Pinarello Lungavita - 2012 - $760.00

The advent of fixed-gear bike culture pre-dates the current urban fashion of riding them by such a long way that the origins of the basic idea are unknown and undocumented. What we know, we've taken from the thought leaders such as the well-known Bike Snob NYC and the less-known but equally important Trackosaurus Rex. What is that basic idea' It's not what it seems let's ride in traffic with no brakes and with limited ability to stop the crankset from turning. Rather, not unlike acoustic sets and restaurants keen on serving only what they grow, our best guess is that it's an embrace of simplicity in an ever-noisier, evermore needlessly overwrought world. No gears' That cures 75% of a bike's maintenance woes. No brakes' We appreciate the aesthetic simplicity brought on by the elimination of the rest of the cables. The resulting irony, of course, is that a bike stripped down to its essential moving parts brainless to maintain, joyful to accessorize, minimally appealing to steal becomes the ultimate urban weapon for battling the nemesis of the true urban dweller: those dreadful cars.Have you ever ridden a fixed gear before' If not, it's a bit of a shocker how you naturally take for granted freewheel coasting, which can end up tossing you rodeo-style over the bars. The first few times you catch yourself, it's pretty terrifying. Terror, of course, is the best disciplinarian, so you learn quickly to stop indulging the freewheel instinct. We'll admit, though, that since our riding time is precious (we're in that kids + job phase of life), our preference for fine-tuning old skills takes precedence over learning new ones. This means (a) getting comfortable with the hardly-subtle nuances of a fixed drivetrain and (b) getting accustomed to dealing with traffic when brakes aren't in the cards. It's a shame, really, because the delight of a fixed gear is the simple, maintenance-free beauty, making it appealing on many levels. - $760.00