDaddyD » Tue Nov 20, 2012 15:49 pm

Reckon the name of the magazine should be changed from 'Urban Cyclist' to 'Fakenger Scum'...

Anyway, I'll send my photo's in but here's my article:

Details of the bike: Stolen frame, gunmetal in colour. De-stickered halo wheels, white rim. White tyres. Single speed. Bull horn bars wraped in leather bar tape. No brakes. Brown leather Brookes saddle.

Where I ride: On the pan flat roads in London, I haven't got gears so I can't go uphill.

Why I love to ride it: It's counter culture, I'm different with my skinny jeans, mocha chocolate coffee and iPhone, iPad and iPod.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby dhope » Tue Nov 20, 2012 16:10 pm

DonDaddyD wrote:Reckon the name of the magazine should be changed from 'Urban Cyclist' to 'Fakenger Scum'...

Anyway, I'll send my photo's in but here's my article:

Details of the bike: Stolen frame, gunmetal in colour. De-stickered halo wheels, white rim. White tyres. Single speed. Bull horn bars wraped in leather bar tape. No brakes. Brown leather Brookes saddle.

Where I ride: On the pan flat roads in London, I haven't got gears so I can't go uphill.

Why I love to ride it: It's counter culture, I'm different with my skinny jeans, mocha chocolate coffee and iPhone, iPad and iPod.


Pan flat? I'll have you know my 30mph Balham Hill ascent was on the fixed ;)
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby rjsterry » Tue Nov 20, 2012 16:14 pm

DonDaddyD wrote:Reckon the name of the magazine should be changed from 'Urban Cyclist' to 'Fakenger Scum'...

Anyway, I'll send my photo's in but here's my article:

Details of the bike: Stolen frame, gunmetal in colour. De-stickered halo wheels, white rim. White tyres. Single speed. Bull horn bars wraped in leather bar tape. No brakes. Brown leather Brookes saddle.

Where I ride: On the pan flat roads in London, I haven't got gears so I can't go uphill.

Why I love to ride it: It's counter culture, I'm different with my skinny jeans, mocha chocolate coffee and iPhone, iPad and iPod.


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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby SteppenHerring » Tue Nov 20, 2012 16:28 pm

A bit harsh 3D. My commuter is fixed and I'm not (much of) a tw@t. I may be an idiot because my commute isn't at all flat. It is ultra-cool though as it has drop bars, mudguards, two brakes and bar tape that was once white.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby iPete » Tue Nov 20, 2012 17:20 pm

Real men ride fixies, fact.

But mine is fugly and practical yet impracticable in equal measures.

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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby Paul E » Tue Nov 20, 2012 18:10 pm

Urban cyclists don't all ride fixies
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 20, 2012 18:23 pm

Paul E wrote:Urban cyclists don't all ride fixies

Yeah, some have had their wheels stolen and ride SS.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby Fireblade96 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 18:28 pm

My fixie's brown, has both front&rear brakes and mudguards, and my commute's mostly rural/riverside.

I don't think I fit the target demographic :D
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby pangolin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 18:36 pm

iPete wrote:Real men ride fixies, fact.

But mine is fugly and practical yet impracticable in equal measures.


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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby rubertoe » Tue Nov 20, 2012 19:11 pm

Fixies = Meh

Its not 1912 the freewheel has now been invented as have derailleurs.


I'd love a fixie, i'm just not man enough
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 20, 2012 20:12 pm

rubertoe wrote:Fixies = Meh

Its not 1912 the freewheel has now been invented as have derailleurs.


I'd love a fixie, i'm just not man enough


I've been riding SS for a couple of days and it feels slower and lazier than riding fixed. The hills feel harder too.
FG DOES feel better than riding with a freewheel.

Barnet Hill on a fixie will put hair on your chest.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby rubertoe » Tue Nov 20, 2012 20:57 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:
rubertoe wrote:Fixies = Meh

Its not 1912 the freewheel has now been invented as have derailleurs.


I'd love a fixie, i'm just not man enough


I've been riding SS for a couple of days and it feels slower and lazier than riding fixed. The hills feel harder too.
FG DOES feel better than riding with a freewheel.

Barnet Hill on a fixie will put hair on your chest.


It's not Barnet Hill that worries me, i'ts getting from Camden to Finchely (Archway road, Swains Lane, Highgate West and North Hills and up through Hampstead is where it would hurt)
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby jds_1981 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 21:06 pm

rubertoe wrote:It's not Barnet Hill that worries me, i'ts getting from Camden to Finchely (Archway road, Swains Lane, Highgate West and North Hills and up through Hampstead is where it would hurt)


Had a friend who wanted showing the way to a friends house in north London. Asked me for an escort as I know the area better. Ended up taking him up muswell hill (ooo err) when I was on 48 * 16. When I turned left I saw it & figured the only way to deal with the slope was to attack. Wasn't too bad.

**I lie. I sprinted a good way up. My heart then tried to jump out of my chest so I had to stop, wait a few minutes then push it the rest of the way.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby bushu » Tue Nov 20, 2012 21:08 pm

ss i cant pedal any faster & build speed downhill no matter how hard i try, flats peaking round 20mph but uphill i own :)

would riding fixie allow me to spin faster eventually? or will it just chew up my legs going downhill? :|

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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby pastryboy » Tue Nov 20, 2012 22:20 pm

I never call it a 'fixie'.
It has panniers.
It has mudguards.

Not sure if qualifying as urban?

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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 20, 2012 22:56 pm

bushu wrote:ss i cant pedal any faster & build speed downhill no matter how hard i try, flats peaking round 20mph but uphill i own :)

would riding fixie allow me to spin faster eventually? or will it just chew up my legs going downhill? :|

20mph?! Really? What gear do you ride, 42 x 19? That would explain owning the uppy bits.

Sounds to me like you are spinning out due to low gearing. Use this page to enter your gearing and from that your gear inches. It will also tell you what your cadence will be for different speeds. Using 42 x 19 (59.2 Gear Inches) as an example, 20 mph would be about 115 rpm (which is pretty damned spinny), but a sprocket change to 42 x 15 (74.9 GI) would bring your cadence at 20 mph down to a much more reasonable 90 rpm.

Riding fixed is more of a workout than SS as you are always pedalling, but it feels really good around town. It does kind of force you to MTFU and this can mean you are quicker up hills (even than on a geared bike). You just need to choose your gear wisely. Too big a gear and you will have a higher top end, but will be slow away from the lights, going up hill will hurt but going down will be more comfortable. Too small a gear and you will be have a lower top speed but you'll be quicker away from the lights, climbing hills will be easier but going down hills could feel like your legs will be ripped from their sockets.

If you do ride fixed, use foot retention (toe clips, SPDs etc) and have at least a front brake.

Try it.
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby Paul E » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:19 am

I'm going to rip the starter motor out of my car and fit a starting handle and fit solid rubber tyres, might as well if we are going the whole retrograde route
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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby iPete » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:28 am

Paul E wrote:I'm going to rip the starter motor out of my car and fit a starting handle and fit solid rubber tyres, might as well if we are going the whole retrograde route


if you are going to use cars to compare it's more akin to taking all the driver aids off and driving around in a Caterham :wink:

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Re: Get your fixie in Urban Cyclist magazine

Postby Paul E » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:35 am

Caterhams are very advanced compared to early cars though, I was comparing an early car with early bikes
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