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At the bike shop I work at, there used to be a huge pile of bikes that needed parts harvested off of them so the frames could go to the scrap yard. There used to be like 30 of those old, cheap American 10 and 12 speed road bikes. I took apart so many. They usually sell the bikes in that pile for free to $20. For some reson, I have wanted to get one for free and just fix it up with most of the original parts so I could just ride it around the neighborhood. Last time I checked, there was just 10 Walmart full sus bikes from 2010 and nothing else in the pile. When the pile was most full, I picked up an old coaster brake cruiser for my mom and an old mountain bike for myself that I turned into a fixie. I just want to give life to an unsuspecting 10 speed that is a Murray/Huffy/AMF/Western Flyer/Free Spirit.
Here is our scrap pile now. Just Walmart MTBs and some Huffy cruisers. I did find a ladies 1960s cruiser frame yesterday though. It would be a good frame for my mom because her Western Flyer cruiser from that same era cracked.
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This one.
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Top tube pad.
Gold deep V rear wheel.
An explody front wheel.
Track drops that have been cut with grips on the top. the only real position on those is the one that they cut off. There is no place to really put your hands on the top of your bars.
Negative stem that has been raised all the way up..
At least it is a steel frame and not some thick tubed aluminum/carbon thing.
At least there is no real bright colors.
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Can anyone provide one benefit to a fixed gear? I can't think of a single reason why someone would want to have the pedals locked to the back wheel.
It's a more responsive feel—there's a connection with the bike and an immediacy that freewheels and freehubs don't have (but you probably wouldn't notice was lacking) and it feels faster with the momentum of the pedals kind of helping out your legs. If I was younger with better knees, I'd probably have built one (with brakes, though). I would never want one as an only bike, but they have their charm.
 
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K. I get the "connection" bit. Similar to single speed hardtail, right? But further? I thought that the lack of function, or at least reduced function, was akin to its lack of style, or at least reduced style. Sort of a "Look how awful and useless a bike I have". Hipsters posing and what have you.
 
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I think the hipster adoption might have gone along with their appropriation of old things, old aesthetics, and old ways as the earliest bikes were fixed gears as well as the track racing bikes that they emulated (For their simplicity? For their former popularity at the turn of the last century?), but I don't really know where it started.
 
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Where I live, a lot of people ride Walmart/Target fixies with parts that are too nice for them, but still look ugly. They take really bad care of these bikes, like really bad and then they abandon them. The scrap yard at my bike co op has collected many of these hideously modified bikes. They always have nicer everything except they have the cheap, stock drivetrain. They look like this, except with way more rust. The parts are all stuck to eachother and the threads on the cheap cranks are stripped.
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Here is one that is being ridden. I took this photo.
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I know what you mean Grant . We use to be a producer country , now we are a consumer country . Buy it use it to it breaks and throw it away , because they don't know how to fix it . It's also hard to find a bike worth fixing anymore .
Sad, but true. There are sometimes vintage bikes in this pile, but they are mostly 2000-2016 department store BSOs.
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Can anyone provide one benefit to a fixed gear? I can't think of a single reason why someone would want to have the pedals locked to the back wheel.
For me - none. Fixed bikes were designed to be used on closed tracks, where you just sit on it & ride a few laps before stopping. In traffic they're super dangerous, since they don't brake that good, and are fatal to you're knees - that's why most of the hipsters ditched them. They're not as light as they seem (especially the cheap ones), and not much simpler than single speed freewheel bikes with or without a coaster brake hub.

Also, since the breaking power is worst than in normal bikes with brakes they were forbiden to ride in traffic in many countries of the EU (Including Poland - since our traffic rules state that bikes must have at least one working brake). I remember when the Policeman in Warsaw started noticing the difference between fixies & single speed bikes and people riding on them were given large tickets for riding bikes that were not suited to use in traffic. It even came to it that if you had a flip-flop rear hub the only way to avoid a ticket like that was to remove the fixed gear cog, so that you couldn't do a quick change & use the bike as a fixie.

There are still people who don't respect that law, and ride their fixies, but it lasts only for a season or two and they get back to "normal" bikes. (Mostly because of their knees failing)

There even was a Romet bicycle that was a factory fixie - The Romet Wicher.


It was basically a Romet Huragan frame with a special shortened fork & track steeringbar, but like the Jaguar Specjal racing bikes they were only selled to bicycle clubs, so right now they're very hard to find.
 
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This is not a Surly. It is a cheap Schwinn with a Surly fork. It had a BMX stem and BMX handlebars. It also had 2 carbon threadless headset spacers between the stem and the top nut. It is threaded headset.
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