Fixie nonsense from Israel, hipster defined, Vanilla praised
28.03.09 by Buffalo Bill
An utter load of rubbish in Ha’aretz.
The fixie-riding trend began to develop in New York, Melbourne, London and Berlin, alongside the bike messengers. “It was an alternative thing for young guys, kids who’d run away from home, guys with piercings and tattoos, some of them on the brink of homelessness, with lots of drugs, alcohol and dark apartments on the outskirts of Brooklyn and Queens,” says Chernichovsky.
And there is more:
“There is an element of masochism to it,” Chernichovsky says of fixie riding, “and of asceticism and starkness. It is making do without comfort, with no brakes, not even the ability to coast. You are constantly connected to the asphalt and pedal without a break. There is no disconnect between the movement of the bike and the movement of the body. It’s painful, even. When we did 81 kilometers on a marathon ride around Lake Kinneret, our muscles really really ached.”
No, that’s because you are either riding the wrong gear, the wrong shape bike or are simply a weakling. 81km on a fixed-wheel is not a marathon. 2100 miles is.
There must be 3000 words-worth of this garbage. Read it here, if you can stand it. I can’t decide whether the information in it is so bad that I should laugh at it, or grind my teeth so hard the neighbours come round to complain about the noise.
For an extra helping of urban youth, check this report of a panel debating the definition of hipster.
Counterbalancing that crap, here’s a great story in Forbes Magazine about Vanilla, called ‘Heaven on Wheels’. American friends of mine have been raving about this guy’s frames for years.
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