Some of you may remember me saying some mean things I said in the past regarding people with negative attitudes towards my riding preferences, particularly riding track bikes in the street (even though now I mostly ride with gears). I'm over that now. I'm done fighting with other cyclists, as I embrace everyone, regardless of how you feel about track bikes in the street, cross bikes on singletrack (which is awesomely fun), even mtb bikes on a paved path in forest park.
I now organize a FB Group based STL urban group ride which takes place weekly, every Thursday. Helmets, lights, safety, and communication (voice and hand signals) are all encouraged, not compulsory. After a couple rides with The Wolfpack Hustle-STL, most people pick up on our good habits and because of the positive, welcoming culture of the ride, start imitating them. In other cities, where fixed riders have been accepted into the rest of the cycling community, like SF, NYC, MIA, CHI, St Pete, FL, MKE etc... the majority of these typically young fixed riders get into other forms of cycling, and, I posit, one day become that 70-yr-old Campy fanatic that always rides his bike in wayyy to high a gear, and stops you in the park to ask you about your vintage build, or what new parts/tech there are out there. I am not assuming anything about all fixed gear riders, I am just describing trends I have seen. I know that there is a whole spectrum of cyclists in the world. (Surly is my favorite bicycle manufacturer)
I'm reaching out to all on this forum, and asking you to help us become better cyclists, and not judge us for our interests relative to yours. I implore you, STL, please just accept us, with all of our flaws (everyone has them), because we are just trying to have fun on a bike, which is all any of us on this site ever wanted to do.
Great thoughts here...but to clarify I don't have a problem with fixed gear riders. I have a problem with illegal unsanctioned races. I don't think one 70-year old campy fanatic is a good trade for a couple dead hipsters.
And I really don't care if you want to do something dangerous or dumb. The only problem I have is that non-cyclists lump everyone together -- the spandex and tight jeans are one to them.
So yeah, every time some idiot salmons the wrong way up a street or blasts a red light, showcasing their red-light negotiation skills, yeah, I get pissed.
Also, I'd like to mention, I personally saved a fellow pedestrian from certain serious injury at a crosswalk. We had the walk signal, but being aware of bikes like I am, I noticed a pack of hipsters racing down the street with the red light, clearly an alley cat race. I pulled this person back just as some two or three flew through the intersection, narrowly missing pedestrians and parked cars.
All for another spoke card and some PBR. Go **** yourselves.