on August 2, 2012
This book is a delight; just a fun romp through fixie culture. The author never takes anything too seriously, yet gets to the heart of the matter: riding fixed or single-speed is fun! Loaded with great photos, stories and quotes, it is the most fun you can have while not actually on your bike.
Here is an example of the writing, which captures the essence of the fixed gear movement:
"The drive of technology has always been towards reducing the amount of effort we have to use to achieve any goal. We are perhaps now, just beginning to realize that certain skills and talents that we have as human beings are atrophying as a result."
"It is a gateway to a mysterious zone wherein the body and cycle become one with the road, time compacts and the mind is for a few priceless moments chained to the moment in all its ragged glory. In short, it is moving meditation."
The actual text is brief and I wish there were a few more photos of just the bikes. "Fixed: Global Fixed-Gear Culture" does a better job of covering the history and showing the bikes. But "42-12" is the best at capturing the zeitgeist of the single speed movement.