Fixie Fail


24 Responses to “Fixie Fail”

  1. SCUM says:

    I hope they throw the fucker in jail and make him cover all the expenses.

  2. Ryan says:

    Learn how to properly ride a fixie, and the many ways of braking. Or just run one with a front brake!

  3. Ben S says:

    Fixed gears are easier to slow down in wet weather? Are you fucking kidding? They depend 100% on surface contact with a wet road for reducing speed. Brakes slow you down by gripping the rim of the wheel from both sides, which is not affected nearly as much by wet conditions.

    • waldo says:

      Afraid you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Your rim is very much affected by wet conditions. You have that 1-second “whoa” period where your brakes do nothing because they are scraping off the micro-layer of water on the rim, and then they start to brake.

      Drum brakes are the only bike brakes that are unaffected by wet conditions. Problem is they generally suck, but they suck equally rain or shine.

      If you had actually logged any miles on the various scenarios you’re talking about (fixie rain or shine, caliper brakes rain or shine), you would not make this assertion.

      Me, I’ll take a fixie in the rain any day.

      • Ben S says:

        I’m not denying that you’ve got a better idea re: the state of your traction on a fixed gear and there’s certainly room for a very unpleasant surprise delay when applying brakes when it’s wet out.

        Still, if you’re riding brakeless, your options for stopping in a hurry are pretty limited. Skip stops and skidding aren’t going to accomplish nearly as much in wet conditions, leaving you with… applying back pressure, and that’s about it.

    • Jonboywalton says:

      Sorry but you are so wrong on this, you need to go back to school to retake physics.

      Both fixies and bikes with brakes rely entirely on friction between the tire and the road to slow down. Bikes with brakes are affected by lower friction between the rim and brake pad during wet conditions, this is not an issue for fixies. Adding brakes to the mix adds an extra place for loss of friction.

      Fixies are great if you want to look cool and only want to stick to the flat parts of town. Real cyclists choose gears, a freewheel and brakes because of the greater flexibility they bring.

  4. Chester says:

    The problem isn’t that he was riding a bicycle, a fixie, or a fixie that did or did not have a front brake. The problem was that he was, apparently, riding idiotically.

    Just like when a driver of an automobile mows someone down, the problem is them driving idiotically, not them driving a particular type of car, or that they’re a car driver.

    That said, “asshole BMW driver” is pretty much redundant.

    • AttF says:

      As a former cyclist and current pedestrian enjoying my 8th year in SF, I can’t begin to count the number of times someone in a BMW has cut me off or nearly hit me by driving idiotically. BMW drivers are the kings (or queens) of ‘look left, turn right’.

  5. ciao says:

    is the fact that she was jaywalking not significant enough to be included? i guess it’s significant that a cyclist injuring someone else is so rare that it’s considered a major news story . . .

    • Matt says:

      She was crossing in a crosswalk. She had not made it fully across at the time the light turned green. However, drivers are still required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

  6. Ferocious Foot Odor says:

    Its when the fixie idiot buys his 1st BMW that the universes will collide and the end of days will come.

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  8. codesmith says:

    “I don’t think he saw her, to be quite frank,” Andraychak said. “He didn’t stop or slow down.”

    Now don’t get me wrong – I think a fixie is a silly bike to be riding. But come on – this accident had absolutely nothing to do with the fact a fixie was involved.

    My thoughts go out to the women who was hit and I hope for a hasty recovery.

    • L says:

      Hmm, I wonder though…fixie riders seem to be the ones most likely to not stop at intersections, blow through stop signs, etc. I’ve always assumed that it was because stopping/starting on a fixie requires more energy, or at least leg strength. Or is it just because fixie riders tend to be morons?

  9. carlos says:

    haha no bars!! nigga is weeeaaaaakkkk