"Pedal" (documentary on NYC bike messengers) on Sundance channel

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by [email protected], Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Probably old news, but this documentary is
    about the NYC bike messengers who speed
    through traffic. Most of them ride fixies, and
    one has only one leg (and rides a fixie).

    These guys all do great trackstands...

    One of the guys who rides a multispeed
    bike (with a freewheel) did a very good
    wheelie and was in full control (like unibiker).

  2. onewheeldave

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    I can't watch the docu as I don't have that channel; but it sounds
    interesting- can you briefly say why they use 'fixies'? (presumably
    fixies are single speed and no freewheel).

    I'm wondering what the technical pros are of using fixies in that

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  3. jagur

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    cool,as a former messenger in 3 citys i would love to see it. but i dont
    have cable tv.

    onewheeldave wrote:
    > *I'm wondering what the technical pros are of using fixies in that
    > situation. *

    they are the most anti-theft kind of byke you can ride. the combination
    of no fancy componates or freewheel make lousy resale value.

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  5. johnfoss

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    I can't speak for the messengers, but I think some of them use "fixies"
    because they are track racers. The messenger work is training.

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