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Posted on 2006.09.07 at 10:50
And that was a while ago. Since then I found a frame that wasn't my housemate's glorious old tourer. Sadly, she turned out to have a very good idea of what a vintage Trek with Campag parts was worth, boo hoo. Still, I now have a very handsome custom fix I built up all by my little self. And it's every bit as lovely as I'd hoped.

And then, amusingly, this cropped up in the Grauniad yesterday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1865665,00.html. So now they're 'the latest thing in urban cool', it seems.

I was rather pleased, to read that, as it suggests I haven't lost my trend-sniffing nose just yet. But perhaps I should be annoyed, as soon everyone will have one and the uniqueness of Titus will be swamped in a sea of sky-blue Pompinos and wobbly trackstands by fat middle-aged men. Sigh.

Still, just a tiny bit smug-making. Now all I need is a saddle that doesn't squeak...


jasonelvis at 2006-09-07 11:48 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Drel,

One of my other live journal pals is doing just this with her bike. Her name on here is foibey

I'm not going to turn mine into a fixie. I've been trying it out by seeing what it's like to cycle home without freewheeling and it just feels too stressful. Plus I would be the fat middle aged man of your nightmares!

Jason X
The Arrant Scoundrel
arrantscoundrel at 2006-09-08 10:34 (UTC) (Link)
It's very different cycling without freewheeling when you've got the momentum of the back wheel pushing the pedals round. Not freewheeling on a freewheel bike is stressful - you can't use the pedals to slow down like you can on a fixie. I find fixed much more manoeuvrable (sp?) coz you can use the pedals to slow you through tight turns, etc etc. But each to their own. Perhaps you should borrow Titus sometime though.

And you'd be the fat middle aged man of my wildest fantasies, Jason. You know that.

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