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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Video: Fixie Riders Film Themselves Blowing Stop Signs

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM

In the world of cycling, upright commuters sneer at lycra-wearing roadies, roadies dismiss power-meterless mountain bikers, and everyone loathes the fixie kids. They eschew things such as brakes and bikes that can coast on the premise they're somehow impure. They profess a love of velodrome racing, yet the one time I saw one of those chain-smoking waifs at the track, the poor fellow was an exhausted, bloodied mess within minutes.

A local videographer has pushed this tribe even farther off the cycling reservation with a piece showing him and his pals "bombing" -- which means riding far slower than braked bikes can, yet failing to stop for cross traffic -- down Potrero Hill while running stop signs.

We ran across this appalling video, which shows fixie riders dodging cross traffic while running stop signs, on BikeSnobNYC. As usual, he's put words to our thoughts:

I'm not sure why you'd make a video like this and put it on the Internet unless your goal is to figuratively urinate on the graves of every cyclist who has ever been killed by a motor vehicle through no fault of his or her own.

That aside, the video is the best demonstration I've seen of just how lame fixie riding is. Compare these guys scooting down Potrero Hill to real descending skills.

Here's great descender Paolo "il Falco" Savodelli.

Now that's what we call bombing.

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