Friday, March 16th, 2012

Spotted: A Rhodia Fixie Bike?


Out and about, our friend David Bogie says he spotted this on a fixie parked in front of the downtown YMCA in Boise ID. A fixie? Had to Google that.

According to Wiki: “A fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a fixie) is a bicycle that has no freewheel, meaning it cannot coast, as the pedals are always in motion when the bicycle is moving.

The sprocket, or cog, is threaded or bolted directly to a fixed rear hub. When the rear wheel turns, the pedals turn in the same direction. This allows a cyclist to stop without using a brake, by resisting the rotation of the cranks, and also to ride in reverse.”

Hmmm. I think had a bike like that when I was young, a purple bike with a banana seat. If you pedaled backwards you could make the back wheel skid – worked great in loose gravel. I looked at a few fixie bike sites but couldn’t immediately identify a brand with an “R” on the back rim. I am left to wonder if the owner of this bike is a Rhodia fan….

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