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February 3, 2009

Too Fixed, Too Furious: fixed gear is the new drift car

Checking out the "bike photo thread" over at Trick Track online forums I confirmed an earlier suspicion: many people getting into fixed gears were (or still are) into race cars, drift cars, car kits, and the like. Check out this link (LINK!) and follow the conversation down toward the bottom of the page to see what I mean.

"Pimping" a bike (to steal a term from MTV's "Pimp My Ride") with expensive, shiny, anodized parts and riding it in a cautiously reckless manner around a parking lot is hardly different than car club culture. I mean, "drifting" and "skidding" are literally the same thing. What might be a fortunate outcome is that this new coolness could hasten the extinction of car-envy by providing a similarly testosterone-filled, but less-polluting substitute. But I guess what the forum above proves is that drift cars are no less cool to this faction of track-tricksters despite the prevailing stereotype that all cyclists are anti-automobile.

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