Thursday, March 30, 2006

A new Seattle Times article: Fixed-sated: Coasting is for poseurs. Fixed-gear bikes are about the pedaling

So I guess I should make a post about the article by Florangela Davila that just ran on the front page of the Northwest Life section in Thursday's Seattle Times aboout fixed-gear bicycles. It was a very well done article and my very good friend, Adam Smith, Counterbalance Bicycles co-owner and former messenger was interviewed and his picture accompanied the article. The only funny thing I found about the article is the author mention messengers and messenger culture in how it relates to the "fixie" craze yet she does not interview any working messengers? Adam did a great job of explaining it all but she refers to the "crusty messengers" without getting their take on all of the Faux-messengers that think they can ride sans-brake and plow peds over giving working messengers (the ones that make anywhere from $0.80 to $15 per delivery, GOTTA HUSTLE!!) a bad name when they are out there working their asses off!! Anyways I am off my soap box now the article does a great job of explaining to the general public the experience of riding fixed (without actually doing it you'll never have any idea......)


Picture by KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Adam Smith, in background above, has spoke cards from the races he's participated in. Smith works (co-owns) at Counterbalance Bicycles in lower Queen Anne.

1 comment:

pilderwasser said...

Yo Brandon

I talked to the author via email and for a while on the phone, and voiced my concern about coming across as an asshole because I just kept talking about hipster kids on fixed gears and about how the first bike ever ridden 120 years ago was a fixed gear and it's not really a new hip trendy thing...but I'm glad she didn't quote me because I'm bitter and I was probably drunk.