Fixed gear explosion...hits NY Times.
In this Sundays edition of the NY Times is a lengthy article on fixed gears and the culture that has gone along with these unique bicycles.
Unstoppable, by Jocko Weyland, Author of the article and the book: "the answer is never: a skatboarders history of the world", does a good job of exploring people and independent buisness that have built this culture in NYC.
King Kog , fixed gear boutique in Williamsburg
and Johnny Coast , bicycle frame builder.
There is also an amazing photo series connected with the article...here are a few samples...
Jason Chaste, Gina Marie and Austin Horse in front of King Kog on Hope St, Brooklyn,
Delroy Walters, track champion, at the Kissena Queens velodrome
(from left to right) Austin, Morgan, Carlos and Yatika
There is also audio from the participants in this awesome photo slideshow.
Well, there goes the neighborhood. It has been a long time coming for the popularity of fixed gears to explode...If its good for bikes...its good for bikes. The only thing I fear is the police and the city council, with its infinite wisdom and lack of priorities...LIKE banning pedicabs...is now going to use this against us. We don't want to see the same thing that happened in Portland Oregon where the create a LAW on bikes without brakes. More fuel for the cops war on bikes...to now try and pass legislation that all bikes must be equipped with hand brakes...oh wait...that is a law. Will it be enforced?