Two Videos on the ‘Fixed Gear Subculture’ Jan 9, 2011

This video is called “Fixie Lords: Fixed Gear Subculture”. Yes, you just read “fixie” on this blog. I’ve always avoided that word and while it does carry a certain connotation, so does riding a fixed gear, as these Appalachian State University students explore.

“The fixed gear subculture in Boone is barely alive but alive it is. This documentary bring you into the life of a few select students who partake in fixed gear riding in this mountainous area. When there is only 12 of you in the city it’s pretty easy to be a tight knit subculture.”

Sure, this topic’s been covered a thousand times but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting to watch. And then, across the country comes the Fixed Philosophy:

Similar videos, difference cities.

  • I dislike the use of “the inability to coast” as a descriptor for fixed-gear bicycles and cyclists. I’m sure most can agree – coasting is still possible, it just becomes very different. When I’m riding, and find a hill (not easy in Chicago), I can still ‘let go’ and coast (that is, use 0 energy and continue moving) without a freewheel.

  • dag

    What is this, 2003?

  • wilis


  • Mike

    HELL YA JOHN RIBES! Represent Boone Fixed

  • Austin

    I really liked how both videos showed that most fixed riders are just normal people who enjoy riding bikes. By showing this as opposed to the classic hipster image, hopefully it will make riding fixed more appealing to others.

    @jon bruno
    While you can ride like you described, I doubt that would have much meaning to people who don’t ride;therefore, saying a bike that can’t coast is probably the easiest way of describing it.

  • santiago

    1st video at 1:50


  • Robert

    The first video was fairly weak in my eyes.

    The second one I enjoyed more. That bike shop owner has some good points that unfortunately aren’t heard as much as “Its the cool thing to do.”