American fixie in Paris

According to the New York Times, fixies have just made their way to Paris. And apparently, Parisians are less snobby about them than we Americans:

In contrast with the hipper-than-thou attitude often associated with the bikes’ American acolytes, fixie riders can rightly be said to have a convivial scene in the French capital, where the bikes are as much activity as social marker. Despite the haughtiness for which this city is renowned, the community that has developed around them is uncommonly inclusive.

“There isn’t that element of snobbishness,” said Bruno Zuzzé, 33, the genial founder of Surplace, a come-one-come-all fixie club that organizes frequent group rides. Fixie owners often salute one another on the street, “like motorcyclists, back in the day,” he said.

Maybe we should all start high-fiving and fist-bumping one another on the street.

22 Responses to “American fixie in Paris”

  1. Allan Hough says:

    I’m not sure I trust a guy whose name contains “Bruno” and no less than three Z’s to tell me what is or is not snobby.

    • tofupuppy says:

      Huh, and I was just stopping by to comment that “Bruno Zuzzé” is one of the best names I’ve ever heard.

      • truth says:

        People usually choose their names.

      • Bruno says:

        Hi guys,
        That’s my real name, I’m french and my father a sicilian emigrant. This name with three ‘Z’ directly, comes from a small town in center of sicily.
        Anyway that’s not really important.
        Nobody’s expecting people to highfive everywhere everytime, but sometime moustache/tattoo guys should give a break and stop looking at clothes or rear wheel to decide if another biker is worthwhile ;-)
        PS: soory for my ‘frenchie’ english :p

        Cheers!

  2. scum says:

    Fixie blah blah blah, fixie blah blah blah.

  3. chicken rabbit says:

    Hasn’t pignon fixe been around for a while?

    Also, when i lived in oakland, other track bike riders were always saluted with the standard “YEEE!” Now that i live in the city, all track bike riders receive two bells.

  4. Bob says:

    Pretty sure that’s the way it was here, too. It was everyone not riding a fixie being excluded.

  5. natasha says:

    I am too busy shifting all the time to hive five anyone.

  6. truth says:

    These bikes have, of course, been in Europe for a while, especially in the hipper cities like Paris and Berlin.

  7. drip says:

    pretty typical French snobbishness in saying their fixie scene is cool and ours is snobby.

  8. SaraOnTheGo says:

    Of course all we bother to talk about is shitttt- let’s celebrate bike culture yalllll ll

  9. no.thanks. says:

    mavic mavic mavic.

  10. klm says:

    watch?v=fYtpobVmYY4 french zombie hipster army

  11. hipsterlogic says:

    Rather than high-fiving, perhaps you simply not act like complete elitist douche-bags…

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