[CR]re;This fixie thinghas gone too far.

Example: Framebuilders:Jack Taylor

From: "Chris Plunkett" <westown@earthlink.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 21:58:08 -0600
Subject: [CR]re;This fixie thinghas gone too far.

It isn't an accident.

The hipster folk have mismatched

parts and bikes because they build them

from what is left behind. What they find in

the alley, thrift shops and flea markets.

haul it up to the bike co-op and put it together.

Find a way to make it work.

It isn't an accident.

The fixie crowd isn't defying the norm,

they are writing a new chapter.

Besides piles of articles about the

fixie culture from mainstream sources.

And what is happening in my urban USA

where a vibrant and massive hipster bike

population lives and rides. Bike kids graduate

from fixie-hood to gears every single day.

I can't count the number of bike messengers

and hip kids that step up to an old Schwinn,

Moto, Peugeot, Nisiki, Trek with gears after

an ankle injury or when they want to take it to the next level.

Once you cut your teeth on steel... well I guess

I am preaching to the choir. There aren't

any rules for building a fixie, oh just one,

you need a bike.

And if it is steel, all the better to bend the frame

back into shape, you know

after laying it down dodging a cab,

car door, curb, pot hole.

It's no accident

Chris Plunkett

Checking the pulse of the streets here in lovely

Chicago Illinois