My interpretation of this study: Loving your car too much turns you into a misanthrope.
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- Well, time for me to get all aggro while I ride my hot deep dish fixed gear bike through Santa Cruz and mow down a few old ladies, children, banana slugs and sea otters. I'll take out the "SANTA CRUZ CITY LIMITS NUCLEAR FREE ZONE" sign while I'm at it before I wreak havoc at #occupysantacruz. Wish me luck! #scorchersOct 25, 2011
- Oh wait, I'm doing it wrong. I have brakes on my bikes.Oct 25, 2011
- I must be strange. I absolutely love my cars and my bikes. I love wrenching on them. I love making them better (faster, more efficient, etc). I do love going fast, too, although I'm fat and it doesn't work too well on my bikes unless I'm going down a steep hill. I don't think I drive too aggressively, but I'm prone to speed, especially on interstate highways when there's not much traffic. I don't have to beat everyone. I prefer to find someone that's driving fast (without being too much of a @**HOLE) and follow their lead by a half mile or so. I let them hash out stop lights and traffic irregularities for me so I can keep a consistent speed. And if everyone is going under the speed limit? No worries. I'm fine with that. Traffic is traffic.
I love keeping up with stop-and-go on my bike, though. It's funny to see all the cars gun it to the next stop light, only to have me end up right there with them, block after block.Oct 25, 2011
- As for fixed gear, I am a fat IT nerd that has a 6 mile commute on mostly-friendly suburban roads. Most of my ride is flat, as it's right along some railroad tracks. I had a fixie out for review (the Wabi Special) and I absolutely loved it. I tried it with clipless and with platforms. I much preferred clipless. It had brakes. Sometimes I used them, but a lot of times I didn't. It was, hands down, the smoothest bike I'd ever ridden, and fixed gear taught me a lot about pedaling form, bicycle handling, and patience in those 6 weeks than several years of singlespeed and geary riding ever did.Oct 25, 2011
- Fixed works well for the flat parts of Silicon Valley too. The only real hills along the Bay are highway overpasses.
The only real reason I ever owned a fixed gear bike was because I previously lived in snow country and I got absolutely sick of non-working brakes and gears because of iced up cables. In a cathartic fit I ripped off derailleurs and cables and levers and replaced the rear wheel. It felt wonderful.Oct 25, 2011
- I know you were totally looking forwards to this huge adventure, Richard, and are really sad to be missing it, but, well, them's the brakes.Oct 25, 2011